No to hijack your thread, Oz, but I have to say I am very pleased with the service I have received from IPS staff. I certainly haven't seen it degrade.
Granted, I don't use IP.Chat - nor will I ever. (Nothing against their chat. I just figure if people want to chat, they can go elsewhere. I run an online forum. They can post there if they have something to say.) But, concerning any issues I have had come up, IPS staff has been on the ball. I'm glad to be able to help support the team, even though I am only a two license holder.
I have cleared my cache, and have done tons of things that I knew had nothing to do with it.
As I have stated, the only way I can continually access the site currently, is if I go through my proxy server. When I set Firefox to automatically sort it, I can load only one page. That's it - one. Anything after simply will not load.
Now, where did I put that "I don't know" smiley? :)
When I visit this forum using Firefox (I have not tried other browsers), I notice the first page loads fine, regardless which page I load. However, any IPS page I attempt to visit afterward will not load. This, to my knowledge, is the only site I am having these issues with.
Now, while visiting the site through my proxy server, it loads fine. I can visit any number of pages I wish, on this site. It is only when I am going through the default settings on Firefox, that this occurs. By the way, I recently updated Firefox, by the way, to v17.0.1. This problem did not occur before the upgrade.
Well, I pay a considerable amount of money to IPS already, and do so every year. My intention was to see a basic running version that I could modify myself, first. I have no problems paying the $50 USD if it what I need.
Touché. I wasn't thinking at the time I actually posted the topic. But, I am looking for a basic version that I can start fresh with, to have full admin access rights to.
This also irks people who are seeking information they found (that is posted on your forum) while doing an internet search. The search engine spiders may be granted access, thereby being able to view the content and index it. While the viewer - a live person, then clicks the link to read the thread - only to find out that he must register prior to being able to view the content. I have had this happen to me a number of times in the past. I simply close the browser and find another source for the information, rather than taking time to register on that particular site.
If the visitor, however, finds the information on your forum, they (often) will stick around and view other threads on the site. Ultimately, this causes many guests to register and become active members of your forums.
Long ago, I chose to open all general forums to visitors / guests, primarily to prevent this very thing from happening.
I have a suggestion for the next upgrade of IPB. (I am currently running v3.3.4.)
1. On the "My Notifications" page in the user control panel, please move the "tick all" tick box and the "Delete Selected" button adjacent to each other. As you know, the current "tick all" box is at the top of the page, while the "Delete Selected" button is at the bottom of the same page. Don't get me wrong here. I love scrolling up and down hundreds of pages as much as the next guy. But, this would help those who do not. :lol:
2. Again, concerning "My Notifications". Would it be possible to add a "Delete All Notifications" option, for those of us with short memories and end up accruing 2,000 pages of notifications?
You are also buying because it is the best forum software on the market. Okay, maybe this is only my opinion. But, I have been using IPS' forum software since 2006. I have always had great communication with the staff, regarding technical issues, etc., and the other IPS Forum members help each other, as well.
Bite the bullet, buy the software, and install it. You will not regret the investment.