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4.0 - IP.Downloads Version Control

Posted by Matt , in IP.Downloads 22 April 2014 - * * * * * · 996 views

One of IPS Community Suite 4's main goals was to overhaul the user interface. We wanted to go further than just a few cosmetic changes to the theme, we wanted to examine each part of the user interface and see what could be improved. The community suite has a lot of functionality and there's a lot of tools that we all use regularly so we felt that any imp...


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4.0 - Moderation Part 5: Warnings

Posted by Mark , 16 April 2014 - * * * * - · 2,198 views

Effective moderation features are essential for online communities. Forums, blog entries and member-to-member messaging are particularly attractive for spam bots and nuisance users alike. IPS Social Suite has always been best in class when it comes to moderation features with features like the free IPS Spam Service that are completely unmatched by other w...


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4.0 - Messenger

Posted by Mark , 11 April 2014 - * * * * * · 3,515 views

I can distinctly remember 5 years ago reading a blog entry on this site about the "personal conversations" feature in IP.Board 3.0, which we were working on at the time. Up until then, the messenger system in community software and other websites was much like email - you sent one message at a time, with little continuity between messages. We were one of...


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In Memoriam: Steven Shaw

Posted by Charles , 09 April 2014 - * * * * * · 2,295 views

The site eGullet.org was literally the first client of Invision Power Services when our company was founded over 12 years ago. Steven Shaw, along with his partner, stepped up and supported IPS in its first days and stayed with us all these years. They were our first paying client, our first hosting client, and often the first to get early betas of our rel...


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4.0 - Improving multiple calendars

Posted by bfarber , 09 April 2014 - * * * - - · 1,459 views
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Some sites make use of multiple calendars to help differentiate what type of events are being contributed to the community. You might have a staff calendar that allows staff members to add events and a community calendar for the rest of your users.  Or you may have a holidays calendar as well as a gaming "raids" calendar on your community.  Indi...


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4.0 - IP.Downloads Category Management

Posted by Mark , 03 April 2014 - * * * * * · 2,296 views

Copying Settings
 
Sometimes you need to change the same setting across multiple categories. For example, let's say up until now I've not allowed comments on files and now I want to enable it for most categories. In IP.Downloads for 3.x, I'd have to go into each category one by one and toggle the setting on.
 
In 4.x, when editing a category, e...


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4.0 - Moderation Part 4: Effective Moderation

Posted by Mark , 31 March 2014 - - - - - - · 2,651 views

Effective moderation features are essential for online communities. Forums, blog entries and member-to-member messaging are particularly attractive for spam bots and nuisance users alike. IPS Social Suite has always been best in class when it comes to moderation features with features like the free IPS Spam Service that are completely unmatched by other w...


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4.0 - AdminCP Reordering

Posted by Rikki , 27 March 2014 - * * * * * · 2,714 views

Different staff members typically have different roles within a community - especially larger communities, where you may have staff responsible for the theme, others handling tickets and different staff maintaining the system. In 3.x, we had a 'Bookmarks' system in the AdminCP that allowed you to create a menu of frequently-used sections in an effort to m...


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4.0 - Global Sidebar

Posted by AndyMillne , 24 March 2014 - * * * * * · 4,380 views

One of the goals for IPS Community Suite 4.0 was improving content discovery. In other words, making sure content still receives exposure even if it is posted in less used areas of the suite.
 
The sidebar that shows on the IP.Board index page in 3.x helps with this goal to some extent, however people who visit the forums app infrequently may miss ou...


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4.0 - RSVP Enhancements in Calendar

Posted by bfarber , 19 March 2014 - * * * * * · 1,640 views
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IP.Calendar has supported an RSVP system for events for the last several versions, and this has been a well received addition to Calendar.  Where allowed, users can request RSVP for events submitted to the calendar, and where allowed, other users can RSVP (and subsequently un-RSVP) for these events.  This functionality is useful for real-world e...






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