NickDorazio

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  1. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Newbie Question - Redirecting href for a category forum   

    Hi IPS Community,
     
    I'm really new to IP.Board and I was wondering if I could get some assistance with a configuration I'm trying to do.
     
    Basically, I have a category forum that I would like to redirect the url for.  Essentially, I want to have sub-forums but, if someone clicks the actual category link, rather than being taken to the generic category forum page I want to send them to a separate location.
     
    I've managed to narrow down the actual location of the url to:
     
    <a href="{parse url="showforum={$forum_data['id']}" seotitle="{$forum_data['name_seo']}" template="showforum" base="public"}" title='{$forum_data['name']}'><if test="$forum_data['_name']">{$forum_data['_name']}<else />{$forum_data['name']}</if></a>
     
    in the template for this skin.  Basically, would I'd like is an if statement that takes the href, checks what url it would have and then, based on the result, will replace it with a different url if it corresponds with the specific category forum I want to modify.
     
    I'm thinking this amounts to a simple if/else condition that checks:
     
    "{parse url="showforum={$forum_data['id']}" seotitle="{$forum_data['name_seo']}" template="showforum" base="public"}" 
     
    and outputs based on that value, but honestly I'm not even certain of that.
     
    I was wondering if I could get some guidance from the community in the syntax for this.  Thanks in advance for the help!
     
    Regards
  2. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Recent Topics Sidebar Hook   

    When someone posts a reply to a topic does that push it to the top of the list? In other words, does this work like your (SOS34) Recent Topics? 
  3. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Multi-mod On Reply   

    I think I understand that this will allow any user who has permissions to do a Topic Multi-Moderation action while adding a reply. But is there currently a way to automate this so that every time someone adds a reply a default Topic Multi-Moderation is executed automatically? We're trying to use this in a support forum where if a topic is "answered" and then six months later someone adds a reply we reset the topic back to "not answered" automatically.  
     
    UPDATE:  Actually, if we can just give someone who replies the option to choose from a subset of the Topic Multi-Moderation choices, so that the user himself can choose to mark it "not answered", that would be great too.
  4. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Are there any large organizations using IP.Board for their customer facing forum?   

    Thanks guys. The Evernote reference in particular fits the bill for us, an international software firm.
     
    FYI: I couldn't find anything within either NASA or Intuit that looked like IP.Board. Either they have customized it beyond recognition or I was looking in the wrong places.
     
    Visit Evernote, O'Reilly Media, GeeksToGo, or Kaspersky if you want to feel very much at home: clearly the peppy performance and clean lines of Invision. I haven't visited the others yet.
     
    Again, thanks. 
  5. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Are there any large organizations using IP.Board for their customer facing forum?   

    The folks at Gartner, whose opinion carries a lot of weight in business, don't mention IP.Board, phpBB, or vBulletin in their Social Software Magic Quadrant report  (pdf) from September 2012. They have come to the conclusion that the vendors of what they call "workplace social software" (Telligent, Yammer, SharePoint, Jive, Ektron, SAP Streamwork, Cisco Quad) are in the process of adding "externally facing social software" functions. And as a result, Gartner will no longer write about or make recommendations on externally facing software options. So as a result I feel our decision makers are being presented what I would consider the worst possible selection: all the vendors who started servicing large orgs who wanted internal facing boards but who have recently bolted on external facing functions.  Fast performance and things like interoperability or large development communities are hard to find among these vendors.
     
    So in order to deliver my customers the best possible performance, I of course want to stay with IP.Board. Who can tell me of a large organization that is using IP.Board that I can point to and say, "see, you can have amazing performance, ease of use, and lots of plug-ins but run it within a corporate environment with Fortune 500 customers."
     
    Nick
  6. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: How to Disable star ratings system in IP.Content   

    One of the lamest things about any forum is when a feature is completely ignored to the point of being laughable, but yet it appears everywhere.  The star ratings system (i.e. 1 to 5 stars) in IP.Content is such a system on my board. We are lucky if we can get people to upvote and downvote items, much less give a rating. So in order not to look foolish with a rating system nobody uses, we turn it off.
     
    You do this in ACP > Other Apps > Content > Articles  > Articles Configuration  > Permissions Tab. Then clear all checkboxes under Rate Articles. 
     
    FYI: In forums you do it in ACP > Forums > Manage Forums >  Edit Forum: [forum name] > Postable Settings tab > Enable Topic Rating (per user group option).  Do this for each forum. 
  7. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: [RESOLVED] Title being cut off on front page   

    Thank you also. It is nice to see someone post instructions that have some detail to them.  I should add that the prompt tells you that if you set the character count to 0 the title is not truncated at all.
  8. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Easy way to upload an image?   

    For those who do not know how to insert an "Attach Files" button to IP.Content as Marcher Tech describes above, here are the steps.
    1.  Open ACP > Other Apps > Articles > Manage Fields then click the "Add field" button.
    2.  Give it a name like "Add Attachments"
    3.  The "field type" drop down has a choice called "Attachments" you should choose.
    4.  "Allow user editing" = yes
    5. "Treat Numerically" = no
    6.  Default value = blank
    7. "Show field in listing" and "Show field in display template" both = yes.
    8. Field required = no
    9. "Extra options" = blank
    10. Truncate listing = 0. 
    Save.  You should then see the normal "Attach files" button below the "Body" field in the Article editor.
     
    To use the picture, position the cursor where you want the picture to appear in your post and click the "Add to blog entry" link on the attachment icon.
  9. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: (BIM34) Featured Content   

    Thanks for the update. I'm just about to upgrade but I wanted to check to see if the existing groups will continue to work after the upgrade. In other words, those topics I have already flagged to contain fContent, will they continue to work after the upgrade or should I make sure to first copy somewhere all my links, URls to pictures, and descriptions so I can add them back later?

    Also, this is perhaps a silly question. But I am using 16 in slideshow, 4 per slideshow page in a group I call "Group1". When I add new ones I just add them to the "Group1" but I do not remove the older ones. Is that OK? In other words, will that cause some resource problem in the future as the number of topics featured in Group1 grows larger and large (but I still show only the most recent 16)?
  10. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Can a hosted site reduce minimum search word length? Is turning off "fulltext" search for a small forum a reasonable option?   

    [quote name='Rhett' timestamp='1348248066' post='2311219']
    ...there is no way to reduce this as it required an edit to the mysql config.

    Fair enough. Two follow up questions then:
    1. I have turned off the fulltext search and the resulting "exact word match" type search is pretty rigid. There appear to be no wildcards and no ability to do any ANDing or ORing. Are there any input operators or configuration tweaks that will permit something other than the "exact match" type search that the non-fulltext search does?
    2. With a small forums of, say, 10,000 users and 100,000 posts, do I really have to worry about the potential for extremely slow searches that you warn people they will get if they turn off "fulltext" search in ACP > System Settings > System > Search Set-Up?
  11. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: I'm SORRY IPS!   

    [quote name='Peter Parker' timestamp='1347626853' post='2308655']
    IPB has the topic rating in the snippets too. Those yellow stars in google results really catches the eye.


    So I just searched for Zombie Tubs and I see what you mean. How did you get those stars to show up? It doesn't appear to happen by default. For example, Google search "I'm sorry IPS!" and you'll find your post at the top of the results but without the five stars it has earned here.
  12. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Can a hosted site reduce minimum search word length? Is turning off "fulltext" search for a small forum a reasonable option?   

    From the documentation on search setup at http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/documentation/index.html/_/documentation/administrator-control-panel/system-tab/system-settings/system-search-setup-r77 I am unsure if there is a way for a hosted forum to reliably change the default minimum search word length of the "fulltext" search.


    Fulltext searching is enabled by default for those using traditional, MySQL searching. You should only disable this in non-English characters sets which do not support fulltext searching. It is important to note that if you do not use fulltext searching your search queries will run extremely slow and will be very server intensive. The minimum search word length can be changed here but often MySQL will override IP.Board on this setting and force a certain word length limit (default is 4) depending on your server configuration.

    From the link above and the warning that turning off "fulltext" in ACP > System Settings > System > Search Set-Up will make the search extremely slow and server intensive, it sounds like IPB's preference is that we always use fulltext. So I have 3 questions:

    1. We have a small forum. I would estimate that in 5 years we might have 10,000 users and 100,000 posts at the very most. So with numbers that small (compared to many of your customers) do I really have to worry about the potential for extremely slow searches?
    2. I would prefer to turn "fulltext" on. But in my industry are probably a thousand three letter acronyms that my members can't search for using fulltext, so the 4 character minimum is making "fulltext" simply not a viable choice for us. Is there a way for a hosted site to change the default 4 character minimum search word length?
    3. If I turn off fulltext search, are there any input operators or configuration tweaks that will permit something other than the "exact match" type search that the non-fulltext search does?
  13. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Lessons learned in v3.x - IPBoard and the way things are handled   

    [quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1314739018' post='2162642']
    MySQL fulltext search is limited to 4 characters by default. This can be changed in MySQL configuration file, but MySQL does not recommend doing so, because it hurts fulltext search performance greatly.


    Can I assume then that for hosted forums this is not an option we can change? I am unsure because at http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/documentation/index.html/_/documentation/administrator-control-panel/system-tab/system-settings/system-search-setup-r77 it sounds like I might be able to change this.

    From the link above and the warning that turning off "fulltext" in ACP > System Settings > System > Search Set-Up will make the search extremely slow and server intensive, it sounds like IPB's preference is that we always use fulltext. But in my industry there must be a thousand three letter acronyms that my members can't search for using fulltext. So I have 3 questions:

    1. What is the risk of turning off fulltext?
    2. I would estimate that in 5 years we might have 10,000 users and 100,000 posts. So with numbers that small (compared to many of your customers) do I really have to worry about the potential for extremely slow searches?

    3. If I turn off fulltext search, are there any input operators or configuration tweaks that will permit something other than the "exact match" type search that the non-fulltext search does?
  14. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Better Featured Images Options - Feedback   

    @Lucy Heartfilia

    Thanks. I won't be able to do that since I've got a hosted site and those files are encrypted. But I appreciate the info.
  15. NickDorazio added a post in a topic: Better Featured Images Options - Feedback   

    [quote name='Lucy Heartfilia' timestamp='1346267099' post='2302756']
    Yes. No. UPDATE gallery_images SET image_feature_flag = 1. No. Yes.


    THanks. Your last "Yes" in the thread above confirms that the featured image limit of 20 can be changed. How can you change it? If it requires a sql command to change it can you be kind enough to include the command? I'm just proficient enough to enter a proper SQL command but if you just tell me what table and field to change I don't know how to do that.

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