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Offline supernova777

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let guests see the attachments but not download?
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:23:31 AM »
is this possible?
ie: to encourage guests to register

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 08:46:49 AM »
Am seeing some (non smf) forums offering only (more or less bad quality) thumbnails to visitors. Personally, it's more an irritation than an inspiration to join.

Evaluate if allowing visitors to access as much interesting \ quality content as possible could over time be the better way to make a good impression \ get new members.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 08:59:53 AM »
by default no you cannot do this.

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 10:04:52 AM »
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 10:39:38 AM »
Thanks for the mod, it's useful for me too  :P
Is it compatible with 2.1 RC1?

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2019, 10:52:16 AM »
Is it compatible with 2.1 RC1?
Unfortunately no 😢

Offline supernova777

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 09:50:23 PM »
it would be better for me if the file attachment (non images) were shown, and then when guests try to click a popup window instructing them that they need to sign up + register to gain access to the file attachments.. this would be really great

is this what your mod does?

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2019, 10:44:50 PM »
No it adds a seperate permission for downloading/viewing.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2019, 02:30:17 AM »
It might partly depend on what type of files the attachments will be, what type are they (documents, pictures, music, etc)?

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2019, 04:43:31 AM »
It’s a really good way to get people to join, see whatever, and never come back. Or, simply leave, and never come back.

Either way, not useful to you.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2019, 11:27:00 PM »
Am seeing some (non smf) forums offering only (more or less bad quality) thumbnails to visitors. Personally, it's more an irritation than an inspiration to join.

It’s a really good way to get people to join, see whatever, and never come back. Or, simply leave, and never come back.

Depends on the content you're trying to view/download. If it's available only there and I really need it, then yes, I for one would join ;).

Once again, I'll stress the nature of the forum and the content/attachments it's members share.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 07:29:12 PM »
It might partly depend on what type of files the attachments will be, what type are they (documents, pictures, music, etc)?

hard to find driver files, text documentation etc in this case

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2019, 07:35:56 PM »
So you guarantee users sign up, download and leave.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2019, 08:01:23 PM »
So you guarantee users sign up, download and leave.

If there are more files like the one they downloaded and they want to download them, no, they'll probably come back. With time, they might even interact.

Again, this works on some types of boards, not all of them... in fact, very few from what I've seen, but they're not non-existent.
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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2019, 08:17:00 PM »
It might partly depend on what type of files the attachments will be, what type are they (documents, pictures, music, etc)?

hard to find driver files, text documentation etc in this case

Don't think the market would be there for hard to find drivers when sites like driverguide.com exist and have them for free. What sort of stuff do you mean with "text documentation"? Have you googled to see if any other site has the same stuff for free without signing-up and logging-in?

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2019, 10:02:22 AM »
my sites content is related to music making equipment from 30+ years ago
some things are not available elsewhere online yes

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Re: let guests see the attachments but not download?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2019, 02:20:55 PM »
It doesn’t really matter, users who have to register just to download still won’t typical become good community members.
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