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Joel R

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  1. Hey @Mike John Read your PM invitation about Black Friday

  2. The best admins are always obsessively paranoid. Keep it up.
  3. Whoa whoa ... Three taps of the enter button??
  4. @bfarber I believe the request by @We are Borg is not about breaking the quote at the END of a quote, but in the middle:
  5. You seem to be generally frustrated based on this and other posts, so I'd like to take a moment to take a step back with you. With all due respect, and this is an important message that any community admin needs to hear, installing a theme or a new app isn't going to make or break a community if you don't have the fundamentals of community building. The fact that there are huge legacy boards on IPBoard 3, Vbulletin 3, and other legacy platforms is a testament that content and community will always trump technology. Does that mean technology is irrelevant? No, because as time goes on it's like running with a handicap, but that doesn't mean you can't hop, skip, or drag yourself in the meantime. Every Invision admin needs to be able to answer the following questions in less than 5 seconds each: 1. Does my community offer a unique and compelling value to the world? 2. Is my community the very best in the world (or at least top 3 in the world) at that specific goal? 3. If not, then what the hell am I doing to get there?? Can you answer those questions without skipping a beat? If not, then full stop. Go back to the drawing board and figure out how you will offer unique and compelling functional value to the world. Notice how none of those questions ask you what technology, what platform, or what add-on is needed. What those questions do ask is the very heart of your community objectives and strategies. Communities that can offer unique, compelling, and best-in-class content will thrive. For myself personally, I have three major multi-year initiatives to grow my community that I'm calling my Vision 2020 goals. They're big, huge, scary goals to build up authoritative content in new areas and grow my community in meaningful ways. On top of those long term projects, I always have a half dozen of smaller projects that clean-up or nurture existing sections. There is literally so much to do, and not a single one of them worries about another platform. Why? Because as long as I focus on driving unique and compelling value better than anyone else in the world, then the community and activity will follow. To be brutally candid (and this isn't directed at anyone in particular), if you're worried about XYZ platform, then you are not worried enough about your own community management goals to help distinguish and grow your own independent community.
  6. But ... It's not Facebook!! Kidding. The Facebook wall allows you to directly post a new status update. In IPS, you post a new status update on the user profile.
  7. The "wall" concept is interactive, so users can post status updates and users can respond. The Activity Streams are not interactive (eg. No commenting).
  8. Any uploaded images associated with the content item should be available. I promote six to seven picks every day from multiple apps, so I'm surprised to hear this is an issue. To help you troubleshoot: 1. When you promote a topic, you'll only be able to select images from the first post. 2. When you promote a post, you'll only be able to select images that are uploaded. I don't believe you can select linked images. If the problem is occurring outside of those two scenarios, then please send in a ticket.
  9. 1. To change your look or theme, there are hundreds of themes in the Marketplace. 2. There is no mobile app. The software is designed to be responsive, so it beautifully displays on all device sizes (mobile, tablet, and desktop). 3. @opentype has several examples of Invision Communities that use custom Page templates. Yes, you can create an online magazine of articles. 4. There is no "wall" or timeline design like Facebook besides status updates on user pages.
  10. Clubs does not support pages or databases at this time.
  11. 1. There might be a Spanish translation in the Marketplace, which will convert all language to Spanish. 2. Don't chase the "engagement trap," which is engagement for the sake of engagement. 3. What unique, special value does your community offer to the world?
  12. Emotion is energy in motion. Today’s article is the last element in our Sense of Community series, and it’s also the most powerful. It allows new communities to win over legacy ones; niche communities to triumph over generic platforms; and impassioned communities to outlast everyone. It’s also the hardest element to cultivate. What is it? According to a survey by psychologist Dr. Jenny Fremlin, shared emotional connection accounts for the single largest factor of community-building. In fact, almost half of all respondents in her research identified shared emotional connection as the factor most important to their community. How do you cultivate the principle of shared emotional connection? New Members For new members, your goal is to initiate them in your community’s rituals and connect them with other outstanding members who will help reinforce your community’s spirit. Induction – Joining your community should be the beginning of a member’s community story, which means leaving a part of himself behind and fostering a new selfhood for your community. Make induction an important part of onboarding a new member. Honor his new membership with community gifts. Require him to fulfill rituals that are unique to your community. Demand that he open himself to the community, the challenges he faces, and what he hopes to receive. By doing so, you are asking the new member to invest a part of their emotional selves in the community from the very beginning. Greater Contact – The more that people interact, the more likely they are to bond. Just like in the real world when a new visitor walks into a room and no one talks to him, he’s likely to leave. But if you can introduce him to other members, invite him to a table with other new members who also recently joined, or connect him with a mentor, then he’s more likely to stay. You can accomplish the same in your community. Connect members as much as possible, which spark new friendships. Existing Members For existing members, deepen their sense of shared emotional connection with these strategies. Community Story – Develop a story for your community, a narrative that is being written by and for members. It brings all members together in a common sense of history, and even though not all members may have participated the entire time, they identify with the story. Why was your community founded? Are you tackling a challenge in the world? Did you undergo a major obstacle? Are you aspiring to improve the world? Where are you going? Write down your past, present, and future and invite members into the living story of your community. Community Projects – All too often, community admins launch projects on their own or with an inner circle of staff. Launch a project that’s open to everyone, where all members can participate, give feedback, and contribute. Define a beginning and end to the project, which helps members with closure and remembrance (“Did you remember the time when we helped on XYZ project?”) . Industry Changes – What are disruptions that are happening in your field or industry? Is it affecting anyone you know? How do you feel about it? Is it positive or negative? How significant is the change? Use these shared events to get people disclosing their emotions about these disruptions, which helps form an emotional connection with others who are experiencing the same. The strongest bonds are among people who undergo a crisis together. Honor & Humiliation – Finally, the personal growth of members is punctuated by the highs and lows of their membership from rewards that highlight special achievement to penalties that discipline bad behavior. These moments of recognition and humiliation unlock joy and pain, which emotionally bond the member to your community. The strongest emotional bonds are experienced by those who traverse the greatest emotional journey – they come to your community as immature or inexperienced, and through rewards and moderation, grow to become a better person through your community. Members visit your community for all sorts of reasons. But out of all reasons, one stands above all others: shared emotional connection. There’s no one way to cultivating a shared emotional connection. Every community will be unique. You and your Invision Community must write your own individual story, cultivate your own special volkgeist, and honor and humiliate members in your own extraordinary way. The energy and emotion of your community will be uniquely yours. In the end, you want to foster your own “community of spirit” among members, an exceptional sense of purpose and friendship wrapped in shared emotion that no other community can match.
  13. Phone based activation isn't supported at the time, but you can turn on multi factor authentication (which is usually tied to a phone) to provide an additional level of security.
  14. There are some minor Our Picks enhancements in the Marketplace.
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