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  1. Michael added a post in a topic: Add more pricing options for the projects manager   

    "Requesting free project" exists as an option already.
  2. Michael added a post in a topic: Suggestion: Give a sample IP.Blog Theme   

    Custom themes are just custom CSS that you add to the page, in the current state you just need to know CSS and then you can style the content however you like. I agree that it may be nicer if you could have something a bit more intuitive whereby you are presented with the current style values and given the option to change them, but you are literally allowed to adjust whatever CSS you want to on the page, so presenting every option would be difficult.

    You can style elements on the page which aren't even in the blog, like adding this:
    #search { display: none; } Will result in the search bar being hidden on your blog. Really, the only limit to what you can do here is what you can figure out with CSS. Using a tool like Firebug will help a lot, as it will let you figure out the classes/ids that you can modify.
  3. Michael added a post in a topic: Pre-defined Topic Fields   

    Go to the settings for this forum's pre-defined fields, switch to the non-RTE editor, and copy and paste the code you have there here in this post so I can see what it's trying to convert.
  4. Michael added a post in a topic: Forum Pruner Task   

    If you put 0 in the setting "Prune all topics with this number of replies or fewer", it will prune topics only with 0 replies. You would enter -1 in that setting if you wanted to prune all topics.

    If you don't want the topics to be deleted completely, you'd just set the setting "Delete the topics from the database completely?" to No.
  5. Michael added a post in a topic: Will IPS release IP.Content Tracker?   

    Cool, thanks Ryan. :smile:
  6. Michael added a post in a topic: Custom HEAD section content for pages   

    You should already be able to do this with a {parse addtohead} statement:

  7. Michael added a post in a topic: Will IPS release IP.Content Tracker?   

    So the 'filter' feature Mark was referring to in that comment is already in IP.Content? Sorry, I don't use the product that often, but I've had people contacting me asking how to implement a system just like the Bug Tracker here and they were told the filter box on this site is custom. I assumed that was the hook.
  8. Michael added a post in a topic: IP.Content 4.0 Suite Suggestion: Reusable DB fields   

    Why would those different types of databases have any fields in common?
  9. Michael added a post in a topic: IP.Downloads hacked or a warning?   

    Yeah, I read this entire topic. This was handled correctly.

    This is not a hack, it was an incredibly minor issue and did not deserve any more attention than it received. You may disagree, but we all have our own opinions on what is important. IPS has a long track record of accurately gauging what needs immediate attention and what can be addressed at a later date.
  10. Michael added a post in a topic: IP.Content 4.0 Suite Suggestion: Reusable DB fields   

    If you're sharing so many fields across databases, wouldn't it make more sense to use one database and just categorize the different items? So that way, each of your original 10+ custom databases just become a single category in one database.
  11. Michael added a post in a topic: IP.Downloads hacked or a warning?   


    This site was not hacked, and IPS did investigate the reason for the issue: it was possible to bypass the submitting of reports by constructing the URL manually rather than seeing a visible link to report the file on the page. The KB article Ryan linked you to explains the issue and provides the official fix.
  12. Michael added a post in a topic: Will IPS release IP.Content Tracker?   

    But there's also apparently a custom hook required to make this work, which, to my knowledge, has never been released:

  13. Michael added a post in a topic: Tutorials   

    Until the status of that report changes from Under Consideration to something else, you can be assured that it is still Under Consideration.

    Again, I've stated in that particular report, and in the post you just quoted, if and when the status of that report changes, the report will indicate that change. So you need to be keeping your eyes on that report if you want to know what's going on with it.
  14. Michael added a post in a topic: Tutorials   

    I've never said that was something that would be added to the product. It is something that has been suggested and is under consideration:


    As I say in that report, and status changes on that particular suggestion will be posted in that report.
  15. Michael added a post in a topic: Tutorials   

    They have to have that 'Add Comments' permission to access the comments section at all. You can then refine their specific comment permissions in their group settings to let them only view and not actually add comments. Sorry, that does appear to be confusing.

Status Feed

  1. Michael

    My blog is back up, any suggestions on new entries? Walkthroughs you'd like to see, maybe?

    1. AndyF

      An example of adding something with a variable / value attached. As a practical example adding a checkbox to the UCP or suchlike. I do sort of have plans for something and although I could probably manually edit the skin and the code to do it I could not do it with a hook as I don't understand. :(

    2. Michael

      What about a checkbox in the UCP that, when checked, does something like hide the board index sidebar? That should be possible. It would involve a template hook to get the checkbox to show and be populated with the value for the member, a hook (library, I'm guessing) to store what they checked into something like the member cache, and then another template hook or possibly skin overloader which would read the value of their preference and do the appropriate work. Sounds doable.

    3. AndyF

      That would be OK. Even if it made something appear or otherwise on another page. :) I did have something more complicated in mind but that's best left until I see how this works properly.

    4. IPB Bob

      How about an update of your application walk through?

    5. AndyF

      I would eventually like to see more of these or perhaps (in the future) 4x versions if you have time/enthusiasm for them. :)

    6. ZakRhyno

      Do you still run your blog?

  2. Michael

    Woohoo, 4000 rep!

    1. .Ian

      yay :)

    2. Andrej

      well-deserved! :)

    3. Ax Slinger

      You da Man!

  3. Michael » Philip L.

    Congrats on the staffitude!

    1. Philip L.


  4. Michael

    Today on the forums feels like trying to have an argument with my couch

    1. Aiwa


  5. Michael

    All of my mods should be IP.Board 3.4 ready now!

  6. Michael

    OMG, I can write a post, then Tab+Enter to submit it again, and then hit Home to go back to the top of the page. Just like it used to work!

    1. larva

      awesome right, it happen the same in my forum and i was so pist off lol.

  7. AndyF » Michael

    Looks like I'll have to add $INFO['species'] = 'human' if you're not sure then ;)

  8. Michael

    Can't wait for the first "this mod doesn't work on 3.3.2" post

    1. .Ian

      Well does it? ;)

    2. AndyF

      Shoutbox 115 (yes I did say 1.1.5) does not work on 3.3.2 ;)

  9. Con » Michael

    Talk about updating en masse. :P

    1. Michael

      Hopefully I didn't flood you with notifications, did I? I thought it only did that when I actually clicked the 'upload new version' option.

  10. Michael

    If I get one more PM with a subject of 'hey', I'm not going to be responsible for my actions

    1. Marcher Technologies

      May I join you in that action irresponsibility? I get 5 of those a day....-.-

    2. media

      I am sorry, am I missing something? Spam? or What?

    3. AlexJ

      Hey :) Hi, Michael :)

    4. Michael

      @media: It's just that people like to only say 'hey' as the subject of their message, and that's not really a subject. A subject should convey the general thoughts of the PM, something like "Need your help" or "Custom work?"

    5. media

      Oh, I see... :)

  11. Michael

    The number of paid files being submitted to the Marketplace seems to be increasing

    1. media

      So? good or bad? cannot decide!

    2. Michael

      Good for developers, I guess, but I can see a potential backlash brewing from the community. We've had more than one "there are too many paid mods!" topics here.

    3. • Jay •

      Greed reigns supreme.

    4. AndyF

      I'm still awaiting documentation to be included in every file :P

    5. Michael

      That'll be the day.

    1. media

      Congrats... :)

    2. AndyF

      Congrats :D

  12. Connor T » Michael

    Off topic: Your posts are always so hard to read. lololololol -> agreed.

  13. Michael

    The bug here about us losing our 'follow' info on topics is annoying when it makes me stop following my support topics

    1. DawPi

      Grr, totally agree!

    2. AndyF

      You mean you both don't read *every* topic anyway ? :P

    3. DawPi

      Read, but this option is meant to help and relieve me of this. ;)

  14. Michael

    It's truly amazing how many people who submit files check the box indicating they've read the guidelines, then don't follow them

    1. AndyF

      Welcome to my world at the coal-face ;) , now you know why I have generic responses ready for said submissions.

    2. AndyF

      Not sure if its my imagination (or perhaps the mass new files influx has stopped as it goes in cycles it seems) but most seem to have it at the moment.

  15. Michael

    I don't see statuses on any bug reports here anymore, is it just me?

    1. Con

      Same, they seem to have disappeared recently. :/

    2. Michael

      They're actually back for me now, but apparently not for everyone, huh?

    3. Con

      No, for my account they disappeared later and haven't returned yet.

  16. Michael

    IPS, *please* give IP.Tracker some love, there hasn't been a new version in 3 months

    1. media

      Yes, it looks like a dead project... :)

    2. Amy T

      No no they need to do IP.content first.
      I need the tags.

    3. • Jay •

      I feel ya... if I'm going to have an "Edit" button (in the Tracker), I should be able to use it. :(

  17. 7SiN » Michael

    I was late to the party on the new SEO thread. I think the thing you do NOT realize is that SEO for many of these admins (including myself) is the last peice to the puzzle. We have a great userbase but it has become stagnant. In my top 10 keywords, 4 are my site name. It wasn't like that before I moved here. And for your information, I'm one of the 2 that Matt is talking to about SEO. I just feel you are looking the other way when we are making our points (much like Rhett and ot...

    1. 7SiN

      other IPS staff). I'm just glad Matt is listening when no one else would.

    2. Michael

      I don't know what this is in regards to. You probably should have posted this in whatever topic you and I evidently both posted in.

    3. 7SiN

      It was one of the SEO threads that was closed and you had stated your opinion that those of us "focusing" on SEO are focusing on the wrong things.

  18. Michael

    Sweet, I can filter out those Ask IPS topics from VNC by using the 'Filter by forum' option :)

    1. DawPi


  19. Michael

    Approaching 40K Marketplace downloads!

    1. media

      Congrats... :)

  20. Michael

    Did I miss the window for Marketplace payments last week? Submitted my request Friday AM (early) but never got my payment. :(

  21. Con » Michael

    Hey, a few days ago I received notifications that you updated the following files: Clickable IP Address in Online List [3.2], Group Name Indicator [3.2], IP.Downloads Stats [2.4], Local Time in Topics [3.2], Member Anniversaries [3.2], Members Age in Topics [3.2], View Online List Permissions [3.2], Shoutbox [3.2], Members Online Today [3.2], Members Skin in Topics [3.2], Number of Topics Started [3.2]. However I didn't see any change in version number for these with the exception of the...

    1. Con

      Looks like my comment got cut off. Here's the final part of the comment again: "However I didn't see any change in version number for these with the exception of the Shoutbox which went from 1.2.1 to 1.2.2. Is it advisable to re-download any of the others mentioned? Thanks."

    2. Michael

      They were just changes to the title to indicate the support IP.Board version, with the exception of the Shoutbox and DB Customization Manager, which were upgraded.

  22. Michael

    The more issues I run into because of IP.Nexus's encoding, the more I want there to be an alternative I can use

    1. Mark

      Anything I can assist with?

  23. Jombi » Michael

    What's the chances of you making a sorta "sandbox" app to filter threads that have a checkbox selected upon creation?

    1. Michael

      I don't understand what you mean, but I'm not likely to make any new mods until all of my old ones are updated.

    2. Jombi

      Suppose a user makes a thread. At the right side of the editor where it asks you to follow it, etc, could there be a check box to filter the thread by? Such as "NSFW". And if the thread has that selected, users can choose to filter out those flagged threads from their searches.

  24. Michael

    If anyone is guessing why 3.2 mod upgrades of mine are taking so long, I have just two words for you: Shoutbox Support

    1. .Ian

      Sorry to hear it is causing you trouble. :(

    2. AndyF

      As I mentioned earlier, you can only do what you can in x hours. :)

    3. AndyF

      And I've somehow managed to squeeze a few support answers into the Shoutbox topic too.

    4. AndyF

      Although I do see what you mean too.