I agree this shouldn't be a mod but I am losing faith that this will ever be addressed by IPB. Reading some of the IPB posts in this thread I'm not even sure that IPB realise the extent of this problem.
A direct link to Activity Stream wouldn't really sort this issue. 1. A new user to your forum would be baffled by all the Activity Stream choices. 2. Activity Stream is really slow and/or throws up error messages. The old VNC for guests worked great and was simple; why it isn't available in 4.0 is frankly bizzare. There haven't been many complaints about this omission yet but that maybe because it doesn't effect Admins or Members who are logged in. But I think it will cause a major reduction in converting guests to members because guests will arrive at a new 4.0 site, been unable to find the current content and simply leave in frustration. I won't be upgrading to 4.0 till this is sorted or a mod becomes available.
Something funny with these results. If you reproduce in Google, there are the two links (as shown above) to what at first appear to be the same thread (the arrowed one and the one below). However, when you click the link with "Home: Community: Engagement" etc it doesn't take you to the thread but instead to the 'see who gave reputation' page. That can't be right, the page has virtually zero content and would you useless for a new guest to your site. http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/410412-seo-how-much-do-you-care/?do=showRepComment&comment=2542082 Is something in the IPS structure confusing Google? Is IPS showing Google something different to the user?
I appreciate that there is the intention in the Feature Plan to merge VNC and AS, but this is kinda urgent. Currently the user experience Guests coming to a IPB 4.0 site is poor. Unlike 3.4 (and all other major forum software) there is no VNC (or equivalent) option for Guests. If the Guest manages to find A/S via the More tab, they are then confronted with a very unfriendly list of content. Furthermore on this IPB site, a Guest will more often than not get an error message if the click on one of the A/S options, eg topics. Personally I think the priority on this feature needs to be increased from 'coming soon' to 'next up' just to get us back to where we were with 3.4.
I do remember that some time last year potential URL structures for IPS4 were discussed in some detail on this site. Many users (including me) requested a full hierarchical structure for the suite. It would appear that that is now an option for Pages, and from my personal perspective that is a good thing. I hope that this will be extended to the rest of the suite as I personally would like to use a fully hierarchical structure in all applications and I think that there should be consistency across the suite. I hope that this will be an option at some point, and I'm prepared to take the SE hit that this would likely cause in the short term. I like what I've seen done with Pages both on this site and Ralf H's. What is critical for Pages though, once it is Gold, will be thorough documentation to help users understand how Pages actually works (including what is happening in the 'background'), together with detailed guidance on actually creating different 'types' of Pages.
This thread has gone waaay off topic. Getting back to the IP4 Feature Plan, how do I get from this http://community.invisionpower.com/4featureplan/ to this: http://community.invisionpower.com/4featureplan/performance-r15/ Thanks