Agreed. The nofollow thing seems like something that'd work best as a per usergroup option. That way, trusted groups can post links without nofollow, and then it can maybe be an option in the link prompt/URL BB code for those members in case they do want to nofollow a link.
I already mentioned this a long, long while ago, but I guess I'll reiterate it again now... we seriously need forum/category icons as a default feature in the next major version of Invision Power Board.
In case you don't know what they are, they're basically forum specific icons you display next the forum name/description on the board index and by sub forum names on the forum topic listing, and look a bit like this:
Or this (from my own site):
They're a common feature on many forums (and a lot of big boards), they've been available as a modification for pretty much every script under the sun, and I honestly think they're commonplace enough they should be a built in feature rather than an add on at this point in time.
Heck, I even mocked up an image showing what settings for one could ideally look like in the IPB 3.4 interface:
I hope IPB considers them as a feature and adds them to their upcoming IPB 4 software, since a lot of sites pretty much can't go without them any more and they work wonders in making a forum's layout much better and more friendlier.
Could IPS make an option to do this in future? Because at the moment, I have to say the whole 'promote member if they've posted X amount of times' thing is kind of too easy to abuse, and I think the solution would be to have a system sort of like how Lithium does usergroup promotions.
How did they do this?
They made it so you could set users to be promoted based on things like days registered, topics/posts/content viewed, time online, etc as well as posts, and so you could mix different criteria for each promotion. So for instance, on the official Nintendo forums, to reach the rank of Fox Brigade you'd need to have:
21418 posts, 41602 minutes, 402447 Page views, 831588 messages read, 16957 board views, 694 logins, 243 Days since registration
Rather than just 21,418 posts.
That's kind of how IPB should do things in my opinion. Make it so you have all these different possible criteria for rank ups, and the option to either use just one or multiple criteria to go up a group/rank. Here are some things I think should be possible 'level up' criteria:
Days since registration
Time spent online
Blog entries posted
Gallery images uploaded
Gallery images viewed
Time spent in chat room
That way, each site can have a rank up/level up/promotion system that suits the needs of its members and admins rather than just a boring old 'post this much to get a new rank' one. You could mimic the Nsider/Lithium forum rank structure. You could mimic GameFAQs and its karma system (1 karma per day you log in, then promotions at every few hundred/thousand karma). Even the systems on sites like Reddit or the like based on your reputation and what not.
So yeah, I want to see something like this in a future version, does anyone else?
Seems like a good idea. I know I've seen this as an add on for various scripts (I think The Admin Zone uses something like this with vBulletin for the purposes mentioned in the first post), and making it an official IPB feature would be an excellent idea.
At the moment, IP Downloads only counts the total number of downloads across all files uploaded in a batch/under one listing. So if you've got say, a soundtrack or something, you only know how many times people have downloaded 'anything' included.
But wouldn't it be useful to have a download count for each file included? Maybe next to the 'download' button or file size on the file listing screen you'd have a counter saying how many times each particular file was downloaded.
That way, you could tell which individual file in an 'upload' is the most/least popular and track which ones become popular/unpopular over time.
So could we possibly have this in the next version of IP Downloads? I think it'd be pretty useful...
I had a mod that did this, and I feel it's something that should be made into default functionality. Because at present, it just makes no sense to have username colours only present on the who's online and some other areas yet not in topics/posts/profiles, and it feels terribly inconsistent.
So every time usernames are shown, they should retain all group formatting/CSS options.
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be an option to choose whether their names show up or not. Many might be spammers or trolls no one wants to remember. And its a case of what the license owner wants, if people want an option it should be considered regardless of anything else.
Very well said about the mod issues. I'm pretty disappointing IPS hasn't dealt with it yet. The mod community and a few other short comings really make it hard to justify paying out the nose for IPS products.