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Guys,

Lately I've seen an increasing number of posts requesting changes or functionality on futures.io (formerly BMT).

I've posted some comments scattered throughout the forum, but I wanted to create a single thread to draw more attention and let more people know my intentions.

The intention is this: No more site changes to the current underlying software (vBulletin). At this time, I consider it more or less a dead product (vBulletin) and I refuse to "upgrade" to their new version because of the extreme negative feedback it has generated from admins and users alike.

So instead, I am intending to convert the backend of the site to IP Board 4.0. IPB or Invision has a thread on their site about the major changes they are introducing in version 4 of their product:

IPS Company Blog - Invision Power Services

IPB is a competing product to vBulletin. The other option was XenForo, but I prefer IPB 4 at this time. I reserve the right to change my mind later.

What this means is that I am not going to continue spending time and money on the current software (vBulletin). Instead, all resources are being devoted to getting futures.io (formerly BMT) converted to IPB. I call this revision "futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0" because 2014 is our fifth year in operation. Hopefully I can get it done before that turns to futures.io (formerly BMT) 6.0.

IPB 4.0 is expected to be released very soon. Once released, here is a very high level schedule of events:

- Install IPB
- Import the database from vBulletin to IPB
- Make a public facing beta test site which will be made available in the following order: First: Admins only, Second: Market Wizards, Third: Elite Members, Last: Everyone
- During the months of testing the public beta of futures.io (formerly BMT) on IPB, the process of converting the hundreds of customizations from vBulletin to IPB will be taking place
- This also includes a new up-to-date theme/template

The current futures.io (formerly BMT) site will be accessible during all of this. A second "beta" copy of futures.io (formerly BMT) will be on a separate URL and stand-alone. It will be restricted to admins only initially, then gradually will roll out to others as per the above. All of the existing posts and threads that are converted from the old site to the new site will be made read-only during this beta test. This will prevent split topics between the two separate databases. A new "testing only" subforum will be created on the beta test site for the function of testing out posting, it will be for tests only and nothing "serious" or "formal" -- all of which would still be posted exclusively on the primary futures.io (formerly BMT) site.

Now, let me also say the following very important things. All of this will be an extremely gradual transition. You will not wake up one day and have sweeping changes. I am all too familiar with how much people dislike change. I also realize I cannot please everyone. However, change will be coming. But it will be coming very slowly, so please do not worry too much over this.

Not every single piece of functionality on the current futures.io (formerly BMT) will be duplicated to the new IPB version of futures.io (formerly BMT). It just wouldn't be possible. But, at the same time, it will give me the opportunity to make some significant upgrades to the site that should more than make up for some loss of functionality that users my find as a "favorite" on futures.io (formerly BMT).

BTW, if you are asking "why change" the answer is simple. The current site is a nightmare to administer, especially from a security perspective. vBulletin has a terrible reputation over the last few years in this area. That, combined with the fact that vBulletin has end-of-lifed the product I am using, and my complete unwillingness to "upgrade" to their new product leaves us with just one choice - and that is to change products.

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You might want to browse some other forums using IPB to get a feel for it. Keep in mind these are running v3. I would not want to run v3 (which is why we aren't, and instead are using vBulletin). But v4 is a ground up rewrite more or less and has fantastic features coming.

Anyway, worth possibly checking out:

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Mike, I presume IPB integrates with Tapatalk?

 
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Mike, I presume IPB integrates with Tapatalk?

Yes

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This also includes a new up-to-date theme/template

I realise it's all a personal thing, but compared to the forums you listed above the appearance/layout of futures.io (formerly BMT) was so much better. For me that is the critical component. I really like the blue/gray/white - and making use of the full screen - as it makes things very easy to read. I'm no graphic artist, but I don't think the appearance needs too much of an overhaul. Simplicity is the key IMO. Having said that - best of luck with the project. I look forward to seeing the new product.

 
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I realise it's all a personal thing, but compared to the forums you listed above the appearance/layout of futures.io (formerly BMT) was so much better. For me that is the critical component. I really like the blue/gray/white - and making use of the full screen - as it makes things very easy to read. I'm no graphic artist, but I don't think the appearance needs too much of an overhaul. Simplicity is the key IMO. Having said that - best of luck with the project. I look forward to seeing the new product.

I agree.

The sites I listed are not an exact representation of what you can expect. First, they are on the old product. But second, futures.io (formerly BMT) will retain its unique footprint.

My intention with the template (GUI) is to just refine it to bring it more up to date. It will also be fully responsive, meaning it will work perfectly on mobile platforms.

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To give an idea about feature upgrades, here is one that most people on futures.io (formerly BMT) will enjoy.

The ability to simply drag and drop screenshots into posts, or Ctrl-V paste images from your clipboard into your post.

Just one of many, many examples.

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Another new feature will be the acceptance of bitcoin for Elite Membership.

Another is a completely revamped Webinars section with searching and sorting by author, keywords, topic or date.

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A few other features:

Editor will automatically save "drafts" of your post as you type it

Example of the drag and drop attachment upload support:
https://community.invisionpower.com/blogvideos/Emoticon-Management.swf

Better support for external links and media:
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I realise it's all a personal thing, but compared to the forums you listed above the appearance/layout of futures.io (formerly BMT) was so much better. For me that is the critical component. I really like the blue/gray/white - and making use of the full screen - as it makes things very easy to read. I'm no graphic artist, but I don't think the appearance needs too much of an overhaul. Simplicity is the key IMO. Having said that - best of luck with the project. I look forward to seeing the new product.

+1 from Koepisch. Keep the layout simple to utilize the full screen (nothing to the left + nothing to the right). The colors are a trademark of futures.io (formerly BMT), so think about that if you want to switch them. Good luck and less trouble during the transition.

 
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Since I have plenty of futures.io (formerly BMT) pages saved as favorites I have really only one question - will the old links still work in futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 (at least as redirection)?

 
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+1 from Koepisch. Keep the layout simple to utilize the full screen (nothing to the left + nothing to the right). The colors are a trademark of futures.io (formerly BMT), so think about that if you want to switch them. Good luck and less trouble during the transition.

Have no fear. I hate fixed width sites, I will not be doing that. What we have now is called a fluid width or dynamic width site, which is what it will always be.

Colors will remain. General idea is to freshen it up, make it more modern. Less bubbles and round edges, more business.

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Since I have plenty of futures.io (formerly BMT) pages saved as favorites I have really only one question - will the old links still work in futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 (at least as redirection)?

Yes, all old URL's will correctly redirect. This includes threads, posts, downloads, webinars.

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thanks for the detailed information. I realize that this will be a huge work amount for you, but in the end it will be an even better futures.io (formerly BMT) experience for all of us. Also allowing Bitcoins as payment is great for all being left out by Paypal.

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been following IPB for many many years and i have to say it really is a nice board.. 4.0 should also be amazing.. this is going to be a good change. did you ever give any thought to allowing devs and what not to have donate buttons by their names?

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been following IPB for many many years and i have to say it really is a nice board.. 4.0 should also be amazing.. this is going to be a good change. did you ever give any thought to allowing devs and what not to have donate buttons by their names?

It was previously discussed and decided to not be a good idea.

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thanks for the detailed information. I realize that this will be a huge work amount for you, but in the end it will be an even better futures.io (formerly BMT) experience for all of us. Also allowing Bitcoins as payment is great for all being left out by Paypal.

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Sounds good BM, as one of the guys who doesn't like change generally I appreciate how you have laid out your plan to phase it in slowly. That said, it does sound much more user friendly with more features and so forth.


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P.S. Make sure you retain the chatbox !

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Sounds good BM, as one of the guys who doesn't like change generally I appreciate how you have laid out your plan to phase it in slowly. That said, it does sound much more user friendly with more features and so forth.


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P.S. Make sure you retain the chatbox !

i dunno if he is going to use it, but they have a much better chat app for IPB..

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There will be a live chatbox.

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Invision posted some new info on 4.0 today for those inclined to read it:

4.0 - Follow System - Invision Power Services

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4.0 - Recurring calendar events - Invision Power Services

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4.0 - Staff Directory - Invision Power Services

All of this indicates they are closer to release, which is good news for futures.io (formerly BMT).

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As IP. Suite owner myself I can only applaud your decision, besides the obvious UI advantages for us it will also be a big improvement for you on the backend

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Would it be possible to include a "Select All" button to the code boxes in threads once the switch to the new forum software is done? This is not really of importance, but this would be nice to have in case it's easily doable.

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IPB has said that 4.0 will be released by end of Q2. So depending on how productive I can be at that point with my makeshift office setup (while waiting for my container), I'll look to start not longer after that.

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Would it be possible to include a "Select All" button to the code boxes in threads once the switch to the new forum software is done? This is not really of importance, but this would be nice to have in case it's easily doable.

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not a fan of code window as you have to slide back and forth, scroll up and and down in order to see the rest of the code.
But to select all you can click reply first then just cut and paste the part you interest in.

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ive been following IPB since 2002 and the feed of updates that they keep leaking are pretty nice.. it looks like its going to be pretty BA!

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Some nice messaging improvements (check the videos).

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I'm probably being presumptuous here, but I'd like to offer to update the futures.io (formerly BMT) logo. Unfortunately I don't have any "traditional" credentials, but when I was in the Army one of my intel "products" (a powerpoint presentation) was so well received it was sent to the President (George W at the time - no joke). I also designed a monument for fallen Soldiers that is now in place in at the base in Dal Molin, Italy.

If you want to send me requirements I'd be happy to give it a shot, just let me know.

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I'm probably being presumptuous here, but I'd like to offer to update the futures.io (formerly BMT) logo. Unfortunately I don't have any "traditional" credentials, but when I was in the Army one of my intel "products" (a powerpoint presentation) was so well received it was sent to the President (George W at the time - no joke). I also designed a monument for fallen Soldiers that is now in place in at the base in Dal Molin, Italy.

If you want to send me requirements I'd be happy to give it a shot, just let me know.

A new theme/visual style will be part of the new deployment. Anyone can feel free to post or send me mock-ups of anything they wish that shows something they think is better.

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A new theme/visual style will be part of the new deployment. Anyone can feel free to post or send me mock-ups of anything they wish that shows something they think is better.

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Any idea what direction you want to take it thematically? Are you going for the same 'feel'? Same color scheme?

I'll work on a few samples.

 
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Any idea what direction you want to take it thematically? Are you going for the same 'feel'? Same color scheme?

I'll work on a few samples.

Basically just a more modern version of what we have, less bubbles more hard edges, similar colors.

People don't like change, so phase 1 of the forum software change will need to try to be highly similar to the current site.

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People don't like change, so phase 1 of the forum software change will need to try to be highly similar to the current site.

Mike

I appreciate that, but I'm sure that even the older people (like me ) on futures.io (formerly BMT) are still able to adapt some changes in color and / or style...

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I appreciate that, but I'm sure that even the older people (like me ) on futures.io (formerly BMT) are still able to adapt some changes in color and / or style...

I want to give the site a facelift, I am just saying it needs to be done incrementally and not all at once because the switch from vB to IPS is already a big enough change. So I will try to maintain similar functionality and appearance in that first theme, and then once we are solidly on IPS we will roll out other changes.

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I want to give the site a facelift, I am just saying it needs to be done incrementally and not all at once because the switch from vB to IPS is already a big enough change. So I will try to maintain similar functionality and appearance in that first theme, and then once we are solidly on IPS we will roll out other changes.

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Thanks Mike, I think I already got it...

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This is something I finished before I read the "less bubbles and more hard edges" post.. Anyway it's just a sample not a finished product so no worries.. next one will be more "serious" and more cohesive.. I'll be posting two categories: Just Logo and Logo with Text

These are wide open to suggestions and can be mixed and matched and changed in just about every way. If you have an idea just let me know and I'll try to make it happen (I love doing this stuff)


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Here is my deviantart gallery if anyone is interested: Pinkvoid's deviantART Gallery

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Totally different direction with this one.. In keeping with Mike's dog theme I thought maybe something like this might be interesting. I'm thinking it's a little too aggressive but oh well I'm just throwing ideas out there.

Next one will be an attempt to put "futures.io (formerly BMT)" together in a sort of corporate style.

Mike if I'm hijacking the thread please let me know and I'll either send them to you privately in a big batch or move to a different thread.


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I'm thinking a mike caricature with a thumbs up..a la aintitcoolnews. I'll try and do a mock up.

You guys have gone to some effort on these, nice!

 
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This is what I'm working on right now.. The idea is that trading is a maze and futures.io (formerly BMT) is the "way out".. This is very preliminary so I'm just fishing for suggestions here. If this is WAAAAYY off base let me know and I'll drop it and move on.



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This is what I'm working on right now.. The idea is that trading is a maze and futures.io (formerly BMT) is the "way out".. This is very preliminary so I'm just fishing for suggestions here. If this is WAAAAYY off base let me know and I'll drop it and move on.



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I thought mazes start with an opening similar to this


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I thought mazes start with an opening similar to this

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I actually just changed it to this:



Not really finding the visual interest with this one though, so I think I might move on.

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I actually just changed it to this:



Not really finding the visual interest with this one though, so I think I might move on.

I like this one but with the T the way you had it before*

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I like this one but with the T the way you had it before*

Yeah I agree.. this is WIP so I'm playing around with stuff right now

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A little twist on the previous idea..


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aaaaannnd a couple of variations..



and with a drop shadow


Still just throwing ideas out so if anyone has input it would be GREATLY appreciated.

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and here's my new favorite version



It still needs some refinement, but I'm done with this one for now.. on to other samples.

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aaaaannnd a couple of variations..



and with a drop shadow


Still just throwing ideas out so if anyone has input it would be GREATLY appreciated.

..now the path is showing a more visible and lisible logo.
I like the arrow up. As this line is mostly used on "success-sites" I would recommend to
try to exchange the line with japanese candlesticks to show it is a "trader's platform and to
combine it with the exploding arrow's top.
Maybe a smoother font for the background could make it even "rounder". Like the Bodoni bold
for example.
Just some thoughts.

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..now the path is showing a more visible and lisible logo.
I like the arrow up. As this line is mostly used on "success-sites" I would recommend to
try to exchange the line with japanese candlesticks to show it is a "trader's platform and to
combine it with the exploding arrow's top.
Maybe a smoother font for the background could make it even "rounder". Like the Bodoni bold
for example.
Just some thoughts.

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I'm having a hard time imagining what you mean by combining the candlesticks with the arrow. Can you post a sketch to give me an idea?

As for the font, I'm trying to stay within the "hard edges" direction Mike mentioned, so I'm trying to keep it as clean as possible. If I get more support for changing the font I'll change it but for now I'm keeping it. Also right now I'm just throwing ideas out there; if there's enough support for one particular thing I'll refine it, but right now I'm trying to put content out without worrying about perfection too much.

 
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and here's my new favorite version



It still needs some refinement, but I'm done with this one for now.. on to other samples.

this one is pretty solid.. nice work

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I'm having a hard time imagining what you mean by combining the candlesticks with the arrow. Can you post a sketch to give me an idea?
..

I have no problem to see and follow your way creating the new futures.io (formerly BMT) logo.
As this forum is mostly bound to trading and not to create stuff for web and print
I will try to step back right now and let the things play out.
If any time you like to get some insights in font development you can pm me.

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I've run out of ideas for the time being.. not going to force it, so I'll be back if anything comes to me or anyone suggests something interesting.

 
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I've run out of ideas for the time being.. not going to force it, so I'll be back if anything comes to me or anyone suggests something interesting.

How about making futures.io (formerly BMT) letters into candle sticks LOL

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How about making futures.io (formerly BMT) letters into candle sticks LOL

That's something I've thought of doing, but I can't make it work.. any idea how you think it should look in general?

 
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lol this is very rough but something like this where you take the verticals of the letters. Somehow the candles need their own unique position and shape so they don't just look like rectangular boxes. (I doubt mike would like the bmt in renko lol)




And then if you want to put the cherry on top make the first letter B a double distribution volume profile.

I can't tell if this looks absolutely horrible or somewhat decent.

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ya i read that.. cool stuffs.. have you got a nose for when they are going to release?

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ya i read that.. cool stuffs.. have you got a nose for when they are going to release?

Best guess is at the worldwide forum conference next month. I imagine they will announce public beta. But that is good enough for me to get started testing the migration, I mainly didn't want to waste time doing a 3.x migration. It will be a long and difficult process.

The hardest part is finding developers, I've already tried to get some of them to put me at the top of their list. I let them know I have a 5-figure budget for the conversion and I know it will take hundreds of hours of custom time.

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Best guess is at the worldwide forum conference next month. I imagine they will announce public beta. But that is good enough for me to get started testing the migration, I mainly didn't want to waste time doing a 3.x migration. It will be a long and difficult process.

The hardest part is finding developers, I've already tried to get some of them to put me at the top of their list. I let them know I have a 5-figure budget for the conversion and I know it will take hundreds of hours of custom time.

Mike

once that process is done with i know it will all be worth it.. i think they actually have a migration 'team' at IPS for just this problem.. especially for all the users switching from VB..

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This sounds great
Guessing there will be new Wiki entries and webinars on how to navigate after switching to IPS 4.0; if needed so you can tell I know little about IPS 4.0, even after going to their site.
My only wish would be for downloadable user help files if they exist already from Invision Power Services, Inc.
Not looking to add to your already full plate.

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Why do you need to log out so often?

Like signing onto any website, it is a good security practice to log off after use. It is a matter of convenience to easily find the Log Off button.

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Like signing onto any website, it is a good security practice to log off after use. It is a matter of convenience to easily find the Log Off button.

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i would say you are in the minority on this one, especially with forum software. anyways you can skin the forum to look however you want it to..

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IPS opened a preview site of their new forum software package, note that it might take awhile before your account becomes activated.

Link for those interested: Registration - IPS4 Preview Site

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Even though I asked to Mike, let me express here that I would like to have the possibility to have the timestamp of the recent posts in the format "June 19th, 2014, 09:13 PM" instead of "5 Hours Ago" (more precission and better idea of "when" IMO).

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Even though I asked to Mike, let me express here that I would like to have the possibility to have the timestamp of the recent posts in the format "June 19th, 2014, 09:13 PM" instead of "5 Hours Ago" (more precission and better idea of "when" IMO).

Thank you

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I would like to suggest (and comment) some things about the "Thanks System", most of all thinking in the new improvements (futures.io (formerly BMT) 5, etc).

First of all I have to say that this is (always IMO) a very good paralell system to get feedback from the Community (very important) without overdoing the whole messaging system (that's why I said paralell, very important also).

There are some ideas that come to me in order to perhaps improve it.

Without any special order (suggestions and comments):


* The actual interface doesn't makes possible to get results statistics oriented (as I know). What for?. For example because if we could get a list of our thanked posts ordered by number of thanks, probably we could get unexpected findings; for example knowing some contribution that we never thought it was so well received. And many many other search results findings (as other example; may be we didn't know that some people are really our fans!).

To get this results, perhaps not so necessary database and interface works if offering just the data in order to be treated by our own (Access, Excel, etc). And not only over just us, over all the Community (always open to Mike's judgment).


* It's really important the agility of the system (as currently is), without display refreshes to see reflected our actions (our thanks).


* It's also important (as currently is) the position of the button/s (a very strategic position).


* Are not there things we do not like?. Why not a "No, thanks" button?.


* May be sometimes, just sometimes so it should be optional and without disturbing the usual agility, we would like to leave a comment to our "Thanks" / "No, thanks" action.


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I am not overly concerned with the actual "conversion" (database). I am more concerned with all the customization needed to retain a lot of futures.io (formerly BMT) features. And then I also am not crazy about the out of box experience, and will need to do a lot of heavy modification to a) make it something I like, and b) make it similar to the current futures.io (formerly BMT) style.

It will be an enormous project involving who knows how many developers and graphics design contractors, but I think in the end it will take us where we need to be for the next 5 years or more.

Please post follow-ups in the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 thread.

Mike

i know you have had problems with devs and contractors, have you looked into anyone from the IPB community? i feel like there might be more luck there.

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i know you have had problems with devs and contractors, have you looked into anyone from the IPB community? i feel like there might be more luck there.

I tried a few months back. I need to start the process over once I have 4.0 installed. I will need some really good developers, my gut feeling is this is about 10-20k of work and will take a small army.

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Is "Big Mike Trading" an appropriate name that represents the community today? When I started this site over 5 years ago, I never imagined it would be the largest/most active futures community on the planet.

What will the next 5 years look like? Is the current name the best way to proceed?

Does the current name negatively impact or act as a hindrance? Does it act positively or as encouragement?

Would changing the name be completely disruptive?

I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I bring up the question of the name now simply because with all the changes that will come as part of the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 initiative, it would be a good time if a change is to be made.

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Is "Big Mike Trading" an appropriate name that represents the community today? When I started this site over 5 years ago, I never imagined it would be the largest/most active futures community on the planet.

What will the next 5 years look like? Is the current name the best way to proceed?

Does the current name negatively impact or act as a hindrance? Does it act positively or as encouragement?

Would changing the name be completely disruptive?

I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I bring up the question of the name now simply because with all the changes that will come as part of the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 initiative, it would be a good time if a change is to be made.

Mike

@Big Mike I kind of like the hometown feel of the name. But if I was searching web on saw it in search results I might not click on it because of the name. That being said is a toss up as far as my opinion goes. From an SEO perspective it is challenging to change a name. I would really examine the SEO part of the equation when making that decision.

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Mike

Your site is recognized world-wide as Big Mike's Trading forum. Leave it alone! (This, from someone who detests change - odd that I chose trading - who's price is always changing).

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?
...
I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I haven't figured out my answer yet, but I had to Google "SEO" before I knew it meant "Search Engine Optimization": getting search engine hits.

I'm posting this just in case I'm not alone in not knowing what it meant....

I'll give my answer to the question after some more thinking about it. I will say it's a very good question.

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Is "Big Mike Trading" an appropriate name that represents the community today? When I started this site over 5 years ago, I never imagined it would be the largest/most active futures community on the planet.

What will the next 5 years look like? Is the current name the best way to proceed?

Does the current name negatively impact or act as a hindrance? Does it act positively or as encouragement?

Would changing the name be completely disruptive?

I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I bring up the question of the name now simply because with all the changes that will come as part of the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 initiative, it would be a good time if a change is to be made.

Mike

Trading is in your name and URL, your not gonna get much more SEO benefit. Plus your site has current SEO that you could damage if you switch names and URL's.

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Trading is in your name and URL, your not gonna get much more SEO benefit. Plus your site has current SEO that you could damage if you switch names and URL's.

I think I agree with this. I didn't want to express my gut feeling without giving it some thought, but this does resonate with me, and I think that now you have some name recognition, it would not be a good idea to give it up.

Sure, brands do change their names and the new names do get accepted, but my thought is that there would be a period of confusion, and it would require a lot of explaining, and there would likely be a lot of misunderstanding.... and you aren't going to be hiring a big advertising marketing firm to push the new name out to the world , so the change would be rockier.

Maybe, when the site was first established, it could have been a good choice to use a non-personalized name for it, but now it is established and known, with the name it has. Changing it probably would not be a great idea.

It's a great question, but I think it would do more harm than good at this point.

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Is "Big Mike Trading" an appropriate name that represents the community today? When I started this site over 5 years ago, I never imagined it would be the largest/most active futures community on the planet.

What will the next 5 years look like? Is the current name the best way to proceed?

Does the current name negatively impact or act as a hindrance? Does it act positively or as encouragement?

Would changing the name be completely disruptive?

I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I bring up the question of the name now simply because with all the changes that will come as part of the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 initiative, it would be a good time if a change is to be made.

Mike

As long as people search for free ninjatrader indicator your site will come up so there is no worry about changing name will harm it. I like to make a case for why the name should be change, seems like lots of big guys name Mike out there so the name is kind of generic. Lets keep 'trading' part and call it futures.io (formerly BMT) the Biggest Trading Site. The change would not be disruptive if you have a banner saying soon to be called futures.io (formerly BMT) the Biggest Trading Site. With the revolutionary free indicators thread this site can only get bigger and bigger, my 2c.

 
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@Big Mike,

Think of Google, eBay, Yahoo, Verizon, JP Morgan, etc. that are known for the services or products they represent and are brands. The literal meaning of those brand names is less relevant. Why give away a recognized brand name and start all over?

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Your site is recognized world-wide as Big Mike's Trading forum. Leave it alone! (This, from someone who detests change - odd that I chose trading - who's price is always changing).



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Think of Google, eBay, Yahoo, Verizon, JP Morgan, etc. that are known for the services or products they represent and are brands. The literal meaning of those brand names is less relevant. Why give away a recognized brand name and start all over?

I completely subscribe to that, nothing more to add...

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Since futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 is going to be a major rollout, I'm considering other changes as well.

Let me be frank. Should the name of the site be changed?

Is "Big Mike Trading" an appropriate name that represents the community today? When I started this site over 5 years ago, I never imagined it would be the largest/most active futures community on the planet.

What will the next 5 years look like? Is the current name the best way to proceed?

Does the current name negatively impact or act as a hindrance? Does it act positively or as encouragement?

Would changing the name be completely disruptive?

I'd like to hear from as many people as possible on this, and I hope you take the time to think through all the angles and let me know your thoughts. Some that come to mind are:

- Name recognition
- Community representation
- Community values
- Marketing, traffic, SEO

I bring up the question of the name now simply because with all the changes that will come as part of the futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 initiative, it would be a good time if a change is to be made.

Mike

I think at this point most of the members identify the futures.io (formerly BMT) name with this site as a "brand". People like being on a "team", and the older the team the more invested its members become. Elitetrader's members have their heads so far up their own asses to see that it's just a forum, not the hinge for their giant egos. To me T2W is also irrelevant, as they are too focused on new members. Basically the only real 'work' that gets done is on futures.io (formerly BMT), which I think is why futures.io (formerly BMT) is so successful.

The point being that a name change might be all it takes to shift futures.io (formerly BMT) into one of those categories, where either it pushes away innovators and becomes a place for only newbies, or it becomes a place for people who think they are God's gift to trading just because they are profitable and reputations are constantly questioned.

I vote don't change it.

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Should the name of the site be changed?

I agree with the people voting "Don't change" unless you have a better option. And this is the great question; what is a better option?. But attention; not just completely rational. Don't look for better options just by a rational way because for some or perhaps many reasons, at this point of the race, the name must have an important emotional ingredient; cool, familiar, as among the sum of home people forces, and without denying the past that arrived here (also the really truth is that Mike, for all kind of results, pivots the forum).

So, is there something better?, Yes?, sure?; then change, but don`t do tests at this point.

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@Big Mike
futures.io (formerly BMT) is a short name, easy reminded and getting already for a long time a brand for futures trading.

In fact I would in your position trade mark "futures.io (formerly BMT)" and "Big Mike's Trading Forum" - if this has not happened already.

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and voting for leaving it as it is.

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I once read that it takes about $6MM to build a recognisable brand, why instantly undermine your existing brand equity without having an +EV reason to do so? From my experience name changes only happen when it makes strategic sense, for example when PR things go bad. Considering that futures.io (formerly BMT) is an internet company, SEO hits matter a lot. I get that you want to grow/ evolve your business, however the brand and user base are some of your key assets. A name change could easily alienate existing users? I would not recommend you to change your name unless you intend to pick up undisclosed business activities that require you to do so in order to create more synergy opportunities.

 
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@madLyfe

image uploading vs remote image linking - Feedback - IPS4 Preview Site

Already implemented on current futures.io (formerly BMT), and will be implemented on futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 as well. It is non-optional in my opinion because of the broken images (later), but also because of cookie abuse where spammers embed bbcode img's that point to sites that just load Amazon cookies on your computer, so they get credit for anything you buy (etc).

The cache script implemented on futures.io (formerly BMT) solves all that, plus improves performance.

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@madLyfe

image uploading vs remote image linking - Feedback - IPS4 Preview Site

Already implemented on current futures.io (formerly BMT), and will be implemented on futures.io (formerly BMT) 5.0 as well. It is non-optional in my opinion because of the broken images (later), but also because of cookie abuse where spammers embed bbcode img's that point to sites that just load Amazon cookies on your computer, so they get credit for anything you buy (etc).

The cache script implemented on futures.io (formerly BMT) solves all that, plus improves performance.

Mike

well dang, if i did know that was the case on futures.io (formerly BMT) i had forgotten. you should post that there so those guys see the logic behind such a thing from someone who maintains a fairly large forum.

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well dang, if i did know that was the case on futures.io (formerly BMT) i had forgotten. you should post that there so those guys see the logic behind such a thing from someone who maintains a fairly large forum.

Try it yourself. just [img] an external URL, and see what happens...

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ya maybe i did know that they went to bmtcharts.. i dont even know anymore..


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ya maybe i did know that they went to bmtcharts.. i dont even know anymore..

It could go to the main domain too, I just chose to use bmcharts. Do you run a forum right now?

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It could go to the main domain too, I just chose to use bmcharts. Do you run a forum right now?

Mike

nah. i used to play around with stuff back in the day. ive been following that IPB project for many years. more or less just interested in software i guess.

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Just one more idea: the ability to mark posts, like twitter favorites, but maybe not exactly:

Maybe we want to mark a post because we consider it as a favorite and wants to record it as it.

But maybe wants to put a mark just because reasons like e.g.: "reread from here".

In other way; lists of marked posts private, public, both?.

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Just one more idea: the ability to mark posts, like twitter favorites, but maybe not exactly:

Maybe we want to mark a post because we consider it as a favorite and wants to record it as it.

But maybe wants to put a mark just because reasons like e.g.: "reread from here".

In other way; lists of marked posts private, public, both?.

Greetings.

save the perm. link to your favorite.

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save the perm. link to your favorite.

Really it could be a solution.

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