My forum is music based, so there's people there that make their own songs and mixes. They'll sometimes post a direct link to an MP3 which then causes the MP3 player to auto-embed, but it would be nice if the player had a button on it so that people could download the file. Users end up using code tags or just deliberately breaking the link so that the player doesn't auto-embed so that people can download the file.
I reported a couple of fairly crippling bugs with Shoutbox 1.3.12 (which he did not develop) when used with IPB 3.4.x just yesterday and he sent me the beta version of 1.4 earlier and the bugs are now gone. It works perfectly. Hats off to you sir! That's a rapid turnaround time.
If anyone here is using IPB 3.4.0 or 3.4.1 I would take up Pete's offer of becoming a beta tester as the current version (1.3.12 at the time of posting) is problematic, for me at least. Not that I'm trying to blame JLogica, cos his code worked fine before the IPB 3.4.x release.
So the blank line between the quoted text and the reply was automatically inserted. It looks nicer and is more readable IMO. Then in one of the 3.2.x versions, that blank line was removed so quotes look like this: -
Granted, a user can insert the blank line themselves, but I don't want this left up to users. I would like the option to have a blank line inserted automatically so all quote/replies look like my first example above by default rather than the second.
Alternatively, if there is a small edit I can make to one of the templates to achieve this, that's fine too. I've been asking about it and the only responses I have received are from people who want the same thing, but as yet nobody has posted a solution.
That's the way I look at it too. Plus, anyone can install the Shoutbox now anyway if they want to so I don't really understand the "it uses a lot of resources so we're not taking it on" argument.
I would love for Invision to officially take it over. The devs that have worked on it have done a great job, but occasionally I have been stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting support as Invision say "third party app, nothing to do with us" and the Shoutbox dev says "that seems like a problem with the forum software, so it's nothing to do with me". Plus with it being one of the most popular add-ons, it can put a lot of pressure on one person.
As for every member seeing it even they don't want to, which obviously uses resources for no good reason, why not add an option for members to be able to turn it off? In fact, I'm pretty sure that already exists.
The new quoting system is a mess IMO. If I quote someone, the following happens: -
2 blank lines are inserted into the quick reply box, then the quote is inserted, but without it showing the name of the person I'm quoting (nor the date or time). The name/date/time does show up when the post is submitted, but this is a step back in functionality and what's with the 2 blank lines?
If I click inside the quote box, say, to make some of the text bold for emphasis, I can then no longer click beneath the quote box to add a reply. What I have to do is go to the end of the text I'm quoting, press enter to insert a blank line inside the quote box, then the ability to place the cursor below the quote box returns.
The quote splitting thing mentioned in earlier posts in this thread does not work.
And I still hate the fact that the blank line was removed in between the quote box and the reply. It just doesn't look good and I know it was changed several versions ago, but I still don't see why, when no other forum software that's commonly used does this, and neither did IPB for many years.
I like that the board automatically embeds a Flash player for MP3 links, but it would be nice if it could be improved: -
1. Add a download button to it. If a user wants to post a link to an MP3 for people to download, auto-embedding the Flash player with no download button makes this more awkward than it needs to be, so this is a feature I'd really like to see added! :)
2. Update it so that it reads and displays the file tags, or at least, the file name. It's not vital, but it would be a nice touch.