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  1. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: Renewal prices   

    You buy the software and get (that version of) the software forever but you also get 6 or 12 months of ticket support and access to any new versions released in that time without any additional payments. At the end of the support period you have the option to renew your maintenance/support or to let it lapse. If you renew you continue to get access to new versions and support, if you do not renew you can continue to use the product up to the version number that was available when your maintenance expired. We currently have one active license and one we let expire.  
    I work in this field as a software administrator and network licensing specialist and it is an standard not just for forums but across all sectors (mine is engineering). What is not standard, and where IPS should be applauded is that if you let your maintenance lapse IPS will allow you to renew at any time for the standard renewal fee whereas some of the big companies I deal with backdate your renewal to the date of expiry if you let it lapse.
    We have had our licenses for about 8 years and originally purchased a suite that had Board/Blog/Gallery but did have to purchase Downloads, Nexus, Content etc all separately. I don't think everything was ever available as a single suite.​
    Having said that I would agree that while the software itself is priced appropriately some of the pricing for the ongoing renewals is a little high .... In my regular job I tend to find renewal fees are quoted to us that are in the region of 20% of the cost of buying a new license so that would put IPS a significant bit above that for Board, Nexus and Content and more or less in line with that number for Blog, Gallery and Downloads. I deal with more than 500 software providers over the course of a year so its not a small sample ..... 
  2. HighlanderICT added a bug in Bug Tracker   

    Convert 3.4.7 to 4.0.0 - Usermenu does not work
    may be something quirky in my conversion (after the other reported issues), or perhaps some legacy issue from my old version but I am experiencing the exact same behaviour on my main forums page that can be seen on this bug which has been marked 'fixed' a couple of releases ago: http://community.invisionpower.com/4bugtrack/calendarrc5a-dropdown-menus-dont-work-r4345/ 
    Basically, anything that has a sub-menu displays a placeholder rather than a true link;
    Create Menu Item = #elCreateNew_menuProfile/User Menu = #elUserLink_menuMore menu = #elNavMore_menuThis occurs whether I use the default theme or one with minor (colour) modifications. This does not happen on a fresh demo install of IPB4 using the default theme or the same slightly modified one. I have performed 3 or 4 test conversions now and this error is constant on them all.   
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  3. HighlanderICT added a bug in Bug Tracker   

    Archived Content - Not Converted
    My current board has a little over 400,000 posts. I have just performed a test upgrade on a subdomain and after getting stopped with the last bug I reported (and which was fixed) my newly converted site contains a little under 102K with numerous missing posts. I believe the missing posts were all archived posts which were not moved across as I have compared the two sites.
    My current (3.4.7) board is setup to use a main database and a separate database for archives (i am using copies of both in my test upgrade) but despite having the correct "archive_remote_sql_xxxxx" values in the conf.global file during the test upgrade these values seems to have been ignored so only current posts from my main database were added to the site. I have set this info manually within the IPS4 admin area and also set my preferred options for archiving and notice my site has changed by 20 posts in all that time .... (about 5 hours). not sure if thats as a result of my settings or whether IPS4 is actually processing the old data from the archive database?
    Will the archived posts be processed at some point or is there a bug in the upgrade system that requires us to take additional steps before or after upgrade ? 
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  4. HighlanderICT added a comment: SQL Error ~ Archived Tables   

    thanks. confirmed this fixed the error i reported. now finishing the upgrade test. 
  5. HighlanderICT added a bug in Bug Tracker   

    SQL Error ~ Archived Tables
    get error below when attempting (my first) test upgrade from 3.4.7 to 4.0 RC6

    I have manually run the query as requested on my test Db (and carefully checked that I did it correctly and that the column is indeed now in the DB table) but this is a showstopper. cannot go past this error as the message will not go away. 
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  6. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: Pages: Promote to Article   

    37 days since this thread was started without a sniff of any official comment or response on what seems to be a fairly simple question. Poor show IPS. Can we please have an answer? even a one word answer !!!  It seems to be important to many of us and ignoring the polite requests for this info is, quite frankly, both rude and ignorant. 
    If its not coming back then just say so ... if it is but there are challenges then perhaps give us a clue rather than leaving us hanging. I have stuck with content/pages from the moment it was released a few years back despite the ongoing lack of documentation or the lack of user friendliness for my less tech savvy editors almost entirely because I could get some of them to use the promote button and then do some basic editing to fix the issues the purifier caused during conversion .... its not perfect, but it is workable. 
    if that feature is now gone then please just say so so we can move on and use something like Wordpress for our article area which is far more intuitive for those technophobe content editors ..... 
  7. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: Pages: Promote to Article   

    we are on RC now and still no sign of this or an answer ...... will this be reinstated ? 
  8. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: Pages: Promote to Article   

    +1 ... the ability for users to submit articles and for one of our mods (editors) to promote it to an article is a cornerstone of our community ... 
  9. HighlanderICT added a bug in Bug Tracker   

    Cannot login
    upgraded to Beta 4a today and installed Nexus (Commerce). Was attempting to reproduce some of the settings in my current site but although I could setup a product category folder I could not add any individual products nor could I setup departments for support etc as everything I tried ended in a white screen and refreshing or retrying it from scratch either didnt work or ended in the same result.
    Now when I try to login on front end it does not work, it goes back to login screen. There is no error displayed (eg wrong password) and I CAN login to the ACP. The login error is still present even if I disable the commerce app. The problem is present in both Beta 4a and 4b but in 4b the error displayed on the support page that was present in 4a (presumably because nothing was setup) is no longer there. 
    Not sure if it is my install or an actual bug. login and FTP info available on request.
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  10. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: error upgrading to beta 3   

    not sure if this is relevant to all people with this problem but I also got the same error on upgrade (at the applications stage). After that I searched here and read this thread and a couple of others then noticed that pages (which I had also installed) had upgraded its beta. I downloaded that file and uploaded it via ftp to my dev site then tried again and it resolved the installation issue but now gives me a white page on the front end
    This seems to be the error in the log (repeated many times)
    [02-Dec-2014 20:05:05 UTC] PHP Fatal error: Cannot use object of type IPS\Db\Select as array in /home/xxxxxx/public_html/xxxxx/system/Theme/Theme.php(558) : eval()'d code on line 1719 
    putting pages offline or uninstalling it has no effect
  11. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: The New Gallery 5.0, Well Sort Of, Look-ie! :D   

    Reading this thread, it seems options are the key.

    For me, a rigid structure I can define to suit my site works best, for others, a social media structure where new stuff, tied to specific users that floats to the top and can be displayed as such seems to work.

    The option to choose slider(s) and to show certain info on sidebars also will vary from user to user

    Will be interested to see a beta once it gets to that stage as I know the current version just does not do it for me ..... The pics are fine, just getting to the right ones can be a challenge !!!
  12. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: The New Gallery 5.0, Well Sort Of, Look-ie! :D   

    Personally I would like the option of displaying the gallery in a hierarchical structure just like a forum ..... My gallery site is soccer related and the structure is related to game dates. Our top levels are years - 2012, 2011, 2010 etc with sub galleries within each parent category for each individual game in reverse chronological order. for me it is vital for that order to stay the same regardless of whether someone uploads to the latest album or to an older one.

    I have no issue with how an individual sub-gallery is displayed right now, but managing each one within ACP right now is a pain as it wants the order to be by last uploaded date and I have to rearrange order in ACP every time I add a new global album.

    Probably not explaining it well and no screenshots as I am using mobile app but tfcpics.com is the site if anyone wants to see what I am trying to achieve. 6 parent galleries, 150+ sub galleries, 9000+ images .....

    In this instance people expect to be able to find gallery by year/date, not just by latest upload.
  13. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: All IPB forums breaching EU law   

    I am in Canada, my site is hosted in USA, and my audience is global although the subject matter and therefore the majority of the userbase is from Scotland (a fans forum for a football team).

    I was unaware of the new law until recently and agree with most who have said that like many EU laws which seem to be formulated after a few bottles of Chablis, it is ill thought out and as silly as some of the most famous ones - like the curve degree on a banana which is a classic!!!

    However, it is the law, and even if it not likely to be enforced rigorously, or even at all in some countries, I am trying to pay it at least lip service.

    So here is what I have done, or what I am doing .....

    I looked at the official UK gov site for the law and it is as clear as mud! No real help. I then looked at some major UK sites like BBC for example to see what they did (extensive info on a cookie page but no popup or list), and finally I looked at a few smaller sites like local newspapers from the area in the UK that I am from (it had popup/banner announcement and list on a dedicated cookie page).

    As a result I will likely just add a cookie page like BBC and maybe add a field to registration to agree acceptance for UK/EU users.

    The info I have read has stated the gov will not come hunting sites and if they find a site in breach they will likely suggest how to be compliant and only flex muscle if you continue to ignore it after they have spoken to you.

    I do not expect IPB to list all cookies for me, it's not practical, and if they do this for UK/EU for this law where do they stop? A list of all potential USA federal or state issues with software compliance? Chinese laws? Laws from Australia/NZ ?

    For the cookie issue i can easily get a list by clearing existing ones and then revisiting site and seeing what is in there as I perform major actions on site.... It's just a case of listing them on a cookie page after that (or not, if I base my page in what the BBC have done).

    So what IS practical to ask from IPB (or the community at large) ?

    Firstly it would be good if there was an informal list of the current core cookie names and what they do ... This could be supplied by IPB or as part of a peer discussion like this. On first entering my site I note 'coppa', 'nextlast', and 'session_id' as session cookies and 'member_id', 'pass_hash', and 'rtestatus' as persistent cookies. I have not yet noted others as I believe much of the preferences and individual user preferences are taken from the stored profile referenced in the member_id cookie?

    Secondly, it would be good if IPB could add an extra but optional link that EU/UK sites could populate with info that would be placed at the bottom of the site next to the new privacy policy link and which could optionally be included in login/registration screens. Guidelines, Registration, and Privacy policy options are already in the ACP under community guidelines would it be hard to modify it so you had options to display link to each in footer/reg/login screens?

    That to Me would be the limit of what IPB could or should consider doing. Give us the tools to comply with local rules/laws etc, but leave the onus on us to use them !!
  14. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: IP.Calendar needs some work   

    A calendar event that doesnt require you to specify an end date would be another basic requirement.

    One of our sites has a separate (i.e. not the default) calendar for a soccer team and I want to enter player birthdays, fixtures, events etc.

    The default calendar handles it fine if the member enters their birthday in their profile but if you try to create the same kind of entry for a non-member, it asks for an end date (year). Not sure i want to add what seems to be equivalent to a date of birth and a date of death!!!!!

  15. HighlanderICT added a post in a topic: List of sites / pages done using CCS   

    WOW !!! looks great !