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We have successfully completed a major forums upgrade around 10 pm thru 12 am on 9/8/2020.

If you find anything not working correctly or have questions please let me know in private message. 

Key Changes

New Front-End Design

Mobile App for iOS and Android (Beta)

Security

  • Improved password strength checks to detect password values set identically to the account username or email address and to consider them weak.
  • Improved method of encrypting certain text.
  • Improved AdminCP session handling, removing the session ID from URLs and introducing alternate CSRF protections.
  • Improved email change process to invalidate any pending password reset requests.
  • Fixed user not being prompted for two-factor authentication when signing in from a new device.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to bypass the messenger recipient count limit.
  • Fixed a niche issue where it was possible in certain configurations to view others profile field attachments on the registration page.
  • Fixed a race condition issue where it was possible to artificially inflate or reduce a user's reputation score.
  • Limited password inputs to 72 characters max to reduce the chance of a malicious user forcing unnecessary computationally expensive operations on the server.
  • Fixed an issue where AdminCP sessions may be usable longer than expected if a community receives little activity.

Core

  • Added beta of Zapier integration for Invision Cloud communities.
  • Added new activity feed and twitter feed widgets
  • Added new view modes, enhanced existing and added more functionality to topic view.
  • Added an initial onboarding screen in the AdminCP for new installations.
  • Added the ability to filter members in the AdminCP by rank.
  • Added the ability to mark a post as the solution without needing the full QA mode.
  • Added the ability to ony show a preview of new private message / new content email notifications to stimulate re-engagement back to the community.
  • Added the ability to have TikTok links become embeddable in an editor.
  • Added the ability to select from stock photos when uploading images.
  • Added the ability to disable advertisements on non-content pages and error pages.
  • Added support for chunked uploading to Amazon S3 which allows for larger file sizes to be uploaded.
  • Added support for PHP 7.4.
  • Added support for Sign in with Apple.
  • Added support for version 4 of the bit.ly link shortening API.
  • Added new options to prune follows, known IP addresses, known devices, and item markers, and default options for some existing prune options have been updated.
  • Added the ability for Club Owners and Leaders to create and manage static pages within their clubs.
  • Added the ability to show content messages only to staff members (moderators).
  • Added a list of members who reacted to content in the tooltip when hovering on the reaction icon.
  • Added overview statistics pages in the AdminCP.
  • Added the plugin version to the ACP plugin list.
  • Added a type-ahead search option when selecting tags from a closed tag input field that contains more than 20 tags.
  • Added support for non-English searches in Giphy when the site is using a language Giphy supports.
  • Added additional static-type links to the sitemap file.
  • Added the ability to filter by custom profile fields in bulk mail, group promotions and exporting member lists.
  • Added the ability to create custom phrases within the language system.
  • Added the Invision Community Marketplace to the AdminCP.
  • Statistics can now be downloaded as CSV files.
  • Added the ability for Club Owners and Leaders to manage the visibility of the members page.
  • Improved referrals tracking and introduced a global community invite feature.
  • Improved the live meta tag editor.
  • Improved performance of several areas of the software.
  • Improved in-AdminCP upgrader to be able to handle more types of upgrades and improve reliability.
  • Improved "Allowed characters in display names" setting to give pre-defined options.
  • Improved performance of thumbnail generation.
  • Added a setting that determines which comment you see first when opening an item.
  • Added the ability for administrators to force users to reset their passwords.
  • Added pending club invites to the club directory sidebar.
  • Added a setting to disable automatic language detection.
  • Added the ability for members to cancel club join requests.
  • Added the ability to include club content to widgets.
  • Added the ability to include/exclude widgets in clubs.
  • Added an AdminCP statistics page for Clubs.
  • Added search term tracking and a statistics page to monitor search term usage.
  • Added a clarification notice to the edit log on the front end when edit logs are pruned.
  • Added a friendlier error message when uploads fail due to a server problem.
  • Added current percentage completed to progress bars.
  • Added ability to filter reputation given and received statistics in the AdminCP by date.
  • Added a check for the PHP file_uploads configuration directive to the support tool.
  • Added theme settings to set maximum logo width at each device size.
  • Changing the default application will be logged to the ACP Admin Log.
  • Added ability for club leaders to specify rules for a club, and force members to acknowledge them.
  • Added the database name and username to database queries to identify slow queries between multiple installations on a single database server.
  • Removed the separation by app in the block manager.
  • Removed the ability to import profile photos from a remote URL to improve security.
  • Removed the image proxy feature to improve security.
  • Removed Digg and Delicious share links.
  • Removed the "What's New" link from the user menu in the AdminCP if the administrator is restricted and cannot reach the page.
  • Removed the newsletter widget from showing in the sidebar by default on new installations.
  • Improved display name availability check when name contains multiple concurrent spaces.
  • Improved memory usage when uploading large images by handling resizing and rotation in the user's browser, rather than by the server.
  • Improved GeoIP lookup caches to store for longer periods of time.
  • Improved randomization for widgets that order by "random".
  • Improved logging of curl-related errors to include the URL that curl attempted to connect to.
  • Improved host detection for guest page caching.
  • Minor styling updates for embeds.
  • Logging in anonymously is now more reliably tracked across multiple devices.
  • Long quotes will now automatically truncate with a "Read more" link to expand the quote to improve usability when long quotes are used.
  • Updates search compatibility for Elastic Search 7.
  • Upgraded CKEditor to 4.14.1.
  • Flagging a member as a spammer will now remove any profile cover photo they may have uploaded.
  • The clubs map now centers around available clubs rather than showing a whole world view.
  • Changed the redirect targets from clubs, to redirect to a club feature after the feature creation and when a member joines a club.
  • Changed the "Maintenance Tasks Not Running" admin notification to check for two or more tasks that have not ran to reduce false positive notifications in the event a feature is enabled which enables a task which has not ran in a long time.
  • Restored the ability to view a list of members through the advanced search without appending unnecessary extra parameters to the URL.
  • Adjusted certain code to remove reliance on MySQL functionality deprecated as of version 8.0.17.
  • Changed the parser to allow <picture> HTML tags through to prevent errors with RSS imports that may use them.
  • Changed the content deletion process so that reports related to the content are no longer deleted.
  • Added logging out as a controller that can bypass forced account completion when a login handler cannot prepopulate a username or an email address.
  • Added rel="nofollow" to certain links in order to instruct search engines not to follow them.
  • Added the ability to export member reputation points when downloading a member list from the AdminCP.
  • Added a confirmation dialog to the "Restore default streams" button in the AdminCP.
  • Improved Google Maps setup page in AdminCP.
  • The Report Center now properly handles content pending deletion.
  • Updated Google Charts to use the latest API (v47).
  • Improved editing a members secondary group by automatically switching between Checkboxes and a Select menu depending on how many groups are present.
  • Improved the way how traffic run tasks are called.
  • Updated the email failure AdminCP notification to run on login instead of email send.
  • Updated the recommended PHP version to 7.3.
  • Search result snippets are now truncated on the server before being served to the browser to increase efficiency.
  • Tags are now shown in search results/streams on mobile devices.
  • Updated the URL used for Twitter oEmbed requests.
  • Added support for converting words to links as well as acronyms in posting settings.
  • Adjusted Easy Mode theme editor to remove support for gradients and simplify the user interface. Added support for 'invert' to easily create dark themes.
  • Fixed an issue where some nodes may not be available in various areas of the software (for instance, forums not being available to move subforums to when deleting a parent forum, and custom Pages blocks not being available to select in the widget manager).
  • Fixed attachments not being claimed when added to Club Editor custom fields.
  • Fixed an issue where admin-validated post-before-register accounts would not trigger follow notifications to be sent.
  • Fixed an issue where bulk mail content count filters caused an error.
  • Fixed an issue where editing a comment and using a word filter entry configured to hold the content for moderator approval may not actually do so.
  • Fixed an issue where stream filters were not updating when the time period was changed.
  • Fixed an issue where items in the main menu "more" overflow can appear in the wrong order.
  • Fixed public club content not showing in streams and searches for guests.
  • Fixed an issue where anonymous users may be displayed in the "Who's Online" widget.
  • Fixed an issue where the files overview member link targeted the wrong location.
  • Fixed an issue where admin control panel failed mail notifications could show a template error.
  • Fixed an issue where predefined tags would not show in category settings when using a closed system.
  • Fixed an issue where searching PMs would only show 25 results.
  • Fixed an issue where incomplete members may not be cleared out of the database.
  • Fixed an issue where Mapbox geolocation could return invalid location data in some circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where mass moving/pruning members could return no results.
  • Fixed an issue where choosing to move club content while deleting a club resulted in that content being deleted instead of being moved.
  • Fixed an issue where 'and' could be duplicated in lists of followers.
  • Fixed an issue where the selected security questions during registration may reset if the form reloads with an error.
  • Fixed an issue calculating member's age in some locations.
  • Fixed an issue where groups could not be configured to allow reporting of personal conversations.
  • Fixed an issue where HTML advertisements could be saved without any HTML code, resulting in a PHP notice being triggered when previewing the ad.
  • Fixed an issue where dates can show in the wrong format in some configurations.
  • Fixed an issue where uninstalling an application may leave behind attachments for that application.
  • Fixed an error that can prevent inline notifications from showing up.
  • Fixed an issue where the stream condensed/expanded toggles did not work when visiting the URLs directly.
  • Fixed an issue where multimoderaction actions on ony page would redirect to the first page.
  • Fixed a conflict that can occur when two or more external databases are set up for login handling.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to bypass profanity filters when using quick title edit.
  • Fixed an issue where the requirement checker may not highlight issues with a storage configuration if only one exists.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong file size may be shown in upload errors.
  • Fixed an issue where content types that are not searchable may be shown as filter options in streams.
  • Fixed an issue where the support tool would not clear guest page caches.
  • Fixed an issue where personal conversation replies cause a member's "last post" date to be reset incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where it was not possible to comment on a reported status update.
  • Fixed some issues with status update/profile comment submissions that fail due to being too large.
  • Fixed an issue where the default module may not be correctly set when installing a new application.
  • Fixed an issue where meta tags could be added to pages they were not intended for.
  • Fixed an issue where group promotion rules for date joined, last posted and last visited may not match correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where disabling clubs in the settings would still leave the "Allow club moderators" setting visible.
  • Fixed an issue where RSS exports may not show all available areas.
  • Fixed some issues tracking and resetting limits when a per-post attachment limit is applied to a group.
  • Fixed an issue where giphy thumbnails may show distorted if your "Maximum image dimensions to display" setting is set very low.
  • Fixed an issue where guest cache may throw an error if a database issue is encountered.
  • Fixed a potential issue that can occur when upgrading with InnoDB tables when MySQL is set to use MyISAM by default.
  • Fixed an issue where unnecessary profile sitemap files may be processed.
  • Fixed a javascript error that can occur due to lazy loading in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the drag handles may not show up correctly when attempting to adjust the tab order on the club nav bar.
  • Fixed an issue where certain URLs may not be fetched as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where members that can hide their own content may not people to hide items when creating them.
  • Fixed an issue where blog entries do not update club last activity time.
  • Fixed an issue where it was not possible to move club content to other clubs when deleting sections.
  • Fixed an issue with certain embeds (such as Spotify) in certain environments.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Flagged as spammer" email notification would be missing the details about who was flagged as a spammer.
  • Fixed Unsubscribe Links not working in some cases when Email Link Tracking is in use.
  • Fixed an issue where resorting hidden content in the Moderator CP redirects you to the report center.
  • Fixed an error viewing reports of content items queued for deletion.
  • Fixed signature images not displaying in the AdminCP when image lazy loading is enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where editing content meta messages will not show existing attachments on the edit form.
  • Updated HTMLPurifier to 4.12.0.
  • Removed the ability for an administrator to override a user's time zone.
  • Centralised RSS importing and added support for image enclosures on export and import.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple YouTube embeds in an editor could lead to the editor wrapper overflowing its bounds.
  • Fixed default country when entering an address being incorrectly detected for some users.
  • Fixed an issue where restoring certain default menu items resulted in missing language strings.
  • Fixed an issue where two moderator groups applying to a single user may allow the user to revoke warnings even if they do not have permission.
  • Fixed an issue where carousel widgets would not be scrollable in certain configurations.
  • Fixed certain content links such as links to direct posts not always taking you to the correct page in a multipage topic.
  • Fixed an issue where setting a limit for the maximum items on a sitemap would include the oldest instead of the newest content.
  • Fixed an issue where a 'flash of unstyled content' may appear in Firefox when lazy-loading embedded content.
  • Fixed an issue in the AdminCP where a tooltip would appear off the edge of the screen where a member had no display name set.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting a reaction would not redirect back to the reputation settings tab.
  • Fixed an issue where terms and tags can be removed from search queries in some circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where some addresses could be saved with a location unintentionally.
  • Fixed a styling issue with the 'Back Button' in the Menu Manager.
  • Fixed potentially being sent to a random page when splitting comments from one content item to another content item.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting reactions would leave the images on the file system.
  • Fixed some structured markup validation concerns.
  • Fixed an error that can occur for guests who have chosen to use a theme which is subsequently deleted.
  • Fixed an SQL error during certain (intentionally invalid) AdminCP login attempts.
  • Fixed an issue where a database can occur if the login form is submitted with no credentials supplied in specific scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue where clubs may reflect an incorrect last activity date.
  • Fixed an issue where signature options would still show when ignoring users even with signatures disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the member last visit time may not be set for new members.
  • Fixed an issue where checkbox set custom fields could not be set as searchable.
  • Fixed an issue where an administrator who could manage member moderators or group moderators (but not both) will not see the correct options when adding moderators.
  • Fixed extraneous spaces/newlines displaying on some forms.
  • Fixed an issue where partially uploaded files can be orphaned on disk.
  • Fixed an issue where topic links were not correctly using the user unread/first/last post preference.
  • Fixed an issue where members could be informed they were on mod queue because of a warning that had already expired.
  • Fixed an issue where already pending post before register content is not processed if the feature is disabled.
  • Fixed an error that can occur when a cron-based request results in content being parsed, such as when running tasks via cron following an upgrade from 3.x.
  • Fixed an issue where saving group display name changes with blank values caused an error.
  • Fixed a potential SQL error that can occur when upgrading from IP.Board 3.4.9.
  • Fixed an issue paginating in tables when certain special characters were included in the URL.
  • Fixed a potential error that can occur when uninstalling some third party applications.
  • Fixed an issue with language pack list formats when first adding a new language pack.
  • Fixed an issue where when lazy-loading is enabled, a lightbox would not be available for images that had not yet loaded into the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where the REST API would return an error while fetching a clubs data.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking Back in a browser after navigating to a new page of a table would not load the correct content.
  • Fixed an issue where dropdown menus in the main navigation bar may disappear when moving the mouse cursor.
  • Fixed a styling inconsistency in the AdminCP with the clubs page when clubs are disabled.
  • Fixed an EX0 error that can occur with widgets in specific configurations.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting a comment or review may incorrect update the count on the respective tab or remove the tab altogether.
  • Fixed clicking a tag not working when Friendly URL's were disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where certain columns would not be automatically detected when importing members from a CSV.
  • Fixed an error viewing clubs on PHP 7.4.
  • Fixed an issue where anonymous users may show online to administrators when they are not online.
  • Fixed Twitch embeds broken following an update on Twitch.tv.
  • Fixed an error using advanced table searches on PHP 7.4.
  • Fixed excess whitespace being included in the editor when certain text is used in an editor for a promoted item.
  • Fixed an issue using the "insert existing attachment" feature in the AdminCP in some cases.
  • Fixed some outdated phrasing when unsubscribing from emails.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Keep aspect ratio" option when editing image dimensions in the editor may not default correctly.
  • Fixed an incorrect message showing when banning an account in the AdminCP.
  • Fixed an issue where links in plain text emails could break with click tracking enabled.
  • Fixed editor buttons not replacing multiple instances of a {content} variable.
  • Fixed an inability to edit a post containing a badly embedded quote.
  • Fixed an issue where emoji may still replace in the editor even if the setting is disabled.
  • Fixed background task progress bar reporting incorrectly in some cases.
  • Fixed quicksearch menu closing on the front end when clicking on certain rows instead of the labels directly.
  • Fixed some javascript errors that can occur when the page is updated via AJAX.
  • Fixed an SQL error that can occur during upgrades in some cases.
  • Fixed page title reflecting "undefined" when editing permissions for certain editor buttons in the AdminCP.
  • Fixed some buttons in the AdminCP moving into the page header out of the tab the button belongs to when reloading the page.
  • Fixed the "note for member" field when warning a member being wiped when the reason for the warning is changed.
  • Fixed an issue where the REST API can output other members 'last activity' times regardless of anonymous setting.
  • The "Mobile Nav Background" theme setting has correctly been renamed to "Main Nav Background".
  • Fixed a broken page layout on the Username History page.
  • Attachment titles are no longer excessively cropped vertically.
  • The Reconfirm Terms page has been wrapped in .ipsBox to improve contrast in certain themes.
  • Notifications to the author are no longer sent for linked content inside quotes.
  • Fixed an issue where "Posting" and "Profiles" AdminCP menu items may not show even if the restricted administrator has access to parts of them.
  • Fixed an issue where validating members showed in search results.
  • Fixed an error with Windows that can cause certain date and language string values to be broken.
  • Fixed template disk cache files not being made writable in some environments.
  • Fixed an issue where invalid SMTP email credentials could cause content to be posted twice in some cases.
  • Fixed performance issue sending usage report.
  • Fixed an issue viewing all reactions for individual comments.
  • Removed certain logging when using OAuth2 which was unnecessary and could consume a lot of database space.
  • Fixed an issue where the front session handler may be unintentionally started when using \IPS\Output::i()->sendOutput().
  • Removed the Delete and Flag As Spammer buttons from member rows when filtering on groups.
  • Fixed an issue where the front session handler may be unintentionally started when using \IPS\Output::i()->sendOutput().
  • Fixed an issue where uploading a new emoticon with IN_DEV being enabled would result in an exception with PHP 7.4.
  • Fixed an issue where a previous bug could cause the remote image proxy task to error.
  • Fixed an issue sorting personal conversation IP address lookup results by date in the AdminCP.
  • Fixed birthdays sometimes not showing on profiles.
  • Fixed an issue where profiles of users that have followers disabled would show an error with PHP 7.3.
  • Fixed an issue where newly created club icons do not show when editing.
  • Fixed mobile Twitter links not automatically embedding.
  • Fixed a rare error that can occur when deleting a block using the block manager.
  • Fixed an issue where copying a node (such as a forum) that had content pending moderator approval can result in the new node indicating there is content to approve when it is empty.
  • Fixed an error preventing certain image uploads pasted into the editor from uploading correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where it may not be possible to save the 'exclude groups from leaderboard' setting.
  • Fixed an issue displaying colored emoji in some environments.
  • Fixed an issue where the live meta tag editor wouldn't save the form if only the site title was set without having any further tags.
  • Fixed autocomplete fields not initially expanding to show all text when a value is pasted into the field.
  • Fixed deleting a category, while also deleting children, not deleting child categories further than the first child level.
  • Fixed an issue where new comment notifications could show guests in the commenter list when using post before register.
  • Fixed an issue where club filter options would show in activity streams when no clubs were available.
  • Fixed an issue where it was not possible to complete a password reset if the community was offline and email click tracking was enabled.
  • Fixes an invalid “Thank you for vote” message when voting validation fails.
  • Fixed an issue where deleted comments in certain applications may still show inline to moderators with approval to view them.
  • Fixed an issue where setting up 2FA Security questions would result in an error with PHP 7.4.
  • Fixed an issue where coverphotos set to bottom-align on desktop would show gapping on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where large images in emails may not behave responsively on all devices.
  • Fixed page title duplicating in the Twitter share box when clicking the Twitter share link.
  • Fixed an undefined variable in an upgrader HTML template.
  • Fixed an issue with carousels not advancing to the next image in some edge cases.
  • Fixed an issue where paginating in a comment feed (e.g. a topic) wouldn't work reliably if an anchor (e.g. #comment) was present in the URL.
  • Fixed an issue where users may be incorrectly prompted about new replies in a topic when navigating to a different page via the "back" button.
  • Fixed an issue in the mobile hamburger menu where sub-items may appear to be 'missing' because the menu is actually scrolled down too far.
  • Fixed issues with submenus sometimes opening off-screen when on small devices or when using an RTL language.
  • Fixed an issue where in certain situations, autocomplete results would be incorrectly positioned on mobile devices.
  • Fixed an issue where hovercards may sometimes display partially off-screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the progress bar can exceed 100% when enabling designer's mode.
  • Fixed an issue where new-style Twitter embeds may appear narrow in some browsers.
  • Fixed an issue where the filesystem datastore directory configuration option may still show if selecting to use Redis for caching.
  • Fixed a minor SEO concern reported by the latest version of Lighthouse.
  • Fixed an issue where files may not be deleted when using S3.
  • Fixed dialog window titles clipping out of view if paginating a table within a dialog.
  • Fixed an error with the UTF8 converter that can occur in certain cases.
  • Fixed # anchor being added to the URL in the address bar when closing the drawer element on mobile.
  • Fixed the members/notifications REST API endpoint returning notifications in the wrong order.
  • Fixed a potential syntax error when performing a MySQL search.
  • Changed upgrades to write current upgrade step data to the database instead of to a temporary file on disk.
  • Changed the support tool to only run database checks against enabled applications.
  • Changed the auto-upgrader to only run database checks against enabled IPS applications.
  • Removed custom theme CSS from AdminCP pages.
  • Removed unnecessary down caret from submenus on the primary navigation bar in some cases.
  • Removed the obscure hash from CSS and JS files to prevent duplicate files that are not always cleaned up.

Forums

  • Added ability for Forums created within Clubs to be set so that users can only see the topics they posted (e.g. for a support forum).
  • Added the dateModified property to the structured data that is produced for search engines.
  • Added support for accessing RSS feeds even when guests cannot access the forum.
  • Added an option to mark an individual topic to require moderation for new posts.
  • Exposed some additional configuration options for redirect forums.
  • Improved configuration of topic and post feed widgets to disable forums that cannot be selected.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting a user may leave topics they've posted in forums with "Can view other user's topics" disabled incorrectly showing up in activity streams.
  • Fixed an issue where topics in forums with "Users can view other user's topics" disabled may still see those topics in feed blocks from the forum.
  • Fixed an issue where moved topics may result in the original forum showing as unread indefinitely if a link is left to the new location.
  • Fixed an issue where the ACP - "Popular Now" forum settings couldn't be saved.
  • Fixed an issue where splitting and merging posts may not update popular topic info correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where reputation information may become unassociated with posts when upgrading from 3.4.x.
  • Fixed an issue redirecting certain legacy (3.4.x) topic links following an upgrade to 4.x.
  • Fixed an issue where mass-moving topics from one forum to another from the AdminCP ignores the "last comment" filter option.
  • Fixed some structured data errors, particularly when forums allow ratings to be issued on topics.
  • Fixed an issue where merging links could cause an infinite redirect.
  • Fixed an error message that may display if "Post Before Registering" is disabled and a user attempts to sign in by clicking the button that shows below a topic.
  • Fixed "Start new topic" button not displaying on the index page on mobile for guests when post before registering was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where an error could be shown when viewing very old topics or the placeholder topic on new installs.
  • Fixed an issue where the pagination wouldn't link to the comments area with disabled JS.
  • Fixed deleting a member not appropriately referencing remote archive databases.
  • Removed a duplicate language string ( 'any_time' ) which can prevent translating this string.

 

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