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mat206 last won the day on January 31 2011

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  1. Stackoverflow and Quora provide excellent examples of how to do Q&A the right way and their model is proven. Without comments on answers this is not much better than a forum. This is a GREAT start but this approach is more of a forum hack. I had my forum hacked for a bit to work exactly like this and hosed it after a few weeks.. It's confusing because sometimes you NEED clarifying discussion and that cannot happen here (especially if the answer sort order is dependent on number of upvotes then clarifying discussion will be out of sequence). Sometimes the question is vague, or an
  2. Stackoverflow is good though because you can still reply to an answer with a regular comment (that appears threaded underneath the answer). This allows for discussion about individual answers without polluting the thread with discussion. Any plans for something like that?
  3. File Name: CodeMirror Editor for IP.Content File Submitter: mat206 File Submitted: 20 Apr 2014 File Category: Content Management Supported Versions: IP.Content 2.2.x, IP.Content 2.3.x This hook creates a new CodeMirror field inside of IP.Content that allows for mixed editing of code and html for articles. There are some limitations in that you can only have one codemirror field per database and if attachments are desired you need to include an attachments field on the database you are working with. See it in action here: http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources?do=add&category=
  4. To me it comes down to this.. we have this nicely integrated shiny ecommerce platform in Nexus, but you look across the pond at other major ecommerce platforms that evolve at a faster rate and are feature-rich right out of the box and you get envious. Nexus gives some basic ecommerce capabilities which is great for what it is.. but it would be awesome to have a few "official" integrations with other major products (like Magento perhaps) made by IPS.
  5. More plugins = lots of missing features? Honestly, I wish IPS software out-of-the box was set up as a programmer's development forum. This really is the best approach to take. They should integrate an IDE to test code right in forum posts, make all posts non-wysiwyg based so it doesn't mess up code formatting, allow individual forum posts to be archived to github as gists. Instead of "Downloads" make it a source code respository with true versioning capabilities that also hooks up to something like subversion or github. Kill the gallery as it isn't needed much for programming.. T
  6. I still think they take great pride in their software and TBH rewriting IPS 4.0 is an incredibly gutsy business decision but the market is just changing to more of a web app and service-oriented structure. Writing applications for IPS isn't that fun or easy.. there is a lot you have to know in order to pull off a simple app. For my site Stackoverflow killed us.. forums turned out not to work as well in our format as their Q&A format (which I'm sure Matt has some familiarity with as a developer). I do think IPS software is actually better than a lot of stuff out there, which is
  7. Do install keys deter pirates? Stopping piracy is impossible.. and a lot of really smart folks have spent MASSIVE amounts of money to try and fail.. it's better to focus on making a great product that people are willing to pay for to get upgrades. The only other way to stop piracy is to offer services that others use on your own server.
  8. I'm not rehashing the open source idea. I'm talking about making the core free under an IPS license or at least available to developers for free. This does not entitle anyone to modify and redistribute the core. Don't repeat the words open source in a reply because that's not what I'm talking about. I knew you would bring up the upfront dev costs for Apple. They can do that with 14% of the smartphone marketshare.. it comes with a territory IPS doesn't have. Conversely, Android as a platform was distributed for free and now commands almost 80% of the marketshare and literally obli
  9. If IPS buys into that then people won't develop for IPB. You can always influence and create a culture with your actions and developers go where the money is at. If IPS is an attractive platform that looks like people can make some legit money off of it, then they're going to attract developers. That's why I advocated towards making the core free just to get the platform out there. Then people can buy all the IPS apps and other developers can make standalone apps that just require the platform.. but IPS can still take a cut of the 3rd party app sales and can still upsell integrated ser
  10. What about on the developer support side.. what is going to be improved there to improve the quality and number of apps? How can you make it so that it makes good business sense to develop on the IPS platform?
  11. I feel like the longer this thread goes the more I need to condense my message: find a way to attract more commercial developers and integrate with more premium services (like you did with mandrill) and apps. This means building more incentives for developers to create quality apps.. which also means you are going to grow your customer base. That was one of the factors that lead to suggesting making the core a free product. Right now only tiny apps are worthwhile because you are vastly constrained by the number of people using the IPS core. Another idea would be to create a free
  12. A few things are important though Marcher. First, let's not pretend in this discussion that somehow piracy of IPS software isn't easy. If someone wants to install and run a pirated copy of the software it takes roughly three seconds on google to find one. I'll never get where your business sense comes from here. The core can be distributed under whatever usage terms they want. Plenty of companies release developer versions of their software that cannot be used for production use. It also gains value through it's feature addons like spam protection that can come from production cu
  13. *Sigh* Wordpress was an example of a more full-featured app.. bad code or not it is vastly more supported. IP.Nexus is an example of an underdeveloped app which hasn't quite been able to keep up with other major shopping carts nor probably will. That's just fact. I've seen the list of IP.Nexus requests and I can easily match it up with how many were fulfilled.. that forum makes my point. I still think core needs a developer version with no installed apps and a license for development use only that is free so the developer pool can be opened up. Nothing you state though ever a
  14. Marcher, how does this address the lack of integrations with companies that create products that are on the same level as IP.Board? Or that no actual company similarly sized to IPS will touch the platform to make apps? Apple, Microsoft, Google all know it's not the platform that matters.. it's the apps. IPS is a 6 app platform.. Board, Gallery, Blogs, Content, Downloads, Nexus.. everything else comes with a big risk to adopt
  15. Guys.. this post isn't a rant. While IPS has a well-documented API historically what it still lacks for a platform it size is a strong developer pool. When you can essentially list about 5 lone wolf guys that make up the core 3rd party developers for your platform we have a problem. IPS uses it's own framework (instead of Zend, Symfony, CodeIgniter, FuelPHP, Yii, etc).. If they used even just one of those frameworks you'd get tons of instant addons to extend your software. If IP.Board was a Drupal addon or something you'd get thousands of apps. IPS uses it's own CSS framework.. If it
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