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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Aethes in Vuex (Support Topic)   
    Looks good. Nice work for a free theme!
    Better than anything Design Shopz puts out and his are all mostly 'paid' themes and can mostly be achieved with the inline theme editor buttons. 😂
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Lindy in Push for Mobile first   
    We appreciate the feedback, exchange of ideas and overall dialogue. I believe the original question has been addressed and this topic has run its course and we're just heading downhill at this point. There are various admin sites that serve as a platform to exchange comparisons between platforms and bounce around ideas. You're also welcome to continue the exchange via PM (with civility, of course.)
    As noted, 2020 is about bringing more modern elements to the platform - including UI changes to 4.5 and the introduction of a mobile app. There are 18 years of customer history to account for and it's not a switch that can be flipped overnight, however, we are very pleased with the present and are looking forward to the future. We feel most of you will as well. 🙂 
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from christopher-w in Push for Mobile first   
    Yes, this
    This is why I actually like Node and a reason I do like nodebb in many cases to clients. It definitely doesn't have all the features that IPS has, but it's much easier to build said features that are missing in node, and much easier to find developers if you need to. It's 'mostly' designed as a mobile designed with keeping more support for mobile devices than what IPS has as the software was designed for more or less phones and scaled up. It's also much much faster out of the box.
    Though, again - like anything else we pick... has its pro's and con's.
     
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from DesignzShop in Push for Mobile first   
    Yes, this
    This is why I actually like Node and a reason I do like nodebb in many cases to clients. It definitely doesn't have all the features that IPS has, but it's much easier to build said features that are missing in node, and much easier to find developers if you need to. It's 'mostly' designed as a mobile designed with keeping more support for mobile devices than what IPS has as the software was designed for more or less phones and scaled up. It's also much much faster out of the box.
    Though, again - like anything else we pick... has its pro's and con's.
     
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to christopher-w in Push for Mobile first   
    Yes, I am sure that's the intention, but the larger the user base, the more generic the solution - just look at O365. Which is why I advocate core being wrapped in a versioned API, which allows theme devs and more advanced owners to construct their own front end presentation. Plus themes don't break when core is updated because they will be authored against an API version.
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Matt in Push for Mobile first   
    Just a little clarification regarding my comments about our site's desktop/mobile split (taken from GA), it wasn't meant to demonstrate that mobile isn't important or we don't realise that for a good number of our clients, mobile is the dominant platform; it was more to demonstrate that we serve a wide array of clients with different needs.

    We do of course recognise that a good mobile experience is critical to our future.

    We have to take smaller steps to get to somewhere different. We can't alienate our existing customer base by springing a completely different way of working and organising data overnight.
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Meddysong in Push for Mobile first   
    That's because you edit or I don't care to go back and finding it. You mentioned something "about my past here" along the lines of "Given your past here" something like that.
    Look, I'm done - no point in debating with you. You're not worth my time. 🙂
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Meddysong in Push for Mobile first   
    I promise, I have no beef with him. I don't even know who he is. Somehow he knows me, or something. And talks about my past here, which was never bad. I was always up for debates and I'm passionate about my work, but hey it is what it is. I've said all I need to say in regards to what proof I have to offer. Do with it  and what happens. I'm not losing any sleep on it lol.
    Trust me, I understand. I only offered suggestions in my original thread. It kind of got derailed debating about what is and isn't a mobile device.
    Lindy is a smart man - I have faith that IPS will hopefully move in a direction that benefits the masses and not the opposite of what you're saying. Regardless, if bigger clients are coming to me and they're telling me that a majority of their users are mobile, I still trust but verify. I run the numbers and see what they're actually using. I've seen where tablets are the majority, desktops and phones. It's great to always keep up with your analytics and develop accordingly. If the entire web is going that direction, and the client I have is 98 years old and never touched a computer in their life, I would advise to follow what is trending from a UI/UX perspective and develop whatever features they're sought after in that scale.
    Unfortunately, IPS is hard to recommend as a community platform for the reasons I've laid out in my original posts before the derail in favor of  the majority of clients that are active.
    I think any developer or project manager that is looking at software TODAY to provide to a client that is looking at social engagement is going to be hard pressed to recommend IPS  (in my opinion) unless there are many features that they need or the platform entirely makes sense. It's a matter of making informed decisions. Sadly, I feel IPS is behind other platforms. I definitely understand where you're coming from. I know it's going to be hard for IPS to choose certain directions when its current user base that has that niche or is fine where they are would possibly be affected and not want to approach something that affects them negatively, again balance. But I also have a gut feeling that over these last few years, more and more clients aren't signing up and some of the bigger boards have switched away entirely from the platform  (Bethesda was one)
    This brings me back to my original discussion to hopefully bring this back on track. I want mobile-first approaches that make sense in scalability. Also, my recommendations aren't to pull all your eggs in one basket using proprietary frameworks as it, in my opinion has hurt our abilities to provide clients 3rd party themes and applications that are fully custom without relying on a small handful of active developers here. Things that I think any community should take a look at.
    Looking forward to the next UI and many needed improvements and hopefully without the sacrifice of features. 
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from christopher-w in Push for Mobile first   
    Chris, feel free to PM me and I'll discuss with you competitive ideas. As it really depends on what your community is geared for and what you're trying to do. In many cases depending on the niche, I will recommend IPS depending on needs. Like I said, it's not that I don't like IPS - but when someone comes to me asking for something more mobile specific for their users and want to extend the functionality. It's hard to do so in many cases.
     
     
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to opentype in Push for Mobile first   
    I thought it would be obvious. The individuals here naturally have a narrow focus based on the one or few sites they work on. And the feature requests from the clients are almost always self-centered. We ask for what suits the needs of our specific site(s) or what we personally find interesting or consider “the future” (see discussion above 😉). That’s normal and almost unavoidable. IPS is in a completely different situation serving thousands of clients at once and over the course of many years. The decision making works completely different when you ask individual admins/devs what they would do vs. IPS considering their entire user base. 
    Obviously we need to continue to give give feedback since a software company serves the needs of their users, but that doesn’t mean that it should be a “collective decision making process”. The ship is hard to steer with hundreds of people trying to set the course to the direction they wanna go to. Better have a captain with a clear vision where to go and and experienced crew to get it done. 
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    This sums up this back and forth quite nicely, though I'd suggest it was not a lack of knowledge that's the issue, but rather an unwillingness to take a perspective different from ones own. Discussion is a wonderful way to inspire learning.
    Why the hostility and personal attacks though? What's to be gained here from the chest thumping and bravado? There's probably a nicer way to convey how you feel here, and there's a danger in the line of thinking that "my opinion and experience is the only correct opinion and experience."
    I'm not sure what you're afraid of, yet I'm reminded of a programmer colleague from a past life that was aggressively hostile at the notion of web-based applications. He'd often devolve into ranting tirades and get physically intimidating in meetings whenever the idea of developing a browser based tool instead of a executable program written in VB6.
    I took him out to lunch to try to get to the bottom of what was behind this disproportionate response to what was a better fit solution for the customer, and learned that it was he was afraid of losing his job if we started using web programming languages that he had no experience in using or knowledge of as a lifetime desktop application developer.
    Fear of what we don't know can be dangerously limiting, and that former colleague lost his job not for what he didn't know--we would have given him all the on the job training and education he needed--but, instead, because of how he chose to response to his fear of the unknown: resorting to name calling, physical aggression, and bullying.
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from DesignzShop in Push for Mobile first   
    🙈 okay.  Whatever you say. 
     
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    @Dylan Riggs thanks for helping educate and for raising awareness.
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    I really don't think you're understanding my view/argument on this entire thread. Read the first post and then my next couple of posts. I'm not talking about a mobile app. I'm talking about introducing mobile VIEW improvements to make the browsing on a phone/tablet much better and intuitive than from a desktop experience shrunk down to mobile friendliness.
    Right now, I can go through with 5-6 different UI/UX changes that will significantly improve the mobile experience. If you think IPS's mobile friendliness is good, that's fine. It works, I don't have a problem with it, but I can tell you - I prefer browsing IPS with a desktop or even a tablet because mobile friendliness is sub-optimal and I'm not alone in this. I can tell you and it's been backed by MANY statistics that the majority of the Web uses mobile devices, you agreed with this.
    I'm not asking to have IPS strip the site away or reduce its feature set. I'm only asking for an improved approach for the mobile experience. Typically what this means is "Designing the viewer's experience in a specific approach" and in our cases in todays world, that means having all the features that IPS has to offer and make the experience work best for the vast majority of our users... which is on a mobile device.
    Worst case scenario, they introduce a mobile theme and a desktop theme, just like what big companies do, it is just harder for a company like IPS with its limited logistical support.
    There is a reason why FORUMS themselves are dying out, and I believe a lot of this has to do with the fact that hardly ANY modern forum software has a mobile first approach except a couple. Guess what, while I don't like Discourse, it's much more popular and has only been around for 1/5th the time IPS has been around. Flarum I believe is the best LOOKING mobile software, but it's BETA and has been SLOW in development for many years now.
    Experience isn't JUST about how it looks. You can open 5-10 topics the same time  you open one here. The technology, the backend that's powering it is just better. 
    None of it is proprietary, it's simply the developers using POPULAR open based frameworks/JS etc and building a product off of it. This helps reiterate why it's important for 3rd party development which also reinforces client based work. Something that IPS is also lacking in.
    How many theme developers are there still? I used to be a big one of them some moons ago. Now, I can count a handful and then for applications/plugins, also a handful.
    10 years ago, it was at least more than a few dozen handfuls ;). Moderninzing the software will promote itself enough. I hope.
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Cyboman in Push for Mobile first   
    Again, vanilla is not the forum solution I am talking about. I'm talking about IPS out of the box, with no modifications/themes etc.
    You have to understand that Discourse/Flarum are mobile first approaches, but Flarum is not even a released software and IPS has been around for how long? At least 15 years, right? All I'm trying to tell you is, IPS needs to put more emphasis at making Mobile more of a game player when most of the entire WEB is mobile instead of focusing specifically for desktop use and supporting mobile, but not making an emphasis. 
    The end goal is to provide the feature set IPS provides, but also making it much more intuitive to use on mobile. You're in the minority if you think IPS works "perfectly fine" on mobile. There MANY improvements to be had, I can tell you that.
    If you can't agree with that, then that's fine. I have nothing more to add. 
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Cyboman in Push for Mobile first   
    I really don't think you're understanding my view/argument on this entire thread. Read the first post and then my next couple of posts. I'm not talking about a mobile app. I'm talking about introducing mobile VIEW improvements to make the browsing on a phone/tablet much better and intuitive than from a desktop experience shrunk down to mobile friendliness.
    Right now, I can go through with 5-6 different UI/UX changes that will significantly improve the mobile experience. If you think IPS's mobile friendliness is good, that's fine. It works, I don't have a problem with it, but I can tell you - I prefer browsing IPS with a desktop or even a tablet because mobile friendliness is sub-optimal and I'm not alone in this. I can tell you and it's been backed by MANY statistics that the majority of the Web uses mobile devices, you agreed with this.
    I'm not asking to have IPS strip the site away or reduce its feature set. I'm only asking for an improved approach for the mobile experience. Typically what this means is "Designing the viewer's experience in a specific approach" and in our cases in todays world, that means having all the features that IPS has to offer and make the experience work best for the vast majority of our users... which is on a mobile device.
    Worst case scenario, they introduce a mobile theme and a desktop theme, just like what big companies do, it is just harder for a company like IPS with its limited logistical support.
    There is a reason why FORUMS themselves are dying out, and I believe a lot of this has to do with the fact that hardly ANY modern forum software has a mobile first approach except a couple. Guess what, while I don't like Discourse, it's much more popular and has only been around for 1/5th the time IPS has been around. Flarum I believe is the best LOOKING mobile software, but it's BETA and has been SLOW in development for many years now.
    Experience isn't JUST about how it looks. You can open 5-10 topics the same time  you open one here. The technology, the backend that's powering it is just better. 
    None of it is proprietary, it's simply the developers using POPULAR open based frameworks/JS etc and building a product off of it. This helps reiterate why it's important for 3rd party development which also reinforces client based work. Something that IPS is also lacking in.
    How many theme developers are there still? I used to be a big one of them some moons ago. Now, I can count a handful and then for applications/plugins, also a handful.
    10 years ago, it was at least more than a few dozen handfuls ;). Moderninzing the software will promote itself enough. I hope.
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    Here is an example that I’m talking about. Right now, I’m posting this reply from my phone. 
     
    this paragraph did not auto capitalize. I had to swipe up on my iPhone about 8x to reach the bottom of the page to click the reply button.
     
    even though I read the entire thread except your last post, Sonya  I was taken to the very top of the page, which caused uncesessary scrolling.
    as I’m typing, I have to scroll down more to click the post reply button.
     
    some easy improvements: take you to last reply. It is hit or miss. Add a feature similar to how flarum has it, where you can drag a bar to scroll through posts in real time, much faster than swiping 8 plus times for every 2 posts.
    None of this changes the functionality of the software, just the theme being more “modern” for mobile use and just more intuitive.
    Didn’t gain any features, didn’t lose any features. But there is 2 to 4 ideas or fixes to make the responsiveness feel better and more intuitive to use.
    not the best of examples, since I don’t like to type on mobile either, but still.... there you go
     
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from kmk in Push for Mobile first   
    Again, vanilla is not the forum solution I am talking about. I'm talking about IPS out of the box, with no modifications/themes etc.
    You have to understand that Discourse/Flarum are mobile first approaches, but Flarum is not even a released software and IPS has been around for how long? At least 15 years, right? All I'm trying to tell you is, IPS needs to put more emphasis at making Mobile more of a game player when most of the entire WEB is mobile instead of focusing specifically for desktop use and supporting mobile, but not making an emphasis. 
    The end goal is to provide the feature set IPS provides, but also making it much more intuitive to use on mobile. You're in the minority if you think IPS works "perfectly fine" on mobile. There MANY improvements to be had, I can tell you that.
    If you can't agree with that, then that's fine. I have nothing more to add. 
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from christopher-w in Push for Mobile first   
    Here is an example that I’m talking about. Right now, I’m posting this reply from my phone. 
     
    this paragraph did not auto capitalize. I had to swipe up on my iPhone about 8x to reach the bottom of the page to click the reply button.
     
    even though I read the entire thread except your last post, Sonya  I was taken to the very top of the page, which caused uncesessary scrolling.
    as I’m typing, I have to scroll down more to click the post reply button.
     
    some easy improvements: take you to last reply. It is hit or miss. Add a feature similar to how flarum has it, where you can drag a bar to scroll through posts in real time, much faster than swiping 8 plus times for every 2 posts.
    None of this changes the functionality of the software, just the theme being more “modern” for mobile use and just more intuitive.
    Didn’t gain any features, didn’t lose any features. But there is 2 to 4 ideas or fixes to make the responsiveness feel better and more intuitive to use.
    not the best of examples, since I don’t like to type on mobile either, but still.... there you go
     
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help to you and wish you the best. I'm honestly not sure what "ISP proof" is in the context of your posts. I'm providing average metrics from our analytics solution, Google Analytics for our particular Invision properties.
    Different communities will attract different classifications of users. A community site that deals with things like web site theme development, or programming, or business-to-business solutions will likely attract more individuals who typically browse the internet via a desktop machine by virtue of their job or profession or comfort and skill set. That's simply not the case for other classifications of communities using Invision software.
    It's beneficial that we as peers in this community recognize that our use cases and our target audiences may be different from others as we provide support to each other, and that Invision as the vendor, recognize that their product is used in very different ways as well.
    Myself? Desktop all day. My end users? Not so much.
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to DesignzShop in Push for Mobile first   
    I didn't say anywhere desktop was used more than mobile, as a matter of fact, from what I said above it is used more. I look at ISP proof, not individual websites. Individual websites due to subject matter can skew what's really being used. What I am saying is don't make the software vanilla for the sake of mobile use. Simple.
    I know exactly who said what, you opted to provide stats that are well above the average for most any site in regards to mobile usage. I don't care about good faith. You can lie like anyone else to get what you want. I seen it before here. until you provide proof, you're on the sidelines for credibility. And no, I don't care to debate that.
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Paul E. in Push for Mobile first   
    I think you might have me confused for another poster in this thread, or mistakenly believe that I'm engaged in a debate with you.
    I'm, in good faith, providing generalized insight into our properties. I'm sorry that I cannot provide proprietary and confidential data on a public forum to you.
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    Dylan Riggs reacted to Aiwa in New IPS community URL   
    Nice, I like it, but looks like I'll be forced to spend less time here. It seems my corporate network thinks it's malicious  
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Fierce God in [DR] Live Streams   
    File Name: [DR] Live Streams
    File Submitter: Dylan Riggs
    File Submitted: 19 May 2013
    File Category: User and Social Engagement





    LIVE STREAMS -- v1.0.1















    This application will allow you to create your very own Live Stream system that rivals pretty much any live stream application/page out there today. What this application does is allow anyone you specify based on permissions to submit their own Streams. Right now this system supports Twitch.TV and others are going to be added shortly down the road.. The user will submit their Stream Name or the URL of the stream which is then parsed and displayed in the Stream Listing/Grid page.


    This is done by collecting various information from that channel's source through the API(s) and output for display on the page. The user can then click on any of the submitted streams to be taken to the Stream's Display which contains the video feed. From this screen, you can watch the stream, toggle the embedded chat and chat if you have a twitch/justin.tv account, comment on the streams and rate them as well. There are also 3 buttons that you can click to take you to the actual feed on the Twitch.TV site, add a stream and finally, a "DIM" button which is a sexy feature that will dim everything around the video for easier viewing.

    This application comes with an application menu that has an Overview Page, Settings Page and a Converter page for those that have the IP.Content version of this app. It also has 30+ settings for complete control over the application from requiring submission approval to enable/disabling a box-shadow of streams that are unapproved and much much more.











    Features


    Add/View Streams from Twitch.TV View a listing of the user submitted Streams via Online/Offline Status, Preview, Channel Name, Game Name, Viewers, and even Online Time. Sorting via Channel Name, Game Name and Viewer Count. Groups allowed to manage streams also have a tab for unapproved streams. Permission sets for who can view, add, manage streams as well as comment, manage comments. Set streams as "Featured" in-line on the Stream page. Dim the page for easier viewing, Rate, Comment and even toggle the Streams embedded chat as well as an option to view the stream on the official website. Moderation through the Stream display where you can Edit, Delete, Approve/Unapprove and Set as Featured/Un-featured. Takes use of IPB's Global Styling so theoretically supports any properly skinned theme. 2 hooks with settings included to show a listing block or a block using IPB's Hovercards with feed data about the stream. Overview menu of the stream page that will show the top submitter, latest submitted, the total number of viewers online and more... Over 30+ settings for complete control over the Live Stream system -- Check the screenshots to see them all. Select to use a List view or a Grid view Post a new topic in a specified forum on new submissions. If you have Marcher Tech's Twitch/Justin.TV media tag, it will also embed the stream to your forums. SEO friendly URL's And much much more!







    COMING SOON


    Justin.TV support, Category support, improvements to the display template.
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    REQUIREMENTS




    PHP 5.3+ and IPB 3.4.X



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    IP.Content Live Stream Owners



    If you own the IP.Content version and want to convert to this one, there is a one time upgrade fee for the price difference between the apps ( only $10) Simply pay the difference via PayPal and I'll add you to the list. You can send the upgrade fee to Deriggs007@gmail.com -- Be sure to send me a PM when doing so and in your PayPal Message/IPS message, give me your IPS email so I can add you to the list. Also include your PayPal email in the PM or some type of note to know who is paying for what, that way I can keep track of everyone.







    Note that you will still have to pay the renewal terms!



















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    This application is only good for one install and is to not be redistributed. I keep close tabs on purchases, you've been warned. :-)







    * The sale is only temporary as I'm changing duty stations and only valid for new purchases, upgrades get an extra $2 off ($10) *





























    here to download this file
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    Dylan Riggs got a reaction from Kaio Macedo in KroCan Support Thread   
    http://www.omegacitizen.com
    Select KroCan 1.0 in the bottom.
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