If you believe there are problems with the level of professionalism IPS' support department has, it would probably be best to take and post that feedback in a new topic for discussion. Or perhaps try and escalate your concerns with Charles if he's available.
That actually just crossed my mind, I believe I remember Rhett mentioning Baidu being blocked on IPS hosting before. I use Piwik personally, but that's primarily a self-hosted analytics solution. You could set up Google Analytics to get a general idea of where you're traffic is coming from, but I don't believe you'll get any IP logs or anything of the sort. I haven't used Google Analytics in years, so I don't know what all you can do with it today. Once you create a Google Analytics account, you'll just need to copy and paste the tracking code into the Google Analytics code setting. You can find it in Settings » System » Search Engine Optimization . It may or may not provide you with useful information. If you're receiving a spike in legitimate traffic from a website referral or something, it can show that. But if it's a misbehaving bot or scraper, it may not be able to provide you with anything useful. How big is the traffic spike to start with? (What is your normal 15 minute online average, and what is it during a traffic spike?)
Yes, that's fair enough, it depends what kind of forum you're running mainly. A business forum or just a small hobby forum. You wouldn't upgrade a production corporate/business website to an unstable beta release, but for small hobby forums as long as you're well aware of the risks and maintain backups it's your own decision. I'm just saying if you do use beta software you have to expect bugs and can't really expect rapid release fixes, you just have to deal and live with them. I plan on offering a public preview on a beta subdomain of my production forums probably when the first RC is posted.
It really bemuses me how big of an issue some people want to make this out to be. I really think some people just like to complain. There have been multiple staff replies explaining why this is the way it is. This is not a big issue. You shouldn't be changing domains more than every 6 months. If you are, you're probably doing something wrong, you shouldn't be. In the rare scenario where you actually need to and want to avoid the fee, IPS has already said you can take 5 minutes of your time to write a support ticket explaining your situation and request a waiver, since if you're willing to do this it would be unlikely you're trying to game the system. This is not IPS trying to exploit you. This is not unfair or unjustified. This is a reasonable and understandable policy.
I really doubt IPS is going to make a huge fuss over waiving a $15 fee when you're obviously not trying to abuse the system. Unless you've personally had IPS rudely refuse to waive the fee for you before I don't think the attitude is really necessary. It's surprising what simply asking nicely can do in regards to fees. Almost every time I've ever asked a company to waive a fee like this for me they've done so without issue. Rudely demanding to have the fee waived is unlikely to get you anywhere though.
Seriously, why would you do that? Maybe at the beginning you may have second-second thoughts about your new websites domain name, in which case you can contact IPS and request a fee waiver. Otherwise, if you're changing your domain that frequently, you're doing something wrong, or shady, because there's no sensible reason you should ever be changing your domains that frequently. I think this topic has been beaten to death by now.
It will take 3 video uploads that violate YouTube's terms of service to permanently terminate your websites YouTube account. One (or two, I can't remember) just to temporarily restrict your upload privileges. But yes, YouTube has an API you can use. You could actually have users link their YouTube accounts and possibly make this work. It would probably be complex to implement as a plugin/hook but I'm sure it can (probably) be done. The YouTube idea actually doesn't sound that bad to me.
What kind of hosting plan do you have, John_C? Because if you just have any type of standard shared hosting plan, you almost certainly won't even be able to use this feature you want. Extremely few shared hosts offer ffmpeg support on their servers, because video encoding is a very resource intensive process. The storage and bandwidth requirements are also equally massive. Looking at the website in your signature, I actually see that you appear to be hosting with GoDaddy of all providers. You can absolutely forget about utilizing a feature like this there. I've worked on developing platforms for video hosting before. I can do this because I spend hundreds of dollars a month investing in dedicated hardware that I lease from a datacenter to be able to run web applications like this. One of my servers has a ~6TB RAID array for storage and can easily consume terabytes worth of bandwidth a day and needs a dedicated 1Gbps connection line to sustain its peak traffic. Are you willing to pay that much for hosting? Can you manage a server on your own? Are you willing to hire a competent Systems Administrator to do it for you? Can you properly configure and tune your system for efficient media streaming? You have to realize that you're not Facebook. You can't be Facebook no matter how hard you try. If you want to offer highly complex and advanced features like this, you're going to have to invest significantly more time and money into implementing them, significantly more time and money than the average client is willing to put forth. This is a very niche and very complex feature that 99%+ of clients wouldn't even be able to use even if they wanted to, likely including you as well. Don't get me wrong, it would be awesome to have something like this, but this isn't some simple plug-and-play feature IPS can just throw in as an optional thing. Video streaming/hosting is huge and complex issue to deal with, both on the software and hosting side. It's simply not something that would be even remotely realistic for IPS to offer.
I'd imagine you'd just need to edit your template and replace the fa-bell icon with any other Fontawesome icon you want. I don't have an active install of IPB4 running right now, otherwise I'd tell you where to specifically apply the edit, but it shouldn't be hard to find.
As a friendly correction (since I don't think English is your primary language), when you want to tell someone you'd like to take up a project for them, you generally say you're "interested in it", not "interesting in it". Interesting just describes a specific something. "This is interesting" vs "I'm interested in this", as an example. I hope that makes sense, and I don't mean to insult you or anything, this again is just meant as a friendly...