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  1. JoelR

    Volunteers

    You're often going to need to ask for volunteers to help you build up the community. Most community leaders go about this in entirely the wrong way. They ask for volunteers. The volunteers who respond usually won't have any of the associated requirements, background, or history. Why? They weren't bothered to do it in the normal interaction of the community. Not many people will take on a job that the majority never bothered to do. And very few will do it with pride. Don't ask for volunteers. Be proactive and seek them out. They exist on your community, they've already par
  2. It's easier than ever to build a forum or community. Or is it? It's a click of a button to launch a new community, install a theme, enhance with some add-ons, and think you're ready to go. Anyone can do that. But does that mean that community will be compelling, or attract members, or foster compelling engagement? What separates good community managers from others are strategies like: Evolving their community strategies depending on the scale of the community Launching initiatives to build audience Identifying the people that matter in the community None
  3. 1. If you want unlimited cloud storage, you can use Amazon S3. As @Spanner mentioned, you can choose what settings you want to move to Amazon S3 (eg. attachments / profile photos / gallery images). You do not need to move entire forum. 2. Amazon S3 is cheap for storage. Amazon S3 is expensive for bandwidth $$. Amazon S3 + Amazon Cloudfront (which you want for faster loading of videos) is even more expensive $$$! 3. Video is not easy. IPS has very 'dumb' way of storing and presenting video. Most users expect 'advanced' way, with dynamic thumbnail, advanced controls,
  4. @Randy You can check out this Marketplace file by @opentype. It is exactly what you need https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/8992-og-image-for-forum-topics/
  5. If you'd like your online community to be the "go to" destination, you need to offer the most authoritative, the most expert, the most interesting content. But do people create this content for free? What's the motivation for people to create great content for free on your forum? How many people write authoritative blogs? Published a viral Youtube video? Contributed to Wikipedia? It might be time for you to stop focusing on trying to get everyone to generate great content, and to focus on the very top group who generate the most content for your community.
  6. We overweight our reliance on technology, and we underweight our understanding of community. In a modern era where starting a new community is as simple as spinning up a new Cloud instance of Invision Community, everyone has equal access to starting a community. And when everyone has equal access to starting a community, it becomes infinitely harder to stand out. You should stop worrying about utilizing the latest features, the latest buzzy hack, or installing the must-have application. You should instead be focusing on building your knowledge of psychology, of sociology, of or
  7. Are you a forum administrator who has tried to launch several forums, and failed every time? Is your current forum not growing? There is one big secret to forum success: Audience You must have an audience that you directly connect to. You can either: Reach an existing audience Bring over an audience Build a new audience It's much easier to pursue the first or second options, since you're using an existing audience. The third option is much harder, yet that's usually the option many forums unfortunately choose since they start from scratch.
  8. "Post Your Stats" You see this message in every forum dedicated to forum administrators, and it's easy to show-off your numbers. Unfortunately, those numbers are entirely irrelevant because they don't take into account several factors: Age of the community Audience / niche Starting membership Fake members Banned members Activity of the members Which community is a better community? A community that has 100,000 members that's been online for 20 years. Or a community that has "only" 10,000 members but started 1 year ago. Even more importantly
  9. “Numbers rule the universe.” I am a huge fan of using numbers and statistics to assess my community. They help me watch the health of the entire community, uncover new trends, and identify areas to investigate. Here are 3 areas to measure community statistics: Dashboard The Dashboard in the Admin Control Area is a perfect and easy area to watch for community statistics. It contains several useful blocks such as Registrations, Gallery Overview, Downloads Overview, and Income for the last 30 days. The Dashboard is an easy place to watch your numbers over time and t
  10. IPS contains many tools to help you translate your community. You can turn on tools to Quick Translate, View word keys, or even install Language Packs. Most people think of translation tools to help translate from English to Polish or another language. But the tools are not just for language translation! You can also use it to customize your community with many unique and special phrases. Invision Community contains standard language that is inclusive and common, because it is designed for all communities. However, that also means the language is not relevant or specific to
  11. Invision Community 4.5 is the latest release of the popular software, and the developers recently announced the public preview site: https://invisionalpha.com/ The site is a full copy of the new 4.5 release and contains all of the latest features. Here are 3 things that you need to know: 1. When will it be released? IPS never announces any release date, but it should be Summer 2020. 2. What new features are in 4.5? All the features can be found in the Company News (https://invisioncommunity.com/news/). 4.5 is one of the bigger updates, with lots
  12. Do you mean "themes"? In IPS Marketplace, prices go for $25 - $50 USD (equal to PLN 100 - 200). The more expensive ones contain many options, settings, frontpage, sliders, etc.
  13. You can also list on extralicense.com
  14. If anyone wants to buy app, send me PM on Invision community.com for special discount. I am good friends with author @CodingJungle.
  15. Write support ticket for IPS and report problem. They don't officially recommend 7.3 yet so you may find more bugs. You should stay on PHP 7.2
  16. JoelR

    Emoji

    BIM = onlyME. That is his username ok IPS website 😀. But I think his editor might be slightly different for Chatbox since he has extra plugins like giphy for Chatbox.
  17. Nice design! Very clever idea to encourage users to post, because it motivated them using "gamification."
  18. JoelR

    Emoji

    You should check with author of Chatbox (his name is only me), since the editor in Chatbox is different from regular editor.
  19. Are you using IPS cloud? I've seen this issue before on another site that is hosted in IPS cloud where it saved images to next Pages record. I think it was problem with the server cache and nothing you can control. Fastest way is to edit the record and delete extra images.
  20. There is no link for "Security." You can select security settings under: - Members > Spam Settings - System > Two Factor Authentication
  21. You need to change this option in your Pages database > setting:
  22. Did you change permissions for users?
  23. You can also buy / sell licenses on: https://extralicense.com/
  24. Is course by video or text? If you can type in Polish, I might be able to use Google translate to English.
  25. This would be much more popular in English, which is the official language of IPS. You would have much wider audience.
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