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  1. That's brilliant Adriano!!! You might consider creating a separate monitizable version of this product. Such a version could be marketed to an entirely different group of IPS customers increasing overall sales. Once folks really look at the capabilities of the Member Shop, the Commerce addon and your app (with "just" the new features you will be adding in a couple of days) their imaginations will spark and multiple different use cases will come to mind. Being open to further refinement could lead to entirely different ways of running communities, allowing some to remain open a few years longer or allowing new ones to launch and thrive.
  2. It would be helpful if IPS listed which browsers they actively support (and let people now if they intend on deprecating a browser or version of a browser) with their platform and all third-party developers would be required to certify that their products are compatible with them prior to being listed in the marketplace. If a marketplace app doesn't work with a particular IPS supported browser than it should be clearly stated in the product description. This will allow customers to make an informed decision of whether or not the IPS platform and any marketplace apps a person may consider for purchase will meet their overall needs prior to purchase and not learn afterwards after they had made a nonrefundable purchase.
  3. A new train of thought was initiated by @TheWorldNewsMedia.org 19 hours ago and was followed up with 2 comments 15 hours ago and then 8 hours ago and then 3 hours ago and the last one 31 minutes ago. There are a lot of conversations that play out over the course of days or weeks before coming to some conclusion or it simply peters out. Most of the suggestion topics end up petering out. None of us participating in this particular conversation were online within the same minute let alone the same second so having a real time messaging solution wouldn't be of much use to us here. How many of the real time conversations on any given site will be meaningful enough that a member would be willing to offset the costs for supporting such functionality? There is demand (I'm interested down the road but my members will see the value of paying for such functionality) but not enough for IPS to provide a replacement for their deprecated chat app or for the existing chat providers to thrive as their customer base is small. Drive up demand and things might change for the better. Check out: https://betalist.com This site lists many startups that offer a multitude of internet based products including various real time communications offerings. If you can bring together a large enough group of sites they may be talked into integrating their product with the IPS suite.
  4. Here is an example of a topic about a functionality of Pages that wouldn't easily be found by searching but may be of interest to other folks than the original poster.
  5. It would be nice to have a dedicated area centered around Pages. I've seen lots of useful tips, examples, and answers to lots of folks questions but as they are scattered all over the place they can be tough to find as it is always hit or miss using the search tool. Having a dedicated area will help with future discoverability of content specific to pages and maybe some folks might offer to help comb through the older content and move the most useful to the new area to make them easy to find. This wouldn't be something that would yield immediate positive results but something that would grow ever more useful over time.
  6. This is an very interesting topic to explore in more detail. Let's say for the sake of argument that IPS implemented real-time personal messaging and video chatting. Consider the following: Facebook and other big social media companies have entire buildings full of servers scattered throughout the world and the staff to support them. As such, they have an incredible amounts of compute power, memory and direct high speed connections to the Internet that enables them to provide "real time" capabilities for a variety of services. They also have multiple revenue generating income streams in which to pay for it all. What would be the cost per user per month to support real time personal messages video chatting if we attempted to do it ourselves? Our costs would be significantly higher than our competitors as we can't take purchase goods and services at the scale they can. Would the increased operating costs for implementing real-time personal messaging and video chatting be less than or equal to the amount every site owner could talk their members into paying each month? Many sites would probably love to have such new functionality, but few of them could probably afford to implement it as they probably won't get enough of the members to pay for something they are used to getting free elsewhere. Competing against established social media companies will require serious out of the box thinking. I am curious to see all of the out of the box approaches people suggest to overcome the obstacles I mentioned above.
  7. In all seriousness, I think it is great that fellow IPS customers keep suggesting new features or better ways to implement existing ones. The challenge though is to do it in a way that will garner support from a "lot" of people in order to "really" get IPS attention or a third party developer to take the idea into real consideration. Your posting may not get you the results you hope for.
  8. If IPS created an AI based sarcasm filter the only thing that would appear in the response posted by @Joel Rabove would be the word "Like".
  9. As more and more people become concerned with privacy and various government entities start enacting privacy policies around the topic we should append the goodreads and google books APIs to the Third Parties Section of the board's Privacy Policy "if" appropriate. An acknowledgement (what information is being shared) via the two APIs and provide a link to the privacy policy.
  10. The link shown below probably should be updated to reflect the inclusion of both APIs in your program. This product uses both goodreads and google books APIs. The goodreads link currently goes to goodreads.com. Shouldn't the goodreads link direct a member to the API page instead? https://www.goodreads.com/api The same idea for the google books API: https://developers.google.com/books/
  11. It would be nice to have the ability to toggle the "More" button off or on. If a forum owner wants to try to garner Amazon Affiliate commissions they will probably want to toggle the "More" button off. The "More" button redirects to the goodreads.com website. Anyone clicking on links to purchase a book on this site forgoes getting commissions from Amazon or any other stores. The website also shows whether or not the book is available at nearby libraries. It is highly unlikely a member will backtrack to the forum and purchase the book via the "Buy" button.
  12. It's great to have the ability to start a topic about a particular book but there are times when it would be great to be able to reference a particular book in a forum conversation. For example if a forum poster wrote the following sentence below and embedded a book title "Battle of Hastings". Forum poster clicks on the "new" book icon in the toolbar as shown above. A book choosing dialog box appears. After appropriate book is chosen the dialog box disappears and the book title with underlying link gets added where the cursor lies and the forum poster continues writing. In Battle of Hastings, the author states on page 22, "This battle is the most defining event in English History". Anyone reading the forum posting later hovers their mouse pointer over the book title and a popup dialog box appears with more information about the book. When done reviewing the book they exit the dialog box and return back to the forum posting. The reader can better determine how reliable the quoted text is based on reader reviews on Amazon. It also can expose the membership to additional books on a particular subject matter being discussed without having to create an entirely new ThreadStarter: Books created topic. Doing so may end up fragmenting the conversation and the topic ends up dying prematurely. This idea is inspired by Wikimedia. The more book links to Amazon the more chances a member will buy a book or other merchandise which will earn the website additional affiliate commisions.
  13. Just wanted to express my gratitude for creating this app based on my suggestion and in such a timely fashion.
  14. Although there might not be a lot of "big" improvements in this release there are a fair amount of little tweaks and additions that will have to be tested. This particular release will likely require many marketplace apps and themes to be updated and the developers may discover a bug or two that should be fixed prior to a 4.4 release. So far none of the customers have been given access to download a beta so it is anyone's guess how long the beta testing process will take or if it will require 4.4.1, or more dot builds to reach stability. Sometime this Spring would be a good guess
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