This place is not a community. As some know, I was paying people for years to help others in the forum. And, now that I don’t have the money for that – there is no help. It’s all on me, but going back to 2007 it was supposed to be a community supported forum. People show up years after installing Indexhibit and want help and get angry because there isn’t somebody there for them.
Well, I have to ask, how much did you pay for Indexhibit? How much have you donated to Indexhibit? Have you ever helped anybody in the forum? Have you ever considered that help costs time and money?
I am a bit fed up. For beginners, if you post in the forum you are linking back to Indexhibit on your site – it’s the least you could do. You are also actively trying to search the forum for answers before you ask a question.
In 2012, somebody pointed out to me that the forum had reached 100,000 posts. I was curious how many of those posts were mine. Just above 70,000! Yes, I was 70% of everything in that forum (and now it’s a higher percentage). I have answered every question already. And, when I see new, important questions – I do jump in and resolve things.
A couple weeks ago I was accused of abandoning this project by somebody in the forum who installed their site 10 years ago. They had never upgraded and now that they had problems, I was a bad person. Ten years of a working website lead to that. It actually feels to me like they abandoned Indexhibit years ago.
People can take care of this project if they want it to continue – it’s not all on me to donate my time to this project (for 15 years now). I’d like some help – where is my support? Donate. Answer questions in the forum if you know the answer (please don’t, if you aren’t sure). The community is currently just me – and it was never supposed to be like this, but I’m tired of being treated like I’m a bad person or I don’t do anything for Indexhibit.
I have offered paid support for years via my own website but I’m lucky if I get one or two serious requests in a month (but I get plenty of emails wanting free help) – so, it’s hard for me to make time to do them, at all.
I wanted to extend a ‘thanks’ to those who donated recently – it is very much appreciated. Unfortunately, there were not many of them and after a few weeks they simply stopped (yes, I did delete that note eventually – this is not fun to talk about).
It’s hard watching another 1000 downloads without a single donation – alas, I’m at a loss right now about what to do.
I have had more email advice than donations. Indexhibit doesn’t send newsletters constantly because people don’t like newsletters – and it costs hundreds every time I send one. Advertising – for a free project (seeking donations) – isn’t going to happen.
I intend to try to do some kind of a fund drive in the future but not while much of the world is on lockdown.
I hope you are managing your local and world events well – these are not normal times.
PS: if you would prefer news updates another way, you can follow me at Twitter. Don’t worry, I don’t tweet often. 😉
Believe it or not, this is still plenty of work. I have been working on a new version and things are about to ramp up soon. Version two sites will work perfectly well with the new version. I am not posting a release date at this time – there is still much to do.
I’m sorry I am not very active in the forum but most questions have been answered – it may take some creative searching in the forum but the answers are there. I do not have time to both do everything else for Indexhibit and support.
If you would like to donate to Indexhibit it will be much appreciated.
We believe that GDPR is a great step forward on the net. Long overdue and let’s hope it puts those awful social media companies in their place. We are not their product!
We aren’t big fans of legal jargon either, so I’ll recap what it says.
– we do store very basic information about you on our servers
— forum nickname
— email address
— encrypted password
— preferences for the site
— purchase information (if you purchased before 2015)
— your posts to our forum
— last login date
— if you wish to receive newsletters (we’ve sent only three in 12 years now)
– we DO NOT sell or share your information with any third parties
– we respect your privacy and you have the following rights
— right to refuse signing up to our site (but services will not work)
— right to edit your information
— right to obtain a record of your stored information
— right to delete your account and all information
I would like to reiterate, because it seems alot of people have forgotten this fact, Indexhibit.org does not control your website. When you install Indexhibit you are independent from our servers. The images and text, etc., that you put on your website are your own property. Your website is your responsibility.
Now, regarding your website, there are three things you should know regarding your Indexhibit installation (assuming you are using the most current version):
1 – your site does not create any cookies for visitors.
2 – your site does track non-personally identifying IP addresses for making statistics (if you have them enabled). Note: if you are using Google Analytics they are using cookies on your behalf.
3 – your site does create login cookies for you to access the studio.
I’m happy to answer questions and try make things more clear – send me a note at: support [at] indexhibit [dot] org
A serious security vulnerability was discovered (and already patched) and everybody is advised to update to version 2.1.5 as soon as possible. The vulnerability allows hackers the ability to insert things into your database (yes, very serious).
You can utilize this website to see if you have been hacked: isithacked.com.
Indexhibit is a free project and does not cost anything to use, update, download, etc.
We have provided information about upgrading in the Tutorials section at our site. If you are unable to upgrade you might simply consider re-installing your site. I will be available a bit more than usual in the forum in the coming weeks to try to answer questions.
If you have built Indexhibit sites for clients or have friends who you have installed – these people might not be in our database – please contact them and let them know.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause for you, but it is imperative that you update or re-install your site.
Kind regards and happy 2018!
PS: I am looking for a volunteer security research person to help look into the matter further – send me an email please.
I just pushed out the code for Indexhibit v2.1.5. Let’s just get right to it – what’s inside?
– fixed index links not loading *
– fixed pseudo links in style.css
– fixed a small bug with upgrade utility
– fixed password retrieval and transmit functions
– general adjustments related to collect module
– removed backward compatibility in all classes
– enabled tagging for exhibits
– enabled subsections (turn on via /ndxzsite/config/options.php)
iframes no longer reliably work with https because of cross-site scripting rules. If you are trying to link to an https besides your own site you may need to rethink the link.
This is really a completely different news entry, so I’ll just say that it was conceptually a way to take Indexhibit from being a purely (theoretically speaking) vertical system to one that could also be horizontal facing at the same time. Unfortunately, it was so much work at the time.
The first collect module is a simple Journal/Log system. It’s still experimental so I’m releasing it from my own website. You can get the full details here.