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      Eugene I think both plugins from SEAO and Hire-Experts actually replace the standard feed with their own improved feed versions. Please keep that in mind when evaluating both options.
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    One of My Favorite Features in 4.9 - Banners!
    I love banners! It's such a nice feature in 4.9. http://support.socialengine.com/php/customer/en/portal/articles/2770246-banner-manager?b_id=14386

    There's so much you can do with banners. Some tips are in that tutorial but I would LOVE to know how you're using banners.

    What ways have you come up with to use them? Are they spicing up your community?
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      Mikel Coreclark GS has some great ideas with banners.
      On my site I'm going to do a ' Missing Person' like ads but i can use banners. Banners has opened up a hoe world of potential and new thinking.
      mikel.
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      gs Well, not sure if this is helpful since it's using 3rd-Pary Sliders/Slideshows, but this is how I plan on using them (btw - I purchased 3 different Plugins and ended up customizing one of them).

      Although they can be used in the traditional way (displaying images with/without text & CTAs), my goal is to use them primarily for advertising purposes - especially for specific content pages and allow them to be customized per content page for specific content. This allows Group1 to display a different banner/slider than Group2 sees on their page (or Events or whatever). So, although I plan on including ADMIN selected banners/sliders at various locations, from a monetization standpoint it seems better to allow Group/Event owners (or in my case since I'm using SEAO Plugins - Causes/Campaigns and Businesses) to sell advertising space on their own pages (profile, event, blog, photo albums, whatever) so it's a win-win (we both make some revenue).

      The primary purpose of my site is to provide Causes/Schools/Teachers/Veterans/1stResponders/etc. many methods of raising revenue, and this is just a no-brainer since many businesses want to reach specific eyeballs, and this seems to be a great way of doing so.
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    Please all read regarding Social Engine PHP
    Hi All

    Ive raised some feature requests and bugs over last few months.And to start off lets be honest the top dogs of social network scripts are Social Engine, PHP Fox, and Oxwall.

    But there is some contenders coming along which @Elshara documented in a post that was closed.

    Oxwall looks beautiful and its on the raise, sadly the team doesnt seem to push it in ways of advertising, and their twitter account is like hardly in use (over a year), their market place is flooded with random coders and rubbish apps

    Social Engine - IMO the best, it has all the best Developers, when you look at phpfox, oxwall, and other contenders 3rd party plugins, they dont even come close to the works of Social Engine Solutions, Social Engine Addons, Webhive, Younet, and Hire-experts.
    But, soooo much is out of date with SE, and we are all here making feature requests that should have been implemented a year or 2 years ago. I just feel SE are making it to easy for their contenders to swoop in, or for the 3rd party developers to give up and explore being PHPFOX devs only.
    The best thing SE has, is the 3rd party DEVs, but SE needs to not only commit to its customers, but building a better platform that entices clients in that also generates work for these DEVS.

    PHPfox, i know you have @DonnaScriptTechs and @RaymondBenc now from there, and i hope they will push things forward with SE, but PHPfox 4, is simply beautiful, its upto date, modern, the profile questions and search ACTUALLY work, Like Oxwall, PHPfox can do searches in browse members at a multiselect level, when the original question was single select only, see post here for images #613
    Yet SE have said it cant be done, yet ALL other competitors can.
    They have been using fontawesome for ages, the social signup logo used are not 5 years old like SE.
    But, the DEVs on phpfox are not on the level of devs on SE, is phpfox more locked down, or not so easy to build, i do not know.
    But at the moment PHPfox 4 is making Social Engine look like Phpfox 3.
    Even looking at Younets latest themes for SE and PHPfox 4, PHPfox seems like, theme wise it has more to plays with, where as themes for SE are so problematic
    http://phpfox4templates.demo.younetco.com/responsive-business/
    http://se4templates.demo.younetco.com/responsive-purity/


    As Donald Trump said "Make Social Engine Great Again"

    I love social engine and i want it to stay the best, but i feel as a client, that SE are making it so so so easy for competitors to sneak up behind, that when other potential clients compare software, SE will be ignored, purely because competitors have seen the curve ball, and they are staying up to date, some things are tiny little touches, but loads of these touches are making SE appear outdated.

    We obviously dont know how SE is run, but im guessing all the devs for SE internal are all freelancers, they don't have office meetings, they live across the globe, and they are hired on set dates to do fixes or enhancements, and meetings maybe held over skype, rather than in-house team who are constantly updating, fixing bugs etc.If cost is an issue, im sure with all the clients on SE, if you said lets crowdfund all these enhancements, and if people were willing to do it, to make sure they are added, things updated, i can guarantee you people will do it, Id gladly whack $100 down, if it meant these features were added, id rather that than pay $50 for support which im unsure about still based on the past.

    SE don't be afraid to ask your clients, id gladly crowd fund to make SE the top dog, because by SE being better, it generates better work for the DEVs, who we then hire, which makes our site great too.
    SE need to consider also selecting clients to test new releases and bug fixes, When i owned a recording studio, i use to record all time, then when it came to mixing,i couldnt tell the difference as my ears heard everything to much, so it was better having others work as they have fresh ears.

    Same with testing, your fixing bugs constantly that your bound to miss things, so find people with a fresh aspect to test.

    Another thing Social Engine website


    Love the look of the new site, but searching of market place needs to be better.
    Finding plugins by Developer is impossible, even when you find a plugin, it mentions dev name, but you cant click and see their other apps nor can you see there other plugins, like an upsale.

    Also I think it be great if Devs updated things like updates and changes, like a log, similiar to code canyon.even if you leave market place, goto experts, click on expert , view experts profile, then view plugins...... its just way to many clicks to get to a place, when there should be something on their product pages..... too many clicks equals drop offs.In each market place listing, i have not once seen a button saying demo or any links to demos of plugins, some have listed the username and password for the demo, but absolutely now links.Also there should be display options, when you hit the market place all you see is Titles and a funky picture, no small write up of the plugin, doesnt even say the developer until you click on it, as a client there is 100% no way im going to click on every plugin to read about it, there needs to be a short summery of the plugin, just like your old website.
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      Donna Thank you for re-posting this here. Glad you love SocialEngine!

      Just so you all know. phpFox is not bug free. Many are leaving due to the bugs. Many developers, including myself, got fed up with the apps system reverting to the old coding standards which makes the script heavier for people. There are a lot of issues I know of and many others can speak of. I'm moving my own sites from fox to SE .

      We appreciate your suggestions and do have improvements coming. :)
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    Browse Notification
    Each day I see more and more websites requesting to send notification through browser and now that even mobile browser support this type of technology I would like to ask if there is a plugin or developer working to allow social engine to send notification using this system?
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      SocialEngineSolutions Hello Leandro,

      Yes, this is a new technology. Our team is working on release a plugin for this feature very soon. We will update you when the plugin would be released.
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    How 3rd party developers are harming themselves
    This is not a exclusive problem from SE, but here this type of problem is worst than another script that I work with.

    Is really common that 3rd party developers compete with each other with their products, however with several people offering plugins that include features that are more core features than an addon is almost impossible to utilize plugins from two or three different developers. And there is still the problem when developers create a plugin that is not compatible with others plugin from themselves.

    Some of problems that I face everyday.

    - Each developer has a own way to develop plugin and when you need to customize it you will face a serious headache. SEAO themes will work only with SEAO plugin, since Younetco plugin has CSS class and ID with their company name (YN). This is one of reason why themes from developers that dont develop plugin always have some type of problem with 3rd party plugins.
    - Younetco doesnt have a good pages plugin so I need to use the version from SEAO, however Younetco has a good Advanced Vídeo with a feature that SEAO doesnt have. Can I use the Younetco plugin? No. Why? Because the Younetco version doesnt integrate with SEAO pages and I need to pay a money truck to this.
    - Some months ago I acquired the feedback plugin from SEAO and also nested plugin. Can I use the feedback plugin? No. Why? Because their plugins are incompatible and the feedback plugin only work with the default SE comment system. Guess who will be disabled?
    - SEAO doesnt have an advanced blog system. Can I use the younetco? No. Why? Because there is a credit plugin in development from SEAO and doesnt make sense invest in a plugin that will not be supported.
    - Recently I acquired the Mobile/Theme because the responsive template doesnt work so fine as it should. The numbers of items in menus from Social Engine create a poor UI and this is the reason why is better to use a plugin to simulate the mobile vision. Can I use my advanced video with mobile/table plugin? No. Why? Because they are incompatible.

    Notice that I am neither talking about the native apps that are in most of case a ripoff. USD 79 by month for support with a starter fee of USD 299 (599 if you want to publish in you own store) is not the kind of thing anyone can afford to pay even more with Trump raising the price of the dollar. Can I use the Ipragmatech mobile version or younetco version? No. Why? Because they are incompatible.

    I really would like that SE and their 3rd party developers could agree on some points.

    1- If you release a plugin it must be compatible with your own plugin.
    2- If you are creating plugins dont make them problem to purchase plugins or themes from another developer.
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      Marc @Leandro and @Gs, I feel your pain too!
      We have SE since 2009, in fact we started with SE 3 migrating later to SE 4. Over the years, we have seen the very beginning of some of the developers that we, owners, can name strong and reliable. The non-compatibility with themes/plugins is a real headache!! I really understand both of you.

      For us now it is clear: Socialengine Solutions and SEAO are the best (Hire-Experts are great too) however, we are a little "upset" with SEAO (we have seen them born) because they really PUSH site admins to only have their plugins, and theme, and this is something we dislike because as site owners we would like to have the freedom to choose which plugin fits best for us, for our projects. But they are very, very good developers then, we do not mind to continue "suffering" :)

      As per Blogs, we can say there is no better plugin than the one from Socialengine Solutions. When we saw it...we said OMG! It has beautiful design, well coded and it is very complete but....guess what? We also have Mobile-Tablet plugin from SEAO and...we can not have Blogs on mobile because it is not compatible! Well, only their plugins and SE basic plugins are compatible. So we have Blogs on desktop and no blogs at all on mobile. And same story with other plugins.

      So my wish for 2017 would be that some developers work more on integration of their plugins with 3rd party ones, by default I mean. Because of course any integration can be possible paying lots for customization. I mean by default.

      And btw...Hi @SocialengineSolutions (as you are also part of this conversation) You already know how much we love you! Excellent plugins, 10+++ customer service, and very, very good developers. Keep with the good job! ;)

      Hi @Donna

      Rose
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      Dave I would add to the above remarks, make sure your plugin is tested and works before releasing them. Also, do not charge me for support for fixing your own plugins. I'm tired of 3rd party developers selling me support for their own scripts. If you design a plugin and I buy it, I expect you to support that plugin - period! Where's the incentive for 3rd party developers to provide a bug free plugin, when they can make a fortune selling support? Do they build in an obsolescence that kicks in after 60 to 90 days?
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      Sieg I post my first review in the new marketplace. I dont know if is a bad review, I mean the plugin doesnt work to me (that use a latin language with several accents) but work for others so I am not sure if this is the best way to review a app. By my experience and considering other scripts that I worked with the main reasons why someone complain about a plugin is: I - Bad Support, II - Plugin compatibility with plugins from the same developer, III - Plugin compatibility with plugins from others developers, IV - Lack of Development Standard and feature standard (where I include design problems like a plugin where logic is completly different from all others plugins like Younetco RSS Feed), V - Scam (where I include omission of important information about the plugin that would make a client not buy him).

      I think that more than a Thumb up/down or star review we could make a more granular control of problems. Bad support by example is a problem of developer and not plugin by itself. You can have an awesome plugin with a real bad support that would make any client to avoid it. The points II, III and IV are plugin problems that users can contribute throuhg a list (like the github ticket) of issues that the developer can solve or not.

      Just notice that I am not suggesting a public support system in the marketplace for itens II, III e IV, I just think that if I as a client have an important information about compatibility of plugins (and I have several) I would be happy if this would help others users to avoid the same problem that I have. There is nothing worst that buy a plugin and after a couple of hours working with it discover that it will not working properly for you. Another member here saved me from spend some bucks with a Younetco plugin that work completly different from any other plugin developed in the Social Engine Marketplace. I think that we all want that developers still working to provide better plugin with a minimum of issues to all users.
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    How to disallow users to select some languages
    Hello,

    I am facing some problems with my website language. Actually I am targeting only brazilian users since this is my country and I would like to establish my website firstly in my country before to move on. The problem is that how there is a English language (the default language from SE) sometimes english speaker signup in my website and I have to try to explain to then why there is a lot of content in portuguese but not in their language. I would like to know if there is an option to turn off a language for user selection? I can't just delete the English folder because I have some developers that work on my website and they only speak English. I am looking for something like an option to turn off the language selection for some user level.
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      (deleted) I was not sure if you had multiple language options you might want selected. But naturally just has Donna offered... just remove the language selector from the registration from in the same file listed below.
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      (deleted) I would say to set your primary language as the default and then see about editing a few files in

      /application/modules/User/Form/Signup/Account.php

      If you only want to display set language options on the sign up form you can do the following

      Find the code:

      if (count($languageNameList) > 1) {
      $this->addElement('Select', 'language', array(
      'label' => 'Language',
      'multiOptions' => $languageNameList,
      'tabindex' => $tabIndex++,


      Change it to:

      if (count($languageNameList) > 1) {
      $this->addElement('Select', 'language', array(
      'label' => 'Language',
      'multiOptions' => array(
      'en' => 'English',
      'en_US' => 'US English',
      ),

      As you can see you can add a list of the language options you want able to be selected during the signup process. This will only change the signup form so your developers can go into their account settings and change their language to English. Or you can even remove the language selection options fully from the signup form and from the member account settings and then just manually change the developers account language in the database. But of course you cannot delete the English language files, this just removes the options for everyone to only select the options you want and hides the others from selection but still enables you to manually assign the languages in the database.


      Will this work?
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      Donna I don't see a way to disable language selection. Perhaps installing Bing Translate in the site would help with the English folks to be able to read the language on the site, as a temporary solution. I suppose you could hide the language selector from the template.
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    Block certain domains in links
    Hello,
    Sometimes I see spammers sharing links to malicious websites and I would like to know if is possible to block links to certains domains.

     


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      Eugene You need to block those spam accounts, not their posts. From my experience those are often automated bots and not real people. Which is good as bots are easier to trick.

      SE has some really simple trick for email on signup. But we have created a plugin Honeypot for this purpose(it was required fro custom projects to prevent spam). It has few different tricks to catch the bot on signup. And multiple hopeypot trap fields used randomly, so it's harder for the script to pass the signup.

      It works pretty good and we even had other SE developers purchasing this plugin for their clients and demo websites.
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      SocialEngine PHP MGR Hi [862,Leandro Rocha] , Currently you can block only censored words on your users' profiles and as well as on any plugins you have installed. You need to enter such words in the field "Censored Words" from "Admin" > "Settings" > "Spam and Banning Tools" section of your site. But it is not possible to block any links to certain domains and you would need to do code customization at your end to achieve this feature.

      Thanks!
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    languages
    Social engine supports a lot of languages but still i used to like the SE3 version where you can create a  language even when its not associated with a locale, and you can set it manually .
    Its a potential big market for languages that even facebook and twitter dont support
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      SocialEngine PHP MGR Hi @Tafida , Language association with locale was done in SE version 4 & before that language was not associated with locale. After introduction of this feature, whenever a member select any language as Locale in his General Settings, so in case if the language pack of that particular language is also available and installed on the site, then that language would automatically becomes his default language for the site. So, associating language with locale should be considered as an improvement and this does not have any drawback. I hope you understand my point.

      Thanks!
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    Social Engine is becoming worse each day pass
    Do not misunderstand me, but each day Social Engine is getting worse every day in comparison with their competitors:

    Just to know in a straight comparison with phpfox:

    1- Social Engine is more expensive. PHPfox out of box has more features that the Social Engine with a lesser price;
    2- Social Engine is heavy, so heavy that page load usually takes 5 or 6 seconds. PHPfox loads in 2 or 3 with same quantity of addons;
    3- Social Engine use an almost outdated technology with Zend Framework 1 and Mootools.
    4- Social Engine almost doesnt have is community to exchange experiences and ideas;
    5- The marketplace is a mess with several outdated plugins;
    6- The showcase is a mess with several websites that neither exist;
    7- There is no expectation of some improvement. There are no ideia about the next major release SE 5.0;

    If one year ago I knew it would be so disappointed with Social Engine, I probably stayed with phpfox. My experience just is not being worse because there is the Social Engine Addons Deleoper, otherwise would not have come here.

    Please Social Engine Team, show what you are made of. If you need help, just ask. 

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      Florin "Social Engine is heavy, so heavy that page load usually takes 5 or 6 seconds" I agree and this is a real problem. On top of that, I will suggest to SE to create some quality standards and best coding practices for the MOD Developers and try to enforce them in the Marketplace.

      The Forum component (out of the box) is very poor. I think this is an important element that will attract people to join niche communities and not creating groups on Facebook. The moderation tools are very basic and, the performance is bad. Try to import 1 million messages in the Forum , from 150k users and you will see it. We had to spend lot of energy and money to integrate SE with IP.Board as a decent alternative.

      My last feedback will go to the mobile experience. 75% of our community members are using mobile. But all the mobile versions out there (and the mobile apps), default and add-ons, are far from doing a good job. Why:because the mobile framework is overloaded with unnecessary application logic and heavy presentation. The code is not optimised for mobile. I will strongly suggest SE invests in a mobile first experience and this will really give it a strong competitive advantage.
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      Donna Hi everyone! Thanks for posting and for this feedback. We definitely want to hear your concerns and appreciate your time in posting. We want to assure you that we are working to improve. I’m working to get you more information which might come by way of a blog post if possible. We do expect to roll out some improvements within the next two weeks. We have a release also coming soon and are working towards a release for v4.9 as well.

      As you all know, I’ve been brought in from phpFox and am the Chief Evangelist on the SocialEngine team now. This should help to bring information, documentation and other forms of help so you know that you are not alone and we do truly care about every one of our clients.

      In addition to these helpful posts with feedback for concerns, we would love to see some new posts about things we are doing right so we know when we’re going in the right direction. Both ends of the spectrum help us to improve things for you all.
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      Eugene While I agree with some of your points, I can't agree that phpfox is better. We have tried development for both platforms (and tried other platforms as well). At this moment SE is still better than alternatives within the same price range. They have that momentum before competitors and currently largely due to the amount of 3rd party plugins.

      > The marketplace is a mess with several outdated plugins

      We have provided suggestions how to improve this. SE promised us some new marketplace for some time, but I believe there were some issues with that. The main complexity here I believe is the amount of plugins out there.

      > Social Engine is heavy, so heavy that page load usually takes 5 or 6 seconds. PHPfox loads in 2 or 3 with same quantity of addons;

      Zend Framework isn't something small, but it's configurable. But Zend Framework is stable and can handle the load if configured correctly

      > The showcase is a mess with several websites that neither exist

      We have a similar problem. A lot of interesting projects hide the platform they are based on (for numerous reasons) and require NDA before the development.

      > There is no expectation of some improvement. There are no ideia about the next major release SE 5.0

      SE team promised the update to ZF3. I believe we will hear if they are serious about this in the next update on their blog.

      My overall conclusion that even that SE has it's own cons it's still better than available alternatives. But without serious updates (ex. migration to ZF3, jquery, etc.) that won't remain forever.
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    Licensing and license checks
    (if this is already out there, please let me know where - thank you)

    Months ago I sent a list of useful (well, to me) information that should be considered to be included in the Marketplace for each Developer and each Plugin.  I wish they would post a survey here to ask because I'm sure there are many great ideas out there that I didn't mention.

    One new item that has come to my attention is the way Devs license their products with regards to:
    - domains & sub-domains (and folders below them)
    - License verification at time of Plugin install and/or verification during page loads

    The above may also have to become some type of integration with SE Core itself to balance legitamte Admin's needs (flexibility and not constantly wasting time checking licenses during page loads and preventing plugin features if something is amiss) and the Dev's needs (preventing pirated software). 

    My thinking is that if SE Core included some of the license functionality/flexibility then the 3rd-party devs could tie into that rather than they way some of them do this now. There is a lot of vagueness and inaccurate information provided by some Devs (such as 'we only check upon installation' which is later found to be false; 'folders are included' but they aren't; one or two domains (with specfic limitations on which is allowed to be dev or prod), etc.

    The point is, I'm hoping that the new Marketplace and future updates to SE provide what both Devs and Admins require.  Sometimes I feel like I'm working with 1990 software tools and am getting very tired of it.  Heck - I can't even type this post without numerous interruptions while physically typing.

    Also, I'm hoping that SE does something about growing the community here and creating more interractions between Admins.  It's embarrasing to be part of a community where someone makes a post and theres 0 or 1 response.  Heck, 30 years ago most BBS had more interractions. 

    Sorry for the rant, but after a year of this (plus almost 2 years of checking out everything I could SE related prior to that) I see very little change and am wondering where/what the future is here.  Don't get me wrong - I'm obviously not switching to something else, but that shouldn't create what seems to be complacency throughout many areas of SE.
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      Dave I am in complete agreement with Eugene. On many occassions I have visited this forum for answers to a problem or to see if anyone else is experiencing difficulty. There really doesn't seem to be very many "users" here. I'm finding that answers to questions are being answered primarily by developers or coders who understand the language used in any particular solution. In other words, I am neither a developer or a coder and therefore find myself by myself when it comes to simple solutions. I'm wondering where all the users are that have purchased SE and probably many plugins? Is it possible they have formed their own group somewhere? Like gs mentioned, navigating the world of SE has taken me more than a year to configure by myself. Perhaps there should be a discussion about forming a SE user group? What would it take and who would use it is the question. Thanks for listening!
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      Stepan Mazurov We have a ticket tracking this on our public bug tracker: https://github.com/SocialEngine/phpv4-issues/issues/327

      Additional discussion is welcome. Trouble is, its hard to balance license requirements (such as domain, environments, hosts) while also keeping an unrestricted code base. Any licensing scheme needs to be run in plain PHP (no closed source), be effective, and not get in the way, and I cannot find any examples of such systems in place. They typically sacrifice one or 2 of the requirements in order to meet the other.
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      Eugene > It's embarrasing to be part of a community where someone makes a post and theres 0 or 1 response.

      Agreed. I remember there was a really active developers community few years ago. It might be a good idea for SE team to show how active SE-based community could look like. It requires an attention of a real community manager and not SMM person posting social media related stuff (ex. http://thehive.onsocialengine.com/)
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    SE Event - 2 things
    1.  Event Profile page: # Guests should = # Attending.  Currently, # Guests Tab includes #Attending+Maybe+NotAttending.  Maybe & Not are irrelevant.  Yes, I can see the widget that includes the separate sub-totals, but "# Guests" is very misleading.  But I suppose there are other sides to this. 

    2.  The 'My Events' Menu Item page: It would be helpful if the content included the my status, so I can determine if I need to change something.  For example, some way to designate those I'm Attending vs. Not Attending vs. Maybe Attending would be helpful.  Right now, regardless of the status (Attending/Not/Maybe) the exact same info appears on My Events page.  So, if I'm scanning the list of My Events, there's no way of me knowing my attending status, thus my assumption/recollection may be different than reality.

    Am I missing something here or is this simply the way this works?  I've been using SEAO Advanced Events for a while but once Ticketing is enabled, it can't coexist with simply Joining (i.e. so if you want to join an event, the Owner must first create a ticket, you must then book the ticket, complete the order form, etc.).  Thus, I'm revisiting SE Events.

    Thanks for any useful input/thoughts.
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      Dave I would think your problem is with the 3rd party supplier SocialEngineAddon's isn't it? I know that one of their plugins on my site required that the standard SE module (it replaced) had to be dissabled. I can't see anywhere in your post about contacting the plugin developer. Hope that helped.
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    Zend Framework 2/3 migration
    Are there any plans or possibly work in progress to migrate SE PHP to a newer ZF version (2 or even 3)?

    There was an announcement about a month ago that ZF1 will no longer get security updates after Sep 28, 2016 https://framework.zend.com/blog/2016-06-28-zf1-eol.html

    New versions of ZF are also considerably faster, using PHP7 benefits. Such migration will definitely require quite some work from 3rd party developers as well as from SE team. But it definitely worth the efforts as new libraries/scripts/updates aren't likely to appear for ZF1 any longer.

    So hopefully you consider or already work on SE 5 that will use a newer ZF.


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      Stepan Mazurov Yup, we do plan to upgrade to ZF 3 - it will be some time, however, and most certainly as part of the next major (SE PHP 5) version.
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    Sticky Elements
    Hello,
    I feel that the activity feed area is a bit empty because after some scrolls no sidebar is displayed. I was thinking in to sticky some sidebar widget (may be the advertise) to scroll along the feed, however I couldnt achieve this independent of the solution I try (jquery, css, java). Someone was already successful with this task?



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      Eugene If you are looking for Sticky menus - you might consider checking our plugin Custom Menu http://www.socialengine.com/customize/se4/mod-page?mod_id=1180

      It's lightweight and you won't need to use any additional js framework (jquery)
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      SocialEngine PHP MGR Hi @Leandro, This is just a suggestion, you can avoid the empty sidebars by placing some more widgets in the side columns of the page, so that when it is loaded, at first it would not look empty in the sides and only after some scrolling it would show empty in the sides. And you can accordingly set the "Overall Feed Length" from "Admin" > "Settings" > "General Settings" section of your SE site, so that the length of the overall feed can be adjusted in a way that it shows the feed content along with the side widgets.
      Thanks!
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    Outdated Showcase
    Is just a tip. I was looking the showcase websites links and seems to be a bit outdated. There are websites that doesnt exist anymore, sites that dont use Social Engine and also sites that are using phpfox. Is a bit weird, isnt it?
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    Why Sometimes I feel that Social Engine is "Stopped"
    Well... I run a community for tabletop roleplayers during years and I already worked with solutions like buddypress, Oxwall, PHPFox and my last step was with Social Engine.

    From all solution that I worked with PHPFOX and Social Engine are the best option for those that want to run something more "professional" however each one have their own problems.

    The main reason why I leaved phpfox was because there was a time where everything was a bit confused between the developers. With the release of the version 4 of the software everything became uncertain with a lot of bugs, a new addon structure that nobody liked and the removal of most of the essencial features.

    I moved my community and restarted with Social Engine. This wasnt a simples process, because the first thing that I learned about Social Engine is that their basic versions of all plugins (without any third party addon) are more basic than phpFox versions. Just for a simple comparison the forum module from phpfox has more features, allow multilevel structure and have a better layout while the Social Engine is so simple that is difficult to call it a forum.

    The second thing that I learned is that if you want something better you need to pay. As the core Social Engines plugins are so basic I started to look for plugins from third party and for my surprise there are so few developers like PHPFox. 

    In this point I should open a note for SocialEngineAddOns. From all developers that I worked since I started with my community they are the guys that have the best addons. The only disappointment is that they have not yet created an enhanced version for blogs and not created a plugin for activity points and rewards system (for gamefication), however I still hope they will develop something.

    Now that I am working with Social Engine for almost 5 months I feel more and more that Social Engine is "stopped". No news, no enhancement, just a few new plugins and the worst almost no community. One thing that I really miss from PHPFox is the community, maybe the best part of them even with all the problems that  they have.

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      gs I feel your pain. I'm (still) developing my first community (have been testing one dev's Plugins (not customizations) for 8 months now to work out bugs - and still many months to go). I purchased phpFox right before the fiasco you mentioned, and it left a sour taste, so I fortunately revisited SE and specifically looked at available Plugins (my list for phpFox was over 100) and found almost everything I needed, but thanks to SEAO I found so much more (specifically their Groups/Pages/Business Plugins/extensions - I needed "Groups" AND "Pages" AND something else - so the Business Plugin/exts were a great find).

      I too miss having a community. You can post a question or topic here and receive no/none/nadda/zilch comments. On the 'other' community, some posts would go on for many pages - and although sometimes negative or argumentative posts were made (which should have been monitored/moderated better) there was a HUGE wealth of useful information (and lots of technically useful things too that are nowhere to be found here).

      Although SE core is very, very basic (and as you mentioned, in many respects even less than the little phpFox offers) I have found many excellent Plugins here (SEAO, Radcodes, Webhive, Hire-Experts, SocialEngineSolutions, SocialEngineExperts, etc.). To be honest, although the lack of community here scared me off initially, it was the wealth of functionaltiy that SEAO provided that made me purchase SE when I revisited it. For me, it was almost as if it didn't matter which 'engine' (SE) was driving the car (SEAO) - I needed (almost) everything the car provided, so I went with the only engine it worked with. Although many other Plugins were needed and have been useful, what SEAO provided exceeded what was available from any dev at phpFox and it is quite frankly the ONLY reason I purchased SE.

      Don't get me wrong - SE is a great product - it just seems to do very little in the way of functionality for a site. But that's okay if that's all they want to be (they don't even seem to be in a rush to provide PHP 7 compatibility any time soon). I mean, after all, I couldn't do what I'm doing with the SEAO (and other) Plugins if it wasn't for the excellent foundation of SE, so for that I'm grateful.

      I am grateful that phpFox made the mistakes they did with the new version last year so it forced me to reconsider my options (I even gave away my $300 purchased license). This forced me to revisit SE and the available Plugins and the community. SEAO Plugins (the all package) gives you almost everything you could dream of. SocialEngineSolutions has provided an excellent SpectroMedia theme, and their (unbelieveably too-inexpensive) Plugins are must-have tools for your site. Radcodes/WH/HE rounded out the other very useful functionality I required for my users. (HE has an excellent Credits system for activity points).

      So, community here? No, not really. Excellent company here? I believe so. I believe they're working on updates, just not to the extent and frequency you were used to at the 'other' place. IMHO, I think SE is the better company (the whole phpFox fiasco with removing the user forum with no warning, changing versions and what's included, etc. - that was stranger than strange). I think SE edges out as a more stable product (again, IMHO). And although there are many excellent Plugins to add much needed functionality to the core at phpFox, SE seems to have much much more available here through some excellent devs.

      Glad you're here. Maybe someday SE will make it easier for a community to grow here. Maybe this is more the fault of our fellow Users as it's possible not too many are seeking a community here at all - if so, why would SE bother to waste their time/money. Maybe someday they'll offer something at a higher cost for those of us looking for more in the core (including PHP7 compatibility). Development obviously costs a lot and I feel the decision is to limit what's available due to limited income, rather than ask for more money and provide us with more. Just my 2 cents.

      Well, my reply turned into a book - my apologies. Your post struck a chord with me and I feel just like you.
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      seTweaks SocialEngine team is busy working on a new website and a marketplace. They do a blog post every month but when the new site is done I'm sure they'll start working on SE PHP more than now.
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      (deleted) Would you recommend SE PHP. Reading your post here makes me hesitant about buying a license. I started my community using Ning SaaS service but with it's ugly url's I discovered it had poor seo. I had previous experience using wordpress on a personal blog and knew it had great seo, but at it's core buddypress is lacking essential features for a social network. So now I am looking for an alternative to buddypress as I want a true all in one solution. I am trying the SE PHP trial and I like it so far.
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