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  1. ptprog added a post in a topic Email notification settings change is needed   

     The problem is not just having the inbox full of emails.  It is also the "costs" that community owners may have to support for sending the huge amount of emails that instant notifications may require.  After switching to IPB, I had for the first time emails dropped because the hourly quota of my old hosting was exceeded.  Using services such as Mandrill, this may have a significant impact on the monthly bill.  Moreover, if we keep sending emails to people that do not visit the community, we increase the chances of having them marking the emails as spam.
    Good to hear
  2. ptprog added a post in a topic Cookie Consent (again, sorry!)   

    Even if IPS does not provide the "final" solution for this problem, it could include similar functionalities to those provided by plugins or the tools Google suggested, which admins would customize to their needs.
  3. ptprog added a post in a topic Cookie Consent (again, sorry!)   

    With this Google request, this is not just a problem for european communities anymore.  So I guess there are new reasons for IPS to reconsider their position regarding this topic.
  4. ptprog added a post in a topic Cookie Consent (again, sorry!)   

    You should probably be able to store those files on your own server.
  5. ptprog added a post in a topic Seperate forced merge posts   

    No, it's not like a new post.  It takes much less space, particularly when the posts have one or two lines (which is likely to happen when two posts were created in a short period of time).  And I assume it does not send a new notification, it does not increase post count, it does not show two entries in the activity stream, etc.
    Even though I think this is not a critical issue, a separator would be helpful to avoid some confusions.
  6. ptprog added a post in a topic IPS 4.0: The current state of BBCode and its future. Is BBCODE officially abandoned?   

    I got the same feeling after reporting BBCode bugs.
    rgf100 is right, this is not how it currently works in IPS.
    In this forum it is enough to disable Javascript to be able to post HTML (and to use tags the editor does not provide as buttons).  You can also get around the limitation using the browser's developer tools, using C&P, etc.  Thus, regular users do have HTML access.
    As far as I can tell, IPS correctly filter HTML posted in such ways, removing dangerous HTML.  Therefore, I don't understand why we can't have a "source" button in the editor, and still limit the allowed HTML.
    If there are security issues, the people that knows such security issues will certainly also know these hacks to post HTML.  On the other hand, not having such button to allow HTML input makes it more difficult for a regular user to get around the editor limitations.
  7. ptprog added a post in a topic post= and topic= BBCode. post= now gone in IPB4?   

    ​It's not exactly equivalent.  A lot of people were already using links before, but the BBCode was more "abstract", and it would allow you to change the URL format of your community (or even change the domain) without getting broken links, for example.
    Unfortunately, it seems the trend is for IPB to move away from abstract markup to HTML, without understanding the downsides of the move.
    PS: And I think the link Morpheus NS provided discusses the removal of the posts numbers, which means people cannot refer to a post by its number.  But this number has nothing to do with the post id.  (Actually, I never liked to use post numbers because they change when we delete posts, which means they are not a reliable identifier.)
  8. ptprog added a post in a topic post= and topic= BBCode. post= now gone in IPB4?   

    ​I don't think that topic is related to the issue raised by AutoItScript.
    He is talking about the BBCode tags that we had in IPB 3.x.x to generate links to other posts and topics from their ids.
  9. ptprog added a post in a topic Test editor lag   

    Pressing the TAB key also takes me to outside the editor sometimes.  Not sure this is a bug though.
  10. ptprog added a post in a topic sitemap.php whats is for   

    It is supposed to be used by crawlers, so that they can easily find the (new) pages of your site.
    More info:, IPS uses a sitemap index, which links to the sitemaps with the links from different areas of the suite.
  11. ptprog added a post in a topic Forum post numbering?   

    I agree that the post number may sometimes be an easy way to identify a post.  However, those are a little bit "fragile" to be used as identifiers: if you hide/delete a post, the posts numbers won't refer to the correct post anymore.
    In any case, an easy way to copy the post ID could be useful.  It shouldn't be difficult to change the "Share this post" modal to show this information though.
  12. ptprog added a post in a topic Beta 8 Upgrade Breaks All Themes   

    I had a similar problem.  I think it was caused by bad folder permissions.
  13. ptprog added a post in a topic IPS 4 and Apache Settings: Prefork, Worker or Event   

    I prefer Apache Worker (with PHP-FPM) over Apache Prefork (with mod_php), as it usually makes a better use of RAM.  However, I think Event provides even better performances.
    AFAIK, both Worker and Event do not work with mod_php, which imply some additional configurations to use PHP-FPM.
  14. ptprog added a post in a topic Instant Notification Floods Followers   

    It would be nice if admins were allowed to select the available notification options, otherwise it's difficult to control the volume of emails generated by the community.

    Also, I think the options provided are not particularly good. On one hand, the instant notifications send to many mails (it may be useful if we want to follow a topic from the email). On the other hand, the offline notifications makes me miss some updates, as it does not send me an email when I'm online.

    What is the reason to not send emails when the user is online?

    Anyway, I think an intermediate option, similar to offline, but that sends notifications even if the user is online, is needed. AFAIK, this option is present in other software such as vB, SMF, or phpBB (but more important, this option makes sense to me).
  15. ptprog added a comment on a blog entry IPS 4.0: Editor - Part 1: Content   

    This feature would be really nice...
    Give people the ability to choose the editor and the markup language used.  You could provide an editor that just uses HTML (and forget about BBCode conversions).  Those who want to use BBCode would only have to create an editor and a BBCode to HTML converter.  The same would happen for Markdown, Textile, or any other markup language people want to use in their forums.