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  1. I would only like lazy loading if it didn't distract from viewing the site. If not done properly, like what I've seen on this site so far (looking forward to trying the fix), images telegraph themselves as they pop in, making the user notice the lazy loading rather than the content on the page. I do see your point about bandwidth usage though. That's one of the reasons why I haven't moved my site to the cloud: the bandwidth usage costs more than all the other resources combined. For now, I stick to my dedicated server that doesn't charge for bandwidth usage while simultaneously providing 25x the speed I actually need. How did we get here, bandwidth potentially costing hundreds more per month than a physical server? I blame ISPs, but the root cause is probably capitalism.
  2. Lazy loading seems like a neat idea, but after scrolling through this thread, it distracts from the normal experience of scrolling down a webpage. I reloaded and hit F12 to watched the network traffic on that page. It didn't seem to matter how long I sat at the top of the page; the images didn't load until I scrolled down. Is it possible to trigger the image loads before the user scrolls down? If a user spends a lot of time reading the first post, the browser could be using that time to download the images that will be needed when scrolling down. Another thing that results from the lazy loading is that images just pop into place, changing the vertical page size. Is it possible to save some sort of size information, so that the initial page load reserves the visible area of the image before loading the real image*? This might not be needed if my first suggestion is implemented, since this is how images already work most places on the internet. * The first image in this blog post implies that might already be intended. If it is, then it's not working for me.
  3. I whipped something up on my site using forum sidebars, but this is a manual process, and I too would like a specialized option. There used to be a local moderators plugin, but it was removed the day I was about to buy it. That probably means it was far too outdated.
  4. This would be helpful from time to time. Just last week (or maybe the week before that) I had to make a manual DB edit to tweak something. For anything bigger than an edit of the warn message, however, I'd still opt for revoking and reissuing.
  5. Our site has a lot of nested categories to organize our vast number of similar-but-distinct files and could really benefit from this, being able to view all of the top category or any combination of the subcategories.
  6. I got another email from this guy asking to be unsubscribed. Turns out that once you follow a thread and opt-in to email notifications, this overrides all other notification settings, including unchecking all Email options in the notification settings, and the only way to make it stop is to change the settings for that particular piece of followed content... which is hidden in a list of various types of content that the average user won't want to look through.
  7. He set these settings, a year or two after following a thread: This appears to apply only to new content and not previously-followed content, which was hidden in one of the sidebar links in the first post.
  8. I got an email from a user who's been receiving digest emails and would like them to stop. Seeing that he already unsubscribed from newsletters, I checked the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email, which led to https://(our IPS install)/followed/?filter=digest. This is what I see: At a glance, it looks like he's not following anything. However, after clicking all the links on the side, I found that he's following a single forum topic. It would be nice if there was an aggregate view of all followed content to improve the UX of unsubscribing from notification emails.
  9. I wonder if a word filter could be used for specific emoji? (ACP > Posting > Word Filters) I haven't tried it for emoji, but if it doesn't work, maybe IPS could do something. It wouldn't disable the emoji character entirely, but you could hold the posts for moderator approval.
  10. Looks OK to me, except the header doesn't seem to be sized correctly: Using Chrome 66 on Android 8.
  11. Version 1.0.1

    114 downloads

    If your site's like mine, people consistently use the Contact Us form to ask questions that are better suited for the forums. I searched all over and couldn't find a way to put a message explaining what to use the form for. So I made my own way. This plugin lets you set a custom message to be displayed above the contact form, using a WYSIWYG editor. Built on 4.3.1, and tested on 4.2.9 (and later 4.4.4). I make no promises this won't interfere with other 3rd party alterations to the Contact Us form.

    Free

  12. The benefits of minifying the html are minimal when considering that it's being gzipped before being sent (at least, I think so, and I think I remember it working on my server, though I haven't checked in ages). There is a bit much whitespace though, as if it's being artificially added multiple times.
  13. I'd say that anywhere that allows users to create clubs would not be able to use this feature then. Take a look at my test instance (white boxes hide private info) and see how busy it is, then imagine how busy it would be if things continued: This comes after months of trying to get the forums index as small as possible. If I enabled this for the main site, the UX would suffer for some people, and I could only imagine it getting worse. Maybe if only featured clubs were shown. After all, the ability to feature clubs is already present. Perhaps it'd get better if I removed the ability for anyone to create Open clubs, and it'd all be opt-in, though this would still be a burden on anyone who's in a lot of clubs. Might even be a reason for some people not to use clubs.
  14. So, I appreciate that you allow club forums to be on the front page, but I think it can easily get to be a little much. In my test instance (which is an older copy of our live site), I see 23 club forums on the forums index page. 5 of them have very large descriptions serving as guidelines, and because those are in an Open club, they'd be visible to everyone on the site. All of those forums together makes the page height more than double what it was before. It'd be nice if you guys could add an option to limit how many club nodes show in the main site, or better yet, give us an option to whitelist clubs. Might also make sense to show each club as a category, and have the club's forums in that category.
  15. I know of a popular internet commerce solution if you guys want to start selling IPS merch
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