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Brad Eden

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  1. I’m a Luddite...62 years old and retired from a career in Commercial Art; specifically graphic design. No industry went digital as fast and as completely as the graphic design field. We went from building mechanicals on drafting tables to using computers and Software overnight, starting in the mid 80’s. I developed a severe case of Upgrade PTSD. Back then every upgrade or update of OS, and design software, was wrought with issues. Files wouldn’t open, fonts wouldn’t work, it was always a cluster, and work flow was impacted. We learned to hate Upgrades, So, in addition to living in the woo
  2. I could have written this. My situation as well. Although my Board is monetized to the degree that it pays for itself: Cloud Plan, old archive from previous software, email etc., and provides a modest profit via donations, some ads, and fund raising activity. It could be fully monetized by an astute businessperson or someone more motivated by money and profit. With that said it will likely die with me or be put to rest when I have had enough. It has been clicking since 2002, and converting to IPS several years ago rejuvenated myself and Members, but it does have an expiration date. My Di
  3. Despite running an active niche Board for going on 17 years I remain a bit of a technophobe. I tend to put off any Upgrades/Updates be it on computers, smart phone or tablets, and also the Board Software. I suspect it's because I'm a bit long in the tooth and started out as a graphic designer working on a drafting table and building mechanicals by hand....before "desktop publishing" became a thing. I remember when the first Macs came out and then to market, and I bought the first Mac Classic home computer. I have ridden the rocky web/tech wave ever since. Way back then, any OS updates caused n
  4. Back in 2002 I had the "brilliant" idea to create an "Online Magazine" As a commercial artist/graphic designer I was discouraged with how poor layout and design was on the web back then. I wanted to create an Online presence that reflected the aesthetic of a glossy print magazine. But...this was well before Wordpress, Blog software etc was even available, and repopulating content using Dreamweaver was laborious and inefficient. I was on dial-up as well. Luckily on a whim, I uploaded Ikonboard BB software as part of the Online Magazine. The Board took off like a rocket. Boards/Discussion Forums
  5. Ive been "managing personalities" for a long while and can detect intellectual bullying and grammar policing when I see it. You've chosen not to digest, and then comprehend my entire diatribe concerning Member Numbers, which I will not repeat or summarize. I suggest Pruning inactive Memberships on whatever Board anyone owns. Maybe those who haven't signed-in for 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, whatever. That will give a more accurate assessment of how healthy a Board actually is. That purging process, although frightening, will be cathartic. Interesting discussion. I think I'm done. You may end up
  6. You like to argue. Good. This is a Bulletin Board after all. I stand by my statements.
  7. Not trying to get in a discussion forum ruckus or argue semantics. But let me try again; Many Boards boast Total Member Numbers that are disengenuous, and do not illustrate actual engaged Members. The vitality of a Board (and marketing appeal) is based on participating Members (and to some degree Guests/lurkers if not Bots and if a Board is Public) not dead wood that has left the Board for years, or Registered and never posted and disappeared. Happens all the time. I Converted from old antiquated Board Software to IPS a couple years ago. I had gotten in the habit of pruning Members for the rea
  8. I've been running a niche Board for 16 years. I like a clean ship and have always pruned inactive Memberships. Generally removing them if not signed/logged in after 2 years. I Converted to IPS less than 2 years ago. I guess I need to check into any mass pruning functions. If I never Pruned I'd boast well over 10k Members. As is I have 3,392 Members. And it has 63,179 Topics and 1,128,165 Posts. The last seven days produced 214,318 page views. I typically have 60-110 Online Users at any one time. About 1/3 of those are Guests and Bots. Those numbers may seem small to some, but beat the hell ou
  9. I had brought this up before on this Community Board. Ad Glitch Topic Thought I had sent in a ticket, but just checked my client area and apparently didn't. I'll send one later. Thanks for the quick response.
  10. I noticed on Safari Browser on iPad or iPhone you still can't add a new Advertisement. When you click to upload an image, nothing happens except the page jogs down. No access to photo library etc. If memory serves me it will work in Firefox browser. But I don't like switching between the two because it gums up sign-in for a variety of websites etc. I would have thought this would have been fixed with all the new Updates. In this day and age many Board owners/Admins and Moderators work on tablets a good amount of the time, especially when on the road, in my case an iPad. Just sayin....
  11. To ISP Support/Staff: Since the last series of Updates I've noticed that: When you select all/copy any text, be it a Message or a Post or anything from the Board, whatever was in Bold or Bold Italic does not remain intact when Pasting that copy back into a text field. Regular and Italic stays intact but anything Bold does not.
  12. My 2 cents from a total Admin/Mod perspective. FWIW...In my experience running a Board for over 15 years is....that when a Member wants to Delete their account it is often a spur of the moment, emotional decision. Typically they are angry at another Member or something that was written on a Forum. (Of course there are other solid reasons) When contacted I tell them that I don't hold Members hostage, but to understand Deleting their account won't necessarily remove all their content, but they will be noted as a Guest on their Posts etc. I also ask if they would share the reason why, and if ther
  13. I noticed that in the native Admin Advertisements area there are choices to view: Pending, Disabled, Enabled and All. Disabled shows all ads both enabled and disabled, just like All. I'm viewing on iPad. Nothing earth shattering but looks like a little bug.
  14. I've found that Members simply hate change, pretty much any change. Tell them Tapatalk was created for Boards that weren't mobile friendly, and that's no longer the case with most modern Board Software including IPB. They will adjust even if kicking and screaming.
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