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  1. Thank you both for your kind words and eagerness to help. It is much appreciated. 🙂
  2. I apologize if my post was not following proper etiquette. I was unaware that was the policy regarding bug reports here on the support site. It just seems more intuitive to post it openly as a means to see if anyone else had encountered the issue or not (a better way to confirm the bug or not). I will promptly submit a ticket with support. Thank you kindly for pointing out my error. I have marked your post as the current solution to my problem, and thank you for your time and consideration. 🙂
  3. I generally appreciate the thoughtfulness the development team has placed into coming up with this new feature. I am honestly looking forward to 4.6 and the many improved enhancement. 😎
  4. At the moment it would seem to be problematic to like a blog post.
  5. I am looking forward to the soon (?) release of 4.6.
  6. That is not an American issue. It is a human issue. Stupidity and lack of foresight are regrettably not exclusive to any one nation or corner of the world. You can find it everywhere and throughout all human history. I imagine great things await humanity if and when that is not the case, but until that moment, I do sympathize.
  7. I will be candid with you and straightforward. YES, anything you add to your website, embed on your website, or enable onto your website can and will further allow tracking and data collection. Even your users, hotlinking a harmless photo, can trigger further monitoring and data collection. Yes, 3rd parties will collect your information and all your users too. Suppose you are using Google login and Google Analytics (for example). In that case, Google will include several tracking cookies well beyond your website's interactions. Facebook login will add their own cookies to track your users for a month or more. Long after they sign off your site and logout off Facebook, assuming they do not clear their browser history. Do you plan to have advertisements on your website? More tracking there too. And I am only covering the cookies aspect on a desktop or laptop. Within a month's time (if not less), your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, where you shop, what you like to browse, and much, much more are now out there. Suppose your user is using a mobile device such as a cellular phone or tablet. In that case, they're even deep into the spider's web (metaphorically speaking). But I digress. YES, anything you add to your website, embed on your website, or enable onto your website can and will further allow tracking and data collection. Even your users, hotlinking a harmless photo, can tricker further monitoring and data collection. Invision has provided an excellent example within their own privacy policy of how to word such a document. https://invisioncommunity.com/legal/privacy/ Edit: I see you have updated your post. Originally you had worded this as more of a question. I think you did an excellent job wording this.
  8. Fair point. Although I cannot test it since I no longer use Windows, I imagine Microsoft Edge could open a WebP without a reg edit. But I digress. Your point is valid.
  9. The classic Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 supports WebP. This means that you can open WebP photos with Windows Photo Viewer without installing any codec or plugin. Right-click on the WebP picture file, click Open with, and then select Windows Photo Viewer to open the WebP image with Windows Photo Viewer. However, the catch is that Windows Photo Viewer has been turned off by default. You need to enable it. Doing that is pretty easy. Open Notepad and save this as PhotoViewer.reg (be sure not to save it as a text document). Right click the reg file and select, Merge. Then find a WebP photo of your choice, right click, and open it with Windows Photo Viewer. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpg] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.jpeg] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.gif] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.png] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.bmp] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.tiff] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff" ; Change Extension's File Type [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.ico] @="PhotoViewer.FileAssoc.Tiff"
  10. I should further add. Suppose you are using any cache services, such as CDN (content delivery network) or a proxy DNS (Cloudflare, for example). In that case, it may also be a good idea to purge these as well. You will wish to clear them first before clearing your browser cache.
  11. Hello @Ramil Valitov Assuming you have made any recent changes. It may be as simple as clearing your browser cache and cookies (clear your full browser history), which may resolve it. It is not common but doing a quick search within the community seems to suggest that on a rare occasion, conflicting changes between your site and your browser cache/cookies can sometimes cause this. The good news is there is a simple fix, and all you need to is clear your browser history. And if that works and you can confirm that it works with no-repeat issues, you can instruct your members to do the same. If that does not resolve your issue, I suggest you open a support ticket within the client area, allowing Invision staff to dig a little deeper. https://www.invisioncommunity.com/clientarea/
  12. Hello @Odiss Presuming you can confirm you are not experiencing any connection issues with your internet service provider (ISP), I would indeed assume this sounds like a hosting issue. Hawk Host is primarily a shared hosting provider, and many shared hosting providers oversell their resources. They (shared hosts in general) can usually do this successfully because the resources they promise will likely never be used to their maximum potential by most people. Using a "resell account" still means you are on the same principle. You only happen to have a few extra features that a standard shared account would not have, and it does not mean you have dedicated resources that a VPS (virtual private server) would provide.
  13. Hello @Jordan Invision I believe @Paul E. put is more simply, but, yes. It would be idea of have chooses between each possible method. And given the choice, I would likely opt to disable the generic e-mail method. But someone else may wish to keep it enabled. It's really about having the choice on which method you feel will work best for your community.
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  15. I believe the good gentlemen (or madam), Joel R, did a fine job addressing the general adaptation and common acceptance we see unfolding. True, there is no official certification and notarized documentation establishing this fairly transparent commonality of our reality. And you are, of course, wholly welcome to ignore the world around you and remain in your certified and quantified notarized 'bubble,' but I would advise against it, as a matter of opinion. Thank you once again for your time and consideration. 🙂
  16. Respectfully, I would ask that you not presume anything. Using public domain or freely-licensed images is perfectly kosher. I assure you every photo or illustration I use is entirely legal. Having said that, realistically, in a large community forum virtually impossible to verify the legality of every individual photo submitted by every person, and that is why safe harbor laws exist. While we speak of 'safe-harbor,' there is a nice thread that gently touches the subject matter here https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/topic/457695-protect-your-forum-with-dmca-safe-harbor/. I welcome you to participate if you feel you can contribute to the subject or perhaps think you have a better understanding of which everyone can benefit. The static website I had previously mentioned (not my community) involves digital photography—a pastime of mine. I would not say my website has too many photos per page, as I have an average of 2 or 3 per page (WordPress). However, I would reasonably argue that of higher quality in high definition images. I used PNG because when converting to JPEG (original RAW), I noticed some image degrading. So, for the time being, PNG became my preferred format when saving on a website. I later took the same images (RAW) and ported them to WEBP as I understood the compression (file size) could be improved. I had come to understand some web browsers rendered those images faster. Of course, the result is my site did load (or render) the site quicker. Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience. And thank you for following up with your expressed opinion. It made for an interesting read. 🙂
  17. I cannot presume to speak for everyone, but it has been my personal experience whenever seeking out photos to share; all the website's I pull from as a casual user are already using WEBP. That is to say, my members, when posting images, are already frustrated that all the cool photos they wish to share seem to be incompatible with the site. To put that into context, imagine visiting a forum that was incompatible with JPEG. At this point, general web compliance and practiced user engagement should be enough to justify adaptation, in my opinion. From a technical standing point, I recently updated a static website, which was heavily image-related. One of the last modification was converting my PNG's to WEBP. I noticed a full 4-second speed difference as a notable improvement.
  18. It will take a moment or two to adjust to the new layout. Still, overall anything that people can agree on that improves things is always a benifit. I shall continue to watch the ongoing development and general management from Invision with great interest. Onward and forward, and let's see where the road takes us all together—congratulations on your recent changes.
  19. As previously explained, I or anyone here can easily, and quickly I may add, generate a temporary e-mail and hop right back in within seconds. There is virtually no effort in doing so. I could easily create multiple accounts in under a minute if I were so inclined to do so without automation, just my keyboard, mouse, and a few open browser windows. It's that easy. Which begs the question, why is it that easy? The answer is relatively straightforward; there is no filter. Nothing is stopping me in the least. It requires no effort or even thought, just intent. But as previously explained, right now, making a new Facebook account, for example, is not so effortless. I first need to confirm my e-mail address, confirm a phone number, and upload a clear photo. Then assuming Facebook approves my new account, I could finally make my way to your site. In this instance, Facebook, not you or your forum, have done the heavy lifting. And should you ban my Facebook account from using your website, I would have to again make a new Facebook account. Which would require a completely different e-mail, a different verifiable phone number, and another clear photo. Before replying to your post, I attempted to do just that. Let me tell you, it not as easy as that sounds. I have always believed that if something can be abused, it ultimately will be abused, and if there is a will, there is always a way. Having said that, I hope you understand the belief that there is no perfect system for resolving any given problem. But that is never an excuse to not attempt to strive for excellence and try to overcome. As forums go, some would choose to see social media as the outlet working against us. I ask, why not have them work for us? They already have the filtration system, which has been battle-tested for decades. Why not use that to our advantage? At least, that is my hypothesis. I thank you kindly for your time and consideration. 🙂
  20. I was humbly going to suggest that disabling the generic signup was potentially a bad idea. I was going to argue that further incorporating social media as the default requirement to join only further empowers people to use them. But the more I thought about your concept, the more I could see a potential advantage. First, it is not too far of a stretch to assume most people today already use Google, Twitter, Facebook, and alike. There is no helping it. Second, one of the biggest drawbacks to forums, especially small communities, is not having the human resources and infrastructure to root out many of the spammers and bots that social media does. However, by disabling the general e-mail and requiring social media to join your community, you better ensure interested people join, as social media, at least in theory, have already rooted out the fifth. Additionally, the more I think about your proposed concept, it could be a further deterrent when banning undesirables. Right now, if I ban someone, they can easily pick up a disposable e-mail and hop right back on. However, for example, for places such as Facebook, I need a verified e-mail, verified phone number, and upload a clear photo just to be validated. Banning a Facebook log-in can go along way in keeping more difficult people off your community when a simple e-mail is no longer an option. Your proposal has caused me to think differently. I like it. 👍
  21. Would that not better be served on the DNS level if you had a proxy DNS provider (Cloudflare, for example)? Or if you have no such interest, perhaps on the server level through rewrite rules? The more you rely on your forum to execute this, the heavier the load would be. Because while I do believe your solution would be useful in denying access, you would still be asking your site to inquire about each individual page load.
  22. Some people just want to see the world burn. Either as a whole right away and if not, then at the very least, one person at a time. Some people sustain themselves and define themselves on coinage and the decimation of others. For those "special people," that is what the ban button is for. It is not the cure-all for all your woes you may face running a community, and for the most determined, it may only act as a temporary relief. That said, I do not believe there is a "magic bullet" (metaphorically speaking) of a universal nature to address all toxicity unilaterally. The best anyone one person can do is manage each person and situation on a case-by-case basis and hope for the best. But I do like your overall belief regarding reaching out to someone personally and trying to make a connection. The only difference I would make is beyond just sending someone a personal message (privately). I would also try to incorporate a fundamental initial olive branch publicly as a means to establish that you're making an effort within your community. It will not only help define you as a community leader but as a respected peacemaker too.
  23. Hello again, @Zdeněk Tůma I regret to inform you that I and perhaps others here are not seeing the full picture. It could be a good indicator of why no one else has chimed in. When I originally took it upon myself to provide you with some peer to peer assistance, you had written that your IP might have been blocked. I see you have edited your post to correct that, but the other half of your post continues how you used different IP addresses, which I presume you would not do unless you had good reason to suspect an issue with your initial IP address. You said you use Cloud IPB? To answer the original inquire, 'what should you do?' I advise you strongly to continue to work with support in resolving this issue. And in the future, when asking your peers to help you, please be as forthcoming as possible.
  24. Your CDN (content delivery network), Amazon Cloudfront, should have a simple method to purge your stale (old) content. You may wish to double-check that you have not banned or otherwise blacklisted any IP addresses via your server. If you are using managed hosting, you may want to check with your hosting provider. If you are using a proxy DNS service, such as Cloudflare, you may wish to double-check this too (I know you have not stated that you do, but I figure I toss that one out there just in case). Failing all this, I would suggest you hire a system administrator.
  25. Hello @Zdeněk Tůma I am sincerely sorry to hear you are experiencing issues. I question if perhaps your CDN (Amazon Cloudfront) is still using the dated (older) cache files and if maybe a simple purge may help resolve this. Additionally, if you are IP banning anything either through the software or server, you clear both (remove all IP bans) before flushing your CDN.
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