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    SJ77 got a reaction from SerialNoob in What Is The Engagement Trap (And What To Do About It)?   
    So this has nothing to do with the day my wife convinced me that we should get married? oh well. Still a good article I suppose 😊
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Farook in What Is The Engagement Trap (And What To Do About It)?   
    So this has nothing to do with the day my wife convinced me that we should get married? oh well. Still a good article I suppose 😊
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Joel R in What Is The Engagement Trap (And What To Do About It)?   
    So this has nothing to do with the day my wife convinced me that we should get married? oh well. Still a good article I suppose 😊
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    SJ77 reacted to Rikki in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    As with other (currently) supported areas, Downloads will open in a webview inside the app. It's relatively seamless.
    Yes, you'll be able edit the language using the regular translation tools.
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    SJ77 reacted to Matt in Invision Community Apps for iOS & Android   
    You already own our own data. Our app uses native APIs built into Invision Community. So "we" (as Invision Community) do not take, permanently copy or mine your data in any way. The mobile app will connect to your community which returns the data.

    Rikki mentioned monetisation in the blog. Honestly, it's early days so we have no firm plans. We're keen to make sure it's free to the end-user though. Monetisation will most likely come from optional things like promotion in the directory and possibly more theme options for the admin. Nothing is set in stone, but I wanted to be transparent about the direction we've talked about internally.

    As said, we want to ensure your users have a great experience with the app and there is no pay barrier for them.
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    SJ77 reacted to opentype in Master your community's lifecycle to increase your growth   
    I always see it as a literal “evolutionary” process. I constantly try out new “mutations”, i.e. features. If they turn out to be beneficial, I might put more work into them and make them more prominent. If they do not work, I scale them back slowly (e.g. by first demoting them in the menus) and remove them eventually. There certainly is a danger in adding too much stuff. Not just in regards to the software conflicts you will get, but also in the way you confuse your users. I even have tons of “display:none” declarations in my theme to hide stock functionality. Often less is more. 
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Joel R in Master your community's lifecycle to increase your growth   
    @Joel R Just to be clear, I don't really have 98% of the marketplace as the rumor @Rhett has started. Maybe only 96% LOL .. I kid.
    Hey someone has to keep the 3rd party folks funded!!! I'm an altruist dammit!!!
    Realistically I have lately been limiting it to things I really need that my clients depend on. Right now I have 4.4 running  smoothly with a paired back limited set of specialized plugins that are supported very well by the BEST developers we have here. 
    However, I have made similar rookie mistakes back in my SMF/phpbb .. specifically phpBB I had so many modifications I ended up basically destroying the site. 😞
    I don't want to get too philosophical but there are conflicting interests at play here. From the IPB perspective they need the software to be GENERAL so that it will run well and suit the needs of the widest audience possible. However as a site owner you need the opposite. You need your site to be very unique, targeted and specific. This is how you can best appeal to your niche and win in your market. That can only be achieved with 3rd party plugins.
    IPS knows this and have done a VERY good job at making their software (all things considered) bullet proof. It handles the 3rd party stuff in a genius way with specific hooks and deals with the change very well. Clever enable/disable features really help.
    Great article Joel!!!! 🙂 🙂
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Fierce God in Master your community's lifecycle to increase your growth   
    @Joel R Just to be clear, I don't really have 98% of the marketplace as the rumor @Rhett has started. Maybe only 96% LOL .. I kid.
    Hey someone has to keep the 3rd party folks funded!!! I'm an altruist dammit!!!
    Realistically I have lately been limiting it to things I really need that my clients depend on. Right now I have 4.4 running  smoothly with a paired back limited set of specialized plugins that are supported very well by the BEST developers we have here. 
    However, I have made similar rookie mistakes back in my SMF/phpbb .. specifically phpBB I had so many modifications I ended up basically destroying the site. 😞
    I don't want to get too philosophical but there are conflicting interests at play here. From the IPB perspective they need the software to be GENERAL so that it will run well and suit the needs of the widest audience possible. However as a site owner you need the opposite. You need your site to be very unique, targeted and specific. This is how you can best appeal to your niche and win in your market. That can only be achieved with 3rd party plugins.
    IPS knows this and have done a VERY good job at making their software (all things considered) bullet proof. It handles the 3rd party stuff in a genius way with specific hooks and deals with the change very well. Clever enable/disable features really help.
    Great article Joel!!!! 🙂 🙂
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    SJ77 reacted to Fierce God in Master your community's lifecycle to increase your growth   
    Facts!!
    Thank you for this Joel.
     
    One of our "Rookie Mistakes" back in 2017 was that we tried to have every single app and plugin that the marketplace offered, then try to "cram" it all into One place, not creating "doors" that led into other places to find "More"
    Also we were changing Themes way to much and too often
     
    Now, we have staff meetings every week, we have each staff member familiar with IPS and it's Powerful Core Features, then they are always going thru the marketplace to research key apps and plugins to make sure they are needed, not needed, and pro's vs con's of having them
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    SJ77 reacted to Joel R in Master your community's lifecycle to increase your growth   
    I think a lot of us overdose on the Marketplace (looking at you @SJ77!!) And I'm guilty if this too (sorry Tier 1 support!!) but I do believe that as long as you have a significant reason for the Marketplace app or plugin then you'll be fine.  
    Its one thing to install something like a Member of the Month app where it's a central component of your community activity, versus an app that you think will magically run itself.  And that's where I think a lot of us get into trouble with the big apps or plugins, where we don't invest the time or energy or strategy to make it a central focus.  
    Great point.  This goes to the new article by @Matt on Primark Cafe where they're creating new experiences.  
    You see this with malls in the United States, where instead of the same boring department stores they're inviting more "pop up" stores for unique and changing experiences.  
    From my own life, I just spent the weekend shopping at Ikea.  I don't furniture shop at all, but my friend dragged me to the store - and whoa!  For anybody who does not know about Ikea's furniture stores, it's not a store -- it's an experience.  You're eating Swedish meatballs, the kids are in the play area, you're on their walking tour of Swedish ingenuity, you're surrounded by these amazing full room installations of new cabinets and lighting and pillows and furniture that are perfectly curated, and by the end of the day, your life goal is to sell your home, move to Sweden, and rent an 800 square foot economy space just so you can redecorate a multi purpose living / kitchen / bedroom and install one of their crazy lighting fixtures and your life really won't be complete until you do so.  
    You still need to offer functional value to your members as a fundamental reason to visit your community.  But layered on top of that functional value is how you want to deliver, present, and delight your users.  Whether that's Instagram-ready visuals, a compelling tour through your site, or Swedish meatballs 🤣, that's the hard part of creating a unique community experience.  
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Matt in Why I try and avoid the F word in public   
    One of the navigation tabs on my site says "Forums"... Should I be thinking about relabeling it? Maybe I can call it "Conversations"  (or something) @Matt
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    SJ77 reacted to Steph Jensen in Why I try and avoid the F word in public   
    For me, conversations are between two parties/people, and might be confused to messages. Thats why i called them Discussions. But if Forum is not a problem for your community, i don't see any reason why to change it - it would be very interesting to see if activity in the forum increased after renaming them!
    Also, a tip - renaming the lable was one small part of this. I went through the language file, and replaced all Forum with Discussion, forums with discussions, forum to discussion etc. Took a little time, but was worth it. Only place that users see the word forum now is in the URL and i don't think they notice
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    SJ77 reacted to Mark in 4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates   
    Only the main Commerce storefront right now.
    Sydney 😘 I will accept all kisses on behalf of the team.
     
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    SJ77 got a reaction from Noble~ in 4.4: Recurring PayPal Payments and more with Braintree and Commerce   
    I applied for Braintree long ago and they denied me with zero explanation. Only said my site was unfit. No option for appeal. They can kiss my ***
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    SJ77 got a reaction from media in 4.4: Turbo charging loading speeds   
    I can’t wait for this!! 🤘😀
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    SJ77 got a reaction from AlexJ in 4.4: Recurring PayPal Payments and more with Braintree and Commerce   
    I applied for Braintree long ago and they denied me with zero explanation. Only said my site was unfit. No option for appeal. They can kiss my ***
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    SJ77 got a reaction from TheWorldNewsMedia.org in 4.4: Recurring PayPal Payments and more with Braintree and Commerce   
    I applied for Braintree long ago and they denied me with zero explanation. Only said my site was unfit. No option for appeal. They can kiss my ***
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    SJ77 reacted to Adriano Faria in 4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates   
    Those filters would be extremely useful in all apps that uses custom fields, since we can’t search for them, but it will be a Commerce thing only.
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    SJ77 reacted to Joel R in 4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates   
    I think IPS also needs to improve their video embeds *cough cough*
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    SJ77 reacted to opentype in 4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates   
    Still waiting for proper EU support of Commerce (i.e. taxation based on B2B/B2C clients with live VAT ID checks). Until then, no filters, widgets or other details will make a substantial difference. 
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    SJ77 reacted to Joel R in 4.4: Animated GIFs   
    It means @onlyME made some good money while it lasted.  
    Tons of prior Marketplace mods are now part of the core ... Content ratings by @newbie LAC, Group Collaboration by @Kevin Carwile, Names 2 Avatar by @CodingJungle.  
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    SJ77 reacted to CodingJungle in Team Talk: What would you do with $1,000,000?   
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    SJ77 reacted to opentype in Invision Community 4.3 Beta Released!   
    This site. 
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    SJ77 reacted to silenceheaven in We're now using Invision Community 4.3!   
    Alright I've been waiting YEARS for 5.2.1 and this is just getting ridiculous. How much longer must I wait?!
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