Here's another real life example. I am trying to find topics on how to use my own css in IP.Content blocks. I searched for "content css block" (without the quotes). I cannot specify titles only nor can I say I only want results that contain all the words. How many posts do we have in this board that contain either of these words and yet have absolutely nothing to do with what I am looking for ?. The 4th result is a topic titled "SQL Error upgrading from 3.2.3 to 3.3". That does not remotely relate to my search. I would much rather search on titles and be told nothing relevant was found than have to filter nearly 3000 results to see if maybe one of them gives me something. Sriously, I don't mean to be rude but ever since this board was moved to IPB 4 the search has been useless to me. It gives so many unrelated results, it's faster (not to be confused with "fast") to just go to the specific forum, like IP.Content in this case, and browse through pages and page and pages of topic titles until I find one that seems to be talking about what I need.
Here's three things I would absolutely love in IPB and I think many on my community would also use it. 1. An "Hide from new content" option on topics. Very often there's topics I would prefer not to see in the New Content because they are of less importance to me and I'd rather just read them later by going through the forum index than seeing them on New Content many times a day. 2. A "Mark Priority" option on forums and topics which would make them appear at the top of the New Content page and be identifed as priority with some icon. 3. A "Invite people" feature on topics. This would allow the "Invited" people to participate in a discussion when it's in a forum they don't see or in which they only have read-only access. I'm not entirely sure how permissions would work on this but what I am thinking for now is two settings in the "Edit forum" page: Groups that can be invited. Members of these groups can be invited to topics in this forum. Groups allowed to invite. Members of these groups are allowed to invite people to topics in this forum. Here's why we would love these features. We currently have 133 forums in our community and many permissions groups depending on one's position in the organization (Administrator, Executive, club representative, club member, etc). We plan on opening up the community to the public now and we will easily end up with 150 to 175 forums and an average of over 300 new messages each day. Our executives have access to everything because they need to feel the pulse of our community but they can only spend so much time a day on the forum and they need to be able to filter out the discussions that don't specifically require them to read every new post. This is where suggestions 1 and 2 would be an invaluable tool for them, making their lives so much easier by giving them tools to prioritize new content. I don't think suggestion #3 requires any explanation.
Charles, You said in another topic that the search results are prioritized to show titles results before content so I can appreciate why you don't see a need for search by titles only. But what about performance ? Wouldn't a search be much faster and less resource intensive on a large community database if it was not uselessly searching content only to show results that the user is not interested in ?
We are on a hosted community, do I have to patch this myself or is it done automatically ? I am a bit confused because the files in the patch are clear php but the ones on the server appear to be zend files.
We are currently using IPB 3.4.7 and the latest Nexus and we are getting lots of feedback from people complaining that it's too complicated to complete a purchase with a coupon in our store. Apparently they are having difficulty finding how to enter their code. Honestly, I can easily believe this but I always felt it's not very user friendly. I don't think people should have look for a place to click to say they have a coupon before entering it. The textbox for the code should always be displayed on screen just above the total amount so people would know right away where to enter their coupon code. Will this be changed in the new version or is it going to work the same way. Will we have access to some templates to modify the appearance of the pages in our store ?
Thanks Andrej, I had not seen this. And I don't know why Invision decided to do this but I think forum admins will get lots of questions and complains from members about it. I know I'm rude but it's a stupid change.