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  1. If you're reading this blog, then it's likely you already have a community and have been running it for some time. I'm going to go further and say that you've done all the right things; you've set it up correctly and themed it, so it matches your site. Once you have built your community and watched it spring into life, it's easy to think that you have done all you need to do. However, there are three simple things that you're probably not doing that is curbing your potential growth. Promote your community No matter how well you have set up your community, if you're not regularly promoting it, then you are limiting your potential audience. Look for ways to promote your community to a new audience. If you regularly write blog posts or a newsletter for your existing customers, then make sure you write about your community and encourage people to join. If you have a presence on social media, then share links regularly. Even adding a link to your community in your existing email signature will catch a few more clicks. Get creative! One community owner I know went through Apple's rigorous verification process to post quality articles from their site to Apple's News app. Why not sign up to HARO (Help A Reporter Out). This is a free email sent daily that contains requests from reporters looking for sources to quote in articles. The email is broken up into sections so that you can find relevant stories for your niche. It's a very simple way to get quoted in other publications with a link back to your site. Think about how you can promote your community to a wider audience. Post great content Do you take the time to create great content and post it to your community regularly? By great content, I mean a piece that encourages in-depth discussion, shows that you are a leader in your niche and sets the tone for the rest of your community. With the rise of social media, we're often fed a diet of disposable content such as "Motivation Monday" which may generate likes, but it does nothing to connect with your audience. You could use the Blog app, the Pages app or post in the relevant forums within your community. Try and encourage discussion and ask them to share their thoughts and experiences too. People love to share what they do and talk about their experiences, so it shouldn't be hard to get people active on your topic. Reward contributors Way back in the dark ages, a high post count was the only badge you needed to show others that you were to be feared and respected. I still remember joining some communities in the early 2000s and was in awe of members with 10,000+ posts. In today's more sophisticated times, we need a little more to keep us involved. There are a lot of tools you can use to reward your members. The simplest is the group promotion tool which automatically moves members based on specific thresholds. You can give your members elevated permissions or special badges to show to others that they are more experienced. If you have a more active community, you could consider rewarding your most engaged users with a prize. This prize could be a free subscription, a discount code for your products or even a small Amazon gift voucher. These are just a few things that you can incorporate into your workflow to help further build your community. I'd love to hear your tips too, please share them below!
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    IPS Community Suite 4.4.7 NULLED COMPLETE DOWNLOAD FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. Key Changes Version 4.4.7 is a maintenance update to fix critical issues reported since 4.4.6. Additional Information Security Fixed external video URLs being embeddable which could allow htaccess prompts for Firefox users, which could be manipulated for social engineering. Fixed SSRF vulnerability if image proxy is enabled. Fixed GET data overwriting POST data when submitting a form. Core The gateway files for downloading attachments now issue a Content-Security-Policy header. Clarified verbiage on button when resuming a UTF8 conversion. Added a message for when REST API test fails due to a path conflict. Added the ability to fetch members via the REST API with activity_before/activity_after parameters. Added `device_key` cookie information to the cookie page. Adjusted Community in the Cloud auto-upgrader interface for future upgrades as the existing progress bar was inaccurate. Adjusted the Friendly URL list to allow legacy customised URLs to be reverted. Updated 'username' verbiage in some areas to refer to 'display name' instead. Users will now be redirected directly to reviews they submit rather than back to the item. Fixed individual comments sometimes showing in “Items Only” streams when using Elasticsearch. Fixed an issue where content may not be presented in Elasticsearch searches after it is updated. Fixed an issue where anonymous state can be lost for sessions when using Redis for session handling. Fixed errors viewing and rebuilding the leaderboard, using post before registering and viewing social promotion when MySQL 8.0.17 is used. Fixed a duplicate column error that may be logged when upgrading. Fixed an error that can occur when tracking email statistics if the email is sent from a task. Fixed an issue where uploading a new version of a theme may not immediately reflect changes when using disk caching. Fixed an issue where editing some login handlers (Facebook, Microsoft, etc.) can break in some situations when editing their details. Fixed unstyled content showing in Firefox on pages containing embeds if lazy-loading is enabled. Fixed an issue were re-promoting content may not correctly show the selection state of existing image attachments. Fixed a rare niche issue where it's possible for a digest task to get stuck in a loop. Fixed an issue with unapproved comment notifications in situations when merging content and retaining a link. Fixed an issue where it's possible to cause an uncaught exception by manipulating the URL for a content item that doesn't support reactions. Fixed an issue where MySQL search index records were incorrectly deleted. Fixed a missing language string on the 'Support Account' AdminCP notification when Commerce isn't present. Fixed an issue with the LDAP login handler where error messages during set up may not be descriptive. Fixed an issue where the empty BreadcrumbList ld+json tag would be added to the output. Fixed an issue where it was possible to bypass profanity filters when using quick title edit. Fixed an issue where admin control panel failed mail notifications could show a template error. Removed options for content widget feeds to return hidden content added in 4.4.5 which has been unreliable Forums Fixed “Reply to this topic” button not working for guests Fixed an issue where the ACP - "Popular Now" forum settings couldn't be saved. Blogs Fixed an issue where the upgrade could fail because of missing database columns. Pages Fixed an error when pasting a page link into an editor, it displayed as an embed of the entire site. Fixed permissions not synchronizing properly when changing a database from using categories to not using categories. Fixed Editor fields pre-populating content from other records when the "Editable when viewing a record" setting is used. Fixed an issue where externally embedded blocks do not work if "Allow community to be embedded in an iframe" is not set to "Anywhere". Calendar Fixed all day event dates showing incorrectly in email notifications in some timezones. Downloads Fixed an issue with top downloaders/submitters statistics page losing filters when changing pages. Fixed an issue with downloads storage handler custom URL when upgrading from 3.x. Gallery Fixed an issue with top uploads statistics page losing filters when changing pages. Converters Improved converted row caching when running multiple conversions back-to-back. Conversions will now explicitly strip HTML tags in member titles. Attempt to correct corruption of serialized profile field data during conversion from vB. Fixed a potential issue that can occur converting vB Blog. Fixed certain data not being converted (affects SMF, vB5, Vanilla, phpBB, UBBThreads, Expression Engine). Fixed an issue where the 'manage conversions' page may not load if you have legacy conversions. Fixed an issue when converting content from vB5 which contains [IMG2] or [USER] BBCode. Fixed an issue when converters attempt to convert administrators if the last update time is available. Fixed a number of issues converting vB CMS attachments. Commerce Added permalinks to the Information, Shipping, and Reviews tabs when viewing a package in the store. Added a new 'neutral' display for ticket history statistics (i.e. if a statistic matches the 30 days prior). Fixed an issue where members could add themselves as an alternative contact. Changed the package seo name column length to 255 characters. Fixed renewal invoices being generated with the wrong billing address for transferred purchases. Fixed an error fetching license key info through the Commerce license key API. Fixed an issue where the tax name in invoice emails could be missing. Fixed an issue where deleting a support department can result in an error in some circumstances, if that department had custom fields mapped to it. Third-Party / Developer / Designer Mode Applications can no longer be set as the default application if they have no front modules. Fixed an error creating a new conversion software library using the AdminCP tools. Fixed an issue where content items that have not defined a `$containerNodeClass` property could throw an error during searches.
  3. Security should never be an afterthought. Don't wait until an attack has compromised your site before you take action. All too often, site owners consider increasing their security only when it's too late, and their community has already been compromised. Taking some time now to check and improve the security of your community and server will pay dividends. In this blog, we run down 8 ways that you can protect your community with Invision Community. We go through the security features you may not know about to best practices all communities should be following. 1. Set up Two Factor Authentication Invision Community supports Two Factor Authentication (2FA for short), and we highly recommend making use of this feature for your users, but especially for your administrative staff. 2FA is a system that requires both a user's password and a special code (displayed by a phone app) that changes every few seconds. The idea is simple: if a user's password is somehow compromised, a hacker still wouldn't be able to log in to the account without the current code number. You may already be familiar with 2FA from other services you use. Apple's iCloud, Facebook and Google all offer it, as do thousands of banks and other security-conscious businesses. Invision Community supports 2FA via the Google Authenticator app (available for iOS and Android) or the Authy service, which can send codes to users via text message or phone call. You can also fall back to security questions instead of codes. You can configure which members groups can use 2FA, as well as requiring certain groups to use it. Recommendation: Require any staff with access to the Admin Control Panel or moderation functions to use 2FA. This will ensure that no damage will occur should their account passwords be discovered. Allow members to use 2FA at their discretion. 2. Configure password requirements The password strength feature displays a strength meter to users as they type a new password. The meter shows them approximately how secure it is, as well as some tips for choosing a good password. While you can leave this feature as a simple recommendation for users, it's also possible to require them to choose a password that reaches a certain strength on the meter. Recommendation: Require users to choose at least a 'Strong' password. 3. Be selective when adding administrators Administrator permissions can be extremely damaging in the wrong hands, and granting administrator powers should only be done with great consideration. Giving access to the AdminCP is like handing someone the keys to your house. Before doing so, be sure you trust the person and that their role requires access to the AdminCP (for example, would moderator permissions be sufficient for the new staff member?). Recommendation: Don't forget to remove administrator access promptly when necessary too, such as the member of staff leaving your organization. Always be aware of exactly who has administrator access at any given time, and review regularly. You can list all accounts that have Administrative access by clicking the Administrators button under staff on the Members tab. 4. Utilize Admin Restrictions In many organizations, staff roles within the community reflect real-world roles - designers need access to templates, accounting needs access to billing, and so forth. Invision Community allows you to limit administrator access to particular areas of the AdminCP with the Admin Restrictions feature, and even limit what can is done within those areas. This is a great approach for limiting risk to your data; by giving staff members access to only the areas they need to perform their duties, you reduce the potential impact should their account become compromised in future. Recommendation: Review the restrictions your admins currently have. 5. Choose good passwords This seems like an obvious suggestion, but surveys regularly show that people choose passwords that are too easy to guess or brute force. Your password is naturally the most basic protection of your AdminCP there is, so making sure you're using a good password is essential. We recommend using a password manager application, such as 1password or LastPass. These applications generate strong, random passwords for each site you use, and store them so that you don't have to remember them. Even if you don't use a password manager, make sure the passwords you use for your community are unique and never used for other sites too. Recommendation: Reset your password regularly and ensure you do not use the same password elsewhere. 6. Stay up to date It's a fact of software development that from time to time, new security issues are reported and promptly fixed. But if you're running several versions behind, once security issues are made public through responsible disclosure, malicious users can exploit those weaknesses in your community. When we release new updates - especially if they're marked as a security release in our release notes - be sure to update promptly. Invision Community allows you to update to the latest version via the AdminCP. You no longer need to download a thing! Recommendation: Update to the latest version whenever possible. Remember, with Invision Community's theme and hook systems, upgrades to minor point releases should be very straight forward. 7. Restrict your AdminCP to an IP range where possible If your organization has a static IP or requires staff members to use a VPN, you can add an additional layer of security to your community by prohibiting access to the AdminCP unless the user's IP matches your whitelist. This is a server-level feature, so consult your IT team or host to find out how to set it up in your particular environment. Recommendation: Consider IP restriction as an additional security layer when you are not able or willing to use 2FA. 8. Properly secure your PHP installation Many of PHP's built-in functions can leave a server vulnerable to high-impact exploits, and yet many of these functions aren't needed by the vast majority of PHP applications you might run. We, therefore, recommend that you explicitly disable these functions using PHP's disable_functions configuration setting. Here's our recommended configuration, although you or your host may need to tweak the list depending on your exact needs: disable_functions = escapeshellarg,escapeshellcmd,exec,ini_alter,parse_ini_file,passthru,pcntl_exec,popen,proc_close,proc_get_status,proc_nice,proc_open,proc_terminate,show_source,shell_exec,symlink,system Another critical PHP configuration setting you need to check is that open_basedir is enabled. Especially if you're hosted on a server that also hosts other websites (known as shared hosting), if another account on the server is comprised and open_basedir is disabled, the attacker can potentially gain access to your files too. Naturally, Cloud customers needn't worry about this, we've already ensured our cloud infrastructure is impervious to this kind of attack. Recommendation: Review your PHP version and settings, or choose one of our cloud plans where we take care of this for you. So there we go - a brief overview of 8 common-sense ways you can better protect your community and its users. As software developers, we're constantly working to improve the behind-the-scenes security of our software. As an administrator, there's also a number of steps you should take to keep your community safe on the web. If you have any tips related to security, be sure to share them in the comments!
  4. I'm excited to reveal that we are making Invision Community native apps for iOS and Android! For the past few months, our staff has been using an internal test build right here on our community. Now we are ready to widen testing to a larger pool of customers. Information on how to become a tester is at the end of this post. But first, let's take a look at the app itself. Technology Preview We have a lot of exciting plans for the Invision Community app. We wanted to take full advantage of a clean slate and build a brand new experience that embraces a native app's interfaces. While the app is unmistakably Invision Community, it features new ways of interacting with your content. We want the app to help shape the future of Invision Community, and we're asking for you to help. What we are opening up for testing today is a technology preview. This slim app covers the essentials with a view to much more expansion later. The technology preview is locked to our community. The app we will release will be a 'multi-community' app; a directory of communities users can browse and save. We’ve taken this approach because the app stores have clamped down on ‘template’ apps, and the cost involved in building and maintaining a separate app per-community won’t be an option for many of our customers. A multi-community app is a great approach for most: simple setup, minimal cost, still fully-featured, and a great way for new users to find your community too. What The App Does For the initial phase of this technology preview, discussions are the main focus which is the foundation of every Invision Community. Also available are profiles, streams, search and notifications - including (at last!) push notifications. Any areas that the app does not currently support will open seamlessly in a web view within the app. As we build new functionality into the app over time, users will encounter fewer of these hybrid views. Your feedback will allow us to target the highest priority areas during the technology preview phase. RPReplay_Final1568062287_1.mp4 Pricing Note: The information below outlines our current intentions, but may change as we finalize the app's release to app stores. The good news is we intend for the app to be free to both our customers with active licenses and their end-users. In time, we will offer a premium option to communities. This funding will secure the app's long-term future. The premium option could enhance their listing in the directory, or provide special functionality when users use that community in the app. Availability We intend to release the app alongside the next significant point release of Invision Community, expected to be 4.5. Communities will need to upgrade to this version to allow their users to use the app. Questions? Why not a PWA (progressive web app)? Invision Community 4.4 already supports several PWA features. However, until iOS supports Push Notifications (and other features) in PWAs, we don't feel they are a fully-rounded solution to using communities on a phone. Building native apps allow us to experiment with new interfaces and approaches. As PWA support improves in the years to come, we'll feed what we learn back into the main product for the benefit of all users. Why now? Those with a long memory will recall that we've had a few attempts at providing an app in the past that weren't successful. We are great at building apps with web technologies but creating native apps ourselves wasn't sustainable. Enter React Native. React Native is an open-source technology for building native apps. React Native allows teams to build native apps using web technologies, but crucially, React Native doesn't build hybrid apps. They are compiled into real native apps - not browser wrappers, but native buttons, text, dialogs, animations and more. A year or so ago, we started experimenting with React Native to see if it might be a viable approach for us. And it was. Finally, there was a technology that enabled web engineers to build delightful cross-platform native apps. As we can build native mobile apps using the technology we are familiar with allows us to incorporate mobile app development into our existing processes. Why just forums? Invision Community is a large, fully-featured platform, and building the entire platform in a native app from the get-go didn't seem to be the best approach. Instead, we've focused on the most active area of most communities - forums - with other areas still supported in the app via webviews. Over time, additional features and tools will be built into the app so that it eventually reaches feature-parity with the web version. We'll take feedback from our customers to determine which areas to support next. How will I add my community to the app? The next significant point release of Invision Community (expected to be 4.5) will have app support built-in. Including your app in the directory will be as simple as enabling the feature in your AdminCP and configuring a few options. Is the app ad-supported? There are no ads of any kind in the app right now. We may include ads or allow communities to run their own ads as a premium option in future. Can I get a white-label version for my community? We aim to offer a white-label option in the future. Will my plugins work in the app? Probably not. We're intentionally building the app to work with standard Invision Community features and apps right now. If your plugins add new UI elements or change the functions that users interact with it's likely they will not work with the app. What about themes? Themes won't work in the app because the app doesn't use HTML. However, some branding/customization will be available via the AdminCP, and we may expand upon this in future. Have other questions? Let us know in the comments, and we'll answer them! Sign Up For Testing For the next stage of our testing process, we will be inviting several customers to try the app and provide feedback/bug reports. As part of the sign-up process, we'll ask for some information about your own community. We'll use this to select further testers once we begin testing of the 'multi-community' version of the app later. The answers you provide will not affect your chance of testing the app on our community. Interested in joining the testing group? Click here to sign up. RPReplay_Final1568062287_1.mp4
  5. The term "flame-wars" was coined way back in the 1970s when computer scientists talking in the first electronic discussion boards noticed that here was "an escalation of critical comments and an increase in the frequency with which people would respond with short negative messages." For anyone that has ventured into the comment section of Youtube, read Twitter for more than a few minutes or frequented active forums will know that our behaviour hasn't improved. Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., a psychologist and professor at MIT, conducted hundreds of interviews over 15 years and found that "we allow ourselves behaviours online we never would in person." These interactions aren't just restricted to strangers on social media as Turkle notes that "we do things online that hurt and damage real relationships". Why is this? Tom Sander, executive director of the Saguaro Seminar project on civic engagement at the Harvard Kennedy School, explains that having the ability to be anonymous "can be a real attraction if no one knows you have a drinking problem or depression. The Internet can be useful in allowing people to anonymously 'come out' about their problems and get support. But it is also an Achilles heel. If people don't know who you are, you are much more likely to say things in a nasty or snarky tone. In general, we invest less in our reputation in online groups because it is easier to exit them and join other groups. In real space, if you don't get along with your neighbour, you're less likely to say something really nasty, because moving out of town is costly." A lot of toxicity is from those who just like hearing themselves talk, or feel better when they put others down. Some people think they are clever and witty by using sarcasm and pointing out the flaws in another's argument. Here's a few ways to manage negativity in your community. Model your ideal behaviour The simplest and most effective way to manage negativity in your community is to be the behaviour you seek. Ensure your replies and friendly and polite. Be fun where appropriate and learn about your regular members. Make sure your team is visible and post regularly so the community feels well run and someone is on hand to deal with issues when they arise. Your community will follow suit and replicate your behaviour. When your community is positive and helpful, toxicity and negativity find it very hard to get a foothold. Your members will weed it out and correct those members for you. Have clear guidelines Socious's Senior Director of Community Management, Katie Bapple advises moderators not to be impulsive when dealing with toxic members. "Controversial community members should not be dealt with compulsively; have reasonable guidelines and policies in place that draw a clear line, so you know when it's been crossed." A clear and well-written community guidelines document won't stop trouble from occurring, but it will provide your team with clear boundaries and protocols to follow. Have a light touch with moderation tools It's easy to reach for the moderation tools when you see toxic or very harmful posts in a topic. It only takes a few clicks, and you can remove it from view and pretend it didn't happen. However, much like a child trying to get his parent's attention, the more you try and silence them, the louder and more insistent they will be to get heard. They'll very likely return more inflamed and vitriolic than before. Unless the content crosses the boundaries you have set for your community; it is often more productive to post a polite reply gently guiding the discussion back on track and thank contributors for their input so far. If this doesn't de-escalate the situation, then: Make it private Open a dialogue with the offender to try and calm the situation. Often this act alone makes the member feel valued and transforms them into a happy and productive member of the community. Just remind them of the boundaries set out in your community guidelines. At least you will stop the member from continuing to post in public areas and derailing topics. Use the appropriate moderation tool Invision Community is packed with tools to help manage toxicity and negativity. However, reaching right for the ban button may not be the best course of action. Consider a warning, which the member must acknowledge before posting again. Keep it friendly and polite and to the point. If the behaviour continues, then consider a short term block. Often an enforced 48 hours away from the community is enough to regain some perspective. Don't assume it'll go away The truth is people love drama, and most people are drawn towards negativity. We can't help but look when we come across a vehicle accident, and sadly, it's largely the same in a community. It might be tempting to keep on scrolling and hope that it all sorts itself out. Likely, it won't, and intervention will be required. That might be a polite, friendly reminder to get the topic back on track, or contacting the member in private. Either way, the best approach is to nip it in the bud with a light touch before it spins out of control, and more forceful action is required. You can't please everyone It should be a last resort, but your community may not be a good fit for everyone. If that is the case, then you can consider a permanent ban, or demoting the member into a read-only member group. Ultimately though negativity and toxicity are pretty rare in an upbeat and productive community. Most quarrels are fixed quickly, and it's rare to find a troll determined to corrupt your community. Identify your boundaries and educate your community on what is not acceptable and be proactive when issues arise, and you'll keep sentiment positive. If you run your own community, I'd love to know what tips you can share on dealing with negativity and toxicity. Let me know below.
  6. Emotion is energy in motion. Today’s article is the last element in our Sense of Community series, and it’s also the most powerful. It allows new communities to win over legacy ones; niche communities to triumph over generic platforms; and impassioned communities to outlast everyone. It’s also the hardest element to cultivate. What is it? According to a survey by psychologist Dr. Jenny Fremlin, shared emotional connection accounts for the single largest factor of community-building. In fact, almost half of all respondents in her research identified shared emotional connection as the factor most important to their community. How do you cultivate the principle of shared emotional connection? New Members For new members, your goal is to initiate them in your community’s rituals and connect them with other outstanding members who will help reinforce your community’s spirit. Induction – Joining your community should be the beginning of a member’s community story, which means leaving a part of himself behind and fostering a new selfhood for your community. Make induction an important part of onboarding a new member. Honor his new membership with community gifts. Require him to fulfill rituals that are unique to your community. Demand that he open himself to the community, the challenges he faces, and what he hopes to receive. By doing so, you are asking the new member to invest a part of their emotional selves in the community from the very beginning. Greater Contact – The more that people interact, the more likely they are to bond. Just like in the real world when a new visitor walks into a room and no one talks to him, he’s likely to leave. But if you can introduce him to other members, invite him to a table with other new members who also recently joined, or connect him with a mentor, then he’s more likely to stay. You can accomplish the same in your community. Connect members as much as possible, which spark new friendships. Existing Members For existing members, deepen their sense of shared emotional connection with these strategies. Community Story – Develop a story for your community, a narrative that is being written by and for members. It brings all members together in a common sense of history, and even though not all members may have participated the entire time, they identify with the story. Why was your community founded? Are you tackling a challenge in the world? Did you undergo a major obstacle? Are you aspiring to improve the world? Where are you going? Write down your past, present, and future and invite members into the living story of your community. Community Projects – All too often, community admins launch projects on their own or with an inner circle of staff. Launch a project that’s open to everyone, where all members can participate, give feedback, and contribute. Define a beginning and end to the project, which helps members with closure and remembrance (“Did you remember the time when we helped on XYZ project?”) . Industry Changes – What are disruptions that are happening in your field or industry? Is it affecting anyone you know? How do you feel about it? Is it positive or negative? How significant is the change? Use these shared events to get people disclosing their emotions about these disruptions, which helps form an emotional connection with others who are experiencing the same. The strongest bonds are among people who undergo a crisis together. Honor & Humiliation – Finally, the personal growth of members is punctuated by the highs and lows of their membership from rewards that highlight special achievement to penalties that discipline bad behavior. These moments of recognition and humiliation unlock joy and pain, which emotionally bond the member to your community. The strongest emotional bonds are experienced by those who traverse the greatest emotional journey – they come to your community as immature or inexperienced, and through rewards and moderation, grow to become a better person through your community. Members visit your community for all sorts of reasons. But out of all reasons, one stands above all others: shared emotional connection. There’s no one way to cultivating a shared emotional connection. Every community will be unique. You and your Invision Community must write your own individual story, cultivate your own special volkgeist, and honor and humiliate members in your own extraordinary way. The energy and emotion of your community will be uniquely yours. In the end, you want to foster your own “community of spirit” among members, an exceptional sense of purpose and friendship wrapped in shared emotion that no other community can match.
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    Version 4.4.6 is a maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.5. Additional Information Security Fixed an issue where a malicious user may be able to identify the full path to a file uploaded to a custom field. Core Added support for MySQL 8. Improved security headers on error pages. Changed the "Who follows this" page to instruct bots not to index the page for SEO purposes. Moved the Club Members Box to the sidebar when the club information are shown in the sidebar. Fixed an error visiting the full notifications screen when the user has no notifications. Fixed an issue where old messenger links may not redirect correctly. Fixed an issue where new comment notifications can show an incorrect read status. Fixed club sorting preference being lost when navigating to another page of clubs. Fixed an issue where the "Bypass word and link filters" setting was not honored for links. Fixed attachments not being properly claimed when added to a Staff Directory member entry. Fixed an issue where reordering social profiles may not show the reordered list after saving without reloading the page. Fixed a potential error when an invalid sort parameter is passed in to certain pages. Fixed an issue where certain tables of data may show an incorrect number of pages when filtering the table. Fixed the Leaderboard popular content inconsistency when using ElasticSearch. Fixed an issue where Pages blocks wouldn't show in the configuration form when using the block manager. Fixed an issue where creating a club feature could result in a DB exception. Fixed broken ACP tables on Internet Explorer 11. Fixed an issue where Status Posts couldn't be deleted. Fixed an issue where 0B may be displayed in place of the real Redis maximum memory amount on the support overview page. Fixed an issue where using REDIS as session storage would return the wrong members for the online list. Fixed an issue with lazy-loading where images with a custom aspect ratio set did not honor the ratio after loading. REST & OAuth Fixed OAuth Logins being broken because of a missing DB column. Blogs Fixed blog entries from clubs showing on the Blog applications Grid View when the "Show Club Content Areas" setting is set to "Only Within Clubs". Fixed an error that can occur with some configurations when attempting to add or move a blog entry. Pages Fixed an issue where the wrong user may be notified of Pages database records being embedded in other content areas. Fixed an issue where attachments in newly submitted database records would not be used when embedding records in other areas of the software. Fixed an issue with Schema.org structured data tags in Pages when the site has a logo image applied to the theme. Fixed an error searching databases in the AdminCP using the quicksearch input on the database listing page. Fixed an issue in the Pageurl Output Extension which was catching a not existing exception. Gallery Fixed media sound continuing to play after closing the lightbox. Fixed an error that can occur when attempting to view disk space statistics when there are none. Calendar Fixed an issue where all day ranged events reflect the wrong event end date in iCalendar exports. Adjusted ical import process to ignore WKST values of 'MO' (which is the default) to reduce false-positive error reports. Converters Fixed some issues converting MyBB content including profile fields, avatars & attachments. Commerce Added ability for administrator to choose what to do after a dispute is won (previously would automatically re-approve the transaction). Fixed an issue where the tax name in invoice emails could be missing. Fixed potential uncaught exception if trying to view a product in the AdminCP that doesn't exist. Fixed an issue where the description of new payment gateways wasn't saved successfully. Third-Party / Developer / Designer Mode Fixed an issue using the node form helper when not using $titleLangPrefix in the node model, and using apostrophies in a node's title. Fixed an issue where the wrong member's AdminCP notification dismissals were referenced in \IPS\core\AdminNotification::notificationIdsForMember(). Fixed an issue where Nodes that do not implement permissions may still try to check them, resulting in an error in some situations. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Added an ID to the mobile navigation sign in link elSigninButton_mobile. All columns named member must now be escaped with backticks when querying the database in order to support MySQL 8.
  8. Version 4.4.5

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    IPS Community Suite 4.4.5 Released 07/29/2019 Key Changes Version 4.4.5 is a maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.4. Additional Information Core Added an Admin CP dashboard widget to show total members. Added back the ability to search personal messages by recipient and sender name, and removed the 365 day limit on results. Added an option for feeds of content that support future publishing (such as Pages records and Blog entries) to control whether published, unpublished or any results are shown. Added new options for content widget feeds to return hidden content (in addition to the existing pending approval option), as well as both hidden content and content pending approval. Added support for more explicit browser autofill on form fields. Added moderator log support for opening/closing polls. Upgraded CKEditor to 4.12.1. Improved the page speed for guests by not loading the editor or notification sound javascript libraries until they are needed. Improved the error message when attempting to access the REST API in the Admin CP in the event the local server is inadvertently IP banned. Improved performance when sending Digests. Improved license key checking when the license server may not be available. Improved reporting of Redis memory usage in support area. Improved the error message when attempting to access the REST API in the Admin CP in the event the local server is inadvertently IP banned. Improved performance when using the database for common data storage. Improved the accuracy of the progress bar on the 'Deleting moved original files' background process. Improved efficiency when generating sitemap files if certain content is configured not to be included. Improved the user interface configuring Sitemaps to clarify content that will be include and excluded from the Sitemap. Improved admincp upgrading when using SFTP. Implemented logging to the moderator log, when a moderator removes all followers from a followable item. Changed notification read/unread status to behave as it did prior to 4.4.4. Clarified the "Domains to instruct search engines to follow" setting description and improved the setting to strip http:// and https:// protocols from supplied values. Fixed account failed logins not correctly locking future login attempts in some cases. Fixed an issue where node deletions (such as forums and categories) were not always properly logged to the administrator logs. Fixed an issue where blacklisted URLs used for embeds may not trigger post moderation when configured to do so. Fixed an issue where the club tab on the members profile can result in a DB error when a page <1 was used. Fixed an issue where the Automatically Prune Followers setting ignored reviews. Fixed an issue where it may not be possible to permanently delete deleted content manually. Fixed status updates not importing properly when an account is linked to multiple social logins. Fixed some server error messages not showing. Fixed certain notification and digest emails not sending properly via cron. Fixed custom field custom formatting options being applied to fields in the AdminCP unexpectedly. Fixed Custom Sorting on the Deleted Content page not working. Improved upgrade process for Community in the Cloud. Improved the error message when attempting to access the REST API in the Admin CP in the event the local server is inadvertently IP banned. Fixed potential browser errors and warnings caused by notification sounds. Fixed pagination not loading correctly when searching within messenger. Fixed an issue where comment counts are decremented incorrectly when a Post Before Registering comment is cancelled. Fixed an issue where the mobile keyboard would not be hidden after submitting the search form. Fixed issues that can occur (such as the editor not loading) when browser local storage is unavailable. Fixed an issue where auto-scheduled promotions may not correctly queue for upcoming slots. Fixed maps generated by Mapbox potentially displaying larger than intended when lazy loading is enabled. Fixed an issue where profile completion could cause a fatal error when using custom forum themes. Fixed an issue where single status update links had the wrong canonical URL. Fixed a possible error when mentioning someone or using a custom emoticon in a post. Fixed an issue where installing plugins with a title containing more then 32 characters would fail. Fixed an issue where Elastic Search may not update records correctly. Fixed an issue where user profiles may be slow to load. Fixed an issue where a template error could be generated by attempting to search members when the user does not have permission to view members. Fixed some styling (spacing) issues with the right-hand column shown on the Clubs homepage. Fixed an issue pasting certain code into editor code boxes. Fixed some old URL patterns (from IP.Board 3.x) no longer redirecting to the new URL format as of 4.4.x. Fixed an issue where the publish_to_groups permission was still required to promote to Facebook pages. Fixed an issue where canceling an invoice with already canceled billing agreements would try to cancel the billing agreement again. Fixed a niche issue that can occur when using lazyload, image proxy and external file storage. Fixed an issue where one could fake member null votes on polls. Fixed an issue where profile photo permissions may not apply correctly when a user belongs to more than one group. Fixed a styling issue with profile completion on mobile. Fixed a broken link in the report center. Fixed an issue where invalid user groups can cause an error to show to users. Fixed an issue where the poll form wouldn't add an empty first question. Fixed an issue where sort buttons can overlap pagination. Fixed an issue where personal conversations may show a 'promote' button to members with permission to promote content. Fixed incorrect REST API documentation when editing items. Fixed an issue where the 'support' link in the AdminCP would be viewable if the restricted administrator did not have access. Fixed an issue where the spoiler header within a post can get doubled up when selecting text within the post in certain cases. Fixed an issue where merging members incorrectly merged reputation. Fixed an issue where the image aspect ratio setting was not set correctly when editing images. Fixed an issue where search options may show for items that are not searchable. Fixed AdminCP member quick-searches not searching within member names when the site can handle inline searches. Adjusted instances of "recognise" in language strings to "recognize". Fixed an error when full registration is enabled with no available profile fields. Fixed an issue where the node controller wasn't showing the child nodes as possible target category while moving the content. Fixed an issue where it was possible to be stuck in a position where a poll could not be re-opened. Calendar Removed the ability to create ranged recurring events that overlap (e.g. where the next occurence start time is before the first occurrence has finished). Removed the timezone from event notification emails for all day events. Fixed an issue where events that repeat for a set period will end one period before they should. Fixed an issue where users are able to create events where the end time occurs before the start time. Fixed an issue where ranged recurring events may show an incorrect date range for the event on the calendar "Day" view. Fixed an issue where embedding a Calendar Event may fail in some circumstances. Fixed an issue where ranged recurring events may not show as occurring on an end date when they span across months. Fixed an issue where the calendar name would be exposed to members which don't have permissions to view the calendar via the members online location on the profile. Pages Added the ability to specify whether the record canonical tag points to the current page, or the root page (page 1). Added the ability to show just your own records via the Database Filters widget. Added the ability to filter by Member field types via the Database Filters widget. Added record tags to the database record listing template for newly created Listing template sets. Improved the display of databases in the ACP menu. Fixed an issue where excluding Pages pages from the sitemap may cause the sitemap task to get stuck and stop building new sitemap files. Fixed an issue where a template group could be renamed to an existing template group, causing a conflict which results in an error. Fixed an error attempting to submit records to a database where a Member type field that must be unique is configured. Fixed an issue where the category title is missing from the page's HTML title tag. Fixed an issue where deleting a database record with a linked topic may cause an error. Commerce Added support for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) in Stripe. Fixed referral commission not being given for renewals. Fixed an error that can occur when renewal invoices are generated if no billing address existed on the original invoice. Fixed invoice notification emails showing a payment failed warning if one payment method failed even if another one succeeded. Fixed social login buttons not working when checking out as a guest. Fixed staff replies to support emails. Fixed an issue where stock replies may have new lines stripped. Fixed pending withdrawl AdminCP notification link to point to the pending withdrawl filter. Fixed an issue where you may not be able to delete subcategories in the store. Fixed a potential error when upgrading from a version older than 4.4.2. Fixed an issue where switching to a "default" support stream (ex. Open, Assigned, or Tracked Requests) can result in a MySQL error. Fixed an issue where deleting a customer note would not close the dialog. Fixed member group being moved when upgrading or modifying an expired purchase. Fixed an issue where purchase custom field labels may show as a random string or in the wrong language in the Transaction Approved email. Edited the purchase email notification setting to clarify an email is sent for every item. Converters Clarified the error message shown when invalid database details are supplied. Fixed an issue where a conflict may prevent some data being converted if (for example) converting attachments for blog and forums in the same conversion. Fixed an issue relating to converting mentions from other platforms. Fixed an issue where converting from vBulletin 5 can cause duplicate topics. Fixed an issue where items selected to skip were converted anyway. Fixed an issue where it wasn't possible to convert only core. Fixed a performance regression re-introduced in 4.4. Fixed an issue preventing UBBThreads conversions working. Stopped converting the "manually set time zone" preference for vBulletin conversions, as the timezone preference itself is not converted and the ability to adjust this preference is not available in our current interface. Forums Improved the performance of the Unarchive task. Fixed an issue upgrading from older versions of Invision Community where topics or posts queued for deletion were present. Fixed an issue where posts from ignored members were visible if the author was in a highlighted group. Fixed an issue where archive settings could be saved with no more than or less than selection. Fixed an issue where hiding a topic without an existing first post would stop the queue to hide all the members content. Gallery Fixed Follow and Promote buttons not showing for images on mobile devices. Fixed an issue where inline renaming an image from the lightbox would either fail or rename the album. Fixed instances where a member with a secondary group that doesn't allow albums to be created, but with a primary group that does but limits how many that can be created, will allow the member to create unlimited albums. Downloads Implemented logging to the moderator log, when a moderator toggles the purchasable status of a file. Removed the button to copy the Log Downloads category setting which does not apply. Blog Improved the blog header display for blogs within clubs. Fixed an issue where the club leader could not set a cover photo for a club blug. Fixed an issue where draft entries may be included in digests. REST & OAuth Added a “Use a different account” button on OAuth login screen Third-Party / Developer / Designer Mode Cleaned up some legacy code checking for specific PHP versions. Fixed some typos in the REST API documentation. Fixed malformed HTML in the admin `tabs` HTML template which caused problems when hooks were created for this template. The Application and Plugin directory are limited to 80 characters. Set the alreadyReported flag in \IPS\Content after reporting content to ensure correct value is returned on future calls to report methods. Fixed some minor issues with the lightbox comments support (currently unused by core Invision Community code). Fixed an issue where email template parameters may not be captured properly to generate the email subject, resulting in an error. Fixed a potential error that may be encountered while working with Calendar dates from command line (i.e. tasks being executed via cron). Fixed an error that can occur with email statistics when different applications use the same email subject language string. Fixed a few functions that needed to be called from the root namespace. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Added `\IPS\Node\Model::deleteLogPermissions()` method to allow applications to specify permissions for managing deletion logs. js.php javascript loader no longer creates an external dispatcher instance. `\IPS\Content::logDelete()` and `\IPS\core\DeletionLog::setContentAndMember()` now accept FALSE for the member parameter, which will store the deletion log as if no specific member deleted the content. Added a new `digestWhere()` method to content items, this allows you to specify an additional where clause when processing digests. * Items in red require extensive testing.
  9. Version 4.4.4

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    Key Changes Version 4.4.4 is a maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.3. Additional Information Core Added support for [Emoji 11](https://emojipedia.org/emoji-11.0/) emojis Added logging for errors communicating with Spam Defense. Added an admin log when existing member notification preferences are updated. Added a pre-installed Giphy key that can be used for all Invision Community installations. Improved usability and display of date-based member filters. Improved account validation process to prevent accounts being inadvertently validated by scrapers and bots, and to improve the user experience when following a validation link that is no longer valid. Improved the opcache comments check on the REST API Reference page. Improved sending bulk emails via SendGrid. Improved post before register permissions when allowing guests to create content, but not members. Improved performance when viewing all IP addresses used by a member. Clarified the registration completed email when no local password has been set. Fixed an issue where members may not be marked as complete, and thus will not show within the community, in some circumstances. Fixed the Posts Per Day group setting not applying consistently to all content. Fixed an issue where click tracking may not be applied to all links in emails sent. Fixed emails for AdminCP notifications "A new member has completed registration" and "A member is flagged as a spammer" not sending. Fixed an issue that could occur if deleting a node (i.e. forum) if there was already a move task from another node in progress. Fixed the email statistics charts in the AdminCP showing incorrect data when viewing weekly charts. Fixed an issue where the inbox list may be stuck showing a spinner when canceling a search in the personal messenger. Fixed an issue where folder counts may show NaN after deleting a folder in the personal messenger. Fixed an issue that may occur when deleting/moving login handler related images. Fixed searching by tags not honoring the "Convert all tags to lowercase" setting. Fixed 'post before register' content submissions not incrementing the user's post count if pre-moderation is not required. Fixed an issue related to 'post before register' where 'next unread' item links may show when there isn't any new content. Fixed the callback URL used for Wordpress sign in. Fixed the digest task looping on a follow attached to a deleted member. Fixed the `PruneMembers` background task from endlessly looping in certain circumstances. Fixed disabling password changes in the AdminCP settings not removing the link to change your password on the Account Settings overview page. Fixed issue where lazy-loaded images in warn reasons would prevent warn reason from automatically updating when new reason was selected due to incorrect editor 'dirty' status. Fixed a niche issue where promoting an item may show an auto scheduled time from the past. Fixed an issue where the button to change a members profile photo would still show on their profile when they do not have permission to upload profile photos. Fixed an issue where public clubs would show the member count in several locations. Fixed an edge-case issue with redirecting old non-rewrite FURLs after enabling rewrites. Fixed issue checking signature image dimensions when using 'insert existing attachment' when using Amazon S3. Fixed an issue where the frontend upgrade notice wouldn't disappear once dismissed. Fixed an issue where cover photos might disappear shortly after displaying. Fixed an issue with lazy load placeholders when added to existing content. Fixed a layout issue with the mobile pagination buttons. Fixed an unnecessary redirect when viewing a club. Fixed a potential timeout running the cleanup task. Fixed Elasticsearch being able to be set up with version 7 (which is not yet supported). Trying to do that will now show an error message. Fixed an issue where moved links may show in the topic widget. Fixed an issue where a member registering with an auto-detected language would revert back to the default language after registration. Fixed an issue where the latest activity tooltip would state "online now" when the member was offline. Fixed broken login form. Fixed status pagination loading a full page instead of comments only. Fixed non-latin characters in the URL showing incorrectly when moving between pages. Fixed an issue where the approval queue may show content in the wrong order. Fixed an issue where the guest signup block title and text was reversed in vertical view. Fixed an issue where custom friendly URLs would not use the newer `/page/2/` pagination format. Fixed an issue where club pagination in user profiles was showing the wrong number of pages. Fixed an issue where a Redis failure caused an uncaught exception. Fixed an issue where the Clubs REST API would throw an error if commerce isn't installed. Fixed an issue where online user lists may be empty following a Redis crash. Fixed an issue where incomplete member registrations were not cleared correctly. Fixed an issue where Post Before Register Followups were sent out immediately rather than delayed. Fixed an exception that prevents storage handler changes from being saved properly. Fixed an issue where the 'Failed Emails' AdminCP notification may not be removed properly. Fixed an issue where the "Anonymous login" checkbox was incorrectly checked. Fixed an issue where PBR content would be left in the database for uninstalled applications. Fixed a rare issue where a template disk cache could corrupt and affect templates loading. Fixed an issue where members created via the ACP weren't marked as completed. Fixed an issue with Flickr video embeds showing as photos. Fixed an issue with notifications not showing as unread. Fixed an issue where the exact profile field search option had no affect. Fixed an issue where the default country was not correctly set in address form inputs. Fixed an issue where the guest teaser would not show on the comment form in some circumstances. Disabled Grammarly from checking editor fields to prevent Grammarly from breaking HTML and causing broken posts. Disabled preloading of notification sound to speed up initial page load. Disabled concurrent comment merging in status replies. Removed post content from Post Before Register reminder emails to prevent spam. Removed ability to sort club menu tabs if only one tab is present. Forums Fixed a niche issue where the 'Delete Legacy Posts/Topics' background task may not work when ran via CRON. Fixed an error when moving topics in fluid view. Fixed a database error that could occur when archiving old posts. Commerce Fixed tax class being lost with renewal terms when editing a purchase. Fixed tax class being lost when renewal invoices were generated for location-specific tax rates. Fixed an issue where tickets from non-registered users may link to an empty ticket listing. Fixed an issue where AdminCP notifications for pending withdrawals link to the wrong page. Fixed Stripe webhooks unnecessarily reporting an error. Fixed category filters not displaying on mobile. Fixed an issue where creating a support request with a guest member and email address via REST API wouldn't store the email address. Fixed an issue which would result in an empty product list on the registration form. Fixed an issue searching last names in admin live search. Fixed an issue where manually creating an invoice and adding renewals doesn’t prevent an auto-renewal invoice being added later. Fixed an issue where the member subscriptions block was not editable. Pages Fixed times displaying as timestamps for some Pages blocks. Fixed records not sorting correctly by 'highest rated'. Fixed the `updaterecords` task not running correctly if a database exists that is not assigned to a page. Fixed an issue where 'follows' may not get removed when a category or database is deleted. Fixed an issue where the create menu could get out of sync when the page name or the default page were changed. Fixed an issue where adding records via the create menu may not show categories for default pages. Fixed an issue that can occur when moving a record in a database that is not assigned to a page. Fixed an issue where Our Picks can throw an error if a database is unassigned from a page. Fixed an issue where, in certain circumstances, notifications could be sent for records that weren't viewable. Removed record image dimensions from JSON-LD markup for database records to improve performance in some cases. Downloads Fixed an SQL error that could occur when upgrading from older versions. Fixed an issue where the purchase count for Files associated to purchases was shown in the widgets and downloads index page blocks. Fixed an issue in the 'Download Reviews' widget, where links to reviews on page >1 were broken. Gallery Fixed an issue where past reputation for image comments and reviews no longer displayed. Fixed browser scrollbar disappearing while editing Gallery image details in some cases. Fixed image carousel widgets not displaying correctly in certain circumstances. Fixed an issue where uploading on small screens caused the status to overflow outside of its box. Fixed an issue where images may show as unread incorrectly in streams. Calendar Fixed an issue where recurring events may show on the wrong day in Calendar. Fixed an issue where all day events specified an incorrect start and end time in search engine markup. Converters Fixed an issue where reaction images may get converted into the wrong container. Fixed an inaccurate progress bar on a background task that runs after completing a conversion. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Added a `$statementReverse` parameter to use `NOT IN` in the where clause when `\IPS\Db::select()` is passed to `\IPS\Db::delete()`. Added a further check when trying to choose which storage configuration should be used for new storage extensions. Added a new Language String Option `removeLazyLoad` which will remove the lazy load links while parsing the language string. Fixed an incorrect class reference when passing `\IPS\Db::select()` to the `$where` parameter of `\IPS\Db::delete()`. Fixed a search error that could occur with 3rd party applications. Fixed an issue with the rest API where output was json encoded before language replacements. Changed the default parameter in the `IPS\Content\Review::url` method.' Removed unused code in the \IPS\core\modules\admin\promotion\advertisements::getHtml method. Removed UI for immediately sending Bulk Mail, all Bulk Mail will now be sent via background queue.
  10. Collecting, curating and organising ideas and feedback is a critical part of managing a community for a product. Even though here at Invision Community, we have a relaxed approach to ideation, we do read and review ideas and feature requests that come into us via our support community and via emails and tickets and organise them off-site. If you wanted to add more rigour to your ideation process, then Invision Community has built-in tools that you can use. This video covers setting up a "Question & Answer" forum, which forms the basis for your ideation section along with using the built-in translation tools to tweak the interface language. The complete process takes around five minutes and is the perfect way to collect and organise community ideas. Once you have it set up, your community members can post their ideas and fellow community members can upvote their favourite suggestions, leave comments on ideas and even upvote and downvote replies inside the idea. Let me know what you thought, and if you have any further questions below!
  11. We know them as fathers, but they go by a gazillion other names. Some of us call them 'dad', while others refer to them as 'papa', 'baba', 'pops', and 'daddy', besides myriad other endearments. But no matter which name we use and how we choose to call out to them, our fathers continue to be our greatest heroes - one of our greatest joys and pride. What is it about them though, which makes us feel a thousand times better the instant we know they are looking out for us and have our back? Why is it that a mere question from them regarding our well-being eases any discomfort in our lives and their words do wonders to boost our confidence and outlook towards life? (c) Getty Images Is it the backhanded compliments they pass on from time to time, or the fact that they never seem to think twice before making us - their stubborn, sassy kids - the centre of their world? The unsaid sacrifices our parents happily make for us, and all the forgiveness that comes so easily to them (no matter how many times we mess things up or how badly), and the way they are always so quick to love us, pick us up when we fall, and thrash our ass red when we are out of line. Yet, it is somehow always their silent support, selfless affection and care that helps us stay afloat through a ton of shit life throws our way. That's how it is for most of us out there. Surely, not always one of the most simple, but surely one of the strongest bonds we share is between a father and his child. (c) Getty Images However, did you imagine what it would feel like to have all that taken away from you because the society cannot understand who you are and sympathise with your reality? When a father is cornered by unknown faces of judgements and social castration which provokes him to question his own child and the bond they share? That is exactly what happened when Dr. Meera Parida and Meghna Sahoo's family found out they were transgenders. Suddenly their loving fathers would not look at them in the same light and the affection receded to pure detestation. Not being able to live with such a tremendous change in their relationship, Meera left her home and Meghna was asked to leave by her father. (c) Meghna Sahoo Losing their fathers bothered Meera and Meghna to no end, they simply couldn't get over the fact that they no longer had a father to call their own. Meera shared with MensXP that though it started out on a sour note, her experiences and explorations over the following years made it clear to Meera that it was the society and its diktats that were to blame, and not her father. Even Meghna seconds this as she told us that it was indeed the societal pressure that pushed her father to take such a drastic measure. But eventually he did come around. Meera & Her Father Yet, Meera is quick to admit that regardless of it all, it was her father who saved her from choosing the wrong path when the going got tough. She said, “there once came such a low point when I had almost gotten into working as a *** worker. Transgenders are infamous for the job, and perhaps that is why even my father loathed our kind. But I remembered by father's words that we must never do something that would break a family or stop us from holding our head high. That's when I decided to turn my life around.” Meghna & Her Father She adds that, “when my father read about my work and the movement I had launched for the transgender community, he made my brother call me. But when my brother began threatening me on the phone I heard my father slap him, and the next moment he told go ahead and do what you want, live how you want to.” Meghna also has a similar story of reconciliation that is equally heartwarming. Fours years after she was thrown out of the house, Meghna received a call from her father. She says, “my father told me that they have built a new house and I should be there with the entire family for the housewarming. He added that the celebrations would be incomplete without my presence.” (c) Meghna Sahoo A lot has changed in Meera and Meghna's life since those fateful days of reconciliation with their fathers. Meera holds a doctorate, is a transgender rights champion and an active face in Odisha's political scene. As for Meghna, she is a well-known Transgender activist from Odisha with a MBA degree and an NGO that she runs, apart from being the first transgender driver with OLA. (c) Meghna Sahoo But if there is one thing both of them earnestly believe, it is that no matter what happens, nothing can alter the bond a father shares with his child.
  12. Communities are bound by a code of conduct that govern user behavior. Sometimes these rules are explicitly written, such as terms, guidelines, or my personal favorite: “Must Read Before Posting Or Banned!!!” topics. (That’s a joke. Please don’t ever write a topic like that!) Sometimes the rules are unwritten, based on evolving behaviors and user-to-user interaction. No matter the method of conduct or scale of communication, all communities contain these community guideposts that govern user behavior. Being able to influence, and being influenced by, these rules of conduct is our second element of Sense of Community. Community Managers. The original influencers. The privilege to persuade is a powerful feeling. It fills users with a sense of control, knowing that they can impact others. It gives purpose to users, who will tap into their inner helpfulness by assisting others. And it imparts a sense of satisfaction, which is one of the highest transcendent values a user can feel. It also leads to a better community. Over time, the mutual interaction between members builds trust, forming a community of authenticity where users can expect repeatable and expected behaviors. It also leads to good governance, where members embrace the codes of conduct by the group, inculcate the code into their own behaviors, and repeat the code to newer members – reinforcing the very codes they learned themselves. Members conform to community rules and standards, sacrificing a little bit of their own individuality but gaining acceptance by the community. Clearly, influence and persuasion is a powerful element. Let’s take a look at some ways in which you can build a better community by unlocking the power of influence. 1. Show New Members How to Influence If your community is anything like mine, you have a welcome topic or message: Do this, read, that, follow this. It’s usually filled with stuff to influence the member. But have you thought about giving the new member an opportunity to influence? And not just in a superficial manner like posting an Introduction topic, but one that’s filled with meaning and purpose. In addition to linking to the best guides and expert content in your community, ask your users to help other members, answer challenging topics, or identify any skills that can help others. 2. Influence through explanations Have you seen communities where the moderators take heavy-handed actions and do things without prior notice? Or they assume you know everything? It feels rude, unwelcoming, and very cliquish. On the other hand, I’ve also seen communities where the moderators and community managers take the time to explain every response. When you take the time to explain the response, you share your reasoning with others. That’s influence. Over time, users will turn around to repeat the reasoning to others, which builds good governance. (It also means less work for you!). Communities are built on transparency and trust, and the more you can openly establish your community norms, the more clearly other users can repeat and reinforce your governance. 3. Be influenced by asking for help One of the most powerful and uplifting things you can do is to ask your members for genuine help. Be candid. Be vulnerable. Explain the challenge. And ask for help. You will find members who will rise to the occasion. Humans are naturally compassionate. We will always help others if we can and communities are one of the best platforms to ask and receive help. If you ever make a mistake, take on a big project, or if you’re ever in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help and allow others to influence you. 4. Influence as a privilege One of the stellar reasons for choosing Invision Community are the multiple ways to publish content. You can offer user albums, polls, blogs, articles, discussions, files, clubs, the list goes on. This allows you to offer increasing channels of influence for your superusers. Unfortunately, most communities throw all the choices at a new user, hoping one will stick. That’s like asking a new member who steps into a room of strangers if he wants a microphone, a loudspeaker, and a spotlight! That can be scary. Influence is something to be gained over time, in small bits of comfort and trust. 5. Appreciate the influence. One of the most inspiring actions you can do as a community manager is to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of others. When you do, you affirm the influence of others. It's one of the simplest things you can do too. Pick three random post by members on your site and reply: “I appreciate this contribution because …”. You’ll be surprised by how well members respond to your note of appreciation. CONCLUSION The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. The power to influence is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your members. By allowing them to influence other members, the codes of conduct, and even the direction of your community, they feel a deeper sense of community because they can make an impact on others. The most influential members in a community are surprisingly not the ones who post the most or who act the most dominant. The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. Share in the comments below one of your success stories on how you influenced – or were influenced by – another member. As always, I appreciate your contribution to join me in helping Invision Communities of all sizes build more rewarding and successful communities.
  13. Facebook Ads: are they the modern day ‘hilly billy’ California Gold Rush? Rumors circulate about Facebook Ads being the MOST profitable way to advertise your business and everyone jumps on it to make a quick buck. Hence it’s quickly become the 21st century gold rush. And just like the gold rush, the people really profiting are the ones selling the tools to the prospectors… AKA Facebook But they’re still gold out there if you know where to look and what your doing. The purpose of this post is to give you a short introduction, so you know roughly how to make profitable ads. It’s not going to turn you into an expert, but it might stop you digging in the wrong spot and spending BIG on things you should avoid. I’m not going to go into too much technical detail… Otherwise we’ll find ourselves like Alice down deep the rabbit hole. What Type Of Marketing Is Facebook Ads? It’s important to define Facebook Ads as interrupt marketing. Someone is not actively looking for your product at the time of seeing your ad. So your ads need to be distracting and bold to literally GRAB attention. If people are more likely to be searching your products then should you choose Facebook Ads as a primary marketing channel? Why Does That Matter For Building Communities? When you’re using Facebook Ads to build communities (especially off the platform e.g. not a Facebook Group). Your ads need to be eye catching and demand attention, with a clear benefit of the community AND call to action (what to do next). If you’re community is big then use the size as social proof, people follow the herd and using this herd mentality when talking about the number of members etc will help you grow. Does Facebook Work For Every Business? As a primary marketing channel? Absolutely not. If you have a business that people proactively search for that’s very transactional - like an ecommerce store then you’d be better using google adwords. Yet any business SHOULD 100% be retargeting website visitors with ads. It’s a great way to build rapport and make the most of your site visits. If your business is a business that’s heavily reliant upon growing a relationship then Facebook Ads is perfect. Big purchases, information products, service based businesses all do VERY well with Facebook Ads. It’s a great place to grow and build relationships with your audience. In my opinion this is the MOST powerful way to use Facebook Ads. Do Facebook Ads Help Build Communities Absolutely yes… Facebook Ads can help you build and grow your community. Be clear on your message and the benefits of the community. Having a good understanding of the audience will help too. If it’s a male audience of people who like Star Wars for example, there’s no point advertising to women or people who like football. There is merit in testing adverts to the same interests groups e.g. men who like Star Trek. How To Get The Most From Your Facebook Ads Being successful with Facebook Ads is much more about relationship building than it is billboard advertising. One of the biggest mistakes I see is people using Facebook Ads as the internet’s ‘yellow pages’ I.E. The only adverts they ever place are “hey come buy my stuff” If you only use FB Ads for sales messages it’s going to be crazily expensive and ultimately ineffective. Still people ONLY want to pay for an ad when they have something specific. Instead, think of the platform as an extension of networking, with the same relationship interactions. Only your paying Facebook to have these ‘interactions’ and not having to do it manually. The BEST Way To Do This Is Retargeting Retargeting in the oldest & simplest sense of the word was when someone visited your site or product you identify them and give them adverts that are “come back and buy” This makes things MUCH more effective. But here’s how you get a system that works… You want to layer your retargeting… That means have multiple different offers that are layered one on top of the other. If you’ve heard the expression sales funnel (the process of ‘funnelling’ potential customers through your marketing into customers) then that’s essentially what you’re creating on Facebook all via your retargeting. Sounds complicated… It’s not… For example I could record a video about facebook ads and retarget people who have watched 25% of the video (because I know they’re interested). Then I might give them the option of downloading a PDF to add them to my list… Those that take the PDF could then be offered a webinar. At the end of the webinar is the option to become a customer. The layering of funnels takes time and is more work, hence most people choose the less effective ‘yellow pages’ method. I could go on and on about the nuances involved in advertising on Facebook. But here’s some dos and don’ts to keep you in check Do Treat the platform more like networking than the ‘Yellow Pages’ Focus on building relationships and meaningful interactions. Make sure you’re using retargeting, whatever business you’re running. When writing adverts focus on the customer and their wants, needs, desires Give value before you ask for something in return. Understand your maths and make sure it’s profitable. Layer your retargeting Read the terms and conditions and make sure you’re compliant (otherwise you will get banned) Don’t Expect to become an overnight millionaire. Put big budgets in you can’t afford to lose until you know it works. Copy everyone else ads. Use boring stock photography. Try and cheat the system. Get too hung up with the technical It’s A Powerful Tool, Not A Panacea There’s an epidemic out there (mainly from Facebook Ad Consultants) who push it as the panacea to all business problems. It’s not true… Facebook Ads is a super powerful tool that you could use to grow your community. Especially if you’re struggling to attract new members. It’s not a miracle cure. If there’s a problem with your community messaging or attractiveness then Facebook Ads won’t fix it. Instead Facebook Ads is more of a magnifying glass. It will highlight any problems. Which is very helpful if you don’t know where the gaps are in your community. Not so good if you’re expecting a miracle. Final Thought If you’re thinking about using Facebook Ads for your community then you 100% SHOULD! Depending on your budget will decide if you get someone paid who knows what they’re doing (like me) or you run the ads yourself. If you do find someone make sure they’re realistic with the platform and what it can achieve. If you’re doing it yourself, then have a go… Try a traffic campaign to get you started. The WORST that can happen is you’ll spend a bit of money without getting anything in return. It’s only beginner tax… Or making a donation to the ‘Zuck Fund’ as it’s known in the industry. I’ve seen total beginners make 5 figures with their first ad… It’s pretty rare, but I’ve seen it happen. The ONLY thing you can do is have a play and see what happens. It doesn’t bite. Martin Jolley-Jarvis is the owner of Full Spectrum Agency.
  14. When I wrote my last entry, The Dogly Mail had just reached the 100 member milestone but since then things have grown impressively. The photo competition has proven very successful at encouraging new signups and we are now at around 1400 members picking up 15-20 new members a day. This is far better than I could have hoped for but there a few caveats… Not all traffic and content is equal In building website traffic I’ve realised that high member numbers are great and help to validate your ideas but member quality is far more important. I have been able to boost the member growth non-organically with a minimal Facebook ad spend in conjunction with the competition but we’re still trying to find those super contributors. The members we have are not yet invested in the site themselves and the sense of community that is required to be sustainable long term is still in its infancy. We have also found that with the opt-in mailing list, around 50% of the registered members are signing up for the newsletter during registration. This is encouraging to me based on the non-organic growth so hopefully, with more organic growth this will rise further. What are we doing to get higher quality contributions? We are collaborating with a vet on professional articles to give the site more credibility in the areas I am not an expert in and Andy is covering dog news where he has time. Hopefully, over the long term, this will help to improve the organic traffic to the website. With the articles, we now have high-end long-form content covered although I would like to get a more varied team of writers on board to broaden the appeal of the subject matter. We also have more fun commenting, likes and meme social interaction covered in the photo competition section. This leaves a gap in the middle for more serious user-contributed discussion and opinion and what ultimately will make or break the website. For this, we’re working on getting the blogs application ready for when we feel the traffic is sufficient to launch another area. When it’s ready we will slowly transition the ad spend towards the new blog section and forums to provide more balanced traffic coming to the site. We will also be able to promote the new sections via the newsletter. I am almost at the end of the school year so my time on the site should increase and I can get more involved with discussion topics to try and foster that sense of community. What else have I learned? Keeping people’s attention is not easy and once a member has left the site you need to work really hard to get them to revisit. It’s something I read a lot of on these forums so hopefully, Invision is working on this to help us keep people engaged. As you can see we’re still in the try lots of things to see what works stage but the learning experience is part of the fun. We were running AdSense ads and getting a little back from the spend we were doing ourselves but I feel at this stage it is counter-productive. We have decided to stop AdSense for the time being in order to concentrate on building traffic and the membership and will revisit the monetisation options once the site has grown. Not running the adverts has also given the site a substantial speed boost which will hopefully help us with organic rankings. If you’re running your community as a hobby you may not wish to spend anything on advertising to start and may prefer to slowly add to your website content. With so much competition for traffic online though this would be a very slow strategy for us for what I still hope to be a commercially viable micro business. On the current growth path, I hope to be profitable in 12-18 months and will keep you updated with the highs or lows along the way.
  15. A successful community only needs three core elements to flourish and begin producing results. Your community will require some care and effort to flourish, but with the right strategies in place, you'll ensure that the value your community produces continues to increase as time goes by. Let's take a look at the three elements that make for a successful community. Content Content is the life-blood of any community. Content is what is posted by your members, and by your team. In the early days, you'll need to seed discussions and respond to customers posts regularly. It's important to demonstrate that you're actively involved with the community and encouraging others to post and extend discussions. Over time, user-generated content will begin to propel your community forwards. A great way to bring in new users is to write valuable articles using Pages, or the Blog apps. Writing about issues relevant to your community can help position you as an expert and will be shared widely by your community. You don't have to be an expert writer to create articles. There are free apps such as Grammarly to help polish your prose. A great way to quickly generate new content is to quote other news sources and offer your own commentary. For example, if your community is based around TV shows, right now you could easily create a new article for your site based on Game of Thrones by quoting a small part of two or three existing articles denouncing how the quality of writing on Game of Thrones has slipped and offer your contrasting thoughts. Just remember to link back to the original article and check the source site to make sure they are happy for this to happen. HubSpot has a great article on how to quote without stealing. Traffic To really start building your community, you need a steady flow of visitors from outside sources. The content you create will drive traffic into your community, but it sometimes needs a helping hand. Content from inside established communities can drive millions of impressions a month from search engines. It's worth making sure you're making good use of the built-in SEO tools. We recently performed a thorough review of how Invision Community optimises for SEO including adding features such as lazy loading. It is also a good idea to put your community link in your email signature, and share it widely via social media. A good number of our successful community owners have created a Facebook page, and a Twitter account for their community and share their best content over those social channels. Email is still a very powerful tool for creating an audience. We send out a monthly newsletter here at Invision Community, and articles we share with it are viewed at least four times as much as other articles. Engagement Once you have a steady stream of visitors consuming content on your site, you need to engage them to convert them from a casual visitor to a registered member, and then beyond. The first step is to get your visitor to register. While we recommend you make many forums open for guest viewing, we do recommend that you ask for guests to register before posting. We recently added a new feature called 'Post Before Registering' that allows guests to reply and sign-up in one simple activation flow. Most members initially join for selfish reasons. Perhaps they have a broken iPhone and want to ask for help. Or perhaps they came to ask how to fix a code problem. Generally speaking, they do not join out of altruism and a strong desire to help others. To convert a one-time poster to a regular contributor can take some work. Ensuring the default notifications include email when a new post is made will help encourage the poster to return. You can also tag the member in other discussions you feel may be interesting to them. We recently added a few new engagement features that also showcases other interesting content in notification based emails. Taking the time to welcome the member, and showing them how to access the best from your community can go a long way to making your site stand out. Taking the time to focus on these three core elements will help your community grow and prosper. You may not see overnight results, but over time you will start to see a huge difference in visitors, registrations and returning members. That wraps it up for this article. We'd love to know your thoughts on our suggestions and any strategies that you've used in the past that have worked well.
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    Version 4.4.3 is a small maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.2. Additional Information Security Fixed an XSS concern deleting members in the AdminCP. Fixed an XSS concern managing Downloads versions from the changelog view. Fixed a minor XXE possibility in blog RSS imports. Core Upgraded CKEditor to 4.11.4. Updated LinkedIn login handler to use the LinkedIn v2 API. Improved performance when merging two comments with duplicated member reactions for large sites. Improved performance when working with edit history logs. Improved security of how passwords are handled in the code to decrease the likelihood of a password being included in an error log. Improved the display of the upgrader confirmation page. Improved performance of the latest activity stream shown on user profiles. Improved anonymous log in tracking to resolve an issue with "Since my last visit" activity streams Improved the UX configuring moderator permissions for clubs, including the ability to disable club-level moderators. Improved database error reporting in certain error situations. Improved performance of a 4.1.8 upgrader step. Changed AdminCP notifications for "A new member has completed registration" and "A member is flagged as a spammer" to show all applicable members grouped into a single notification, rather than a separate notification for each member. This change gives a significant performance improvement for sites which have lots of new registrations. Fixed multiple formatting concerns with custom profile fields. Fixed an issue where restoring soft-deleted content would throw an exception under specific circumstances ( e.g. when there was no record in the soft deletion log ). Fixed an issue where the member group restriction to require one piece of approved content before users can bypass content moderation was not correctly applied to posts made before registering. Fixed an issue where deleting a member's content and then deleting the member may result in the content not being removed. Fixed SVG images breaking when served through the built in image proxy. Fixed an issue with profile completion if you choose not to upload a profile photo. Fixed third party processor information not showing when users are forced to reaccept an updated privacy policy. Fixed the "Remove followers from uncommented content" setting not working. Fixed an issue where clicking to delete a member twice might result in all status updates being removed from the search index. Fixed an issue where copying content from one area with an attached image and pasting into another area may result in a broken image. Fixed an issue where allowing a user to moderate comments, but not items, would result in an error when using the multi-moderation menu. Fixed inability to edit profile fields by members if the field was not displayed on the profile. Fixed invalid HTML in the quick search form. Fixed an issue where a comment or post made before registering which requires moderator approval after the registration is completed may not update the container flag to indicate that comments within the container require approval. Fixed an error where the member view in the AdminCP may become broken if the member history for the user includes an old subscription group change and Commerce is not installed. Fixed an issue where broken letter photos may be displayed in emails. Fixed an issue with clean up tasks where they may try to delete a member that doesn't exist. Fixed an error that can occur if you double click the "unfollow" button quickly. Fixed autosaved content in the editor not clearing out when it was deleted within the editor. Fixed an issue where MFA while the login would send 3 'new device' emails to the member instead of only one. Fixed an issue where attachment links inserted into content may have a hard coded URL. Fixed an upgrade issue where custom file storage configurations in 3.x may not be preserved correctly when upgrading to 4.x. Fixed an uncaught exception when visiting a specifically malformed follow link. Fixed attachment bbcode tags not converting correctly when upgrading from version 2.0 or older. Fixed the About Me default custom field not showing on new installs. Fixed email statistic charts so they report more accurately. Fixed issues with performing advanced member searches in the AdminCP when multi-select custom profile fields are present. Fixed a minor inconsistency with group name formatting. Fixed an issue rebuilding certain meta data in Elasticsearch. Fixed an issue where items and comments queued for deletion or submitted by a guest prior to registration are returned via the REST API. Fixed an error when searching a specific search string. Fixed a possible error that can occur during login when using the post before register feature. Fixed the Notification Settings form in the Admin CP so that it can save properly. Fixed an issue where Login Handlers were shown out of order. Fixed an issue where the canonical link HTML tag may include unnecessary query string parameters (i.e. filters). Fixed an issue where AdminCP settings search results were not always highlighted when clicked on. Fixed an issue where the pagination for comment and review areas wouldn't link directly to the comments area when Javascript is disabled. Fixed an issue where content item and comment widgets would show content from not specified categories. Fixed an issue where editor auto saved content may not be removed. Fixed an issue where some content may not show a report link. Removed the hide signatures toggles from guests when they are able to see signatures. Prevented search engine spiders from following the cookie notice dismissal link. Removed poll votes from showing in the All Activity stream. Removed ability to copy theme settings. Removed the unread indicator in several widgets because it can't be used there because of the widget cache. Removed the ability to toggle cover photos in clubs list when no image was uploaded. Fixed an issue where the support tool could incorrectly report undiagnosed problems. Fixed missing images when lazy loading is enabled in several areas. Fixed an HTML validation issue with mini-pagination next to multi-page content item titles. Fixed an uncaught exception which is thrown by the Admin Notification System. Fixed member validation display issue in ACP notifications page while mobile. Fixed attachments being added to an editor which has attachments disabled. Fixed an issue where a display name sync error may be displayed on the AdminCP member profile. Fixed two language strings where countries have changed their names: Macedonia is now North Macedonia and Swaziland is now Eswatini. Fixed some broken messenger related links. Core - Clubs Fixed "Clubs" tab showing when splitting content even if clubs are disabled. Fixed display issue with club tabs on mobile devices Removed ability to reorder club tabs on mobile devices Forums Fixed a duplicated error code in the topics REST API endpoints. Fixed images used in forum rules not displaying when image lazy loading is enabled. Fixed a potential upgrade error when reformatting forum rules during the 4.0.0 upgrade routine. Commerce Added an additional subtotal language phrase to the cart summary for localization flexibility. Improved legacy parser to potentially allow conversions of tables in content. Changed renewal terms to not allow $0 renewals. Fixed an error occurring submitting new tickets when read/write database separation is enabled. Fixed an issue where up/downgrading a purchase could result in an error or the expiry date changing incorrectly. Fixed an issue where a cancelled subscription may still generate a renewal invoice (and subsequently charge the user). Fixed tax class being lost with renewal terms in some cases. Fixed an issue where images may not show in printable invoices if lazyload is enabled. Fixed support stream date-based filters producing incorrect results. Fixed stock action text not defaulting in the form when creating a new ticket from the AdminCP if you do not use a signature. Fixed an issue where the password field on the store checkout form might disappear if using Chrome's password autofill feature. Fixed an issue where invoices may not have a billing address set when one is available. Fixed an issue where a template error may be thrown for non-recurring subscriptions. Fixed a missing language string if you had servers configured prior to upgrading to 4.4. Fixed adding a custom package to an invoice. Fixed an exception being logged when rebuilding the search index if any custom packages have been created. Fixed the PayPal Billing Agreements radio element not showing selected if BAs are enabled. Fixed an issue where files uploaded to a custom field may not be downloadable. Removed a stray HTML end tag. Restored Braintree gateway option. Included a disclaimer about qualification process. Pages Fixed an issue where cloning a custom field would result in a database error. Fixed an issue on the media page where the "File Overview" Tab was not set as activated and also not clickable when one or more files from the file list were selected. Added last modified date to database category and record sitemaps. Gallery Changed the reputation type flag for album comments and reviews to resolve bugs where the reputation may be mistakingly treated as if it belongs to an image comment or review. Fixed an issue submitting images to an album if the category requires moderator approval. Fixed an error that can occur when downloading the original image in Gallery if the original image is missing on disk by forcing the largest available size to download instead. Fixed image lazy loading not working correctly in category rules, descriptions and custom error messages. Fixed the submission dialog box potentially showing an incorrect dialog title. Fixed an issue where uploaded videos could not be played in the lightbox. Fixed editor showing twice for each image during submission. Downloads Added a group setting that will allow users to bypass download restrictions when downloading a file that's been purchased. Added the ability to shut off version numbers per-category. Improved the header styling on the homepage. Improved performance, especially of the index page. Reduced top spacing (margin) of the sidebar when viewing the index page. Fixed an issue where custom fields may show out of order. Blog Fixed an issue where the previous and next link under the blog entry could link to hidden or soft deleted entries. Fixed some minor UI issues with the "Blogs" widget. Calendar Added an option to prevent edits and RSVPs for events that have passed. REST & OAuth Fixed the search REST API endpoint. Converters Improved vBulletin archive redirects. Improved vBulletin blog conversions to retain the date the blog or blog entry was followed. Fixed an issue where converted members won't be marked as completed. Fixed an issue when trying to convert from a platform with converters for apps that are not installed. Fixed an issue where PM replies may be duplicated when converting from vBulletin. Fixed an issue with converting comments from Vanilla. Upgrader Fixed an edge case issue where some legacy customers may be unable to use the AdminCP upgrader. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Backwards-incompatible changes that may affect third party applications / plugins: Methods that handle passwords in login handlers (authenticateUsernamePassword(), authenticatePasswordForMember(), changePassword()) now receive an object which can be cast to a string, rather than a normal string, for the password. This reduces the likelihood of a password being included in an error log. The onPassChange MemberSync callback now receives an object which can be cast to a string, rather than a normal string, for the password. This reduces the likelihood of a password being included in an error log. Enhancements / fixes for developers: Added a new constant \IPS\DEV_LOG_HEADERS which allows you to log all headers being sent during responses. Better abstracted code that dynamically builds class paths for areas that are no longer using iterators. Improved some extension skeleton files to not cause a ParseError once the extension is created. Fixed color fields not initializing for new rows added in a manageable matrix. Fixes that only affect developer mode or third party apps/plugins: Fixed some functions not being called from the root namespace and throwing warnings when in developer mode. Fixed an undefined index loading form to add a new hosting server in Commerce. Code-level fixes that may have been causing bugs in third party apps/plugins: Added code comments to all of the default constant values in init.php explaining what they all do. Ensured all default wizard instances are cast as a string before being sent to the output handler. Fixed an issue when pluralization and sprintf functionality is used together and the placeholder is used in the pluralized string. Fixed an issue with post before register where it was assumed content items would have a container. Fixed an exception when post before registering is checked against a content item that supports reviews but not comments. Fixed some ambiguous column concerns with the \IPS\Content\Item::_comments() method. Fixed an issue editing titles via Ajax when the item class does not use containers. Fixed an issue where the release date may not show correctly for third party plugins or themes. Fixed some functions not being called from the root namespace and throwing an IN_DEV warning. Fixed the widget configuration form being called twice which may result in some form elements duplicating. Improved some extension skeleton files to not cause a ParseError once the extension is created.
  17. Cultivating a strong Sense of Community is a clear goal for community builders. Develop a strong sense of community, and you’ve built a community experience that sparks a more meaningful and connected community that your members will love. A strong sense of community means: An integrated community where members feel personally related An impactful community where a member can influence and be influenced by the group. A fulfilling community where members meet the needs of others and can feel rewarded. A shared community, where users undergo common history, time together, and social experiences. Do you believe you’ve developed a strong sense of community? Follow long as we critically examine the first element in the Sense of Community: Membership. Membership Boundaries of communities have always existed, whether it be neighborhoods, social groups, or online communities. By definition, there are people who belong and people who do not. It’s okay to decline membership to users, thereby providing a more comfortable space for members who are accepted. Here are some time-tested tips from my years of community management that touch upon various attributes of membership: Don’t try to be everything to everyone. It’s far better to be an exclusive community to a smaller, impassioned group of users than to dilute your community for a wide audience. Not everybody deserves to belong, and by intentionally removing irrelevant members, it makes it a more purposeful community for those who can join. Define who should belong, and outline the requirements on your Registration screen and Guest Sign-up widget. Boundaries are walls, but safe walls. Although there’s the pain of rejection and isolation of private communities, it’s offset with the positive benefits of joining. It creates a space where members can feel safe to open up, to feel related to one another, and to feel protected. Reinforce the benefits of joining the community to new members in a welcome message. A new sense of identification. Not only do members join the group, they should develop an extended sense of belonging and identity with the group. The more strongly you can define the sense of belongingness, the more deeply the member will feel connected. There should be a feeling of acceptance, an expectation that one fits in, and a willingness to sacrifice for the group. Create a welcome team that immediately reaches out both publicly and privately, ask how the new member can contribute, and constantly highlight how the community has gone above-and-beyond in members helping members. The higher the boundary, the greater the reward. Personal investment is an important contributor to a member’s feeling of group membership. By working for a membership, a member will feel like he’s earned a place – and that the membership will be more meaningful and valuable. You can ask guests for their accreditations, background, or how they can contribute to the community. The power of symbols. Social groups throughout history have long used symbols, icons, ceremonies, and group language to cultivate a unique sense of identity. These conventions are powerful representations of a group. You can cultivate and write a common language in your Invision Community in large ways and small by uploading unique reactions, changing the language string, and celebrating community-specific holidays and events. As you re-evaluate your community framework with me, take the time to outline what it means to be a member of your community. Defining your membership goes hand-in-hand with defining your purpose. It should touch upon these five attributes of membership: boundaries, emotional safety, sense of belonging, personal investment, and common symbolism. Establish clear distinctions for your community’s membership qualifications, and you’ll be able to develop a deep Sense of Community from the very start of a member’s registration. Share with me and others how you've defined your community's membership in the comments below. I love to hear about other Invision Communities. Joel, Invision Community Advocate and Certified Community Manager
  18. On 29th April, Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was busy celebrating his 29th birthday when his social media post sparked a massive uproar amongst fans. The Aussie cricketer shared a picture of himself in the company of his mother Roslyn Carol Faulkner and "boyfriend" Rob Judd on social media. Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubb and my mother roslyn_carol_faulknerâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #togetherfor5yearshttps://t.co/n9hJYTepX0 — James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) April 29, 2019 Taking to Twitter, Faulkner shared the picture with the caption: "Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubb and my mother roslyn_carol_faulkner". As soon as his post surfaced, cricket fans poured in their wishes and lauded the Oz star for his courage to come out on social media. His teammates also joined the chorus while wishing him a 'Happy Birthday'. Commenting on his post, Glenn Maxwell wrote: "Happy birthday mate! Great courage". On the other hand, Shaun Tait, too, replied: "Great courage mate, bet u feel better". However, Faulkner's post wasn't what everyone interpreted it to be, and he was definitely not revealing that he was in a same-*** relationship. View this post on Instagram There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let's never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive. A post shared by James Faulkner (@jfaulkner44) on Apr 29, 2019 at 5:07pm PDT In a subsequent post on 30th April, Faulkner clarified: "There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however, it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let's never forget love is love, however, @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being housemates! Good on everyone for being so supportive". But, unfortunately, Faulkner's explanation came a tad too late. His clarification post wasn't received well by some fans, especially the LGBT community. "Yeah, I don't think you're getting support from the LGBT community from this, pal. We're not a joke. Struggled to be taken seriously (let alone acknowledged legally) for years. "Gay lol" is pretty infantile from an elite athlete wearing the national colours," commented blakeerickson. "Disappointing that you & your cricketing mates can make a joke out of what is a struggle for many..Next time you post a 'joke' try to make it funny and not an insult to a community," wrote themikeycole. © Instagram/@jfaulkner44 "Highlights how behind cricket Australia is and the culture surrounding sports at the moment. It may have been a facetious post but there are a large number of men in sports that have been and continue to be ostracised and ridiculed for their sexual orientation. To use that as a joke is definitely not a hate crime but is in poor taste a few news outlets, which may not be credible but have a huge impressionable audience broke the headline "Australias first openly gay cricket player", it's a shame that something considered groundbreaking and significant was due to some guys having an inside joke. As someone in the public eye and a role model to young men, you should take accountability and also highlight the problems surrounding your sport and the issues the LGBTQI community face. Not just brush it off as a post taken out of context," said goodgrlmimi_. "Can I just say in response that I am so pleased and happy for you that the relationships and marriages we had fought for so hard, and for so long, provide you with such a fun punchline for your social media," commented stephensander. "Did you miss the homophobia rampant in the comments? I went to that post thinking 'Shit, I don't know of any professional cricketers in this hemisphere who are like me!" It was one of those moments when the feeling of otherness goes away. And then the homophobia hit me. And then it was just a joke. Just banter. Mate, I get it was an unintended consequence of a personal in-joke. But when you chuck it on a public platform, invite the bigots to express their disgust over a sexual orientation you don't even have? It's pretty bloody painful for those of us who have to live with that every day," wrote jackremiel. © Instagram/@jfaulkner44 "Then why didn't you write best mate instead of boyfriend?," wrote r.gregor17. "Why would you joke about that...?," said reecey1988. "It's a shame you think it's okay to mock GLBTIQ relationships. I have removed my "like". Young people who are struggling with their sexuality might have seen hope and support in your post. It's not a joke. You're the joke. Your mother must be so proud," wrote thebassetthound_au. "Completely understand that you did not intend to cause any harm. However, your post is an example of the "ladsy" sporting culture that needs to be eradicated so players can authentically be themselves. The post made a mockery of any closeted gay/bi athlete, thereby mocking the LGBTIQ community. It's 2019. Ignorance is no longer an excuse," wrote gagagreene. "Very disappointed. How can you really be that clueless that you "coming out" on social media is not going to be treated like a big moment? The LGBTQ community continues to struggle with mental health, with family and so many other things. This is not something to joke about. I hope you have learned a valuable lesson from this major screw up," said lpfpod. © Instagram/@jfaulkner44 "Wouldn't call it a misunderstanding. It was a poor joke," wrote laurenfarrell17. "You are an absolute cretin mate, taking the piss like that and now that grovelling back tracking post. No wonder barely any pro athletes have the nerve to come out. Sexuality is never a laugh," wrote another Instagram user. The backlash on social media, later, prompted Cricket Australia (CA) to intervene and release a statement. The Australian cricket board claimed that Faulkner's post was a misguided attempt at humour. "Cricket Australia does not consider the social commentary this morning from James Faulkner to be a joke, nor does James," the CA statement said. "His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years. He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship," it added. "James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time. The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive. Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence," CA concluded.
  19. Invision Community is used by some of the world's biggest game brands, proudly enabling gamers to connect with the creators of their favourite titles. These sites attract millions of visitors between them and thousands of posts are added daily because of their high profile. But what if you're just starting out, how do you convert casual visitors to members, and what's the best way to set up your community? I got talking to new customer Darrell, interestingly named Mr. Fierce God on our community. While you may expect that this portrays a fire and brimstone hothead, you'd be wrong as Darrell is one of the nicest people you'll meet. Darrell runs the Fierce Gaming Network and I was impressed by the way he's set up his site and wanted to share my thoughts on what he's done well. The first thing I noticed is that the forum index is not the home page for the site. For a gaming community that wants to focus on more than just user conversations, this is a good move. Let's break it down. A. The home page has multiple points of entry, and the sidebar menu unobtrusively offers short-cuts to various parts of the community. B. We have a large call to action to either login or register. This box also explains the benefits of registration clearly and enforces that registration is a very quick process. One optimisation that may be worth looking at here is to add the "Sign in with Facebook / Microsoft" buttons on the box to persuade even more to register right away. C. Fierce Gaming Network also makes great use of Clubs to segment their audience to specific software titles. Re-using instantly recognisable artwork as the club cover image will entice fans of those games to visit. Scrolling down a little shows the "Member of the month". As humans, we are drawn to faces instantly, and this humanises the site and "unmasks" some of the popular members, making the site less intimidating. Moving down a little more we see the "Our Picks" section which highlights the best content from the community. Our Picks is a great way to get visitors to engage with your content. Good use of cover images draws attention and makes it clear the kind of content you're going to read. Darrell makes great use of several lnvision Community apps to build the site, and has set it up well. New users get to the site see handpicked content, fellow members and the benefits of joining all in one place. It's a great start and I look forward to seeing Darrell's site succeed. Are you using Invision Community to build custom homepages for your community? Share them in the comments below.
  20. I noticed something new in the chiller cabinet at the petrol station after filling yesterday. Bottles of Grape Fanta sitting alongside the more mundane and pedestrian drinks such as Coke Zero and Pepsi Max. I grabbed two bottles. After draining one in record time, I googled around to see where I could get more of this delicious nectar, and it discovered that it's a new flavour being launched in the UK. The really interesting thing was that Coca Cola used data stored in the self service machines that offer different flavours (such as those at cinemas) to determine which new flavours to bring to the market. Grape was the second most popular flavour after regular orange, so the company knew they had a market ready for premixed bottles. In a world where we fear what Big Tech does with our data, it's easy to forget that data has a valid use in your business. It's why we make it clear that with Invision Community, you own your data. We just look after it for you. This gives you the freedom to discover new trends within your business and use them to drive sales.
  21. Since the last blog entry in this series I have been very busy. I’m still working full time so haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would have liked on The Dogly Mail but I’m really enjoying the time I can. Early growth has been promising and I have been experimenting with different ideas that have come from founder members to see what might work long term. We recently broke the 100 member milestone and that all came from word of mouth. We’re not talking huge numbers but I’m very encouraged for the future. My focus is now on building interactions with four main areas of the site. Forums I had imagined the forums being the most active area after seeing other Invision Communities but I don’t think there are enough regularly active members yet for this area to be truly useful so it is (for now) not the main priority. I am however using some forums functionality effectively. I’ve added a special offers forum that is viewable by non members but to get to the actual topic contents you need to register. This seems to be enticing a few people to sign up and I want to approach more retailers to build on this. Polls are also proving popular and new members who may not want to commit to introducing themselves or posting a full topic are at least interacting. I’ll be looking for more ways of adding easy interactions such as this. If anybody has any ideas for encouraging early discussion please let me know in the comments. Articles In the articles section new items are slowly being added and I find this a good opportunity to show some personality and indicate to users what they can expect from the rest of the site. I am trying all kinds of articles such as news, reviews, recipes and dog training guides to find out what I should focus on. I would also like to attract some guest writers for different viewpoints and to free up some of my time. Being able to see article view counts in Invision Community and the direct commenting functionality gives me good feedback. Events The launch of the events section coincided with a large dog related event in London and through it I was able to collaborate with the event organisers and do some succesful networking. This has led to some future opportunities for product reviews and reinforces my point from the last blog article where not all of your time should be spent behind the keyboard. Most of the events are being added by myself but hopefully as this section builds others will find it useful for promoting their own events. Photos One of the early members was quick to suggest we incorporate image sharing into the website as after all how can anybody resist cute photos of puppies? For this I originally looked at the Invision Gallery but felt that this section needed to have a voting element and Gallery was perhaps too feature rich. I wanted it to be a simple first interation with the website. I wanted people to be able to vote and more importantly encourage their friends to sign up and vote too. We started out with a simple topic and for the first month with not many people this worked great. One post was an entry and people could “Like” their favourites. It quickly became quite popular and it was clear that we would need something dedicated to the task so I commissioned some custom work. This was real investment but is already showing promising signs after launching April 1st. New members can now enter the photo competition and register at the same time so most new registrations are now coming from this route. I’ve recently discovered the profile completion feature so will enable that this month to try and increase engagement a bit further. I want to keep to our non intrusive privacy policy so this will all be optional and limited to member photo and some simple dog breed and numer of dogs fields. With what I have learned so far I have a better idea of what is going to work to attract registrations and there is also a credible amount of content. This month I will be starting to look into some paid promotion with the hope of hitting my next milestone of 250 members. I will share my findings and hopefully some helpful marketing tips next month.
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    Invision Power Board Version 4.4.1 is a small maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.0. This release also contains a critical security update for Commerce. Additional Information Core Improved auto-upgrader for Community In The Cloud clients when an unexpected failure is detected. Added AdminCP search keywords to aid in finding certain new features in 4.4.x. Made several adjustments to HTTP/2 push/preloading to improve overall performance of most requests and resolve minor bugs. Changed database connector so that a database connection is only established once it is actually needed. Improved performance of 4.4.0 upgrades for sites with lots of members. Improved performance of content item and comment sidebar blocks restricted to specific containers. Improved Post Before Registering to allow the user to remove their submission and email address. Changed the error message for a failed login the same regardless of the reason for extra security. Fixed an issue where guest "post before register" submissions may show up in widgets before the guest registers. Fixed an SQL error during the 4.4.0 upgrade in some environments. Fixed several areas in the suite where images were not "lazy-loaded" as expected. Fixed link styling in announcement banners making the text difficult to read in some browsers. Fixed an issue where private conversations may incorrectly get flagged for automatic moderation. Fixed miscellaneous HTML markup errors. Fixed an issue where users could encounter an error by logging in with a new social account after already associating with a social account. Fixed some issues with the "Emails failing to send" AdminCP notification. Fixed frontend upgrade notice linking to the frontend instead of ACP. Fixed Application icon getting lost when the datastore is flushed. Fixed 'Error is logged' AdminCP Notification displaying incorrectly. Fixed an issue where the newsletter signup block was showing an error to guests. Fixed incorrect colors showing in the visual theme editor when creating a new easy mode theme. Fixed an issue visiting certain URLs when a community is installed into specifically named subdirectories. Fixed the email statistics setting not showing the correctly saved value. Fixed an issue with button spacing on mobile. Fixed an issue where streams may go missing if a guest member object is deleted. Fixed a styling issue on certain forms such as the AdminCP notification preferences form when using locales with a comma as the decimal separator. Fixed an issue where pagination may not work when 'rewrite FURLs' is not enabled. Fixed posts not retaining code syntax highlighting with some code languages. Fixed an issue where private conversations can be very slow to search. Fixed an issue with the Emoji shortcode popup when lazy load and Twitter Emoji are used. Fixed an issue with the setting for "Users can see records posted by other users" not being honored. Fixed some issues related to setting a custom start url in the web manifest. Fixed an issue where the prune members background task may stall if it encounters a staff account. Fixed an edge case issue where it was possible for the lazy load rebuild to affect embedded videos. Core - REST Fixed disabled applications showing in the REST API area of the AdminCP. Fixed the Invision to Invision OAuth 2 login handler attempting to sync letter photos. Forums Improved performance of the post feed widget. Commerce Removed Braintree option for new payment gateways. Removed the package moderation ability for moderators on the frontend. Removed a recommendation to switch to Braintree during upgrade. Restored ability to set up PayPal Billing Agreements. Fixed upgrading of expired purchases resulting in account credit being issued. Fixed inconsistent styling being applied to the Latest Products sidebar block. Made the grid vs list view theme setting translatable. Fixed an error viewing hosting accounts. Fixed PayPal checkouts through Braintree failing when tax is applied to the purchase. Fixed a missing language string when managing hosting accounts. Fixed an issue with configuring Braintree, if you have had any issues please open and re-save the Braintree settings. Fixed an issue where paid support request custom fields would show for none paid support departments. Fixed an issue where viewing a product may not work under certain circumstances. Fixed a duplicated HTML element ID (which prevents the page from passing as "valid HTML"). Fixed an issue where the Facebook Pixel for purchase events was missing currency and value. Pages Fixed an issue where reciprocal "back links" may be incorrectly deleted from records. Fixed an issue where importing a database would fail. Fixed a potential upgrade issue if orphaned data was present. Gallery Fixed an issue where notifications for new images can send indefinitely. Fixed an error attempting to move all albums from a category to another category in the AdminCP. Downloads Fixed an issue where notifications for new files can send indefinitely. Fixed issues with Downloads files linked to Commerce packages that are deleted. Blog Fixed a styling issue with the blog header on mobile. Clarified that guests will bypass the post before register feature when guests have the "Can comment on blog entries" Group Setting is enabled. Converter Fixed issues converting tags for database records in some cases. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Made Commerce Gateways extensible by removing hardcoded namespace paths to Gateway classes. Changed the FileStorage skeleton file so that a new instance does not cause a PHP error by default. The Widget skeleton file was updated to follow the new 4.4.0 logic for widget display options. Fixed an issue cloning custom fields if non-standard column names are used. Trying to set an invalid value for a setting will result in an InvalidArgumentException. Automatic moderation will now only be applied to content types that implement \IPS\Content\Hideable as this is required for automatic moderation to function correctly. Fixed an ErrorException occurring during content promotion when Facebook is set up but no Facebook Pages have been linked for promoting. Fixed an ErrorException that can occur if you attempt to upgrade/downgrade a package without renewal options in Commerce while IN_DEV. The frontend template controlStrip now supports specifying the target attribute for links. Fixed an ErrorException occurring when a user receives their first PM during the instantNotifications AJAX polling.
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    Key Changes Version 4.4.2 is a small maintenance update to fix issues reported since 4.4.1. Additional Information Core Adjusted the AdminCP live search to look for search strings within the name and email address (instead of only at the beginning) for sites with less than 1,000,000 members. Improved error reporting for unexpected exceptions in some cases when manually running tasks. Upgraded CKEditor to 4.11.3. Added some AdminCP live search keywords for the Icons & Logos page. Adjusted search results processing to automatically clear out invalid results when detected. Adjusted comment and item widgets to restrict by the last year to prevent slow performance. Fixed an issue where the leaderboard may not correctly rebuild. Fixed an issue where searched terms may not be highlighted on the search results page when using Elasticsearch. Fixed being unable to reach the last page of search results with Elasticsearch. Fixed an issue where users could encounter an error by logging in with a new social account after already associating with a social account. Fixed mobile PWA manifest file not being accessible to guests when guests are required to login to use the site. Fixed an issue where javascript would not load due to a bug in the 3rd party Howler library. Fixed an issue where the prune members background task may stall if it encounters a staff account. Fixed an issue where email link tracking may not apply to all bulk mails sent. Fixed an edge case issue where it was possible for the lazy load rebuild to affect embedded videos. Fixed an upgrade issue that can occur if you have more than one of the same email address specified for upgrade notifications. Fixed an issue where imported members accounts were not marked as completed. Fixed an issue where changing the warning type on the warning form would not toggle the 'remove points never' checkbox to the correct value Fixed an issue where profile fields display HTML code when applying custom formatting. Fixed an issue where the upgrader could link to an incorrect theme when reporting theme conflicts. Fixed an issue with the upgrade now link on the front-end notification banner. Fixed an issue where the display name filter wouldn't store the "either" option. Fixed images with uppercase extensions not launching the lightbox correctly. Fixed an issue where page styling is lost temporarily when clicking "Check Again" on the support tool in the AdminCP. Fixed an issue with comment widgets where editing them may not show the correctly selected date range. Core REST API Fixed an error adding a member to a club through the REST API. Forums Excluded archived topics from email digests. Fixed an issue where post counts for forums may be incorrect if archiving is used. Fixed an issue where merging two topics may show the topic at the wrong position in the forum listing. Prevented a possible infinite redirect problem when merging two topics simultaneously with each other. Applied group name formatting to member names in topics when viewed on a phone. Removed redirect forums from fluid view. Gallery Fixed an error upgrading Gallery when there are orphaned albums. Blog Fixed guests being able to post comments without permission to do so. Fixed blog entry ratings not displaying. Fixed a minor display issue with blog ratings and tags when viewing blog entries. Commerce Improved the display and functionality of non-recurring subscription packages. Improved security of public endpoints that receive webhooks and other notifications from gateways. Fixed an issue where guests who cannot view the site cannot register if a subscription is required to be purchased during registration. Fixed not being able to check out through Braintree purchasing a subscription while using a credit card. Fixed upgrading of expired purchases resulting in account credit being issued. Fixed an issue where creating a subscription without renewal options would result in a error. Fixed an issue where deleting a subscription wouldn't delete the cover image. Fixed an issue where the recount background task would fail. Pages Fixed an issue where the record revision list would show the same diff for each revision Fixed an HTML validation error with record comments. Downloads Fixed being unable to submit multiple files at once. Converter Fixed an issue where Javascript/HTML may be stripped from code boxes in vB5. Fixed an issue where some data may not be converted when converting from SMF, Vanilla, ExpressionEngine. Fixed an issue where some converters may not be available for use (bbPress, Coppermine). Fixed an issue with SMF conversions where forums may not allow new posts following the conversion. Pages Fixed guests being able to submit articles without permission to do so. Changes affecting third-party developers and designers Fixed an ErrorException occurring when a user receives their first PM during the instantNotifications AJAX polling. Adjusted the `Content\Item::_comments()` queries to not cause a MySQL Error when 3rd party code hooks into Comment::joins to add additional joins. Fixed an issue where `\IPS\Lang::replace` would change non-string values into an empty string
  24. This is a universal fact - you can count on the Sikh community anywhere and everywhere to help you when needed. We've seen it every single time any tragedy occurs in part of the world. After the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch where a gunman opened fire in two mosques, taking the lives of 49 people and injuring 40 other, the entire world mourned the loss and prayed for the speedy recovery of the victims. Everyone is condemning the horrific attack and the Sikh community, like always, is out there helping out those in need. Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen, an NGO, asked people to come forward and help the Muslim community and everyone in need. Obviously, no one disappointed. What a great message and it's honestly so great to see every community so willing to help out one another when in need. I say this every time, but it sucks that a tragedy unites everyone, but at least, everyone forgets differences and comes together in dark times. They shared another update about how they got so much responses and volunteers. Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen was started in 2007 when a group of like-minded people came together to give back and help the community in any way needed.
  25. One of the worst terror attacks happened recently and took the lives of 49 people who were just praying peacefully at their place of worship, a place that was supposed to be safe for them. The Christchurch shooting in New Zealand happened yesterday and the tragedy has shaken the entire world. A gunman opened fire at two mosques which claimed the lives of 49 people and injured another 40. With so much emphasis being shed on how the shooter targetted a mosque that was completely peaceful, a Twitter user thought to bring light to the fact that every mosque is indeed peaceful. A place of worship is obviously a peaceful place, I mean it's kind of like a safe haven for people and the fact that someone targeted people while they were worshipping adds even more to the tragedy. Twitter user Rami Ismail called on the Muslim Community across the world to share their most ordinary and mundane experiences at a mosque and it gave birth to one of the most beautiful Twitter threads ever. Since several news networks emphasize that the mosques at the Christchurch shootings were #PeacefulMosques, as if most aren't: Hey muslims, tell me something painfully mundane and common at your mosque, whether you visit it five times a day or one time a year. Non-muslims, RT. — Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) March 15, 2019 He started it off. At my #PeacefulMosques, we used to have this 5-ish year old kid that would always run in front of everyone during prayer, and when he grew old enough to realize that was improper he stopped doing that and I actually kinda missed him messing up my prayer. — Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) March 15, 2019 The pigeons need a home. at my local mosque, the third floor has been abandoned and completely taken over by pigeons — abdullah (@ahmedinho_s) March 15, 2019 Who will complain about that? We hire security guards during Ramadan and have cops here every Friday. Over time, they just became part of our community. When we break fast, folks will take plates of food out to them and sit and eat with them, since they're usually missing dinner with their own families. — Haris Khan (@hariscodes) March 15, 2019 This is too cute to handle, tbh. When I went to my local mosque the other day, this little boy was feeding water to a thirsty cat â¤ï¸ #PeacefulMosques pic.twitter.com/Z5LDy87IH7 — Nishard (@iamnishard) March 15, 2019 Moms are the best! It always takes forever to find my sandals so if I go with my mom she'll make me carry my sandals in a plastic bag. — Fried Calamari watched Captain Marvel (@thehipstersquid) March 15, 2019 He must be a great teacher. After Quran lessons all of us would stand outside and wave to our teacher as he drove out of the parking lot. He was well loved! — countess bouchie flagrante ð¦ (@tweetsbybabz) March 15, 2019 More cats! A CAT!!! Pretty sure every mosque has a few inhabitant cats, strolling around, lazily lie itself during Friday prayer ð±pic.twitter.com/EJpr8A2vfa — Êá´É´á´á´Êá´ á´Êá´á´ (@alambentoo) March 15, 2019 The context makes it funnier. Ps: the written words are in Indonesian, it says, “Sleeping is prohibited inside the mosque” — Êá´É´á´á´Êá´ á´Êá´á´ (@alambentoo) March 15, 2019 A compromise. The battle of the thermostat in the ladies' prayer room. We compromised and the menopausal women now have a fan blasting in front of them. — Nida Nizami | Ùدا (@NidaNiz) March 15, 2019 Such a nice lesson on kindness for kids. I remember going to my #PeacefulMosques in eid with a bag of candy just so i can give it to other children, soon those children grow up to take my place in doing this kind stuff — farah (@afish4aday) March 15, 2019 I would've laughed out loud. In my #PeacefulMosque growing up, one time someone was standing a bit too far behind the line compared to the people beside him, and the dude behind him literally headbutted his bum while getting up from sujood. ð — Buhlyle (@itsSonOfAzad) March 15, 2019 Flowers are the best. There's always someone selling roses at my local mosque :) — Chad Toprak ð(@MrChad) March 15, 2019 That is so commendable. I'm a non believer but that did not matter to my local mosque when my house caught fire. They didn't care about anything but helping us. This is heartbreaking.#PeacefulMosques — Heather Brown (@springchikun) March 15, 2019 Just a simple act of kindness that makes a huge difference. Best thing was learning that a lot of tourists like us miss their ferry all the time & the mosque had a place of sleep for them simply out of kindness! — Ceylan (@lawvsmed) March 15, 2019 Exactly! I used to go to the mosque to just sit and think sometimes. Mosques are peaceful, that's the whole point. — t.exe (@gorizmi) March 15, 2019 This is so great. The way a hundred strangers will say “asalamualaikum” with a small smile before you take find a spot on the carpet to pray. The way people will ask not only how you are, but how is your mother, your father, your sister, your brother? The way you leave, loved. Every single time. — Farah (@far_ah_way) March 15, 2019 So much love. Our resident masjid grandma who would scold us when we failed to volunteer but also push us to the front of the line for Iftar during Ramadan. That's love right there. — Aliya Karim (@alumalu) March 15, 2019 Make space for everyone. "Brothers, please scoot forward, we have a lot of space here, so please make room for the people standing outside" — zeffykins (@zeffykins) March 15, 2019
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