I really, really, really would like to be able to legally run a test copy of my forums on a non-public accessible location to test upgrades and such. Just yesterday I made a copy of my rather large database and wanted to run a test upgrade from 3.4 to 4.x and found out that is simply not possible. There is a number of problems I could run into while converting and trying this first on a copy of my community is really required! Please make this available for license holders!!
I have purchased this add-on on the 25th of march 2014. Just after creating the first quiz (a timed quiz) I did some quick testing and it seemed to work.
I then send the quiz to my 20.000+ members via bulk mail and a few hundred people made it. After that I found out that the results where not being counted correctly so I had no way of finding out who where the 'winners'.
I asked Mikey for support and really slowly but surely there was some support, but after a few weeks it went very quit and the problem remained unsolved. I have asked him 2 times when I was to expect the problem being addressd again, the 1st time I got a response, but after that I have never heard from him anymore. I looked like a nice add-on but all I got for it was $15 and loads of time wasted.
I would advise you to get a new lawyer, because both the EU directive and the Dutch law are very clear about cookies.
Dutch law: Only cookies that are absolutely necessary for a website to function properly may be written without consent of the visitor. Any cookie that tracks privacy related data (IP address and any other data from the visitors PC or network) may only be written after explicit consent. There is no discussion about that. Lawyer says this, lawyer says that is irrelevant. A judge will look at facts and fact is that this Dutch law is not to be interpreted in different ways. It is clearly written on paper (my link to OPTA a few posts backs). OPTA is checking websites and in fact enforcing the law and they even help you understand this law without consulting a lawyer ;)
The ONLY differnce with the EU directive is that the directive states you have to inform before writing the cookie(s), and Dutch law says you have to specifically ask for permission before writing the cookie(s).
In both cases the cookies may only be written after the visitors action. Not before. This is in writing so I dont understand how you can interpretate this in different ways.
On most websites that means you would have to replace the index and implement 'leave' or 'approve all cookies' buttons if you want to comply. A simple website statistics tool writes a tracking cookie. Facebook, twitter..they all do..
Nobody says IPS is RESPONSIBLE. I don't say they are!
They just shouldn't be sitting on their hands, but assist any way they can on order to help their customers. That's called proactive SERVICE/SUPPORT!
A simple blog post suggesting a few different ways to help customers to comply to this law would be sufficient.
Apparently that is to much to ask for IPS.
For now my last post on the subject. Please leave the topic in place. When we get a fine or written warning, I would like to give this topic a bump.
I have written before that we have to ask for explicit permission before any tracking cookie is written to the visitor.
Since most IP.Board websites use adsense, google analytics, gravater, faccebook, twitter, google+ etc. I see only one option and that is to give a 'accept' or 'leave this website' option.
But that has to be crawler and bot-fiendly, store the users choice and if possible blur the website.
I was hoping IPS would understand that a lot of their customers need help implementing such a banner in IP.Board....but...... I guess not. A simple blog post with some examples would have been sufficient...