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."
OK, FWIW, here's a laundry list of features I would like. These are things you've probably already evaluated but just in case there's something you hadn't thought of.
[*] The "best answer" is with text and an icon that I can both configure myself.
[*] A moderator can turn on "automatic" best answer and then the post that has the most reputation points the "best answer" in a topic.
[*] Allow the person who posted the topic to choose which is the best answer.
[*]The "best answer" post should appear at the top but also should remain where it was posted originally to keep the continuity of the original thread?
[*]I would want you to support a second best answer or third best answer, or "nth" best answer where n is configurable.
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.
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?
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.
Thank you. Perhaps for those who need to do this in the future you may benefit from my experience. I am using the hosted version and can confirm that this workaround works.
The addition to the tables that are described above, icon_id, and done using
Admin Control Panel (ACP) > SQL Management > SQL Toolbox
At the bottom you will see the "Run Query" (Manual Query, Advanced Users Only) field. Paste the following SQL command in it and choose "Run Query" to add the field:
ALTER TABLE `posts` ADD `icon_id` INT( 1 ) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0'
ALTER TABLE `topics` ADD `icon_id` INT( 1 ) NOT NULL DEFAULT '0'
THis adds (not changes as in the previous example) the new field/column. The thread above was so arcane and ambiguous that I could not determine if it needed to be added to both tables. I added it to 'posts' first but that did not work so I added it to 'topics' and this now makes it work.
Notice that there is no table prefix as in the examples above from zLuckr0x. That is because I am using IP Board version 3.3.0 and according to RB in the support group this version does not use table prefixes.
Any of you with more experience please let me know if I needed to add this to both 'posts' and 'topics' or if just adding it to 'topics' is all that is required.