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Live Topic
by Coders Shack
10 Jan 2009 00:24

3 Attachment(s)
. . . . . . . . Brought to you by scriptasy.com

Live Demo:
Live Topic 1.07b Demo (you must be logged in, and the topic must be "live")

Videos: 1.00b 1.06b

watch the damn videos... ^_^
This product is different from anything you have seen before, it raises the bar for forums. It will make your forums much more interactive, and also reduce server load.

Technical Details:
If a thread has been posted in X seconds then its now Live, if other users are viewing the Live topic and are on the last page they will experience a clean ajax experience while talking to other members. Once the thread is older than X seconds its no longer Live and it will now act like a normal thread. Also if a user edits one of their posts that's inside of the thread, it will be updated too so there is no longer a reason to ever have to refresh.

There is also logic for the viewer, the viewer of the thread has to be in an active state to see responses. An active user state is determined upon the users actions, if no actions were made in X seconds then the user is marked as inactive.

Also you may wonder why this could save your server bandwidth and CPU. If a user is refreshing to talk to another members the queries on a normal thread load are way more intense than the ajax call that this modification makes. So if you have 5 people talking to each other none of them have to refresh the page, all they are doing is simple page requests and one intense request when there has actual change.

You can test Live Topic with two users, you will see how amaizing this is... And probably spontaneously combust.

Found a bug? Want to request a feature?
Live Topic - Project Manager
This is take less than 3 minutes to install, takes longer to notice its amazing feature. (you need multiple people to be active in the same topic)

[1.01b to 1.XXb] Uninstall the product, then reinstall it. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.

[1.02b to 1.03b] Overwrite files, upgrade product (dont install product)

[1.03b to 1.04b] Uninstall the product, then reinstall it. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.

[1.04b to 1.05b, 1.05b to 1.06b,1.06b to 1.07b] Upgrade the product. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.
Works With (FF2, FF3, IE6, IE7, IE8, SF2, SF3, CHROME):
vBulletin [3.8.X]

get the vBulletin [3.7.X] version here

safari 2 support
safari 3 support
google chrome sup
added live topic icon on new posts page
fixed security issue, strongly suggest upgrading!
added live edit (to avoid a performance hit i had to add two rows to two tables in the database)
added external style sheet
fix double post
phrase notification
fixed an edit bug for people with table prefixes
ability to change interval in ACP
javascript error for guests
fixed live topic activation (first poster to raise a dead topic)
auto quick reply focus after post
css flaw
js error for unsupported browsers (random)

fixed chrome issue
edit notification - thanks to nso
rebuilding some of the original logic to hopefully prevent product conflicts

fixed a little javascript issue that had to do with displaying posts
uses GPC cleaner now
limit the number of ajax posts on the live topic (example 40) and fade them away.
changed the way the hooks are used
tightened up everything a bit

fixed a bug where the live topic notification always making an ajax call
support user ignore list
changed the way the javascript logic worked (hopefully there are less compatibly issues) added support for IE6 and IE8

Coders Shack 10 Jan 2009 00:32

Things I am required to tell you i guess:
  • installs are tracked (upon install track.scriptasy.com is pinged, it just tracks installs not uninstalls or anything else. This can be removed in the product XML)
Fixes for incompatible mods:

Coders Shack 10 Jan 2009 00:45

i want feedback! feedback is key

Lynne 10 Jan 2009 00:51

Very cool. It does work a bit differently in firefox than in Safari though. If I post in Safari, it updates right away in Firefox. But, if I post in Firefox, it only gets updated in Safari if I post again in Safari. (If that makes sense.) Not sure if that is just because the two browsers are different or what. (My Safari 'user' was also a regular Registered User, whereas the firefox 'user' is an Admin, but I don't think that matters since I didn't see usergroup options at all.)

As I said, pretty cool! :up:

(Gotta go server dinner, thus the quick review.)

Coders Shack 10 Jan 2009 00:54

bugs are expected, I will check this out (so far my members at my forum are loving it)

thank you for the response

goblues 10 Jan 2009 02:26

Good stuff Coders Shack! Nominated. I think an Iframe is throwing mine off though.

morrow 10 Jan 2009 03:01

Well, I installed it but I'm not feeling it yet. :) Can't wait to see what this is all about.

Coders Shack 10 Jan 2009 03:08


Originally Posted by goblues (Post 1706906)
Good stuff Coders Shack! Nominated. I think an Iframe is throwing mine off though.


also im making a video right now of it in action. then im off to a party @ the beach

LCN2007 10 Jan 2009 03:51

Is it Backward Compatible? 3.7?

I will watch the video when i get home, dam work computer.

christicehurst 10 Jan 2009 03:55

This could be a big mod. Alot of users will like it.

One question: Does it work with Google Chrone?

WarLion 10 Jan 2009 03:59

i just testing this mod is awsome i also have the question if this work on 3.7.x

KevinL 10 Jan 2009 04:08

This is pretty cool!

Funny video also haha

Kaleem 10 Jan 2009 04:47

Is this just going to be one topic at a time?

Like I always have many active topics and members.

LCN2007 10 Jan 2009 05:11

No work for 3.7 :( Is there any way to fix that?

christicehurst 10 Jan 2009 05:20


Originally Posted by LCN2007 (Post 1706969)
No work for 3.7 :( Is there any way to fix that?

Upgrade to 3.8 is a good fix :)

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