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  1. Matt

    4.4.5 Beta 1

    Version 4.4.5 is a maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.4.
  2. You can make a homepage in a few minutes with Pages, like IG.com have: https://community.ig.com
  3. We have compiled a lot of feedback for Clubs. What would you like to see?
  4. I actually agree, and we have things we want to do to modernise the interfaces to encourage more contributions to the discussions. Insta-style stories don't fit into the framework of those ideas. It's not a terrible idea, but it's something 90% of communities wouldn't use, just like status updates.
  5. There's a few barriers here. The technical: to allow 'stories' to be posted, you'll need a fair bit of storage for the videos, you'll also need a queued system to take in raw video and transcribe it into a more friendly and compressed format which is beyond the reach for most self-hosted sites. The strategic. No one comes here to see what I'm up to. They come here for help with their Invision Communities, or they come here to post advice for others, or to learn how to manage their communities. Forums are discussion led platforms. The discussion is the star. Social media are people led platforms. The person is the star. Allowing random members to upload stories about what they're doing and so on cross-circuits the purpose of a discussion led platform. Social media is great at being social medial. Forums are great at being forums.
  6. Sure, I've found this myself. Should be an easy fix (which is how every code based nervous breakdown I've had started).
  7. I’m really interested in the outcome of this.
  8. You have the data on your server (or if you are on our cloud plan, we will give you a copy when you leave) and there are numerous conversion tools for other platforms.
  9. This was discussed internally again yesterday.
  10. Leave this with me. Everything I have read states that you should add a canonical to most pages even if they are completely self referencing. The omission of the tab is a real issue though and a simple bug to fix.
  11. A month ago, CrossFit, Inc. posted a scathing blog entry outlining why they made the decision to quit Facebook and Instagram. I first came across CrossFit back in early 2007 when I was looking for new ways to improve my fitness. Their fitness programming was a breath of fresh air. Most workouts were based around either long cardio workouts such as running or traditional gym workouts with weights and machines. CrossFit successfully combined the two into a short intense workout which gained popularity very quickly. I was a fan immediately and followed the WODs (workout of the day) as closely as possible and watched the early CrossFit stars emerge. CrossFit, Inc. is very strong-minded. Their press release cites several reasons for their abandonment of the Facebook platform. They also expand on this and believe that "Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM", "Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts." and "Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history." It's certainly a bold move. CrossFit does have a legacy forum system which dates back from its early days which gets some use still. I think that investing in that community platform through modernisation along with a solid community building strategy could pay dividends in them taking back control of their conversation without fear of falling foul of any heavy-handed moderation beyond their control. Modern community platforms like ours have plenty of tools to automate basic moderation, encourage more engagement and work well on mobile devices. CrossFit, Inc join Lush Cosmetics as high profile brands that have taken themselves off Facebook completely. Do you think we'll see a resurgence of owned-communities?
  12. I'm always interested, and would love to know. We often make decisions based on research and our own experience, so balancing that out with more data always helps. Now I'm thinking of going back to a setting. I've read tons on canonical link for pagination and the general thought is "it depends". I still maintain that for a classic "article with comments" you want page 1 indexed and are less concerned with pages >=2 comments because it's the article you wrote that you want indexed, not potentially 10 duplicate copies with different potentially low value comments (such as emoji thumbs up and gifs). However, you raise a good point about databases being used for a different purpose where the reviews/comments are more important than the content you wrote. You might embed a Youtube video and ask for thoughts - and those user-contributed thoughts are more important than the Youtube embed. So I think perhaps asking a question per database like: "Strongly hint to search engines that" [] All pages should be considered the same (such a posting a long-form article and expecting pages of comments) [] All pages should be considered different (such as posting a link, and expecting pages of comments and reviews) Maybe I can phrase it better, but I think this is really the only solution. Having such flexibility in Pages is both a blessing and a curse.
  13. I guess this really means that Google is relying less on what the mark-up says, and more on how it computes relationships. Which makes sense as you can 'game' things via the markup.
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