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  1. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry: IPS 4.0: Internationalization and Localization   

    Sure, but how do you connect these forums? As the only difference between these forums is the language, surely they should be connected.
    The same goes for articles in the CMS. If you write an article in English, but you also have a French section, then it should be possible for members to translate the article and post it as a translation. This means that readers will have to be able to find the French translation when looking at the English article. Its a basic CMS function.
  2. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry: IPS 4.0: Internationalization and Localization   

    Uhm.... you forgot the localization and translation of content.
    How about having the same content (articles for example) in multiple languages?
    How about having a forum subject covered by a forum for each language?
  3. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry: Use a third party library/framework, or build it in-house?   

    But with a popular framework vulnerabilities are found quicker.
    I much doubt that popular & robust frameworks like Zend would dissappear, so thats an unlikely scenario.
    Using such third party framework would also be a boost to the addon community.
    Anyway, I hope that you will produce somethign even better than Zend and CI.
  4. Alfa1 added a comment: Not all tags are imported from vbulletin   

    With all due respect: it's uncertainties like this that had me going around in circles with IPS until I have simply given up on trying to import my big board to IPS.
  5. Alfa1 added a post in a topic: The New Gallery 5.0, Well Sort Of, Look-ie! :D   

    What I find severely lacking in Gallery 5 is Usability, structure, modern design. I really find it horrible in the sense that after looking at it for more than a few seconds I have a very strong urge to click it away.
    The portal is very chaotic. Its not clear what these randomly fading tiles are for. Yes, featured images. But why? What purpose does it have? It fills up everything above the fold. On the side there is an even more chaotic sidebar with unrelated design.
    There also is an upload button. But upload to where?
    Its completely unclear what the user is supposed to do or find on that page.
    If you scroll down you find 4 squared categories, which have a completely unrelated design and seemed to have come from different software.
    If you scroll down more then there is another unrelated design of photos cards with dots, numbers on it. I have no idea what thats for. I could probably learn what it is, but if the user needs to take lessons to use something then it has missed its goal.

    So how can the user navigate and find its way trough the gallery tree?
    How would it work if a site has 200+ categories and subcategories?
    Where are their friends photo's?
    How can the user quickly find photo's about a certain topic?

    Browsing the gallery/albums unfortunately does not make it better. I find it very confusing and unappealing.

    I would suggest to make it more structured and harmonious. Every detail in the gallery should be part of the same design and UXD.

    If you use tiles then consider how imageveux implements tiles:
    There are loads of subtle tile jquery effects for images now. Titles can be used in a useful way, that helps users find their way.

    There are so many amazing image viewers now. And more than a few have good UXD.
    And then off course there is facebook which provides an interface that is very friendly to users. PHPFox their new gallery implements a combination of facebook and pinterest:
    This is very easy to use and looks good.
  6. Alfa1 added a post in a topic: IPS Connect on multiple domains.   

    Currently it is not possible to share cookies across domains. But the question keeps coming up again and again, so I hope that IPS will implement this function soon.
  7. Alfa1 added a post in a topic: consistency in your code.   

    What does a dev need to do to get certified? I cant see the application and am interested to know what standards are used.
  8. Alfa1 added a post in a topic: European Union cookie law. Yes another topic!   

    The issue is that there is not one cookie law. Each country has its own implementation of the EU directive into national law. The Netherlands is one of the countries that implemented the EU directive in the most strict way. Meaning that all website cookies need to be fully described on the website and any cookie which is not necessary for the user needs to be agreed upon before it can be placed. Its nothing short of idiotic, but it is what it is. At least at the moment.

    A major issue is that EU countries need to start giving out hefty fines starting this month. In the Netherlands the Watchdog has announced that they will be giving out fines of up to €450.000 EURO.
    The Watchdog has created a crawler that checks if websites comply with the law.

    What is needed is that websites add a section about cookies to their privacy statement, which lists explicitly:
    - what cookies are.
    - which cookies the website uses.
    - what these cookies are for.

    Webmasters can figure this out themselves, but it should not take IPS more than 30 minutes to whip such text up for its customers.

    If a website uses anything other than functional cookies, then (at least in the Netherlands) there should be a cookie warning that users can click on to agree.
    This is needed for:
    - Any IPS cookies other than functional cookies
    - Google Analytics (as activated in IPS admin panel
    - Facebook connect (As activated in IPS admin panel)
    - Facebook like (As activated in IPS admin panel)
    - Any other social bookmarking script thats defined in the IPS admin panel.

    In principle IPS admin panel has sight on the above scripts and therefore its possible to use the data in IPS to define if these cookies are used.
    This could be useful to many, but as mentioned before there are large discrepancies between countries and it is likely that politicians will back peddle from their idiotic laws once the public begins to complain (already happening)

    So I am not sure that we can expect IPS to do a lot about this, but I do think that its important for IPS to realize that its possible that IPS clients may get hit very hard by these laws. 6 figure fines are no joke. And if IPS customers get hit hard then that would be bad for IPS as well.
  9. Alfa1 added a comment: Converted asks for selection from empty drop down   

    This bug is also present in 1.2.4
  10. Alfa1 added a comment: vb3.8 blog entries import leads to Driver error   

    This was not resolved in 1.2.4
    At least not on re-conversion.
  11. Alfa1 added a comment: Conversion asks for IM fields, but does not show correct fields   

    This was not resolved in 1.2.4
    There still is no way to convert website and IM fields.
  12. Alfa1 added a comment: vb Warning log conversion leads to Driver Error   

    This was not resolved in 1.2.4
    At least not on re-conversion.
  13. Alfa1 added a comment: Malformed path on vb emoticon import   

    Version 1.2.4 still does not convert url's. Instead it tells me to download each smiley and upload it again.
    Why is it not just retrieving the smileys from the locations it already identifies, and then inserting it into IP.Board?
    Making this a manual task leaves a lot of room for error. Which can have a lot of effects on board data and smilies not working correctly.
  14. Alfa1 added a comment: Custom profile field content is attributed to the wrong profile fields   

    Please delete this. This was a caching issue.
  15. Alfa1 added a record in Converters   

    There was a problem with the converter - could not get valid link: gallery_categories:
    Upon converting vb3.8 user albums, I got this error: System Error
    [b]There was a problem with the converter - could not get valid link: gallery_categories:[/b]
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  1. Alfa1

    Post edit history coming in IPS4! Yay!

  2. Alfa1

    An app store. At last!

    1. Olivier Turbis


  3. Alfa1

    Drooling over Ip.Nexus. Wish IPS would close the functionality gaps between vb and IPB, so i could move over.

  4. Alfa1

    Browsing on my iPod now.


      Sounds hells fun.

  5. Alfa1

    keeping close eye on IP development and wishes vital vbulletin functions will be added to IPB

    1. Kaelon

      You and I both, Alfa1!

    2. glorify

      Innovative stuff here so far. Hoping the mod community catches up. Hope 3.1 Gold is done soon so I can go live.

  6. Alfa1 » Collin1000

    Thanks for the link. No questions ATM. I like where IPB is going. In many ways IPB is way ahead of vb. However IPB misses various functionality that my board is dependent upon. Both default vb functions as custom things I have added to my site.
    Im the admin of a high traffic vb board thats highly customized. If IPB keeps rolling out new features, addons and keeps adding whatever vb has an...

  7. Collin1000 » Alfa1

    Any questions about changing to IPB?
    Check out the converts topic:

  8. Alfa1 » Bluedreams

    Same here. There are so many up and downsides to IPB to evaluate. Though I must say: Im impressed. Too bad that there is very little modification community going on and no Social Groups.
    Most of the other things are great.

  9. Bluedreams » Alfa1

    No we're still debating it!

  10. Alfa1 » Bluedreams

    Greetings back. Im checking out the up and downsides of IPB.
    Have you switched over?

  11. Bluedreams » Alfa1

    greetings from vb land! I actually use a few of your mods for vb :D