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  1. It's the new tactic. Instead of an alarming red undismissable banner it's instead an annoying blue one. 😂
  2. Does that require an app to work? If so, I see a fundamental flaw in that approach.
  3. As I recall, subscriptions passed through a number of developers and support became problematic. (I recall the support burden being significant.) IPS pulling it back into Commerce solved a lot of problems. I know it's not what you want to hear, but that's just not the way it works. I paid for a Windows XP licence, but it is no longer available. I paid for a forum software called MegaBBS, but it is no longer available. I paid for 32-bit compatible software that now only supports 64-bit. Things change, the offer changes, and we as customers must choose to accept them or look for alternatives. I can't see IPS splitting Subscriptions out from Commerce given that the payment gateways are managed through Commerce.
  4. https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/ 4.4.1 is working like a charm on my site, no issues with Lazy Loading or my themes.
  5. Bloody hell, this springs to mind:
  6. Thank you @opentype - that probably indicates a problem with my handset then. Much appreciated.
  7. Has anybody else tested adding their community to the home screen on an iPhone with any success? It appears to work flawlessly on Android but I can't for the life of me get it working on iOS. It all looks good when I check the source, the links to the images specified for the apple-touch-icon are valid and the images will load. <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-57x57.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="60x60" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-60x60.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="72x72" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-72x72.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="76x76" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-76x76.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="114x114" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-114x114.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="120x120" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-120x120.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="144x144" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-144x144.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="152x152" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-152x152.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="180x180" href="https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/uploads/monthly_2019_02/apple-touch-icon-180x180.png">
  8. There are plenty of long-term developers for IPS who have dark themes available and who have provided long-term support. I can name @ehren. as one such example. I've been running communities for at least 15 years and have been an IPS customer for about 10 of those. I've only ever really been let down when I failed to do my research.
  9. I try to de-risk "getting stuck" as much as possible and always think ahead to the next update. In anticipation of 4.4 I'm looking at the limited number of third party addons I use and assessing whether they'll be updated in a timely fashion, and will seek alternatives if it appears they may hold back an update by an unreasonable amount of time. I also planned ahead by migrating from CentOS 6.10 to CentOS 7.6 in the last week, allowing me to enable HTTP/2 and ALPN, and have PHP 7.3 ready to go. Bring on the cutting edge. 😀
  10. I didn't know Star Wars had witches in it! 😎 You're right though, it's funny how often I can't find my way to community forums.
  11. I'd be very concerned if quoted text changed based on the original content being changed. It would confuse members, make moderation much more onerous and, as @Rikki said, change the meaning of responses to quoted text after the event. Cats are awesome... I've changed my mind and I now support this proposal. 😎
  12. Based on that logic, IPS may as well shut up shop right now. Companies like IPS are not here to 'kill' social media, but these small enhancements improve the quality of the user experience for administrators and users alike, so for some of us they are indeed noteworthy. I've been somewhat vocal elsewhere about the things that social media gets right, and where I see IPS could make improvements, but credit is due to the team for their ongoing efforts to improve the suite.
  13. I feel like about GIFs, because my users are
  14. 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.
  15. 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 ?
  16. We include a statement on our privacy policy that data submitted in personal messages is still liable to being made public. In other words, don't submit data you wouldn't want in the public domain. I'd simply ignore and ban any troll sending a message like that.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. I'm giving up on Facebook until such a time as it's clearer what they need for approval and the approval queues aren't so painfully long. Twitter, by comparison, is a breeze, and I've had a huge amount of success promoting content on it.
  20. 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... ?
  21. I think that'd potentially hurt performance across the board. You'd surely have to lookup every IP address that visits to determine the source of the visit before you know whether it's required?
  22. 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.
  23. 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. ?
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