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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Stuart Silvester in 4.5: One More Thing...   
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    CheersnGears reacted to TheWorldNewsMedia.org in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    Just take my money already!!
    Glad to see IPS was listening.
    I won't complain about the slowness. I know this stuff gets complicated.
    I think this is a big step in the right direction although I would have chosen PWA's personally.
    Just remember, the more you help us stay in business publishing WITH ADS..... the more chance you have to keep your publishers paying, Partner.

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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Fierce God in Why did Lush quit social media?   
    Because the algorithms are way to easy to game, especially with money.  Is it really social media if the only way you get to see what you want to see is if the provider is paying to put it in front of your eyes? That's just plain old advertising. 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Matt in Why did Lush quit social media?   
    Because the algorithms are way to easy to game, especially with money.  Is it really social media if the only way you get to see what you want to see is if the provider is paying to put it in front of your eyes? That's just plain old advertising. 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Matt in Why I try and avoid the F word in public   
    This is very true and may be the biggest thing standing between me and my wish.   While the software today is great, part of me wishes that I had converted to a CMS years ago instead of trying to hammer Content/Pages into doing what I wanted. It would be much more painful to convert now, but I've considered going down that route. 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Matt in Why I try and avoid the F word in public   
    Community is fine, but I still feel this software suite is still too forum-centric.  It's just the nature of software that started as forum software and then evolved to have other bolt-ons over time.
    If I could have one wish in IPS, it would be for Pages to be a better replacement for Wordpress.  The integration between Pages and Forums is fantastic, the Forums are fantastic, but Pages is still not quite there yet as a Wordpress substitute.
    Now, before you jump on me about how Pages is "so much more".  I agree it is.  But the primary use case for Pages is going to be some sort of articles/blog/news system because that's the database it ships with.
    F word in my case will never go away.  My community is coming up on 18 years old. It will always be thought of as a forum first even though Pages is and has been my primary app for years now.
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    CheersnGears reacted to opentype in Why I try and avoid the F word in public   
    My dream is that IPS grows enough that it can pay a dedicated developer team for each app. Pages, Commerce, Downloads … they all just get these “sweeps” after 1,5 years with a few improvements here and there. It clearly shows. Those app can’t keep up with standalone solutions by other providers who improve that one app all day every day.  
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    CheersnGears reacted to Matt in 4.4: New Email Features   
    You can now do this while you're not logged in. I get you point, we might be able to sort this for 4.4.
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    CheersnGears reacted to Matt in 4.4: New Email Features   
    This is something we want to do. It won't make it for 4.4, but keep watching this space. (Not literally, nothing is going to happen in this specific space).
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from media in 4.4: Increase visitor registrations with Post Before Registering   
    Right now I allow guests to post.  If I want this new feature to be the default option for guests, do I have to turn guest posing off?
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from mudcrutch in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    Just rattling the cage a bit to see if there is any potential for a patreon integration.
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    CheersnGears reacted to The Guy in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    After looking at it, it would be cool to have it as a way of making an alternate subscription plan on your site. As far as I know there are certain levels of patron's that can benefit from it. 
    For example: on a forum a user wants to upgrade, they simply become a patron from their user account and reap all the benefits set by the admin. He/she be able to access areas now granted, and all the awards by the Patreon has to offer. Maybe like discounts to the store, more user privileges.
    Basally just a new way of  being a Premium member on ones board.
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from SammyS in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    That would be a fantastic 3rd party add-on 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Josiah Wallingford in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    That would be a fantastic 3rd party add-on 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Cyboman in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    That would be a fantastic 3rd party add-on 
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from Rikki in 5 ways to monetize your community   
    I just removed Viglink.  I had 30 cents of activity from it in the last 12 months.  I don't know if there are other ways to impliment it, but it clearly wasn't doing anything for me as is.  I don't expect it to beat AdSense, but at least I get a large adsense payment every month, meaning more than the $100 minimum.
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    CheersnGears reacted to KentT in 6 reasons why you shouldn't just settle for a Facebook group community   
    Let me set some context, before I explain. My site is a 19 year old virtual club for enthusiasts and collectors of a specific brand of antique garden tractors. It includes a significant online library of contributed resources of all types, plus an active Classifieds ads (free) that allows them to buy, sell or trade for free with real folks avoiding Craigslist scammers and hassles ( we have always required users to provide their real name, city, state) or eBay costs. It also supports an aftermarket of reproduction parts. In addition to researching and finding things or asking questions, users can document their collection and their projects in a variety of ways (a custom tractor registry - now using Pages + collections, photo gallery, build log blog, a Show & Tell forum specifically for that, etc.)
    We also have a Facebook page and a Facebook group. The page is simply to stake a place and hang a shingle on Facebook - because we are a virtual club, many of the FB tools for a business owner to use on their page simply does not apply - and most imprtantly, because search engines and such penalize me if I don't have one. Consequently that page doesn't see much traffic, and the content is not very dynamic. The Facebook Group is used to "push" key things from my site into Facebook so that users can then share that info with their friends, family, other groups, etc. We share new classified ads, blog updates, new photo gallery items, new registry entries, etc - so that our users who are in Facebook can then share their hobby with their friends, family, etc. My site has over 9000 users, and the FB group has over 1000 members.
    We do not actively encourage users to post in that FB group, much less use it for general chit-chat. Similarly, we don't encourage status updates on the club site.  I really don't care what they had for lunch, what their kids/grandkids now look like, or where they went on vacation. But, if they have something significant or meaningful related to their tractor hobby, I want to capture that, catalog/index it, and save it for posterity (rather than it disappear with the latest Photobucket policy change, when MySpace or or other free photo repository fades away, etc.) I want to add that to our knowledge base and repository and make it easily searchable and shareable.
    In addition, we have a News and Announcements forum for news about the club, the site, or its software - and we share all topics in it to Facebook. Meanwhile, our moderators also monitor that Facebook group and should someone ask a question there, they respond and if possible provide a link back to the site for more details, resources, etc. 
    We try to use Facebook as a means for our users to share info about their hobby with a wider audience, to "market" who we are and what we can provide to a wider audience (especially younger users who live in their phones but may seldom use a computer), and as a way to broadcast news and updates about the site and the club. I don't try to compete head to head with FB, while fully acknowledging that it is a part of many of our users lives, and simply want to facilitate that...
    So, things I would like to see are:
    1. Ability to Promote to a Group in addition to a Page
    2. Ability to auto-promote new content from specific parts of my site, to reduce the workload of moderators manually sharing (or promoting) content, and let them work in a "by exception" mode, similar to how they police the forums.
     3. Ideally, I'd like to see the ability to automatically feed or pull back to my site any Facebook reactions or comments to content that has been shared or promoted there...
     
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    CheersnGears reacted to Saurabh Jain in New: Promoting Content   
    Great great feature...
    Google plus is must ... as it gives you upper edge in search listings...
    I wish we can have email invitations possible as well... importing contacts from gmail - yahoo or uploading CSV contacts ...
     
    Regards
    Saurabh
     
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    CheersnGears got a reaction from sobrenome in Pages Improvements   
    Some fantastic improvements!
    Still have a  over the lack of the offset filter though.  Or maybe I just can't see it in the screen shots.
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    CheersnGears reacted to SardiniaNET in IP.Board 3.4 End of Support   
    Ridiculous.
    Version 3.4.0 was released on November 27, 2012. Only 5 Years to abandon users or force you to go for fixed routes.
    Over 6 months for porting data and contents from old (2!!) platform and now, another change? No, thanks. I will stop immediately the payments. 
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    CheersnGears reacted to Hunter Lyons in IP.Board 3.4 End of Support   
    Alright! Well, I'm one of those quiet admins someone mentioned somewhere. Years ago, I used IPB 3 on a gaming community website. Recently, I purchased IPB 4 for the same reason and I am seriously impressed. The amount of improvements is stunning. It's just a really solid platform. That isn't to say there aren't problems, but it's pretty great and I'm happy with the purchase. If you'd like to check out my site- http://tyrenale.net 
    But ah... There's a singular piece of feedback given that holds a load of merit: the problem that certain plugins / features are required for certain communities, ie 3rd party plugins / certain features IPB hasn't gotten to yet. The latter is valid, but we can't blame IPB for 3rd party devs not updating things.
     
    You should try contacting the developers in private. If that doesn't work- pm me. I'd happily help you find a freelance developer to update them. I've found Java developers, web devs, etc with ease before. Just gotta know where to look! If you're willing to pay that much, you can easily get those plugins updated.
     
    Entirely valid reason not to. 
     
    IPB, I'd honestly suggest just creating some sort of public way for IPB admins to say- "Hi, this is what I need worked on before I can upgrade to IPB 4.x"- so you can work from there. It'd be a shame to see so many leave the IPB community because certain things aren't done yet.
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