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Mod Version: 1.1, by MrNase (Member) MrNase is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.0 Rating: (3 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 29
Released: 27 Aug 2006 Last Update: 30 Aug 2006 Downloads: 226
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A friend of mine pointed me to this:
He's running a quite popular forum about computer security and many websites use his newsfeed. The problem is that the newsfeed publishes the full content of the thread so that the users don't have to go back to the original source. Additionally some webmasters don't even post information on the original source.

This modification let's you choose wether you want to have the full content to be published or only the first 50 (or 100 or 12 , ...) characters.

It basically turns this:

Thread title
Hello, I've found quite some interesting stuff at and the best of all - it's free! Go and check it out!

into this:
Thread title
Hello, I've found quite some interesting...

This modification has two settings, one to turn it completely off and one setting which let's you chose how many characters you want to display. Default is '50'.

It has been tested with the RSS2 feed (seems to be the most common one).

The instructions are simple, you have to edit external.php and import one new product.

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Old 13 Mar 2007, 06:07
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RaZor Edge RaZor Edge is offline
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Sad to see this do not seems to work with 3.6.5 :-(

I would really like to use something like this.

Last edited by RaZor Edge; 13 Mar 2007 at 07:00.
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Old 27 Mar 2007, 10:14
RedTyger RedTyger is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
I have a suggestion why don't you also allow users the option to trim by percentage of the total content? Perhaps if the content is longer than X characters? That way it could mean that a good proportion is always included even if the full length is very short or very long.

Oh and PS, external.php has hooks!
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Old 06 May 2007, 14:09
Cybershaolin Cybershaolin is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Yep, does not work for me either in 3.6.5.

Edits done in external.php

Hack activated with "Yes" and Number of words set at "100".

I still see the whole posts... not trimmed at all.

Is the hack still supported? Any plans to make this work with 3.6.5?
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Old 19 May 2007, 09:57
Legende Legende is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Any news on this?? Or other solutions?
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Old 09 Aug 2007, 22:44
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tpearl5 tpearl5 is offline
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Real name: John
I will be trying this later
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Old 05 Sep 2007, 02:02
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WiseOne38221 WiseOne38221 is offline
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Darn, doesn't work on 3.6.7 as the threads aren't trimmed at all. It's just like it ignores it and does what it wants, LOL.
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Last edited by WiseOne38221; 05 Sep 2007 at 02:05. Reason: Spelling
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Old 16 Sep 2007, 16:16
Join Date: Aug 2004
Can someone imagine why it doesn't work in 3.6.7 and 3.6.8?
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 21:13
mccollin mccollin is offline
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Real name: Mike
Not working in 3.6.5 for me either. I really need this one.
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Old 24 Jan 2008, 17:45
abroad abroad is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
I need to trim my output to 10-100 words...please can anybody have a look on it?!?
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Old 24 May 2008, 17:09
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ram94401 ram94401 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
MrNase is very busy, I guess. This product is not working in 3.7; Readme.txt has misleading statement. It says

"Now login to your Admin CP and check out the vBulletin Options. Have a look at the 'Trim Feed Contents?', you'll need to turn it 'on'."

"Trim Feed Contents?" is under "External Data Provider" under Options.

VB shows trimmed content by default in Firefox, you don't need this product to trim the description. Only IE shows the full description.
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Old 24 Jun 2013, 22:27
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Naijasite Naijasite is offline
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i neeed it for 4.2.1 please update it.
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Old 24 Jun 2013, 22:58
tbworld tbworld is offline
Join Date: Oct 2008
Last Update: 30 Aug 2006 (NOT SUPPORTED)

I do not think it will be updated. You need to read the thread carefully before you post -- you might save yourself some time. This is a support forum not an "I need for free forum", it really does not respect the developers that posted their free mods. Sorry for the rant, but this is the third post that I have seen you do this.

Last edited by tbworld; 24 Jun 2013 at 23:03.
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Old 28 May 2016, 09:38
JesWhite JesWhite is offline
Join Date: Apr 2014
Real name: Jes
Originally Posted by Naijasite View Post
i neeed it for 4.2.1 please update it.
working fine ...
look at read me text..
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