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The Heff last won the day on January 13 2015

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  1. The Heff

    Ummm... Microsoft

    I made registry changes in Windows 7 to tweak the behaviour, but I never instruct others how to do it. I don't want to be responsible for sending another person's Windows installation to it's doom! 🙂
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    Ummm... Microsoft

    With Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions, you can change this behaviour using the group policy editor. My PC notifies me of an available update but will never install said update without my approval, let alone restart the machine. I'm in control. Start > Run > gpedit.msc Once loaded, go to Administrative Templates > Microsoft > Windows Updates Find the entry called 'Configure Automatic Updates', double click it and configure like so:
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    Show us your IPB 4 sites!

    Now that's clean! Loving it. Well done!
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    How to add the IPS Site features

    Facebook revoked many abilities in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which has rendered the social promotion capability useless for pages and groups.
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    How to add the IPS Site features

    Did you ever get Facebook promote working again?
  6. I know it's not an error, but it is a flaw. That's why I provided feedback, it's a flaw in the workflow which means critical information is omitted. I saw the file linked but what I don't want is onerous tick boxes that rely on cookies. My member base aren't particularly tech savvy and I can see this becoming an annoyance.
  7. We have begun using the rules feature for the forum display, setting out the rules of individual rules for each forum just below the header. It's a great feature because it's very visible and it's hard to miss, particularly if you use bold colours to draw the attention of users to it. There's a flaw though, resulting from the introduction of the 'Create' button. The button is in the header and is available site-wide. Because of this, users can create a thread in a forum having never navigated to the forum and, therefore, having never read the specific rules of that forum. Example The rules: Creating a topic Selecting the forum (the one from screenshot #1, which clearly has rules specified) Create post content and submit (no rules are visible) Submitted (no rules have been read) I'd like to see this addressed and see three ways of doing this: The rules are displayed to the user upon selecting the forum, which they must acknowledge to continue posting (a hassle to users. but guaranteed to have been read) The rules are pulled from the forum and displayed on the topic creation form (less of a hassle, could cause scrolling if the rules are lengthy, but that's within the admin's control) Admins are able to place a block on that form, to display the rules (achieves the same as #2, but is then down to the admin to decide to do it) Thanks 🙂
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    Yet another Forum

    Ask yourself some questions: What's your niche? What is special about your forum that people will want to register? What's your competition? (General chat, for example, is pretty much monopolised by social media these days.) What benefit would members get from using your site instead of using others? Having a good idea about what makes your site unique/special is a really good starting point. Then populate it with good quality content. It's got to interest people enough that they'd want to register and contribute to the content themselves.
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    😫😂 Sorry!
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    You'll be able to game with no problems on a GTX 1060, it's a decent card and will run most titles at decent settings on 1920*1080@60fps. I have a friend who has this card and he hasn't yet hit any problems. Sure, it'll need replacing sooner than a 1070+, but then it cost less to begin with so the upgrade won't be as painful. 🙂 The only limitation, I imagine, would be VR. VR does need a beefy card to really get the most out of it.
  11. I've bumped this today via the gamification blog post. IMO, this feature falls just short of greatness based on the lack of encouragement of new members to contribute. I'd love to see the functionality extended.
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    Gamification for your community

    I really like this, but there is a gaping hole at the moment. I fed back about it ages ago, here: I see no evidence that those completing their profiles are more likely to engage. I have loads of new members who've updated their profile and haven't posted, and some that are as blank as my autobiography but yet have posted. I do think the 'progress bar' works though, as I do see more completed profiles these days, and so gamification could be seen to work. What I'd really like to see, as I fed back in that thread I linked, is a continuation of the approach to encourage the new member to 'break the ice'. Completing the profile is fruitless unless they take the next step and actually contribute in some way.
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    Image URL links in 4.3 Gallery

    I just came up against this and I'm quite surprised that this is lacking. It's not easy. I thought it would be less hassle to share an image hosted in the gallery inside a forum post, but it isn't. It's really clunky. This really needs to be improved... 😞
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    Status Update

    I wasn't criticising your content, simply answering the one question you posed. I never got confused by the purpose of a status update myself, but have observed the lack of awareness in others. I think we're, rather unfortunately, becoming a culture that pays little attention to detail and so features like this are prone to misuse. FWIW, I disabled them and not one person asked about them once I'd done so.
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    Status Update

    Nope. I've seen email addresses, telephone numbers, personal enquiries, all posted publicly via status updates. People don't take the time to read descriptions like that, they see a field on a profile and proceed to use it. I disable status updates on every installation. I don't see the point of the feature unless there's an attempt to mimic social media. 🤢