Agreed. It's more unfair to ask a skilled coder who could be making serious day job money with his spare time (presuming he/she is single and has lots of spare time) to give away everything they do for free.
How much time is he saving you by creating this mod, and how much is your time worth? Coughing up a few George's to save you hours of time that could otherwise be spent actually having fun doing something else is a small price to pay. Unless of course, your time isn't worth much.
Actually I like being able to see the PM's - if fact that is my #1 scenario to use this hook. Occassionally we're asked to resolve a dispute and being able to check people's PM's allows us to investigate claims. I reserve the hook only for root admins, so it's not like it gets abused.
Yeah - to be honest I take it on the chin that I didn't even ask & shop around before creating the account, but it seems at least for the other installations I worked on - that were in place when I got there - that 32MB is pretty common for cheap hosting packages (e.g. $5/month or less).
I'd agree with that. I'll easily pay extra $$ if it saves me hours of work. MS Word won out over WordPerfect back in the 90's not because it had more features, but because it made the 20% of features that 80% of the people used every day ridiculously easy. When was the last time you used WordPerfect?
OK, so I've read all 7 pages now and what I'm not clear on is what the value proposition of IPC is? I've been using IPB - I mean I installed and have been an admin on several installs after since - for 4+ years now. However for our CMS one admin installed Joomla and I've used SiteFinity (that's a .Net product made by Telerik for you php dudes) as well.
Some folks seem to want a tool kit out of IPC, others a full fledged (read mature) CMS. My question for the staff is why should I choose IPC over some other CMS? Are you targeting the WordPress crowd? The Joomla crowd? Or is it intended to be simply an add-on for hard core IPM coders who are fluent with php (and thus by proxy, HTML/CSS)? Answer that and you may solve a lot of frustration centered on what the product is/is not, and prevent people from buying it when it's not what they need (and thus, frustrated customers).
I'd like to give this product a go esp. as it would be awesome to do things like (yes, these are user scenarios I'd love to have fulfilled):
1. Easily create a page in my CMS that pulls data from my IBP, e.g. like top 30 rated topics or maybe a filtered list of members based on a custom field.
2. Easily promote an excellent topic from a sticky (pinned) topic (or post?) to an actual content page (saves me copying pasting, and it would auto-link to the related discussion)
3. Cool WYWIWYG way of dragging links from IPM to an IPC page, or perhaps even from the Gallery to an IPC page
However so far I'm wondering how it is "better" than some other CMS I can buy (or like Joomla, get for free).
Also, given that this is 7 pages in, it would seem to me that you'd have a wealth of people willing to be beta testers. Even if not on our own sites, why not just create one with weekly builds that we can explore and give direct feedback to?
I'll agree that I shouldn't have to know how to do PHP code to make the dang thing work, but for HTML I'm not sure this is the case. I can have HTML novices post content in the raw which gets it to 90% and always have an admin tweak it if needed. I've yet to see any CMS product (though yes, I've seen home grown solutions but who wants to spend $100k in developer time for a free site) in the past 10 years that truly obviates the need for basic HTML knowledge to use without issue.
FWIW, I installed this and it's working like a champ. Ideally I wouldn't have to log out before trying to spoof another person, but a small quibble. I like that the person I'm spoofing doesn't show up as logged in, which was a failing of previous products for v2 of the boards.
And no, we don't use this casually, but when there is some serious mis-behavior it's a relief to be able to confirm/deny an allegation by checking someone's PM box.