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  1. YoungL added a post in a topic: Problem with IPBoard WYSIWYG Editor and Chrome   

    There must be some sort of work around for it, because I use other sites (in particular the wordpress WYSIWYG editor and I have no issues in Chrome)... With Chrome approaching to be, if not already, the most popular browser on the web I think it is something that needs looking at. If the bug has been unresolved for 5 years on Chrome's end then I think considering most of our users will be using Chrome then perhaps it is something which someone needs to work around. The old IPB WYSIWYG editor used to work fine in Chrome too. Simply suggesting just don't use chrome is not resolving the issue. If Wordpress can get their WYSIWYG editor to work properly (and its a really nice editor), then I am sure IPS can do something about this too.
  2. YoungL added a post in a topic: Problem with IPBoard WYSIWYG Editor and Chrome   

    I agree this has been an issue for me and I refuse to use FireFox lately, however I could have sworn FireFox was the same, I will test it later. I have noticed quite a few other problems with the IP.Board WYSIWYG editor and I posted about them before but no one replied to my post and it dropped several pages. This issue has been going on since at least IPB 3.2 if not prior to that, it is frustrating and it would be nice to know if someone is looking in to the problem.
  3. YoungL added a post in a topic: why has invision dropped alt tag for images ?   

    To parse correctly alt tags are required, even if they are left empty. As it says in that document from W3C "A document can contain information in iconic form. The icon is intended to help users of visual browsers to recognize features at a glance. In some cases, the icon is supplemental to a text label conveying the same meaning. In those cases, the alt attribute must be present but must be empty."

    For icons and things which are repeated or are just for layout purposes should have empty alt tags alt='' and not missing alt tags all together. According to W3C the alt tag is required for all images regardless of whether left empty or not in HTML 4.01, XHMTL 1.0 and HTML 5, having images with no alt tags will throw up parser errors as it does not comply with the DTD format.
  4. YoungL added a post in a topic: No-Brainer Solution to Testing Member Permissions   

    I agree with the original poster, it is a good function and there is a modification available for this in the marketplace. As eGullet said why delete your test accounts? I do a mixture of the above...

    I have a test account which I set to what permissions I need to test, I use the "Login As user" mod to use that account and then sign out which signs you back in to your original account. This is excellent. I never remove the test account but set it to one which has little permissions when its not being used.

    I then also use the login as user mod when a user comes up to me and says they cant post, cant download, cant view attachments etc etc... This is a great little tool for allowing you to troubleshoot peoples problems on your board, something which I use on a regular basis. Whether it should be a default option on IP.Board is another question but as long as it keeps remaining available in the marketplace I am happy to just use the third party app.
  5. YoungL added a post in a topic: PM add Group   

    I second this, or at least an option to quickly add people from your friends list like which used to be possible in older versions of the board.
  6. YoungL added a post in a topic: IP.Board & The Forum Will Be Dead Within 5 Years   

    Having used Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups from both a consumer and a site owner perspective I think they have nothing to compare with a forum. I say this because whenever I have had issues with say a product for instance I don't think of going on that products facebook page and posting my issue, instead I will go and see if that product/service has a forum. Forums are, as others have mentioned, much more searchable, with a popular facebook page things disappear off the bottom all too quickly and people forget about them. On the flipside it is a very good advertising and marketing opportunity. But if you want to support a product or a service then it is not great or well suited at all.
  7. YoungL added a post in a topic: Nexus Income and Purchases Reports   

    That worked well, thanks :)
  8. YoungL added a post in a topic: Nexus Income and Purchases Reports   

    Scrap that, whilst the options now show up in the menu for historic years it still refreshes back to 2012 when they load. Any ideas... anyone?
  9. YoungL added a post in a topic: Nexus Income and Purchases Reports   

    Well, it took me a while but I realised I was being stupid and overlooked the fact that in the core_applications table it has the date the application was installed, changed the date there and now I can access historic reports through Nexus. Perfect.
  10. YoungL added a post in a topic: Nexus Income and Purchases Reports   


    Basically I had been using the IP.Subscriptions system for a long time and had a fair few records in there. Now whilst IP.Nexus imports the purchase records it does not import the transactions. So I built a script in php to import all of the IP.Subscriptions and create their invoices, transaction records and customers to the nexus system. This worked well. Each member can now see their previous subscription purchases in Nexus and I can see them in the ACP. I can see the income from everything begining 2012 onwards using the reports but the reports just will not let me go anywhere before 2012.

    Even if I manually type in a timestamp to say 2009 in the URL it loads it, I can see all the data and then it refreshes back to 2012. Is there a particular reason why these reports wont work for any data before 2012?

    Is there any reason also why by default Nexus doesn't import the data from IP.Subscriptions with regards to transactions? It was pretty simple to write a few SQL queries and a basic PHP script?

    Any ideas greatly appreciated :)
  11. YoungL added a post in a topic: Treat your members well   

    A forum is established to serve a community of people who have an interest in a particular area, it is a place for people to exchange ideas, thoughts and comments and a place where people can discuss things which they find interesting or important.

    As an admin or moderator of a community your primary responsibility is to facilitate the conversation, to moderate the conversation and to keep a watchful eye out. For the sake of this post I will be using admin or moderator interchangeably. As a moderator it is important that you always remember that the site you are moderating is only as good as the people that use it. The whole reason for you being a moderator is due to the demand on the site by the members.

    I have all too often been to sites which are moderated by megalomaniacs, people who think that having the status of administrator or moderator immediately makes them better than everyone else. It is important to embed a friendly ethos within your site and to make it an open place where moderators are seen as people who are there not only to enforce rules but to facilitate the general conversation and to participate openly in the conversation. As a moderator your postings do carry extra weight, it is important that you set the example for which you want your community to adhere to.

    A moderator or an administrator should always approach a member with an open mind. If you have set out rules which have not been followed then yes it is your responsibility to enforce these, but you must remember to do so in a positive manner. Approach your members in a friendly way. Remember to explain the reasons for you contacting them, if you must edit a post leave a polite reason. Never publicly humiliate a member of your community.

    Every member, be it a regular user or a moderator is entitled to their opinions, a strong debate in the forums is a good thing, but there is a fine line between a strong debate and a heated argument. A moderator must recognise the difference. Whenever giving out any warnings, whenever moderating any member always be discrete. It is never a good idea to make an example of a member.

    Remember to always be helpful, specifically when it comes to new members. A new member has joined your community for a reason and it is likely that they will make mistakes to begin with. Be patient with them; be there to guide them and to direct them. If a member posts in the wrong area, don’t grill them for it but move the topic and leave a link in the old forum. This allows the new member to discover the correct places to post. Leave a reply in the moved topic explaining, politely, why you moved it but ensure you come across as an open and friendly person.

    I started with it and I will finish with it, remember that your members are the reason for your site’s existence. They are the forum’s most important asset and it is vital that you treat them that way.
  12. YoungL added a post in a topic: Fake a few members on new boards   

    It sounds like you have too much fun talking to yourself! :D I can see the advantages of doing this. When you go to a forum which has no one posting and there is no activity you feel like you can't be bothered to waste your time posting. As long as you do not cross the line to the point you are creating fake reviews for yourself then I see no harm in it.

    As Moeru Wa said though it is definitely better if you can get people who are real to come and join and take part. If you have a niche forum the chances are you have friends or colleagues who have a similar interest, get them over there, generating content even if you have to bribe them with a beer or two. I don't think even the best faker can beat real activity, it is hard to create multiple personalities and remember the personality of each when posting. We each have our own posting and writing style and it may be hard to fake being someone else. I would just advise you to be careful if you decide to go down this route, not saying it is a bad route but you need to do a good job of pretending!
  13. YoungL added a post in a topic: IP.Board & The Forum Will Be Dead Within 5 Years   

    Firstly, unless my memory serves me incorrectly but Netscape was purchased by AOL, Microsoft then paid AOL millions to switch to Internet Explorer, and this basically spelled the end of Netscape as a brand?

    Secondly, instagram is a very popular service for social photo sharing, I can see why this is big news for Facebook considering it is the first real sized company they have acquired.

    I don't mean to be argumentative but it is helpful if you understand the facts surrounding these companies before you slate them.
  14. YoungL added a post in a topic: IP.Board & The Forum Will Be Dead Within 5 Years   

    I have worked on previous sites where it was more article based and that worked well for getting new members. With my site I primarily use it to keep my users coming back. They are fans of my facebook page and if I have something interesting to share with them I post a link on the facebook page and in turn this comes up on their news feed. As I said in a previous post most of your members are likely to already be using Facebook or Twitter, sharing them regular content (as long as you don't spam it) will keep them coming back. It is not always about getting new members but it is also about keeping your members coming back for more. IF they are regularly on Facebook anyway, keeping them updated via Facebook will transfer them from Facebook to your site. and the same clearly works for Twitter too.
  15. YoungL added a post in a topic: IP.Board & The Forum Will Be Dead Within 5 Years   

    I think it depends on your site first of all, as to what it is about. If it has interesting content and you post interesting snippets for example on your facebook page. And the fans of your facebook page share them on their own walls, a recommendation from a friend carries far more weight than a 6+ listing in a Google search in my honest opinion. Using facebook to get personal recommendations is a fantastic possibility and for those that say it simply does not work it may be that you simply aren't going the right way about it.

    I am a fan of several sites on Facebook and when they post interesting snippets on their page it comes up in my news feed, I then follow the link to their site to read it. This is specifically true for Gizmodo, whilst I think a lot of their content is crap, occasionally a good story will crop up on my news feed from them and I will then follow the link through to their site and read the article, if I then enjoy the article and think some of my friends will find it interesting I will then share the link on my wall, I may even tag specific friends so that I share it with them if I think they will find it interesting. How is this not a great opportunity? This kind of personal recommendations is amazing!

    If you have interesting topics on you forum, and you can share links to this content on Facebook, Twitter and the likes, people who are fans of your Facebook page will have this come up in their news feed, they can then follow through to the forum post, read it and if they enjoy it they may share the link on their wall/timeline, which in turn gives you exposure to an additional 300 people. It is all about how you work it and how much time you are willing to invest in social media. You have to go about these things the right way.

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