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  1. When you look at someone in the "Soldiers" list, as an admin I frequently want to go to their "Members" account in IPB - it would be really nice if somewhere around these buttons, one could be added to "Go to Member" or similar for those who have the required permission.
  2. Bit the bullet this week and dropped a few hundred dollars to buy an Invision license. IPB staff were able to provide me a full SQL backup of the website, so I was able to restore all website and PERSCOM data on a self-hosted cloud server. Wasn't super easy, wouldn't recommend if you're not a technical person, but it's possible.
  3. I just transferred PERSCOM from my cloud-hosted server to a self-hosted one. PERSCOM update posted today, but when I go to the marketplace and select "install", it tells me PERSCOM is already installed - but I definitely don't have the most recent version. How do I update PERSCOM without uninstalling the previous version and losing my data?
  4. IPB support has no access to the the website files for Cloud apparently - it's entirely unmanaged and they have no way to access it. Just got shot down by their support team. Will contact via ticket to pursue the plugin fix.
  5. Is it possible to install the JSON file manually? Just trying to find some way to do it while waiting on this to get fixed. Have had to do everything on google sheets and then transcribe to PERSCOM for the past month, since can't have the recruiters on the system themselves.
  6. @Jon Erickson Is there any ETA on this? It's kinda put a halt to our group recruitment because we can't give people the perms to accept applications.
  7. An external API for PERSCOM would be incredible. I have dreams of being able to make calls via my mod in Arma to a PERSCOM API, where it automatically tracks if a user attended an event. I know this is a big ask, so I just put this here to get the thought in your head! Great software.
  8. I can see the promotion points on the admin panel, but how can I set it so that people can see their promotion points on their PERSCOM profile? It looks like it shows dependent on a setting, but I can't find anywhere to change that setting in the admin panel. I'm probably just skimming over it.
  9. Another idea/feature request: It would be nice to be able to add promotion points to people when adding a combat/service/etc record. Right now we're tracking attendance to operations by mass-adding a "Attended X" combat record, and then going through the same selection of users and mass-adding a promotion point corresponding to it. Another bug report: In the soldiers page of the admin panel, when selecting multiple users, it will often be incorrect in the "# selected" floater at the bottom. I'm not sure if it's just the floater that's incorrect, or if some of the selection actually isn't going through.
  10. On the 3rdID website each user has custom icons next to their name in the roster. How would I go about adding a Steam icon to each member in the roster that links back to their Steam Profile? I already have a custom field set for each Steam Profile, so I have the data, I'm just not sure how to display it.
  11. On first install I had to have a special unencoded version installed by you guys, as the available download does not support IPB Cloud. To get the latest update, do you guys have to manually update it for me? If not, how do I update it myself? I'd love to get on IPB 4.4.0 asap, as that red "Upgrade" strip is killing me!
  12. Another thought - in the "Enlistment Center", if you're not signed in, it gives you IPB's typical nasty "Error, you're not signed in, etc." It would be nice if there was a clean registration prompt there so that people can move fluidly from registering to applying.
  13. Sounds like a good solution to me, along with the "roster search" function.
  14. I've been loving the application so far in testing, and rather than put different bits of feedback into separate threads, I thought I'd put them all in one as a general mix. There's no particular order to these, and I have to forewarn that I'm a software engineer, and I critique software for a living, so forgive me if I get overly analytical.. I'm just speaking features here though as I certainly am not a web developer. Activity Tracker: Love it! This replaces the forum-based roll call system I've been using for years entirely. The only feature I could see being added is a private notification to the immediate "Combat Supervisor" after a certain set of days so that they can go hound the player. The reason being, many people forget to report in, but they are not really AWOL. If they are set to AWOL even though they are active, it can look like they are truly inactive from the outside looking in. For example, after 14 days the Combat Supervisor is notified, after 21 days the person is marked AWOL. Applications: Also an incredible replacement for forum-based applications! I would have two suggestions for this. Firstly, it would be nice to have a front-end recruiters panel, much like the "Operations Center", so that they do not need to be in the admin panel. Permissions could simply be to process and update an application. Secondly, it would be nice to be able to process and update an application in one interaction. To my understanding, you currently need to process the application, and then once it is processed, return to the application and update it. The "process" interaction should also include updating the application status and optionally sending an application update message from the recruiter. Additional Feature (Attendance): In my unit, we have a multi-criteria approach to promotion requirements. This is primarily based off attendance, and attendance ratio. So, "overall lifetime attendance ratio", and "past-8 week attendance ratio" are two criteria that important to us. It would be incredible if we could track operation attendance by marking who is/isn't at an event, and then have that record keeping push to the personnel file of everyone listing when they have and have not attended. This may require a separate tab of "Attendance Records". Right now the way around this seems to be adding a new record individually to everyone saying "Player X missed operation", or "Player Y attended operation". With a big unit, this can get really tedious, really fast. To my knowledge, this is the only system we have to keep on google docs right now that is unable to switch to PERSCOM. Branding: I understand why there is a branding message at the top - it's good marketing. That said, for what is an expensive application in the world of IPS, I was surprised to see there was still a branding message. Also, as much as I love the 3rdInf, having a link to another units website at the top of your units website is definitely not desired. If unwilling to remove branding at the current price point, perhaps add a one-time branding removal for purchase. Menu Bar: This is a small thing, but the dropdown menu of PERSCOM has not updated to fit my theme automatically like other applications do. Most players probably will never notice that, but now that I have, I can never forget it! ? Forum Integration: I misinterpreted the forum integration to think that the PERSCOM ranks would integrate to IPB groups. That's on me, but it would be a nice feature to add in the future. The more important one to me would be to automatically update the IPB profile picture of a user based on their PERSCOM rank, as we do that here manually, and it eats up a good bit of time when you're promoting a large group. Again, I can't stress enough that I love the application, but I hope my feedback can help you as you continue your improvements! There's a high chance that some of this feedback is invalid, as I've only been using PERSCOM for under 24hrs.
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