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  1. There must be some sort of work around for it, because I use other sites (in particular the wordpress WYSIWYG editor and I have no issues in Chrome)... With Chrome approaching to be, if not already, the most popular browser on the web I think it is something that needs looking at. If the bug has been unresolved for 5 years on Chrome's end then I think considering most of our users will be using Chrome then perhaps it is something which someone needs to work around. The old IPB WYSIWYG editor used to work fine in Chrome too. Simply suggesting just don't use chrome is not resolving the issue. If Wordpress can get their WYSIWYG editor to work properly (and its a really nice editor), then I am sure IPS can do something about this too.
  2. I agree this has been an issue for me and I refuse to use FireFox lately, however I could have sworn FireFox was the same, I will test it later. I have noticed quite a few other problems with the IP.Board WYSIWYG editor and I posted about them before but no one replied to my post and it dropped several pages. This issue has been going on since at least IPB 3.2 if not prior to that, it is frustrating and it would be nice to know if someone is looking in to the problem.
  3. To parse correctly alt tags are required, even if they are left empty. As it says in that document from W3C "A document can contain information in iconic form. The icon is intended to help users of visual browsers to recognize features at a glance. In some cases, the icon is supplemental to a text label conveying the same meaning. In those cases, the alt attribute must be present but must be empty." For icons and things which are repeated or are just for layout purposes should have empty alt tags alt='' and not missing alt tags all together. According to W3C the alt tag is required for all images regardless of whether left empty or not in HTML 4.01, XHMTL 1.0 and HTML 5, having images with no alt tags will throw up parser errors as it does not comply with the DTD format.
  4. I agree with the original poster, it is a good function and there is a modification available for this in the marketplace. As eGullet said why delete your test accounts? I do a mixture of the above... I have a test account which I set to what permissions I need to test, I use the "Login As user" mod to use that account and then sign out which signs you back in to your original account. This is excellent. I never remove the test account but set it to one which has little permissions when its not being used. I then also use the login as user mod when a user comes up to me and says they cant post, cant download, cant view attachments etc etc... This is a great little tool for allowing you to troubleshoot peoples problems on your board, something which I use on a regular basis. Whether it should be a default option on IP.Board is another question but as long as it keeps remaining available in the marketplace I am happy to just use the third party app.
  5. PM add Group

    I second this, or at least an option to quickly add people from your friends list like which used to be possible in older versions of the board.
  6. Having used Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups from both a consumer and a site owner perspective I think they have nothing to compare with a forum. I say this because whenever I have had issues with say a product for instance I don't think of going on that products facebook page and posting my issue, instead I will go and see if that product/service has a forum. Forums are, as others have mentioned, much more searchable, with a popular facebook page things disappear off the bottom all too quickly and people forget about them. On the flipside it is a very good advertising and marketing opportunity. But if you want to support a product or a service then it is not great or well suited at all.
  7. A forum is established to serve a community of people who have an interest in a particular area, it is a place for people to exchange ideas, thoughts and comments and a place where people can discuss things which they find interesting or important. As an admin or moderator of a community your primary responsibility is to facilitate the conversation, to moderate the conversation and to keep a watchful eye out. For the sake of this post I will be using admin or moderator interchangeably. As a moderator it is important that you always remember that the site you are moderating is only as good as the people that use it. The whole reason for you being a moderator is due to the demand on the site by the members. I have all too often been to sites which are moderated by megalomaniacs, people who think that having the status of administrator or moderator immediately makes them better than everyone else. It is important to embed a friendly ethos within your site and to make it an open place where moderators are seen as people who are there not only to enforce rules but to facilitate the general conversation and to participate openly in the conversation. As a moderator your postings do carry extra weight, it is important that you set the example for which you want your community to adhere to. A moderator or an administrator should always approach a member with an open mind. If you have set out rules which have not been followed then yes it is your responsibility to enforce these, but you must remember to do so in a positive manner. Approach your members in a friendly way. Remember to explain the reasons for you contacting them, if you must edit a post leave a polite reason. Never publicly humiliate a member of your community. Every member, be it a regular user or a moderator is entitled to their opinions, a strong debate in the forums is a good thing, but there is a fine line between a strong debate and a heated argument. A moderator must recognise the difference. Whenever giving out any warnings, whenever moderating any member always be discrete. It is never a good idea to make an example of a member. Remember to always be helpful, specifically when it comes to new members. A new member has joined your community for a reason and it is likely that they will make mistakes to begin with. Be patient with them; be there to guide them and to direct them. If a member posts in the wrong area, don’t grill them for it but move the topic and leave a link in the old forum. This allows the new member to discover the correct places to post. Leave a reply in the moved topic explaining, politely, why you moved it but ensure you come across as an open and friendly person. I started with it and I will finish with it, remember that your members are the reason for your site’s existence. They are the forum’s most important asset and it is vital that you treat them that way.
  8. It sounds like you have too much fun talking to yourself! :D I can see the advantages of doing this. When you go to a forum which has no one posting and there is no activity you feel like you can't be bothered to waste your time posting. As long as you do not cross the line to the point you are creating fake reviews for yourself then I see no harm in it. As Moeru Wa said though it is definitely better if you can get people who are real to come and join and take part. If you have a niche forum the chances are you have friends or colleagues who have a similar interest, get them over there, generating content even if you have to bribe them with a beer or two. I don't think even the best faker can beat real activity, it is hard to create multiple personalities and remember the personality of each when posting. We each have our own posting and writing style and it may be hard to fake being someone else. I would just advise you to be careful if you decide to go down this route, not saying it is a bad route but you need to do a good job of pretending!
  9. Firstly, unless my memory serves me incorrectly but Netscape was purchased by AOL, Microsoft then paid AOL millions to switch to Internet Explorer, and this basically spelled the end of Netscape as a brand? Secondly, instagram is a very popular service for social photo sharing, I can see why this is big news for Facebook considering it is the first real sized company they have acquired. I don't mean to be argumentative but it is helpful if you understand the facts surrounding these companies before you slate them.
  10. I have worked on previous sites where it was more article based and that worked well for getting new members. With my site I primarily use it to keep my users coming back. They are fans of my facebook page and if I have something interesting to share with them I post a link on the facebook page and in turn this comes up on their news feed. As I said in a previous post most of your members are likely to already be using Facebook or Twitter, sharing them regular content (as long as you don't spam it) will keep them coming back. It is not always about getting new members but it is also about keeping your members coming back for more. IF they are regularly on Facebook anyway, keeping them updated via Facebook will transfer them from Facebook to your site. and the same clearly works for Twitter too.
  11. I think it depends on your site first of all, as to what it is about. If it has interesting content and you post interesting snippets for example on your facebook page. And the fans of your facebook page share them on their own walls, a recommendation from a friend carries far more weight than a 6+ listing in a Google search in my honest opinion. Using facebook to get personal recommendations is a fantastic possibility and for those that say it simply does not work it may be that you simply aren't going the right way about it. I am a fan of several sites on Facebook and when they post interesting snippets on their page it comes up in my news feed, I then follow the link to their site to read it. This is specifically true for Gizmodo, whilst I think a lot of their content is crap, occasionally a good story will crop up on my news feed from them and I will then follow the link through to their site and read the article, if I then enjoy the article and think some of my friends will find it interesting I will then share the link on my wall, I may even tag specific friends so that I share it with them if I think they will find it interesting. How is this not a great opportunity? This kind of personal recommendations is amazing! If you have interesting topics on you forum, and you can share links to this content on Facebook, Twitter and the likes, people who are fans of your Facebook page will have this come up in their news feed, they can then follow through to the forum post, read it and if they enjoy it they may share the link on their wall/timeline, which in turn gives you exposure to an additional 300 people. It is all about how you work it and how much time you are willing to invest in social media. You have to go about these things the right way.
  12. I will agree with this part... look at what I did (http://www.ibpdownloads.com/ipb/topic/21181-potm-april/page__pid__53079#entry53079) the entire header including the PMbox, Notification Box, Navigation and Breadcrumb navigation all float. The trouble you see is not everyone wants that, not everyone wants certain things. IP.Board has to look at the picture as a whole and has to decide which features it implements. If IP.Board were to implement every possiblity and eventuality it would be one hell of a bloated piece of software. Facebook runs on hundreds of thousands of servers, it is one sophisticated piece of software. But again, not everyone likes the direction that is going in. Companies have to choose which way their software is designed. IP.Board does expect you to customise your skin, it completely does, hence why it has a skinning system. You can go out and buy a custom made skin for a few hundre dollars if you want, you can then specify how you want it to look. IP.Board caters for countless numbers of sites, it can not possibly accomodate them all. I think you are very naive in thinking that they should be expected to have a skin which is perfect for your needs your needs probably account for less than 10% of their customer base. IPS has a great community, a great modification and application marketplace and there are a lot of talented developers building addons, modifications, applications and skins. If there is something you want this piece of software to do I am sure it can be done. If it is so niche that it is not available in the store you can get a custom mod developed. The possibilities are truly endless. But if you want your forum to be succesful you need to do the hard work and you need to adapt your forum to meet your sites niche and make it individual to your users needs.
  13. I don't want you think I was actually being lazy, I just scan read the longer posts, so I wanted to apologise if I had missed anything important out. I wouldn't say the social media craze has zero substance. It serves its very own purpose, if like me you spend the majority of your time away from the people who matter most to you it is a place to when you are feeling home sick. Your family can upload pictures of your cousins, your brothers, your nephews and your grandchilder. You may not have the time to go round your aunt's and look at the latest pictures she has taken of her child but she can post them on Facebook and you can look and share your comments on it. To me that is what Facebook is about. It's that level of personal interactivity you can have with your friends and family. A forum is not that, not that at all. Hence why I think it is not really a competition, and I agere whole heartedly with the statement I have highlighted below in red: I however use the internet to learn, teach and share knowledge. The majority of my time online is dedicated to just that. But as I am away from people who I would like to keep in touch with it adds that additional level in which I can interact with them. I think social media fills a purpose in its own right. People should be concentrating on the content of their forums, if your forum has no substance then you may as well give up.
  14. I didn't read all of the posts as some were very long (I was being lazy), and I think that is a difference between Social Media and Forums. Social media has it's own place in the world. Posts are generally short and comments shorter. You can have a quick browse read a few things and interact with people on a personal level. It is just that it is social. You represent yourself as a person. With a forum you represent yourself, generally, as an avatar with a username. It does not have that same level of social interactivity. But in my opinion forums weren't intended to. I think the original poster could have come up with some more original ideas if they thought they were going to "save the day", I think if it needed rescuing and your tips are to make some small skinning changes then your tips fall way below the mark. However I do not think it needs rescuing. When you visit a social media site you only look at the posts from the last few hours, you do not trawl through tweets from yesterday, last week let alone last year. With a forum you do. A forum is a collection of discussions which are searchable. It is a resource for discussing topics in an environment where you know you have people who have a similar interest. I disagree with this entirely. Facebook and MySpace are fundamentally different. Facebook has done a lot in the way of enabling developers to interact with their software. I am afraid to say it because I am sure I will get stick for it but Facebook has revolutionised Social Networking. It has enabled the likes of game developers such as Zynga to develop games which you can play with your friends. It has enabled Spotify to let friends discover music between themselves. Facebook as 800 Million users, that is not going to go away anytime soon. Facebook is rich with data about real people. That is something which is incredibly valuable and with them providing a platform for developers I think it is here to stay. So yes, I firmly disagree with your statement. I agree exactly with you. Your forum is only as strong as your community. If you do not have a community then regardless of how good the software may or may not be you have nothing to offer the users. Social media sites are making this more apparent. Yes it has killed off a lot of forums, but only those which had no strong community. If it were a simple task of building a really good community we would all have very sucesful sites, but it is not that simple. You have to work hard, you have to invest a lot of time, you have to promote your site and optimize it. This doesn't happen by itself. If you want to get organic traffic and you want a community you need to work hard for it. Having the expectation that IPS can deliver you an outstanding community on a plate is extermely unrealistic. Again sorry Sandi, but I disagree with you on two points, timeline and social media buttons. Social media buttons are a great way to publicise your site. Social media sites have traffic and you are allowed to advertise in posts on these sites. It is a great way to get exposure. Most of your members are already a member of one of the social media sites. You are not going to lose members by having a button allowing them to like a post of yours on Facebook or by allowing them to tweet a topic they have feel they want to share with the world. These are great tools. Talking about timeline is rather offtopic but I will say that I think it is a great addition to Facebook, it allows people to express themselves and it make their profiles more unique and about them. You can get a real sense of a person, and follow their achievements. It allows you to get a quick overview of a person. Facebook friends should be just that, they should be friends of yours. And it is nice to see what your friends have been up to and it is nice to see what they have achieved. I do not see the problem with it.