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    Music, writing, ancient wisdom and alternative research based on metaphysical properties.

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    Points economy is your entry level monetary system for IPS4 sites. The advantage here, is that you don't need to go all out and purchase another member store, such as Members Shop by TheJackal84 for example. After reviewing and testing the points application by Kevin Karwile, here's what I've found. 1. Does this app work as advertised? Yes it does. However: 1.1. Don't expect there to be a way to setup automatic points transfers. The app is missing key core functionality that lets you earn points by posting. Admins must regularly manually give points to users, as there is no way to setup points integration with existing site apps like Forums or Clubs. 1.2. There's no way to turn certain features off with the app. So say for example, if you were going to not wish to charge for interest, you still need to choose a rate, rather than enable or disable that feature entirely. 1.3. Rules Integration. This feature is rather redundant because the one thing you'd want to use Rules integration for, is automatically crediting or debiting points when a user completes an action. The rules app on IPS itself has been blacklisted, but even after I obtained a copy of it, purchased and all, rules has trouble recording events to the saved actions log, such as when a member views a topic or blog or other content item. So don't expect rules to solve automatic points integration because it can't conditionally or actually define an API event call peramater to carry out certaina ctions. Now if you were creating a piece of content or removing it, as that is a static event, you may ahve beter success with that. However you'll need to download the lite version of the rules app just to use that feature. 1.4. Reputations and likes integration. Again, no way to make this possible with points economy. If you wish to have your community setup so that when a member reacts to your post, a certain amount of points is awarded, you'll be disappointed. The only additional settings you'll see in this app are in user group permissions under payment gateways through the store, and even that's hidden by default. As in you won't know it's there until you find that settings page again and review existing preferences. 1.5. Store integration. Yes, it works. But this feature is redundant if you can't purchase points directly. This is useful for communities who cannot use Pay Pal, Stripe or other payment methods for some reason, manual included. Therefore, don't expect account credits to be compatible with points, because you can't export and import account credit from other payment methods to points or vice versa yet. When I say account credit, I mean account funds from the store, where you can add dollars to your account to buy things with. If you are having trouble with other payment methods, I would not recommend setting up points integration until you're able to have all members be able to create or generate their own points to use as a viable payment method before hand. 2. So what does this app actually do? Well, points at this point is an unknown quantity. It: 2.1. Has no way of displaying to others how many you have. 2.2. Has no way of being useful apart from a tab not even installed by default in the menu manager. 2.3. Has bank integration but only with points economy, with no settings for individual bank types. So if you wanted to have points automatically be transferred from one bank to another based on different content types creation you can't do that. 2.4. Gives you an overview of how many you have. there's no way to review points activity yet or be able to manage them on your own or transfer them to other members. 3. Improvements to this app. Honestly, it's a nice idea. And basically, at this point, points can't make you any money. So don't think that because: 3.1. You have points installed, that it will: 3.1.1. Let you define or convert cash to points, or vice versa. 3.1.2. Allow you to self manage on account settings basis, points you do possess. 3.2. Admins can't earn affiliate points by members participation from a commission basis. If you want to set this up, it will need to be done through the store app and even then, it's limited to certain products and paid files. 3.3. You can't use points to control whether a member qualifies for a specific product or not. A good use case for this need would be, you need 50 points in your account to be able to access a forum category for donating members. 3.4. Awards, or lack there of. Points is not an awards system and cannot be used for uploading your own image or rank to give badges to members who have accumulated site wealth. 4. How can points benefit me? Well at the time of this writing, I would say points is: 4.1. A work in progress. It works, if you stay on top of who can use points to purchase items. And by that I mean manually crediting points to certain members individually. As doing so on a group basis isn't possible yet. 4.2. It works as a sub tab container if you want to put additional store items in the main menu. Its affiliation even if it doesn't perform all that well with the store, allows you to use it s a placeholder for actual credit. You will need to be an expert at managing your own fiat payment gateway, before the store can make you any money though. 5. Overall value. I rated this app currently 3/5 stars because its intentions are clear and was the reason why I placed some money aside to check it out. I have high hopes for this ap, yet its functional best practices needs a ton of work for me to rely on it as a system.
  1. You're welcome. You strike me as someone who enjoys a challenge and likes to beat it. Glad to help!
  2. Thank you for tagging me in the topic. I should've come here earlier, but I'm new to IPS so am not quite sure how it all works yet as far as the community goes. But I really love what I see here. I love how observational and attentive you are. Your consideration of my ideas here means I'm already hooked but also appreciate your talent and ability to engage in people, as you treat us like we matter as not just consumers, but admins and community relations managers with people, members, and valued users of the forums. Here's some more features to consider if you think of it. 1. Import from chatbox. Settings, posts and existing content if available. 2. Add integration with blogs, articles and other databases. 3. Add the ability for admins to be able to customize what chat sound appears. 4. Add the ability for users to be able to invite other users to a specific chat room. 5. Add seen, read, unread notifications. 6. Add the ability to bookmark posts so if users or admins are reading lengthy conversations, you can bookmark your place or just highlight archived messages you wish to view later on. 7. Be able to quote users, as well as mention them in chat. And have this work on a multi-chat room basis. 8. Integrate chat with notifications system, so members get chat notifications when ever they are mentioned or receive a private message or an invitation. 9. Integrate notifications idea with email that is optional. 10. Integrate paid chat with nexus integration. This would be very useful for customer support and product feedback channels. 11. Create a live chat alternative, where staff can talk to users one on one so make users have a one way communication with staff. then integrate that system with nexus support tickets. 12. Add a multiple users documentation system. Where members can communicate in a room in real time, and then merdge each post into an article and submit it. Would also work for topics, where a representing user or groups of users are able to create custom posts by optionally not including members name or date sent in the article. Would work with my convert chat room to article or topic idea. 13. Enable custom fields display for profile fields or other field types. So for instance, a custom chat field type would be location. Where rooms of users could automatically be set if people share a similar location. And or drop down value. 14. Allow users to block themselves from being included or mentioned in a chat room. This works separately from the ban system, in that they aren't banned, they just ignore it. 15. Create a statistics area for chat messages. Number of users online in which rooms, and rooms users may have in common with other users. 16. Add chat as a stream option to activity, following and search for custom notification settings. 17. Add total number of online users in all chat rooms with member photos as an option. 18. Have chat create custom actions. For example, sending 15 messages to a specific user would open a bot based pop up asking the chatting member if they wish to follow that user. 19. Merge profile activity comments with chat. that way replying directly to a comment (new feature idea) could show up on someone's profile page as an activity comment or in their chat box if the user chooses to display conversation history. 20. Allow members to post in multiple chat rooms at once. this is useful, for when you wish to forward messages, or simply wish to make an announcement to save time. 21. Optionally place an online indicator at the top of the chatroom, rather than at the bottom. Or let admins decide what information is included per chat display order. 22. Allow the chat post message area to be at the top or bottom of the chat room. Or let it scroll with you in case you wish to hover over a post to reply to it. 23. Allow members to choose their own chat display order. this way they see messages in an order they prefer. 24. Allow chat to have custom pagination. this way, posts appear live as they are created, but when viewing history, there could be a tab to have chat be in read only mode. 25. Allow rooms to have their own custom buttons on the text editor. this includes deciding how the enter key works. It also includes optionally displaying the button to send a message, or automatically send it. 26. Have custom emoticons support. Where each chat room could in effect, have its own theme. 27. Allow members to choose a background image for chat rooms they create. this way, they can personalize their chat experience. 28. Allow members to leave chat rooms they're already in. This way, they can come and go at will like groups. 29. Allow chat rooms to be able to message members whether they're online or not. This way, messages members could receive as such, could appear in rooms they previously joined, but were not there to view at the time. This is similar to member mentions feature, but the difference here is, the notifications could be forwarded to members each time they are quoted, mentioned or linked. 30. Chat subscribers. Allow members to optionally subscribe to a chat room, and receive chat logs. 31. Allow member created rooms to include custom moderators. 32. Allow the ability to merge or split rooms based on number of people, messages or other areas. 33. Allow silent mode, where members will only see room activity if they're mentioned in any room without having to be online in it. 34. Allow members to type in different colors. 35. Allow members to invite their friends to chat from social media. 36. Integrate rocket chat with chat rooms so that chat integration provided by other chats just extend rooms from a custom API. 37. Allow chat to have times of the day when it is closed to messages. 38. Allow chat to be dependent on checking to see if any guest is viewing the chat page. Don't auto load messages if nobody is currently viewing a room. 39. Allow members to customize chat in their language using google Translate. 40. Allow chat to be renamed to something else, like conversations or interactions. 41. Make it so that clicking on a user's profile takes you straight to a model window where you can choose if you want to view their profile, moderate their chat experience if available or start private chat. this eliminates the need to have a form where you need to enter a members name to chat with. 42. Allow chat to be limited to friends or followers of a given member if any. 43. Have a chat widget that loads from admin and moderator control panels. 44. Integrate chat with the reactions system. 45. Integrate chat with the rating system. 46. Allow chat to have custom polls assigned. that way, voting is done live with users who are interested. 47. Make chat viewable to only people who are of a certain age, location or have made so many posts, or joined within so many days of the community. Some of this can be done already using user groups, but make this independent of the promotion system so that chat appears as an option for user group creation and editing. 48. Keep being awesome. Pat yourself on the back for a job well doing.
    What's not to love about Chat by TheJackal84? The basic difference between this chat app and the Chatbox by The Only Me, is that: 1. TJ84 Chat has private message controls. 2. TJ84 chat app has bots. 3. TOM chat has different modes for displaying chat only. 4. TOM chat app is cheaper. *copyright branding removal* If you care about white label, you'll need to purchase this service by TheJackal84 if you install the chat. It's non obtrusive, but I had to set the chat app so that guests and Google Bots couldn't view the chat because of this feature. When you click the link in the site footer, you're taken directly to his forums site. So be aware that this link does not have a no follow tag on it. Having said that, it's only viewable when accessing chat page, and from what I can tell, does not show in widgets. I bring this up here, because he doesn't advertise that chat app has the copyright branding for free traffic to his forum embedded in it. But it goes without saying that installing the branding removal service works for all TJ84's apps. I personally do not care for copyright branding removal and this hidden link to the forums I've removed it via CSS code. Please in future ask for permission before getting a free advertising spot as a developer on all client sites. You already are getting renewal term paid updates, so the copyright branding for apps that require a license term removal is just overkill and not cool. *features* Here's what's not mentioned in the chat documentation. You currently cannot integrate chat with pages, blogs or articles/databases. You also cannot create custom fields to display when people post in the chat. Other than that, all other features do work as advertised. *features I'd like to see* 1. Chat to post conversion. convert a room you created into a post, or a room admins created into a post. Import posts to chat rooms. Export forums to chat rooms. Real time synchronization between posts of a specific topic or forum, category, or post and chat rooms. Allow specific members to be mentioned in chat. 2. Integration with existing private message system. Members be able to manage custom account settings for chat. Ability to link an existing post they made or someone else made as a chat reference. Ability to send files in chat. 3. Custom bad words filter per chat. Ability to merge chat rooms between users, groups, clubs, and other areas of the suite. Be able to use chat to reply to and create posts in other areas of the site. Chat to have a mobile app. 4. Voice, video and screen sharing calls with streaming. Ability to import and export chat with other apps like Discord, Telegram, Skype contacts and groups. Ability to lnik chat rooms across different sites with custom login functionality. Ability for chat to have its own user group permissions system. *quality* This is the best chat app I've ever used on an online forum. Including taking into account chat bars such as Comet and Arrow chat. This is better than Facebook Messenger by far. It is only the beginning of a very honest and promising future for IPS4 sites and beyond. It also works on cloud, something other apps that aren't specifically designed to work in house have an inability to use. Such as Battle chat. You are not able to change chat sounds per room on cloud, or per chat installation. However you are able to manage how sounds appear, and your other user options per room. *rating* I rate this app 4/5 stars. With a post reputation of 8/10 for performance, usability and customization on a per use case scenario. *improvements* Work on stability as well as gradual feature updates, and you'll have the best live interaction app IPS currently offers. Talk to Kevin Karwile about setting up Rules Automation for custom chat bot actions not currently possible with the default setup. Take note of what features people comment on the most, and also remember to engage your users as an admin of the site in chat when ever possible. Make yourself proud to be a chat app owner by TheJackal84 and you'll have a forum that lasts and treats you well. Including but not limited to any changes you wish to make down the line if your priorities change. *final thoughts* I run a community that is reliant on moderated content to some extent. Having the ability to have moderated rooms, promoting a currently online trusted member on a per user group permission system can be key. Having the ability for users to add other members as mods on their own rooms goes a long way in making chat a collaborated community effort plugin built to stay up and remain up and running for all serious community owners. Thank you truly for being an empowermental developer for IPS4. Your contribution here is definitely honorable and appreciated. Best, Elshara
  3. Thank you 😉

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      Elshara Silverheart

      You're welcome. Always glad to be of help.

  4. I already have. After the run around from a few different people, it turned out to be a bug on their end.
  5. Is there any way to archive that forum? I wanted to view one specific sales prequestion that I had about content imports and unique display names. But it keeps saying I have no permission to access the Google Search result that is associated with it. So this must've happened recently.
  6. I can't get any buttons on the CKEditor to have custom permissions.
  7. So you want a group comment wall and have the group be the title. That's easy to do. The app I'm referring to here, refers to custom fields everywhere.
  8. My only problem with notifications, is that they aren't automatically popping up in a lite box overlay window when they are received and I'm online to get one. Also, it is a lot of work to have to go through several screens just to turn notifications on for most account features, as IPS likes to leave them off by default. I get that it's a preference, but it should be a preference to not get them, as opposed to never knowing they are there to look at. Having to manually click follow reply to topic for example, won't even guarantee I get an email to look at it when I have a new reply waiting. So notifications aren't set by default to be used real well. Members need the ability to customize when they receive notifications for each individual item in their account.
  9. Well let me say this. Google doesn't know to look for your site, unless it is pinged and then regularly referenced using keywords, backlinks and pinged again. Then it keeps track of how many people actually visit by keeping tabs using a bot tracker. Why do you think Word Press does so well? And IPBoard V3? Pings. Yes, they still work. And that's how news sites gets their stories published via RSS pings and site maps. Having said that, to control what topics do crawl pings, is very important. But it's not as important, as Gooogle knowing that you have something available to ping. In fact a cron task should be added into the index XXX posts to make a ping request. Now you're guaranteed, based on unique content, to be indexed in search. Get a few users participating in a topic with a ping crawler on it, and or set up a custom activity stream to manage topics or forums even with a minimum of 200 or 400 words per topic, and you're all set. This way it's all done via category permissions, and your results bring in many members through association. This also makes your domain more desired because it increased its ranking as a whole. What ever google does, bing follows. In fact the primary use case scenario to add your site with Bing, Google, Yandex, Baidu etc, is so that the crawler keeps your domain in its list to check for new content. So what I recommend, is that you include include in your official site map, forums or topics with longer post count requirements in them, and leave the rest up to search engines to see outside of any RSS feeds. AKA, move it to a private forum until it gets enough posts in it that it is moved again to public forums.
  10. I really dislike 2factor authentication. The idea was never really completed very well. 1. I really think a way to verify browser bookmarks via cookies is a safer, and more device cross platform convenient way to keep session tables stored and regularly updated. That way the admin could set maximum sessions to remember, and ones to drop support for via notifications to a browser regardless of whether the person visits the site or not. 2. I have an Iphone, but even if I didn't, if I reformatted my Ihpone, I'm locked out of my account. Rather than have admins reset my data, I want to be able to manage info only stored in session tables belonging to locked devices. So by things like, who did I quote last in a private message? Or, pick from the following photos, the one you remember visiting. Based on old profile photos members don't have anymore. That way, when you do visit a profile or do something on the site only you know, and only you verified you're the owner, it gives your browser a trusted rating status. If a hacker attempt really did happen, and the hacker logged in as you, they wouldn't be able to verify in their own words to another trusted user of the forum, what was said as they'd have the chat history to compare this in private messages. Such a feature would get people posting just for that reason alone, I'm sure of it. If you want a more independent approach, browser bookmark verification or device IP fingerprints that goes on behind the scenes, relative to current location, should be a thing now days. but everyone's all into this smart phone app stuff and it really defeats the purpose of a forum account. Because the phone is the only thing saving you if you eed help, other than an admin who can't be managing account security all the time.
  11. How do I say this without sounding critical? Discord is for gamers. And shout boxes are for these social sites and making things feel like Facebook. A good chat app lets you coordinate live on site meetings on sunday nights where you listen to a live stream and hang out with other members. A good chat app will get you communicating beyond a text editor, and a few emails back and fourth to understand each other. Chat has always been a staple for active, busy forums. It's a place to meet others who want to be met with. Whereas the forum is a place for people to learn information, and that's it. They complement each other real well. Besides, we need a replacement for the PM system.
  12. "It's true. IPS is bringing back the chat feature. Complete with-" Hang on a second, I'm sorry to disappoint... "With the switch from IPBoard to IPS community suite, we've decided to skip chat entirely and shut down the service for existing IPBoard V3 account holders." Thanks but, no thanks. Lets bring chat back! Five reasons why: 1. Guess who you're paying for integration if IPS has no chat? 1.1. Comet chat. Bad company, terrible support, third party cloud platforms costing more than the highest IPS plan for starters. Considering that company originated from a VBulletin mod, that's pretty shady. 1.2. Arrow Chat. Better idea, but still flawed. Besides its bad support, and look alike bar similar to Facebook, that chat app needs a database access detail. Not possible using IPS cloud software. And for good reason. 1.3. custom chat mods. They sound better, but they: Aren't regularly updated. Usually involve some lesser known company. Usually involve heavy custom cloud fees per server. Usually put more strain on an already over bloated load time for IPS default modules. And aren't exclusive to IPs customers on a license that IPS could be apart of. 2. A non chat module involves more security data risks made by someone other than IPS than IPS themselves, because: 2.1. You never know what logs API requests. 2.2. Other cloud services would charge you for service even if you cancelled IPS. 2.3. Too many third party services have messy installation requirements just to integrate with an IPS database. 3. The same people who took chat away from us, took away the member list and adding people as friends. This made: 3.1. No separation between followers, custom lists, and list benefits distinctions. 3.2. List privacy controls based on user group and member specific options. 3.3. User engagement less of a priority overall. Based on forums which offered such to a limited extent to begin with. 3.4. Existing site owners unsure of much other than SEO placement looking a little neater. So, the benefits of offering chat is: 1. Users dramatically increase the time they spend on site by talking to each other in real time. 2. Users can convert a chat conversation into an archived post, with user data posts as individual topic threads. 3. Forums could become a live chat conversation, with a key core emphasis on thread display and respecting user ignore options. 4. With custom rules, forums could also become a precursor to bots for easy access to common data types. Basically, a chat is an auto refreshing Ajax data type. If added as a back bone to IPS suite, any app could turn into a chat solution. All that would need to be refreshed, is an activity stream which acted as a hybrid for posts to appear like a forum, but with the ability to reply to a post when in a group conversation by display controls. this allows text itself to become a group, with each club or blog itself, having their own membership types. It also allows nexus to have paid real time content. Something unheard of in the marketplace world. This allows downloads to become a paid feature, with an exclusive focus on folder organization and file transfer abilities. Gallery benefits also as a live player for custom media types if audio and documents as well as previews of streams and archived folders exist. There's no down side to chat. Period. In fact, if IPS streamlined its core product offering into one simple forum with the ability to control how text, files and database structures are displayed in and of itself, chat could power certain parts of this indefinitely. this would also eliminate the need for custom notifications or private messages, if participants were locked to invitation systems already present in clubs now. IPS calendar gets a boost as well, because it would appear as a data type within the chat system to interact with. The same goes for followers on profiles, and the reputation likes system. The best parts of IPS community suite now, relies on the connection point with the user. to send and receive information, but also to transfer information to other users. Chat is the epicenter focus for doing this in available moments of interaction based real time controls. With an import system available, especially if it is tied in with custom database records, IPS content could empower itself as a data entry point for interaction based foundation. This way, forums would appear the same way articles do, but the CMS itself is how the data interacts with members, not how members respond to data terminals. With chat, IPS would become totally limitless. I stand by this decision no matter what version IPS implements it into.
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