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  1. Hey, we are in the process of customising the look and feel of the Gallery, so thanks for posting this. Can you explain a little more about what you mean here? I've been reading your comment and viewing the gallery at the same time (4.5) and wasn't sure what you are referring to. Totally agree with you there, we haven't even launched yet and this cropped up a few times during beta testing. I was thinking that Invision had done a very good job with uploads - not sure how much simpler it could be, and if you get your wish with images having the ability to reside in multiple albums, then that will add another layer of complexity (album selections) on upload. I'm a fan of Xenforo but never really got on with its image gallery. Perhaps we should take another look as we disabled it a couple of years back and maybe they've made improvements in the meantime. But, I do prefer the way Xenforo handles videos, especially its FFmpeg transcoding. Same old story really, no one forum vendor is best in class across all the areas it caters for. Generally I like the Gallery app although I am not a fan of the presentation layer in general. For example, I like the lightbox integration but not that you sometimes end up on the image's page when you close the popup, whereas other times you return to the screen that was present before you clicked on the image. Thanks for posting. Edit: One other thing to add is image uploads and file renaming. Currently if I want to prettify image names which are used by default as captions, I have to open every image and edit the caption to hide the underlying file name which was used to generate the caption on upload. Not everybody has a naming convention for images stored on their desktop, and almost certainly not on their phones, so being able to assign a naming sequence on batch upload, or single image upload, would be a nice to have. Not a deal breaker but I can see that's lots of images on my B2B Film & TV community are going to look untidy when someone checks out the caption in the lightbox, only to find a potentially very ugly (and perhaps compromising) filename, instead of something more appropriate.
  2. In the early 80s I'd just left warring Sudan and found myself instead building my first PC in Hong Kong - 40 years ago no less. I'd upgraded the motherboard to include a NEC V20, replacing the 8088 and later on added a ripped off Mountain Race Card with a 286 and on board ramdisk - great for Flight Simulator. I went on to be an assembler programmer and a well known hacker (those days are behind me), so the experience wasn't wasted. Nor were the pubs outside my apartment in Wanchai ☺️. I'm caught in a middle ground. I'm empathetic by nature and my first reaction is always to try and put myself in that person's shoes. The issue comes with how to show support. I often feel that an emoji is not enough, but on the other hand a reply often seems too much - or invasive. I suppose it comes down to having the choice and applying judgement to that choice - as best one can. But more often than not I don't respond at all (or write something and delete it, sometimes many times a day) and I don't think that's necessarily solved by more granular emoji choices, but it's definitely not solved by lack of choice. But, thinking more on this, one of the barriers to offering more support, be that via emoji, gag video/animation, or heartfelt comment, is the often lack of feedback from those actions. It seems that a lot of folks want sympathy and support only from a subset of their audience (friends, sympathisers etc), not from their audience as a whole. Which echoes the real world I guess, with the obvious difference being that it's very difficult to ignore anyone face to face, whereas in a forum, turning your back is as easy as ignoring a reaction or scrolling past a comment. For example this thread might have prompted 1000 physical responses in the form of reactions and comments, but it's a fraction of the total number of emotional responses experienced by folks reading it. Perhaps that's one of the metrics of an online community - how much of what is felt actually makes its way into the thread in the way of visible support and other appropriate behaviour. Given the economic climate I would have liked to have seen some form of loyalty coupons over the past year, redeemable against licence renewals. The cash value isn't important, but the sentiment is. Whilst wholly supporting attempts to address the non communityness of the community here, there are times like today and yesterday and..., that I wish the energies were instead directed into the platform.
  3. Giphy's mostly do - but they don't necessarily describe the image in the way it's being used, which could lead to some hilarious unintended consequences - unless the poster modifies them to reflect what they would otherwise have said. Thanks for the links. Looking forward to seeing how they develop.
  4. Is this the place to request a late addition to 4.6? Only half joking, but thinking granular control of what folks can post in topics and comments might come in handy. I for one am not a fan all of the street furniture that's appeared in this 'community' over the past couple of months, but appreciate of course, that for every one like me, there's probably several who think the complete opposite. With this in mind, catering for both sides of the divide makes sense to me, allowing administrators to control what can be posted beyond the current globally allowed file types. I do believe @Nathan Explosion has a plugin that achieves some of this (which I hope to purchase in the near future), but it doesn't as far as I know have a 60+ OAP switch allowing oldies like me to be able to browse forums just like we used to 20/30 years ago. On a more serious note, such functionality, both in the hands of the administrator and end users would allow us to control what we see at the individual forum level, beyond being able to hide signatures. Of course hiding or preventing the use of animations and the like (I own a VFX business, so I'm not totally averse) would of course mean that many comments would, for many of us, go unread. Which at the moment some might say isn't a bad thing, plus of course, folks suspecting they aren't being 'read' by the topic's entire audience might well instead resort to that old favourite - letters and words. In saying that, perhaps the creators of Giphy and the like have missed a trick. Shouldn't they have designed (or have they already?) their witty delivery mechanism to include a native alt attribute so that post/comment authors could include real words for those blocking the graphical part of the content. Or, in lieu of this, perhaps Invision could allow our humorously minded friends the option of adding an alt attribute to images of all types (without needing to add a CKEditor image plugin), so that we can see what they meant, even if we decide to block what they intended. To the principle reason for commenting. I think Invision Community should be both proud and thankful that so many of its clients are still around after so many years. For example, selecting solely from this topic, @The Old Man and @Chris Anderson have both (if I've interpreted their joined date correctly) been here for 17+ years and @Kjell Iver Johansen, for 9+ years, whilst evidently, also caring very much about the platform. As for me, I'm relatively new here, but older than most it seems, but I share with those mentioned a deep desire to go about my business in the most efficient way possible, if only because at my time of life (61) time isn't an endless resource and I'd rather spend it as frugally as possible. Finally from me tonight, I do hope the community can pull together here. I've made representations to @Matt about this just recently. I am very pleased to see that an investment has been made in hiring a (semi?) dedicated resource in @Jordan Invision, but I would ask that more care is taken to involve the community as a whole. Otherwise as others have outlined, some of us might find it difficult to contribute. Now although me holding my tongue might suit some of you, I do feel the community will suffer disproportionately if some of the older, more experienced regulars here, stop contributing in the ways that they have done. Looking forward to 4.6 and beyond. Thanks for a great platform.
  5. Hi, How do I go about enabling users to edit topics for 5 minutes, whilst allowing them to edit gallery images etc, indefinitely. Unless I've missed something, the edit time restriction applies to all content types. See below. Thanks.
  6. no, just that url I don't want to use * edit: I tried with * before and it didn't work either.
  7. Settings for url: https://<myforum>/forums/
  8. Hey, I've just installed this and it's not working. The Vala options display in the widget but: 1/ If I restrict to url it doesn't show on that url 2/ If I restrict to user group it doesn't show to that user group Are there other settings somewhere? Thanks Chris
  9. Edit to the above. The CSS only worked for those with permission to edit tags. This css appears to work for other groups and should also work in topic lists too. .cForumTopicTable .ipsDataItem_title{ display: inline-block; } .ipsType_pageTitle, .ipsDataItem_title { position: relative; } .suffix .ipsTag_prefix { position: absolute; left: calc(100%); } Needs more work for other areas and for other content types.
  10. I think you can achieve this without any code mods. Try this, although I've not tested it in all scenarios. 1/ Go to Radical Tags > customize > add tag > advanced, and wrap the target tag(s) in a span and add a class, in this case I've called it suffix. (you could also just add the class to the anchor tag, although I did not test this). Here's the markup for you to cut and paste. <span class="suffix"><a href="{tagUrl}" title="{tagTitle}" class="ipsTag_prefix" rel="tag"><span>{tag}</span></a></span> 2/ Add some CSS. Note I've overridden the ipsType_pageTitle class to relative. This sets it as the parent container for subsequent absolutely positioned elements. (More testing needed here to see what the impact is on the title element). And then instruct the tag suffix container to position itself to the right of the ipsType_pageTitle bounding box. Note the data-editableprefix attribute in the selector to restrict changes to prefixes. .ipsType_pageTitle { position: relative; } [data-editableprefix] .suffix{ position: absolute; left: calc(100%); } 3/ Here's where it started: 4/ And here's the result: Seems to work ok in forums. I just created this tonight, so it's not tested on other content types or beyond my laptop and phone.
  11. Hey, Summary 1/ I have 2 Pages databases. One is working fine. The other DB is throwing a redirect error when I try to view records on the front end. 2/ It is also reporting an incorrect number of categories in ACP when I try to convert it to a flat, non category DB. Note, DB was created today and showed the errors immediately after creation. 3/ Since creating the DB I can no longer view my profile. Detail 1/ When I created a record in my DB which has 2 categories and then try to view it on the site (as opposed to the ACP) I get: This page isn’t working, <site.name> is redirecting you too many times Here's one of the URLS which throw the error: <site.name>/production-news/test-cat-2/-r2/ 2/ Additionally, I tried removing one of the categories (in case it was a category config issue) and I get the following in the ACP when I try to select 'No, store records in DB directly'. Note I deleted the 2nd category and moved the record onto the remaining category. So the DB now only has one category and never had 4! See below: 3/ Finally I can't view my profile since I created the problematic database. Other profiles are fine. Here's the error page Thx, Chris
  12. I'll answer this ^ first. If I select Members and Animators in ACP as shown below: it correctly restricts the groups in members tab on front end. See below. But, if I click on Producer for example, see below, it should show only Nicola but it shows all 5 members still. I added green box to show you wa However, if I go back to ACP and select all groups to filter, it works ok. So problem is that it works ok if all groups are selected in ACP, but not if only one or more groups is selected. I will pm you the URL.
  13. Hey Adriano Member's Tab, Version 1.0.9 Couple of issues to report: 1/ If I restrict groups to include in filters, the filtering doesn't work on the Member's tab - but does work if all groups are selected. 2/ Shouldn't total reflect the number of records displayed? Currently it shows all records (11 on my test site), whatever filter is applied. Thanks, Chris
  14. Yes, that was my fall back position.
  15. Pages Supergrid working very nicely for category listings thank you. But.., I purchased this years ago and no renewal fee? Do you accept PayPal contributions?
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