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    Luke got a reaction from TheWorldNewsMedia.org in Threaded mode   
    I know that there are plans to remove Linear + and Outline (Threaded) mode in IPB 3.2. I can understand this because I don't think anyone uses Linear +, and Outline mode only really works if people hit the "Reply" button next to a post and not the "Add Reply" button. With the use of the "Add Reply" button it defeats the purpose of a Threaded mode because every post ends up under the main one.

    While I understand this and do think it's warranted, I think there is a lot of value in a Threaded style board. This would be an efficient way to accomplish threading (each topic has it's own tree). You could have the main posts table keep the parent_id relationship it has, but have a second table with left and right values for each topic. I'm not really suggesting having a switchable mode per user, but rather a global board setting for those that prefer a threaded style board. I know that some people may not like or appreciate the threaded style, but having first used a threaded style board it can be quite efficient. How so? With a threaded topic people typically put what they want to say in the title. If it's more than a short sentence they put text in the body. If all they want to say is in the title they put "-nt-" (that's how we did it in the old days). You can read an entire conversation that way on a single screen. With a linear board you have to read page after page...

    (If you do consider this, "Threaded mode" would hide the "Multi-Quote" and "Add Reply" button. The purpose of a "threaded board" is to converse in short sentences... Kind of like a tweet!)
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    Luke got a reaction from Jed Rosenzweig in Expanded "ignore user" features   
    Currently you have the ability to ignore someone's posts and ignore someone's personal conversations. I believe if you ignore someone in personal conversations, they can't send you one.

    What I would like to see is a couple options to expand the ignore posting part.

    1) An option to forbid a user from posting in your topics.

    2) An option to either completely hide a post from view (as in no "This user has posted. Do you want to see it anyway?"), or make it much more condensed. The purpose of ignoring a particular user is that you get annoyed by their posts. But that annoyance still remains even if you can't see what they posted but know they posted in line with the rest of the posts. I know there has been some comments about this like "What if someone else was replying to this person and it caused confusion". Well in this case how about something near the top of the topic out of the line of posts that says "X posts hidden". I can see it, skip past it, and half-way forget about it when I start reading. Essentially don't give me a reason to click on "read it anyway" because if it's in line with the posts, I'm more likely to do so, thus making the ignore feature useless.The whole point of this is -- please make this not inline. It defeats the purpose of ignoring posts.
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    Luke got a reaction from Cheapy in 3.2 Posting Options - Post as DRAFT   
    So others can see it in the split second while you're scrambling to hide it? Great idea!

    I'm not sure if it's there now, but an option to at least hide it while posting would be nice. Also agree that I publish date would be awesome as well.
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    Luke got a reaction from Makoto in IRC Commands   
    OK "IRC Commands" is the common name for it, but it isn't limited to IRC. These "/commands" are used in many different chat rooms, and games where chat input is accepted.

    I've been told "why don't you click on their name". Well I'm really not a mouse user. I use keyboard shortcuts to get around where possible to speed up use. I know a lot of other people do to. And I find it quite annoying when you have to hunt for their name in the list just to perform a command.

    So this suggestion has two parts:

    (1) Commands

    /kick <name>
    /boot <name> (alias to kick)
    /ignore <name>
    /msg <name>
    /private <name> (alias to msg)
    /whisper <name> (alias to msg)

    I'm sure there are other things that can be done as well. But it's pretty much any command in the menu when clicking the name.

    The second argument I found is "what if I can't type their name because of special characters". Well in the English language most people use alpha numeric characters, which are easily typed. In other languages I'm sure they know how to type their own letters as well. But it is a valid argument, so this is my next suggestion:

    (2) Name click in chat

    When you click on the name of the person in the chat window (not the user list) it inserts their name into the box. So if you typed in "/kick " and clicked on "bfarber: Hello World" it would insert "bfarber" to make "/kick bfarber" which allows you to hit enter.

    I know what you're thinking... why didn't you just click on the user list? You clicked! Well the user list can get very large, making you hunt for it. This makes it a bit easier.

    But for a "keyboard only" solution, I would have some kind of shortcut to cycle through the names in the chat, first being the last person who sent a message. Could be something like up and down, or Ctrl-Up or Ctrl-Down.

    So if the chat log was something like this:

    .Wolfie: Can someone kick me please?
    bfarber: When it's ready
    Charles: Hello Everyone

    You can type: "/kick "

    And press Ctrl-Up+Up+Up, then Enter, and that's it! (or just Up+Up+Up, then Enter)

    The "Up" and "Down" to cycle through names only words when the message box starts with "/" for a command and inserts (replaces) the name after "/command ".
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    Luke got a reaction from Ozpicious in IRC Commands   
    OK "IRC Commands" is the common name for it, but it isn't limited to IRC. These "/commands" are used in many different chat rooms, and games where chat input is accepted.

    I've been told "why don't you click on their name". Well I'm really not a mouse user. I use keyboard shortcuts to get around where possible to speed up use. I know a lot of other people do to. And I find it quite annoying when you have to hunt for their name in the list just to perform a command.

    So this suggestion has two parts:

    (1) Commands

    /kick <name>
    /boot <name> (alias to kick)
    /ignore <name>
    /msg <name>
    /private <name> (alias to msg)
    /whisper <name> (alias to msg)

    I'm sure there are other things that can be done as well. But it's pretty much any command in the menu when clicking the name.

    The second argument I found is "what if I can't type their name because of special characters". Well in the English language most people use alpha numeric characters, which are easily typed. In other languages I'm sure they know how to type their own letters as well. But it is a valid argument, so this is my next suggestion:

    (2) Name click in chat

    When you click on the name of the person in the chat window (not the user list) it inserts their name into the box. So if you typed in "/kick " and clicked on "bfarber: Hello World" it would insert "bfarber" to make "/kick bfarber" which allows you to hit enter.

    I know what you're thinking... why didn't you just click on the user list? You clicked! Well the user list can get very large, making you hunt for it. This makes it a bit easier.

    But for a "keyboard only" solution, I would have some kind of shortcut to cycle through the names in the chat, first being the last person who sent a message. Could be something like up and down, or Ctrl-Up or Ctrl-Down.

    So if the chat log was something like this:

    .Wolfie: Can someone kick me please?
    bfarber: When it's ready
    Charles: Hello Everyone

    You can type: "/kick "

    And press Ctrl-Up+Up+Up, then Enter, and that's it! (or just Up+Up+Up, then Enter)

    The "Up" and "Down" to cycle through names only words when the message box starts with "/" for a command and inserts (replaces) the name after "/command ".
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    Luke reacted to Charles in Remove or improve "Help Files"   
    I would personally lean toward removing them. The Help files don't really tell you anything of use. "click post topic to post a topic" ... yeah you think?

    There are other more useful tools like IP.Content that could better serve a community.
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    Luke got a reaction from arikbo in Fast upload file in fast post? Very usefull   
    I like the way it is now. I never liked the menu. I use fast reply / edit 99% of the time.

    With the full editor I NEVER use "Topic Summary". I almost never use "Post Options". The only reason for using the full editor at all is uploading files. So if possible it would be nice to eliminate the full editor all together and add upload to the fast editor. That would be cool.
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    Luke got a reaction from tranceandy in My first ever Mac   
    Actually there is nothing wrong with the Mini. The specs are just slightly lower than the iMac. The old mini (-2 generations) was bad because you couldn't upgrade the RAM yourself (without a tech)... But the aluminium Mini (since the last generation) is easy to upgrade. After you upgrade the RAM it works beautifully.

    I'm using a Mac Mini w/ 8GB of RAM for development (last gen, Core 2 Duo) and it works great. I upgraded the RAM myself to 8GB for $100 (at the time). I have 2 LED monitors hooked up to it.

    I just wish they offered the Quad Core + the AMD GPU.

    (The Mini is usually the last to be upgraded though, so it's the most out of date. Although it was just updated.)



    Sweet! Glad to know the cheaper one can also take two hard drives: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/01/installing-a-second-hard-drive-in-your-2011-mac-mini/
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    Luke got a reaction from tranceandy in My first ever Mac   
    Almost a good idea... Get the $599 one and max out the RAM (getting your RAM elsewhere). If you want better graphics get the $799 with the AMD chipset. The $999 server one is a waste of money.... it's the $599 one with 2 hard-drives. It does have a better processor, but you won't notice that much difference IMO. You're going to want a better GPU. But ask yourself what the how the computer will be used. If you want a better onboard GPU get the $799. If you don't need it get the $599. Either way upgrade it yourself.
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    Luke got a reaction from DeltaHF in Switching from MyISAM to MyISAM   
    Would like to point out that MyISAM uses table-locking. This means that when you do any writes (insert, update, delete) the whole table is locked and it cannot be read from until the lock is released. With moderate sized tables this isn't as big of an issue, but once you table does get large it becomes more of a problem. A better server can make this process faster or larger tables, but once your table gets too large MyISAM can be out of the question.

    The exception to the table locking rule is while inserting data and there are no gaps (from deleting) in the middle of the table. MySQL optimizes the process by appending the rows to the end. The reason for the table lock is when you have to modify the middle of the table, which usually happens with update and delete.

    InnoDB, which I believe is older and has it's own disadvantages, uses row level locking. This means that only a single record is locked. Reading is a bit slower than MyISAM, but faster when you're writing just as much as you're reading on a high traffic site.

    The biggest disadvantage to using InnoDB is no FULLTEXT support, as mentioned by others above. But I think you can overcome this by using the Sphinx search engine. Even if you can't use Sphinx with InnoDB (don't see why you couldn't?) it adds a huge performance gain to searching. Often times searching is the cause of problems within IPB on large sites. By replacing FULLTEXT searching with Sphinx it reduces the reads quite a bit (so you may not have to convert to InnoDB).

    Definitely should look into the mods you're using first to make sure they aren't the cause before doing any of the above.
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    Luke got a reaction from Lava Guy in "Votebox" like feature   
    Do you remember the days when there was a forum for reporting bugs? You know, before the bug tracker? Well the bug tracker has definitely helped out in making bug tracking more efficient.... But feature suggestions are still kept in the feedback forum. A few dozen people may reply to it, but that topic quickly fades away. A suggestion isn't really taken seriously unless enough people post other topics suggesting the same thing, or staff take particular interest in a suggestion. Another problem is that people tend to lump multiple suggestions in one topic.

    What I'm suggesting is a new community project, or extension to the existing tracker, for suggesting features, much like Votebox, which is Dropbox's customized feature tracking system.

    Since you have to be logged in to see it I've taken a screen shot below:



    The way they're system works is someone makes a single suggestion and people vote on it. The ones with the highest votes are at the top, and ones that are accepted/done get filtered out. They give their customers 5 votes total towards a particular feature that they want most. Later on they can choose to cancel that vote and put it towards another suggestion, or it's returned to them when a feature is accepted/completed. (There may be some details I may have gotten slightly wrong, but you get the general gist of it).

    It would be a great way to gauge what people want most. Limiting how many votes each customer gets allows them to vote for what they want most (otherwise people would vote for everything, and then it would be pointless).

    (If the same feature is suggested twice there should be a way to merge them together)

    Would be more efficient than "+1 or Yes I agree!" stuff.
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    Luke got a reaction from Marcher Technologies in Antivirus   
    I've had the opposite experience. I've known Norton, followed closely by McAfee, to be a resource hog, whereas other solutions were lighter weight and more resource friendly. I've uninstalled Norton from computers and seen a dramatic speed difference. Any anti-virus will take up some resources though, so you can't win either way...

    Maybe something has changed with Norton recently, but it has years for bad rap for being a resource hog.
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    Luke got a reaction from Eduardo Bautista in Why are some people against gmail?   
    Why in the world would you block GMAIL addresses? Back in the day when hotmail was dominant it would be forum suicide to block hotmail addresses. Blocking hotmail to keep the spam down just wasn't worth keeping out potential legitimate members because EVERYONE used hotmail back then. And I didn't have the SPAM service to fallback on (although admittedly CAPTCHA was much more effective).

    Today GMAIL is even more popular than hotmail ever was, and a ton of people have a GMAIL box. Email provided by most ISP's are garbage in comparison. CAPTCHA still somewhat works and IPS provides the SPAM service free to license holders.

    I just don't see why you would block GMAIL, unless you have a personal vendetta against Google.
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    Luke got a reaction from tAPir in Antivirus   
    I've had the opposite experience. I've known Norton, followed closely by McAfee, to be a resource hog, whereas other solutions were lighter weight and more resource friendly. I've uninstalled Norton from computers and seen a dramatic speed difference. Any anti-virus will take up some resources though, so you can't win either way...

    Maybe something has changed with Norton recently, but it has years for bad rap for being a resource hog.
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    Luke got a reaction from MageLeif in VNC: Have "Other" remembered   
    "By time period" is remembered and sticks when you go back to it later... But "Other" does not do this.

    Can we have this option remembered as well? I tend to want "Topics I participated in" which is (now) topics I started and/or replied in.
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    Luke got a reaction from Michael in VNC: Have "Other" remembered   
    "By time period" is remembered and sticks when you go back to it later... But "Other" does not do this.

    Can we have this option remembered as well? I tend to want "Topics I participated in" which is (now) topics I started and/or replied in.
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    Luke got a reaction from Michael in Antivirus   
    I've had the opposite experience. I've known Norton, followed closely by McAfee, to be a resource hog, whereas other solutions were lighter weight and more resource friendly. I've uninstalled Norton from computers and seen a dramatic speed difference. Any anti-virus will take up some resources though, so you can't win either way...

    Maybe something has changed with Norton recently, but it has years for bad rap for being a resource hog.
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    Luke got a reaction from martin-al in Need new FTP Client   
    For me "New File" or "Duplicate File" is the most used feature in an FTP client. I get extremely irritated when an FTP client doesn't have it. I've found that most Windows FTP clients do not have this. Most Mac FTP clients do, which is quite ironic since Finder itself is missing this feature (while Windows has it).
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    Luke got a reaction from Pereira in Ajax status update   
    I'm a bit irritated that entering a status update in the popup takes you to your profile (off the page you're on). I would much prefer it to send the status update on the background, and if on the board index update the status hook. A way to edit the status updates would also be a plus. I'd really like to be able simply correct stuff like changing "it's" to "its" where appropriate.
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    Luke got a reaction from Marcher Technologies in Ajax status update   
    I'm a bit irritated that entering a status update in the popup takes you to your profile (off the page you're on). I would much prefer it to send the status update on the background, and if on the board index update the status hook. A way to edit the status updates would also be a plus. I'd really like to be able simply correct stuff like changing "it's" to "its" where appropriate.
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    Luke got a reaction from Amy T in Features removed from 3.1.4   
    I completely agree with Matt on the points he's made. All things that were done is logical to me.

    I would like to make a note about the forum rules:

    People should be reading these rules when they register anyway. It really doesn't need to be a prominent link. Besides on most popular forums these rules are usually generic and forum-specific rules end up in a pinned topic ("Read Before Posting", etc...). Besides if it is that important to you edit the skin. Most good forums have their own custom skin anyway... I'm sure the navigation in most cases is customized anyway.
  22. Like
    Luke reacted to Matt in What do you think of 3.2?   
    - Latest News on Board Index
    We have latest forum topic for each forum, we have sidebars for recent news, etc. Did anyone ever take notice of the 'latest news'?

    - Online/Offline Status in Posts
    We've gone over this. The short answer is that a forum topic isn't a chat thread. It usually makes no difference if the user is online or not to the quantity or quality of replies.

    - Avatar Galleries
    Avatars and photos were merged. Other than a handful of boards, no one used the gaudy, blocky and out-dated avatars that came pre-installed. We expect a modder will provide an enhanced way to create a photo gallery. Although I wouldn't want that myself. I want original unique photos. If your answer to this is "Well on my forum we use avatar galleries to.." then you're no longer using an avatar but a team badge / RPG badge, etc, etc.

    - Remote avatars(which allowed for dynamic avatars)
    Security risk. No other site allows this for good reason.

    - Topic descriptions
    No one used them. You can tag topics which are searchable.

    - The ability to disable/enable fast reply in the Admin CP
    We did consider renaming it "Please make it harder for people to reply to topics" but decided just to remove the option.

    - You can no longer see what exactly a member is doing from viewing their profile. You have to look at the full online list which might not even be enabled on some boards...

    Mouseover the online badge. We've made an effort to remove the in your face elements.

    - Post Icons
    These should have died years ago. We barely had support for them in 3.0/3.1. It's another old fashioned idea that doesn't belong in this decade.

    - Board rules link removed from the board header
    You either want people to read your rules, or you don't want people to read your rules. Adding a link that no one will click is just a waste of space.

    - Number of VNC results removed
    We added back pagination. Does it *really* matter if you have 313 results or 287?

    - User notes
    We are not personal management software. If you want to leave a note to yourself, use the notes in your iPhone, or send yourself an email or use pastebin or any other method thats out there.

    - It is no longer possible to convert categories to forums
    I have no real response to this other than did anyone ever decide 6 months down the line to convert a forum wrapper to an actual forum? Surely the only thing it retains is the name and permissions?

    - Removal of the quick emoticon panel
    It's there underneath the editor when you click on the smilie icon. Believe it or not but *most* people don't want 500 flashing yellow faces blinking away when they make a post.
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    Luke got a reaction from Andrej in Remember VNC filter options   
    It would be nice if when you used VNC it would remember what filter options you used last time. That way when I choose "Topics I participated in" it sticks the next time I use VNC.
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    Luke got a reaction from Amy T in Remember VNC filter options   
    It would be nice if when you used VNC it would remember what filter options you used last time. That way when I choose "Topics I participated in" it sticks the next time I use VNC.
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    Luke got a reaction from Ikadon in 3.2 Posting Options - Post as DRAFT   
    So others can see it in the split second while you're scrambling to hide it? Great idea!

    I'm not sure if it's there now, but an option to at least hide it while posting would be nice. Also agree that I publish date would be awesome as well.
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