IPS for technical community
At Engineers Australia, we have piloted a community using Invision Power Services. The platform is very stable and well featured. We were most interested in a cloud based solution where we could adjust the domain name and the ability to host content as part of the community. Our main mode of operation has been running webinars to the calendar feature has been very useful. It didnt come with a native wiki but has a database backend that was easily adapted to make something similar. The only criticism I have, is there is no way to enforce an opt in for the discussion forums. Normally, I would expect as a condition of sign up that people automatically are subscribed to notifications of new forum content. But IPS enforces it the other way. People have to navigate the whole site and tick boxes for each calendar, forum, wiki etc. Of course they dont do this, so it has been difficult to get much interaction on the discussion forums. But that might be just the nature of the technical content we are discussing. Overall, its a good platform and does what it claims to do very well.