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  1. If you know how to administrate IPS you won't have to bother with databases. To make it easy to understand, I said that IPS 3 = IPS 4 except soft delete is now called "hide" and "hard delete" is now "delete." If you screwed up, the process to restore is exactly the same.
  2. My understanding is that IPS 4 is perfect capable of soft deleting and permanently deleting. However IPS decided that the terminology needed changing - so the functionality to soft delete is there but IPS has renamed this "hide" (which means soft delete) and "delete" (which means hard delete.) Windows, Wordpress, Mac OS, most other forum software and IPS 3 (if i recall), etc. follow the convention that "delete" is the terminology for soft delete. While I agree with lindy that "hide" really does describe what soft delete does, I don't think a Word processor is a go it's a good idea to mess with convention - especially where confusing "delete" means "hard delete" instead of "soft delete" that most are used to seeing. In short - soft delete is in there. But if you deleted in IPS 4 thinking delete was "soft delete" as it has been and in other equivalent software, your remedy is to do the same thing as hard deleting. Find the topics in your backup and then run a query to insert them back into the appropriate tables in order to restore.
  3. Thanks for sharing. Regarding the introductory "how to" text, there is usually a help file which can be borrowed from to create your own new members page. I think every site has its own areas it wants to push and using a template is probably the best way to go. I have my registrations configured to land on a custom page for users which has a list of all their most common things they want to see. And I place a link to it in the navigation. SMS verification - Interesting idea but not as common as you'd think. I don't know how many people want to enter their phone numbers into a site and it's yet another data point to enter. I can see it being a very popular addon. The stats on the side are OK and fine. But the real kicker that does NOT happen with IPS has been something I have raised since the first week after release. There is no coherent rewards system. THAT is the caffeine in the coffee, not bare stats. This "content count" system is useless as a bare total count number. There should be two systems: (a) reputation; (b) user activity/experience/award level . Reputation measures how reliable or liked a user's posts are. The second is a system that shows how much the user has contributed. If there are award levels for certain types of participation and those are known, e.g. 4,000 IPS Points to reach bronze level status where you get xyz, then users know what they need to do to become respected members with titles and the rewards they will receive. Right now this is all over the place on both accounts. I think with a little work this can all be tied together nicely.
  4. For most purposes having the best answer selected works. Would be nice to have the option of having more than one for solutions but your community (if they have half a brain) should get the job done. Unfortunately this is what has me held back from using it all this time. None of it is coherent and there is no perceived reward for any members of the community with "credit" sprawled all over the place and also not amounting to any easy way for it to be rewarded, e.g. if you gain enough aggregate points from these actions you go up a level, get permissions or other added benefit including a title, etc. But these are all basics and unfortunately large omissions. This room needs the rug that ties it all together.
  5. I'm with you on not preferring the auto although if it was an option that could be turned off, no harm no foul. I'd have been just happy with the basic design that you see working successfully on virtually all sites that run these types of forums and use up-down - BA and perhaps top voted below the question (copies), threaded posts or separate answer vs. discussion about answer, rewards and levels for votes. Another large issue for me here is that there doesn't seem to be any coherence as to how these QA forums and reputation all work together. Same goes for "content count." Not sure what Likes are vs reputation and there is no activity in status updates for either myself or anyone else on this thread. I wrote something about this which feels like years ago but I haven't seen any discussion on whether there is a desire to tie up all these systems together into one cohesive unit. Then again, I've taken a long hiatus waiting for things to mature a bit.
  6. Honestly I'd have been glad if this was done right the first time exactly as you propose, no more no less. I have no idea how any of this could have escaped that special group who were supposedly providing feedback during design.
  7. And on most of these addons you're able to assign vote weight by user group. For example, you may value your experienced users much more than the newbies and also give incentive not to fake accounts for the sake of upvoting. Hence experienced members have 5 points and those who are at a certain level have 3 points and new members 1 point in voting until the total number of points/votes reaches the threshhold to consider a question properly answered.
  8. The BEST ANSWER is to have it has @chilihead mentions. I'm not sure why this has been in question since it came out. If you're not going to have threading you absolutely need to sort by date. And if you lose the BA because you've sorted by date in order to make sense of things, you need a copy of the BA below the first post so you don't lose the BA. Basically it's exactly the same as you had before. The difference is that IPS4 requires you to make an entire forum a BA or not and you can't set BA by topic..
  9. Thanks for the suggestions. For me I'd rather not have to force to user to figure out sorting as that is much too complicated for most users and not typical. If you sort threaded you lose the BA where it is most convenient - right below the question. I'm guessing that if you ever get sorted by date by default then someone might be able to create an add on to also put the BA or BAs below the question. Most BA type sites do either of two things - the manner in which I suggested or they are threaded like stack exchange. And when you respond in the threaded option you choose either an attempt to answer the question or to respond to a post. Hard to believe that even vBulletin 5 got this right, lol. I just don't know if I'll ever see myself using this as is except under limited circumstances. OK, content count and posts still mixed together. I just cannot understand why the suggestion I made wouldn't be a no brainer for this. It has been that way on virtually every site I've ever seen and makes it easier for users to break down what a user contributed. And at the same token I don't know why the reward/award system isn't hooked into it. Every addon does the same thing to the old sites and they are available for all the other competitive scripts. Being built in here would seem easy and a huge advantage. Alas we still have neither and a content count in the profile that doesn't lead to anything.
  10. Thanks. My concern with the QA forum was more about threading to keep conversations coherent. It doesn't seem to be the case and it's just whatever is voted up and down so replies to quotes to posts can appear above the original posts themselves. I opted with another solution on other software that works better for me. It allows voting for best answer and shows the best answer (or 2) below the first post question and the rest of the topic is unchanged in order so you can read through the thread and it makes perfect sense.
  11. I haven't been here in a long time, focusing on other things productive. I noticed that Gallery was missing and that you're deprived of all the artistic demo pictures that I felt needed to be shared with the world. Thankfully I hear it's coming back. But I'm unaware where we are with things like the Q&A forums and whether they have been made functional in a way that makes them worth using - don't see a demo. Same goes for Content Count, which I think was a noble idea but one that is completely useless to me in every situation without the ability to reward for each type of content and also determine the number of each type added at a quick glance. I really like activity streams but don't know why you wouldn't include all of them in just one "Activity Streams" dropdown (which I'd just name "Activity" for brevity and valuable navbar real estate.) I guess that's easily enough done if you know how. And then there is IP.C or Pages. I've long since created my long laundry list of needs before I personally would use it for any type of CMS. Is there a shortlist of significant changes? Off the top of my head I remember: can only have long URLs which include all cat/subcategories and has a letter before article number (don't think this will change and Kevin's add-on is a must... essential IMHO) I don't recall there being a field for excerpt or teaser text Layout issues where Pages was presented like a forum instead of a layout you'd expect for articles There are others I can't recall, wondering if a couple of you also have a good short list of sites that utilize most of these things.
  12. I'll chalk this up to an understandable but erroneous assumption that the message would be visible to people other than admins. My phobia of these things (and encrypted software generally) comes from an experience where a failed API call by a template creator led to one of my sites being defaced with several "unlicensed copy" messages as a background image. You don't forget experiences like that one. Personally I too find this one of the better additions for those who rely upon the value added services that IPS provides in the support which is used by a number of members.
  13. Took down my IPB 3.4 site for a while and now expired. What's easier to do? I'll probably pick up something else and easiest to move everything forward at once.
  14. Super. If you have a license for the IPS 3 version, I'm sure all would want to know how to obtain the IPS 4 version. I'm assuming that renewing will only renew support for the IPS 3 for continued support of that product. it's a reasonable sum of money but still figured I'd ask if one needs to purchase the IPS 4 version separately or there is an upgrade path. Thanks for making a fantastic addon thatis one of the best I've seen on any platform.
  15. Kevin - your app is amazing and worthwhile buying for a million reasons. But in this instance I think that a primary issue is soft deleting individual posts, not topics. And IMHO, I'd not want to have automated deletion (which doesn't have to be set) and it would be nice to have the process work seamlessly. Most of the time I see what appears to be a spammy post and I just hit delete and done. If a user writes to support that we didn't realize it was an erroneous deletion, we simply hit the link, recover the post and done. It's great to have an app as powerful as yours to deal with limitations that we'd like to overcome. Now that what used to be standard is taken out, it seems the question is whether (a) it's feasible to just put it back; or (b) a need to work differently using IPS 4. My concern with choice B is that I know I'll just delete out of a decade of habit and also concurrently using other software that still works the usual way.