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  1. We attach a significant amount of personally identifiable data to our social media profiles daily. I regularly use social media to share photos of my kids and holidays. I post my personal thoughts on products I've used and TV shows I've watched. I'm even tagged in location-based check-ins. It's all there in my news feed for anyone to see. I'm not alone. More and more of us live our lives through the prism of social media. We share things we love, things we loathe and things that make us laugh. With just a few clicks, you can discover a lot of information about a person. More often than not, you can see where they work, where they live and what school they went to. Scrolling through their timeline often reveals their stance on hot topics such as gun control, the current President and other recent headline news items. This information follows you when you join a Facebook Group. Your past Tweets are always available to trawl through. Indeed, there may be some groups that you decide you cannot post in as people would be able to identify you. This is particularly true for stigmatised conditions, such as financial help, illness and mental health. After all, if you were seeking help with a large amount of debt or managing an embarrassing medical condition, you wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that work colleagues, friends and family could read your posts. The benefit of anonymity for stigmatised topics "Forums can all offer some initial anonymity, a community, and information that geographically proximate others may not have. What stigma-related forums uniquely offer is that the anonymity protects those who are not ready to be publicly associated with sensitive topics; the community helps to neutralise the “spoilage” of identity that accompanies stigma." (1) Unlike social media where reams of personal data is willingly added, and which can identify you to other online users, forums allow you to add as much information as you are comfortable with. Support communities for mental health and illness flourish using forums for this reason. An individual may feel devalued in society and unwilling to share their condition over social media. "Nowadays people can both avoid and proactively cope with this devaluation by turning to online forums populated by others who share the same devalued group membership." (1) Forums offer a safe space for these individuals to seek and receive support from others without disclosing large amounts of identifiable data. Allowing a level of anonymity encourages more people to register and over time, they will develop ties with other users. For an individual with a stigmatized condition, a forum may be a real life-line in coping with the condition as face-to-face support is often limited. Adrial Dale, who owns Herpes Opportunity agrees. "In order for us to truly be able to work through the shame that stigma can trigger, it's absolutely vital for us to feel safe to open up and tell all. Through opening up, we not only get to share with an understanding and compassionate community (which normalizes our shared experiences), but we're also able to begin to release what has felt like our own solitary burden to bear. Then a magical thing can happen ... an alchemical process that transforms shame into an opportunity for connection. An opportunity for us to be accepted for who we are *behind* the thick wall of shame. And ultimately, an opportunity to accept ourselves. Especially in these days of the internet not feeling so private (even in places where it absolutely should be), having true privacy and anonymity is paramount for communities like Herpes Opportunity. Anything other than that is grounds for paranoia and holding back from sharing ourselves. (In fact, just the other day someone messaged me asking "Are private messages really private?") Fear can lead to closing ourselves off, which can lead to isolation and paranoia, which can lead to a downward spiral of self-loathing and depression. On the other hand, safety, connection and compassion creates an an okayness with the nitty-grittiness of what it means to be human." The benefit of expressing a new identity "People may strategically express identities when they think they will not be punished, and/or connect them to an audience that is valued." (1) It is arguably true that not so many years ago, tech-related communities were very much male-dominated, with female contributions valued less. Forums allow a way to create a new identity that is either gender-neutral thus allowing the male users to assume a gender, or overtly male to ensure their contributions are evaluated on merit, and not with any gender bias. Christopher Marks who owns Nano-Reef has seen this first hand. "During a discussion with a women’s group in our generally male dominant hobby, a number of women had expressed the benefit of having an anonymous username and profile when asking for help and advice on forums, they receive equal help without the unfortunate gender bias or belittling that can sometimes happen in real life when seeking the same help in person." Invision Community's Jennifer has also experience of this on her own community; RPG Initiative. "RPG Initiative is a community for all roleplayers. We focus on all text-based roleplaying forms that are hosted on the internet. We encourage roleplayers to find each other, discuss roleplay and grow as collaborative writers here at the Initiative in a safe environment." Jennifer relies on, and encourages anonymity. She knows that because her site is predominately female, some female users identify as male to increase the chances of getting others to collaborate with them. "Male players are rare, in fact, I recently ran a poll on my site and of those that responded to it less than 15% of them are male (or identify as such). So this gets them more attention and in turn, more people that want to write with them." Jennifer explains how anonymity is critical to her site's growth. "Anonymity is a difficult thing to accomplish in a small niche like mine, but it's sort of like a small town where everyone knows everyone, and they likely know all of your secrets. So enforcing rules to preserve anonymity is really important to my community and me. This includes prohibiting the "naming of names" or the "site" that the drama is coming from when seeking for advice or help. This doesn't negate that people may know the existing situation or people involved because they are also involved or know some of the people involved, but it helps cut down on the drama and the spread of negativity and false information about people." With a forum community, you can truly be who you want to be. This is not so with social media where others can create bias based on your gender, looks or topical preferences. Together, together "In her early work, Turkle argued that the internet provided myriad positive opportunities for self-transformation, but more recently, she argues that the explosion in social media options has led us to develop superficial, emotionally lazy but instantly available virtual relationships." (1) It's hard to argue against this statement when you consider the content that predominates social media. And often an endless stream of self-focused content. "Indeed, we provide clear evidence that online forums afford users a way of being genuinely “together, together”, as opposed to what Turkle calls “alone together.”(1) The bottom line is that it has been proven that allowing a degree on anonymity increases engagement across all niches, but especially those that are built to support those with stigmatised conditions. These forums have a greater sense of community and depth than those built on social media. When you allow your members to take back control of their privacy, you are empowering them to make decisions about what to share. Given how eroded our privacy is in our modern always-connected world, this is a precious gift. If you are looking to create a new community then consider this before choosing your community platform. References: 1: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074756321500268X 2: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2017.1339370 Przeczytaj cały wpis
  2. It's a new year, and a new beginning. And the possibilities are endless for you and your community. It’s an exciting time to be leading an online community with Invision Community - whether you’re starting out or switching over - and the new year is the perfect opportunity to start anew. How are you celebrating the new year with your community? What are your community goals for 2019? To kick off the new year, I’ve outlined guidance for several types of communities, whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to take your community to the next level. New Community Are you a new community or looking to start one? You’re in the best position because you have a blank slate and everything is possible. Invest in a formative experience during your first year of defining your community’s purpose. What are your community’s mission, goals, and objectives? What is your competitive advantage against other similar communities or are you developing a new niche? How are you going to develop content programming, site features, or digital services in support of that advantage? What is your marketing plan to attract new users? Who is your core base of users, and what’s your plan to cultivate your first set of superusers? What is your budget to create a sustainable plan for hosting? Interest Community Are you a hobbyist with an established community of passion? Your community is a labor of love for you, and while it can feel like you’re pouring your heart and soul into it on a daily basis, it can be refreshing to take a step back and take stock of your community’s purpose, engagement goals, and how you want to lead in 2019 through fresh eyes. What’s your plan to create more emotionally-driven storytelling in your community? How are you going to deepen your tribal connection to users and between users? How can you incorporate member feedback into your New Year’s resolutions through polls, surveys, and member insights? How are you building a scalable community that leverages automation, staff, and user generated content to achieve your objectives? What are your engagement metrics year over year for 2018, and what is your projection for 2019 metrics like active members, online activity, best answers, and other user targets? How are you going to achieve those engagement metrics through initiatives like new pathways for engagement or enhanced training for staff? Enterprise Are you a brand community that’s part of a parent organization? Your organization probably already understands the value of investing in an online community, but rest assured that you’re in good company. In the 50th Anniversary report by the research firm IDC, it’s estimated that 80% of all Fortune 5000 companies will host an online community by 2020. As a community manager, you’ve probably covered all the basics such as approving your community’s budget for the new year, provided performance reviews of your staff, and mapped out your community strategy to align with organizational goals. Nevertheless, there are always more opportunities to increase your community’s prominence: What new early-stage relationships do you want to cultivate with employees, suppliers, vendors or partners? How can you create more networking touch points between your community and key constituencies to deliver community-driven solutions? How can you present your community’s data to stakeholders in new ways for better insight? How can you vest key stakeholders into community decisions and let them be a rewarding part of the conversation? What growth areas are happening within the organization, and how can you make the community be an integral part of its delivery? My personal New Year’s resolution is to develop my website into a Community of Excellence. This involves incorporating thought leadership from professional community management resources, making data-driven decisions, and formalizing a growth plan based on best practices. I hope you’ll join me in a year-long journey of community management as we conceptualize, learn, and discuss how to co-build Communities of Excellence. It’s a new year of endless opportunities to drive new growth and excellence for our members and communities. What are your community goals for 2019? Share in the comments below or in the exclusive Client Lounge in the Invision Community forums, so we can cheer each other on, check-in periodically, and provide peer mentorship for each other. Join me in a Year of Community. - Joel R Joel R is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma. When he's not running his own successful community, he's peppering Invision Community's private Slack channel with his feedback, community management experience and increasingly outrageous demands (everything is true except the last part). Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Club Categories

    This application will allow you to add categories for clubs to be placed in Features Created unlimited categories and sub categories Choose what members can view each category Choose what members can add clubs to each category Adds a sidebar to the clubs index page showing all categories Easily edit the clubs category via the clubs setting page or via the ACP's club page If a category has sub categories then the sub categories will show above the category tables This will not change the default clubs page apart from showing a category sidebar, the default page will show all clubs still Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Pages Legend Reviews

    Pages Legend Reviews Is a series of Page-App-Templates accompanied with a powerful plugin and a special Pages Database, so you can create a very flexible layout throughout your Database, Category and Record View pages. These Templates are specifically designed for "Review" type of articles. It's often use for Movies, TV Shows, Games and ... for special review and score articles. now they can have their own review articles with Scoring system. These templates can be used on a New Page app Database Installation or even can be assigned to an existing Databases. Templates mainly designed to be no-need-IPS-wrapper so user can have the best possible experience with templates. But it's also fully support IPS wrapper as well. (See Images above for changes) Features: Very Nice and flexible to play it's layout in FrontPage area A nice, stylish and Built-in "Featured Record Section" that can be set to show 3/5/6 of your latest/pinned records Change Item view by Grid/List Grid View for FrontPage body section that can be also set to show 2/3/4 grid per line with very nice new Grid styles for Review system (Demo) List View for FrontPage body section with new List styles for Review system Nice/customizable Hover effects for grid or list items Omittable Parts in Grid/List Items, you can choose to show which part to see Very Nice and flexible Category Page Change Item view by Grid/List Grid can be set to show 2/3/4 grid per line Nice JQuery Tool for Users to swipe between 2/3/4 grid per line at any time (for Grid view) Nice Template for Record view with a Full-width Record Image Section, Special Prefix style, Auto re-positioning images for body article, auto style for article first letter, Special SEO Friendly Summary section for review articles (Review Item, Item Description, The Good and The Bad, Score sections) (Demo) Nice Block/Widget template for Latest reviews, match for all of these template, can be used in every places in Page app. And many more feature and much more to come Live Demo (FrontPage) / Category / Record view Template/Plugin Can be used Multiple time in one domain installation. Przeczytaj cały wpis
  5. English: This is the Brazilian Portuguese Language DLC for (itzverified) member verification, works on IPS Community Suite 4.3.X. It contains translations for the Admin CP and Front End for the (itzverified) member verification. Português: Este arquivo é uma tradução do Português Brasileiro para o Aplicativo do (itzverified) member verification, funciona no IPS Community Suite 4.3.X. Contém a tradução para o AdminCP e o Front End do (itzverified) member verification. Przeczytaj cały wpis
  6. Dziś środa a to oznacza nowy snapshot, tym razem pod nazwą 19w03a, jest to już druga migawka w tym roku zmiany nie są jakieś wielkie ale za to dostajemy nowy blok, pełna lista zmian znajduje się poniżej. Więcej... Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    iAwards PT-BR

    English: This is the Brazilian Portuguese Language DLC for iAwards, works on IPS Community Suite 4.3.X. It contains translations for the Admin CP and Front End for the iAwards. Português: Este arquivo é uma tradução do Português Brasileiro para o Aplicativo do iAwards, funciona no IPS Community Suite 4.3.X. Contém a tradução para o AdminCP e o Front End do iAwards. Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Elix THEME

    Elix, it's a white theme ( made for bussiness / gaming e.t.c ) - DEMO FORUM ( http://cyberpixelz.com/forums/ ( select Elix ) - DEMO ACCOUNT : ( Username: demo / Password: demo ) - SUPPORT TOPIC ABOUT THEME: UserInfoPane integrated in the topic ( so, you dont need plugins for that ) + online/offline status Change Menu Links from ACP MegaFooter ( You can modify the footer from ACP ) Enable / Disable - And change the text Colors ( White / Blue & Grey ) Fully responsive ( 100% ) INFO: It's the first release, so you can help us to fix bugs, just enter in THIS TOPIC For minor changes im open for free ( so just give me a pm ) or use the SPECIAL TOPIC I used FontAwesome & Material Icons If you want so see previous theme enter here CHECK ALL MY STUFFS HERE Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Apple News Integration

    Publish your articles to Apple News! Different publish settings for individual databases Can be limited to one or more categories Map database fields to Apple News Article components (e.g. title, body) Customize the appearance of your Apple News articles Apple News articles are synched automatically with your site - published articles get published to apple, hiding an article hides it on apple, etc. Przeczytaj cały wpis
  10. Dark theme with Landing Page built into the theme, very easy to build a nice front page as you do not need any knowledge how html, js and css work. To use the Landing page, the pages app is required. Nice effects with JS Animation and Boostrap 4 so the Landing Page looks good in all kinds of screens, from Big to small screens like smartphones. Try it out at my site as a ---DEMO--- choose Xenon Landing in themes. The theme includes psd (photoshop) logo, psd medal, fonts. A perfect way to change to your own goal, how you want it to look. It is very important that you read through the installation guide that comes in pdf format. If you do everything right then it should work immediately. Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Change Member Joined Date

    This plugin will allow admins to change a member joined date in profiles (front-end and ACP). Only admins with no restriction to edit members profile on ACP can change member joined date in front-end The oldest date allowed will be the forum installation date (board_start in conf_global.php) Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Enhanced Similar Contents

    With this plugin, your current style of "Similar Content Widget" (In stage of use both horizontal or vertical) will be change throughout entire website. Live Demo Przeczytaj cały wpis
  13. Do you want to take our latest release for a test drive? You already are! We've upgraded our own community for wider testing. A big focus has been on page speed, so you will notice that our community is significantly faster that it was on 4.3 If you need a recap of what was added, take a look at our product updates blog which takes you through the highlights. As this is a pre-beta release, expect some funkiness as we scurry around and tidy up our custom theme wrapper and other areas as we spot them. If you you find a bug, we'd love for you to report it with as much detail as you can muster in the bug report area. We'd love to know what you think, let us know below. Przeczytaj cały wpis
  14. Drugi tydzień nowego roku już się rozpoczął i wraz z nim wracamy po przerwie z migawkami, tym razem pod nazwą 19w02a otrzymaliśmy następujące zmiany. Więcej... Przeczytaj cały wpis
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    Recent Topics

    This plugin will show a box with the latest topics/posts on board index. The list is automatically updated at every X seconds. Settings: Block position: Before of After forums categories Display topic author photo Number of topics to show Display Moderator Options: Moderator Options will appear only to those who can moderate content Show block to specific groups Display topics from Clubs Exclude Forums: option to select which forums to NOT pull topics from Display effect and flash message when the list get updated Time to automatically update the topics list Sponsored by @JustHatched Przeczytaj cały wpis
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