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  1. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry IPS 4.0: Internationalization and Localization   

    Sure, but how do you connect these forums? As the only difference between these forums is the language, surely they should be connected.
    The same goes for articles in the CMS. If you write an article in English, but you also have a French section, then it should be possible for members to translate the article and post it as a translation. This means that readers will have to be able to find the French translation when looking at the English article. Its a basic CMS function.
  2. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry IPS 4.0: Internationalization and Localization   

    Uhm.... you forgot the localization and translation of content.
    How about having the same content (articles for example) in multiple languages?
    How about having a forum subject covered by a forum for each language?
  3. Alfa1 added a comment on a blog entry Use a third party library/framework, or build it in-house?   

    But with a popular framework vulnerabilities are found quicker.
    I much doubt that popular & robust frameworks like Zend would dissappear, so thats an unlikely scenario.
    Using such third party framework would also be a boost to the addon community.
    Anyway, I hope that you will produce somethign even better than Zend and CI.
  4. Alfa1 added a post in a topic The New Gallery 5.0, Well Sort Of, Look-ie! :D   

    What I find severely lacking in Gallery 5 is Usability, structure, modern design. I really find it horrible in the sense that after looking at it for more than a few seconds I have a very strong urge to click it away.
    The portal is very chaotic. Its not clear what these randomly fading tiles are for. Yes, featured images. But why? What purpose does it have? It fills up everything above the fold. On the side there is an even more chaotic sidebar with unrelated design.
    There also is an upload button. But upload to where?
    Its completely unclear what the user is supposed to do or find on that page.
    If you scroll down you find 4 squared categories, which have a completely unrelated design and seemed to have come from different software.
    If you scroll down more then there is another unrelated design of photos cards with dots, numbers on it. I have no idea what thats for. I could probably learn what it is, but if the user needs to take lessons to use something then it has missed its goal.

    So how can the user navigate and find its way trough the gallery tree?
    How would it work if a site has 200+ categories and subcategories?
    Where are their friends photo's?
    How can the user quickly find photo's about a certain topic?

    Browsing the gallery/albums unfortunately does not make it better. I find it very confusing and unappealing.

    I would suggest to make it more structured and harmonious. Every detail in the gallery should be part of the same design and UXD.

    If you use tiles then consider how imageveux implements tiles:
    There are loads of subtle tile jquery effects for images now. Titles can be used in a useful way, that helps users find their way.

    There are so many amazing image viewers now. And more than a few have good UXD.
    And then off course there is facebook which provides an interface that is very friendly to users. PHPFox their new gallery implements a combination of facebook and pinterest:
    This is very easy to use and looks good.
  5. Alfa1 added a post in a topic IPS Connect on multiple domains.   

    Currently it is not possible to share cookies across domains. But the question keeps coming up again and again, so I hope that IPS will implement this function soon.
  6. Alfa1 added a post in a topic consistency in your code.   

    What does a dev need to do to get certified? I cant see the application and am interested to know what standards are used.
  7. Alfa1 added a post in a topic European Union cookie law. Yes another topic!   

    The issue is that there is not one cookie law. Each country has its own implementation of the EU directive into national law. The Netherlands is one of the countries that implemented the EU directive in the most strict way. Meaning that all website cookies need to be fully described on the website and any cookie which is not necessary for the user needs to be agreed upon before it can be placed. Its nothing short of idiotic, but it is what it is. At least at the moment.

    A major issue is that EU countries need to start giving out hefty fines starting this month. In the Netherlands the Watchdog has announced that they will be giving out fines of up to €450.000 EURO.
    The Watchdog has created a crawler that checks if websites comply with the law.

    What is needed is that websites add a section about cookies to their privacy statement, which lists explicitly:
    - what cookies are.
    - which cookies the website uses.
    - what these cookies are for.

    Webmasters can figure this out themselves, but it should not take IPS more than 30 minutes to whip such text up for its customers.

    If a website uses anything other than functional cookies, then (at least in the Netherlands) there should be a cookie warning that users can click on to agree.
    This is needed for:
    - Any IPS cookies other than functional cookies
    - Google Analytics (as activated in IPS admin panel
    - Facebook connect (As activated in IPS admin panel)
    - Facebook like (As activated in IPS admin panel)
    - Any other social bookmarking script thats defined in the IPS admin panel.

    In principle IPS admin panel has sight on the above scripts and therefore its possible to use the data in IPS to define if these cookies are used.
    This could be useful to many, but as mentioned before there are large discrepancies between countries and it is likely that politicians will back peddle from their idiotic laws once the public begins to complain (already happening)

    So I am not sure that we can expect IPS to do a lot about this, but I do think that its important for IPS to realize that its possible that IPS clients may get hit very hard by these laws. 6 figure fines are no joke. And if IPS customers get hit hard then that would be bad for IPS as well.
  8. Alfa1 added a post in a topic Do not like the new Code and Quote in 3.4   

    Because:it behaves strangely (adds an extra line break, when you remove this the quote breaks, etc)it does not display the needed information (who you are quoting)quoting multiple texts is confusing.for some reason you need to find a light switch, click it, then find out why all buttons in the editor stop working and then go learn complex code to deal with it all.Try testing this on a forum that mainly has elders as a member base. Its easy to predict that it will not fare well.
  9. Alfa1 added a post in a topic Do not like the new Code and Quote in 3.4   

    I think that new features for widespread use should not be released unless they are granny proof. The quote function is not.
  10. Alfa1 added a comment on a file Advanced Tags & Prefixes   

    Please add hashtag functionality to this addon. Hashtags are basically the same as tags, with the difference that hashtags are in posts. Both hashtags as tags link to threads tagged with the same tag.
    Please also add the function to follow a tag.
  11. Alfa1 added a post in a topic #hashtags IPB   

    A hashtag and a topic tags are essentially the same thing: a hotlinked tag that links to topics on the same subject. The only difference between a hashtag and a topic tag is that topic tags are not in posts, while hashtags are/would be. It would be useful to have such in-post tagging functionality.

    Mainly so that people can follow a tag.
  12. Alfa1 added a post in a topic Best Answers, Unusable . . .   

    Many of the questions of my site are titled:

    Urgent question!!!! Please HELP!

    I think it should work like on Yahoo! Answers.

    But frankly speaking, this 'best answer' feature is just one feature that makes Yahoo! good at answers. Without the rest, and specifically the way questions are asked (with autosearch) the function is incomplete at best.
  13. Alfa1 added a post in a topic For how long is IP Nexus going to be encoded?   

    No. Most are not.
  14. Alfa1 added a post in a topic Run multiple sites from the same backend (suggestion)   

    The IB Cerberus product indeed does this. Its freely available on There are developers who offer advanced functionality for Cerberus. I have been running it for some time.
  15. Alfa1 added a post in a topic For how long is IP Nexus going to be encoded?   

    There is some difference between developers who can see the code and developers who can not.

    How about this:
    - expand the notification system to alert members on site.