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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Maxxius in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Some here says that this app comes 5 years to late, and I'm just thinking they are right. Beeing without push notifications for so long has changed the way many use forums. As of now, they enter the site a few times a day and scroll through whatever notifications they have, and are fine with that. 
    When the new app arrive they will see that the phone chimes in constantly. It is a new behavior, and I'm not sure that is a positive thing (as an everyday user). Every single user need to get through whatever notification settings they have to change it, and every user would change it to some setting not so annoying on their phone. I know that this will be an issue on my sites for sure. For me at least it was an eyeopener, and I do not

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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Martin A. in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Some here says that this app comes 5 years to late, and I'm just thinking they are right. Beeing without push notifications for so long has changed the way many use forums. As of now, they enter the site a few times a day and scroll through whatever notifications they have, and are fine with that. 
    When the new app arrive they will see that the phone chimes in constantly. It is a new behavior, and I'm not sure that is a positive thing (as an everyday user). Every single user need to get through whatever notification settings they have to change it, and every user would change it to some setting not so annoying on their phone. I know that this will be an issue on my sites for sure. For me at least it was an eyeopener, and I do not

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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Sonya* in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Some here says that this app comes 5 years to late, and I'm just thinking they are right. Beeing without push notifications for so long has changed the way many use forums. As of now, they enter the site a few times a day and scroll through whatever notifications they have, and are fine with that. 
    When the new app arrive they will see that the phone chimes in constantly. It is a new behavior, and I'm not sure that is a positive thing (as an everyday user). Every single user need to get through whatever notification settings they have to change it, and every user would change it to some setting not so annoying on their phone. I know that this will be an issue on my sites for sure. For me at least it was an eyeopener, and I do not

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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Sebbo78 in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    I guess so, but for me I would rather have this as paid option. At least until we can have ads displayed in the app as well.
    My paying users have no ads, and this can be another reason to be a paying member...
    Anyway - I look forward to see the final result. Also I have a website that only uses Pages, and I'm very curios on how this app will handle third party add-ons and Pages. 
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Dll in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Web apps aren't perfect right now, but they're getting there quickly. The trend right now is for more money and time to go into developing pwa's than native, for that reason. Apple starting to wake up more to PWA, as they have recently is an indicator of that as well. 
    For me, Tapatalk is a legacy product, it has a wide user base because it's been around years but it doesn't seem to be pulling up trees or doing anything dramatic right now. So the demand for it was probably a reason to develop an app 5 or so years ago rather than now. Plus, if a forum has 100's / 1000's of users using tapatalk, even if it's not completely ideal, it just feels like a stretch to get them to invest the time in pushing an invision version (especially with a lack of monetisation), so your most likely takers are already taken.
    5-10 years ago, the reason for making an app were numerous. Slower phones and internet connections meant native was a massive improvement for the user. Responsive design wasn't mainstream, so mobile only sites were often just cheaper, uglier and less feature packed versions of the web version. Native features like location, photo uploads etc weren't available to browsers either. That's all in the past now. 
    Essentially, all that's missing from that list on pwa is push notifications on IOS. And that's probably going to change relatively soon. 
    I just don't really understand what your aims are with this app. From what's written above, the only usp is notifications. There's nothing else ground breaking or unique in there and I can't think of any functionality in the web version right now, apart from notifications, which doesn't function as needed on mobile.
    You've also implied that the future is pwa, and that you'll feed back what you learn into the web product. But what do you want/need to learn from it? Also, at what point does pwa become mature enough for you to decide there's no advantage to maintaining the app? 
    It just feels confused, you've introduced it without really explaining the purpose or (more importantly) the advantages for a community owner or community member to install it. Like yourselves, I'm part of a relatively small business, and development time and budget is finite. So, from the outside looking in admittedly, it just appears you're wasting precious time on this, which ultimately has to be to the detriment of other aspects of the software. 
    Just my opinion of course, but I'm intrigued as to the thinking on this one. 
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Matt in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Good News! Would it be possible to allow only certain user groups access to app? 
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Rikki in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    It actually compares pretty favorably to TapaTalk already in terms of features. It's important to note that all user handling is done by your community. We don't handle registrations, login or act as a middle-man. Once the user taps to enter your community, it's all handled by your IPS4 installation via a new API. The only exception to this is push notifications, which for technical reasons must route through our own service from your community.
    As a side effect of this, it means we aren't offering a global "Invision Account" type service right now. Users will need to register and log in to each community they wish to visit in the app.
    We hope to offer a premium option for users and/or communities later, but we also don't want to hoist ourselves with our own petard by ruling in or ruling out particular ideas at this early stage. We'll see what the reception to the app is once it's in users' hands and go from there.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to AlexWebsites in How to grow your community with Facebook Ads   
    One rule I follow, unless an advertisement is going to convert to a subscription, product purchase, etc. $$$, it's not worth it. You are better off building content and creating a facebook page/networking with groups and users. You'll end up spending a lot of money on facebook and google ads if you aren't careful, for the wrong type of visitor  just to try and grow your community. You are better off creating valuable content that organically grows your community by getting picked up by search engines because someone is looking for that exact content online. Forums will survive by offering what these giants don't. Answer the question, "what can they NOT get on facebook?" and forget building communities around "sharing stuff"...move towards a "support" style niche and you'll have a a better chance of surviving. Just my $0.02!
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to evandixon in Test drive Invision Community 4.4 now!   
    I would only like lazy loading if it didn't distract from viewing the site. If not done properly, like what I've seen on this site so far (looking forward to trying the fix), images telegraph themselves as they pop in, making the user notice the lazy loading rather than the content on the page.
    I do see your point about bandwidth usage though. That's one of the reasons why I haven't moved my site to the cloud: the bandwidth usage costs more than all the other resources combined. For now, I stick to my dedicated server that doesn't charge for bandwidth usage while simultaneously providing 25x the speed I actually need.
    How did we get here, bandwidth potentially costing hundreds more per month than a physical server? I blame ISPs, but the root cause is probably capitalism.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from ibaker in Video Tip: Set up a curated video gallery in 5 minutes with Pages   
    It is programmed by @Martin A.. I have no problem if he like to share the code with anyone.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to PoC2 in 4.4: Animated GIFs   
    I find animated GIFs are uniformly irritating. Fortunately the wonderful IPS software allows us not to host them. I actually cannot bear to read some of Invision Community's own blog posts/articles because of the animated GIFs included in them.
    Simply terrible.
    - but hey, if it floats your boat...
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from bfarber in Video Tip: Set up a curated video gallery in 5 minutes with Pages   
    The video below shows how to use pages another way, to register on mountain summits in my area. There is about 7000 people living here, and we have 400 active members. In one year.
    It's a lot of competition. I have not seen this functionality used in this app before and like to mention it here. 

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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Daniel F in Video Tip: Set up a curated video gallery in 5 minutes with Pages   
    The video below shows how to use pages another way, to register on mountain summits in my area. There is about 7000 people living here, and we have 400 active members. In one year.
    It's a lot of competition. I have not seen this functionality used in this app before and like to mention it here. 

    Media1.mp4
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from Gauravk in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    For me the number one reason for members to subscribe is that they get access to discount codes for one of the largest outdoorshops in my country. I have had a discountcodes since 2013 that give them 20% discount on everything in that large shop.
    And then I have an agreement with the outdoorshop that I get a percentage from what all the members are buying via tracking codes.
    In that way I win in both ends. Members need to see that they gain something to pay.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from SammyS in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    For me the number one reason for members to subscribe is that they get access to discount codes for one of the largest outdoorshops in my country. I have had a discountcodes since 2013 that give them 20% discount on everything in that large shop.
    And then I have an agreement with the outdoorshop that I get a percentage from what all the members are buying via tracking codes.
    In that way I win in both ends. Members need to see that they gain something to pay.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from bfarber in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    For me the number one reason for members to subscribe is that they get access to discount codes for one of the largest outdoorshops in my country. I have had a discountcodes since 2013 that give them 20% discount on everything in that large shop.
    And then I have an agreement with the outdoorshop that I get a percentage from what all the members are buying via tracking codes.
    In that way I win in both ends. Members need to see that they gain something to pay.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen got a reaction from opentype in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    For me the number one reason for members to subscribe is that they get access to discount codes for one of the largest outdoorshops in my country. I have had a discountcodes since 2013 that give them 20% discount on everything in that large shop.
    And then I have an agreement with the outdoorshop that I get a percentage from what all the members are buying via tracking codes.
    In that way I win in both ends. Members need to see that they gain something to pay.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Saurabh Jain in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    I have been using Adsense since 2005... and has worked well... I want to work on membership fee ..however the lack of payment gateway Integration for Indian customers have been an issue... I wanted for payUmoney....it has never been added.... I wish  additional payment gateways can do wonders for  my project 
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Aiwa in 4.3: Videos   
    Glad I was able to impress you.  
    My point being, most users currently do NOT upload videos to IPS sites because they only show as a link and must be downloaded.  Most prefer to use a source that allows embedding, YouTube / Vimeo / etc.  By its nature, this offloads the hosting burden for videos.  This change ultimately means Administrators are going to need to be more conscience about their upload limits, allowed upload file types, and group permissions for each to ensure they either don't exceed storage limits or limit the increase in data storage and/or bandwidth usage of S3 services.  Getting more users to start using uploaded videos could have a large $$ impact on some sites if not administered carefully.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to ZakRhyno in Invision Community 4.3 Coming Soon   
    Is IP.Gallery going to get some love? There has been nil to much of anything to improve it from when IPB 4 came out.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to ABGenc in Invision Community 4.2   
    That is a dream we all wish come true and it would be AWESOME. If that would happen who cares what tapatalk is doing ?
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Charles in Invision Community 4.2   
    You can choose +1, -1, or neutral (no change) for reactions. More info:
     
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Adriano Faria in New: Leaderboard Enhancements   
    We should be able to exclude groups or users. The founder of a forum, for example, will probably have more reputation than another admin and maybe he doesn't want to appear in the leaderboard.
    One example here on IPS is the IPS NEWS account! There's no sense in display it there: https://invisionpower.com/topmembers/
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Phillyman in New: Group promotion improvements   
    I like this, but to take it a step further....I would like to see an option to return members to lower groups if they don't maintain a certain level of activity.
    example..
    In order to remain in "Group X" you must have 25 posts over the last 12 month, otherwise you go back to "Group Y"
    This would keep up forum activity, rather than just having a member do a one time burst of creating topics and replies.
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    Kjell Iver Johansen reacted to Adriano Faria in New: Gallery improvements   
    @bfarber, a common request is add a RANDOM option to the image widgets. Will this be added in 4.2?
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