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Activity Modification
Mod Version: 2.80, by WetWired (Member) WetWired is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.5.4 Rating: (33 votes - 4.88 average) Installs: 472
Released: 08 Aug 2005 Last Update: 05 Feb 2007 Downloads: 3742
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Translations  

For vB3.7, see The vB3.7 version

This is the plugin/vB3.5/vB3.6 version of this hack

This mod was developed on vB3.6.4, and tested for compatibility with vB3.5.4

This hack adds an activity metric for users to your forum; this metric takes into account a variable number of weeks. Also provided is a Junior/Normal/Senior member system based on this metric, and a longevity metric (user registered time as a percent of the amount of time the first user has been registered).

Visiting each day and posting the configured amount of times per day for the configured number of weeks will yeild 100% activity. Posts are checked individually for each day, so days cannot be skipped then spammed up afterwards. The weight of visiting for the day relative to posting is configurable. Weeks are weighted so the most recent has a bigger impact on the activity percent than the most distant.

When a user logs in with activity above the configured threshold, they are promoted from Junior Member to Member. When they log in with the configured amount of time as Member, they are promoted to Senior Member. You can configure the mod to also add secondary usergroups when these promotions happen.

This modification requires 1 XML import, modification to 3 templates, and the addition of some CSS, depending on what options you choose

This hack adds 1 query to showthread for each user who posts in that page (or only 1 for the logged in user by configuration). In addition, the first time a member's post or profile is accessed during a day (GMT), 3 queries are performed to find that user's activity. By configuration, 1 query may be added to each page load to find the logged in user's "activity today". By configuration, 1 query may be added to each member profile view to find that member's "activity today".

This modification will import your settings and data from the 3.0/hack version

Frequently Asked Questions
  • I installed this mod using the Download/Upload Plugin page and there was an error/it doesn't seem to work
    To install this mod, you need to use the Add/Import Product link on the Manage Products page
  • I just installed and everyone's activity seems low
    1. Part of the activity calculation is what days users visited on. This information isn't collected before the mod is installed, so no user can have 100% activity untill you've been running the mod for the full period of time you have it set to monitor
    2. Please realize that there is no "roll over" for activity; if you have it set to look at 4 posts per day, your users must post 4 posts on each individual day to obtain 100%.
  • I founded this forum, but I don't have 100% longevity
    Somehow a user's join date has been set before yours. When you install, the mod looks for the earliest join date to use to find longevity, but you can change the baseline date. To change the "Start of board" time, go to Maintenance>Activity Maintenance>Set Start of Board, enter your user number in the text field, then click Set Start of Board
  • I'm using the images template version, but the images don't show up
    Be sure to upload one of the activity directories from to the misc directory for each of your styles. To find a style's misc directory, goto the Style Manager, then from the dropdown next to the style, choose Stylevars. The setting Miscellaneous Images Folder contains the path to that style's misc directory, where you need to upload the activity directory
  • Can I use activity for promotions?
    The project to build a full-blown promotion hack for use with this mod has been cancelled, after losing all of my work, however a much simpler system that adds secondary groups based on two thresholds has been added to the main hack.
  • Can you make X number get split up into digits?
    I understand where you're coming from with this one, but I just can't figure out a way to work this that would be simple to use.
  • The tooltips don't wrap and get cut off with FireFox
    The same thing happens to other vB tooltips (the thumbnail ones, for example). If you know a way to add line breaks to FF tooltips without scripting, please let me know.
Change log

Note: To upgrade, with the old version still installed, go to the Add/Import Product link on the Manage Products page, select the XML file for the new version, choose Yes for overwrite, then click Import.

2.80 release update
  • Added AdminCP option to disable display of activity ranks (ranktext)
  • Modified template changes to support the above change (for most people, your templates should work as is)
  • Modified template changes for image horizontal postbit to always locate activity information in the upper right of the postbit, so it doesn't move arround from post to post (if you're happy with how it is now, no need to update)
2.80 rc3 update
  • You can now control the number of entries on the Top Activity board from the adminCP
  • Top Activity templates are properly cached
  • Changes for XHTML 1.0 validation (requires template reedits if you want XHTML validation)
2.80 rc1 update
  • Added improved built-in Top Activity page
  • Added option for activity breakdown in activity bar tooltip
  • Added option to promote users when their activity is calculated instead of just when they visit to help admins that are having trouble with the promotion system
  • Fixed issue with maintenance section with other languages. It should display correctly now for all languages.
  • Added admin help in 3.6.x
  • Added 3.6.x version and link in product list
  • No template changes since 2.70 (there are new templates, however)
2.71 update
  • Corrected a bug where users on forums with "Weeks reflected" set to 1 could not reach 100% activity
2.70 update
  • Full info available to MEMBERINFO template
  • Full info available for the logged-in user (see template customization in install file)
  • Fixed % issue with different vB versions
  • "Midnight" for activity hack is configurable. Note that it may be desirable to set this to a time other than true midnight for your users.
  • Options to control calculation of activity today in MEMBERINFO and for logged-in user
  • Simple promotion system adds secondary usergroups when members are promoted in the ranktext system
  • Reworking of internals
  • Default templates should not try to display activity information when it is unavailable (a generic fix that covers vbA gallery)
2.51 update
  • Updated phrases for vb3.5.1
  • Updated options activity refresh for vb3.5.1
  • Fixed problem with activity-based ranks
2.50 Release update
  • Added fix for reversed posts field in images version templates when user is using a right-to-left language. (Manually update the postbit and postbit_legacy templates)
Beta 6 update
  • Added extra checks for excessive activity
  • User activity is now automatically refreshed when settings changes make it neccessary
  • Fixed guest bug
Beta 5 update
  • Removed the query added to PM views in beta 4
  • Removed the post digits setting; it causes trouble since the majority of users seem to be using the image version, and the load impact is slight anyway.
Beta 4 update
  • Fixed the problem where activity panel displayed incorrect information in PMs
  • Moved start of board into settings, removed 1 query from showthread, view PM, view user note
Beta 3 update
  • Fixed a critical issue with activity caching. Everyone should update
  • Fixed an issue with a query not working when using table prefixes
  • Added template modification instructions
  • Added image template mod version screenshot
Beta 2 update
  • There was an issue with % signs in the phrases, this has been corrected.
  • Screen shots added.
Changes from the hack version
  • Thresholds for promotions are configurable
  • Ranktext system is configured from the options page instead of by a file
  • You can now prune the visit log from the adminCP (Under Maintenance>Activity Maintenance)

Please click the install link if you install this hack
I will support this hack in this thread on about a weekly basis.

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Old 20 Apr 2008, 21:42
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WetWired WetWired is offline
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The text color depends on which set of images you upload. There is a set for light styles (with black text), and a set for dark styles (with white text). Also, there's little to prevent you from loading them up in a graphics editor and changing the text color if neither black nor white appeals to you.
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Old 20 Apr 2008, 23:17
anoob anoob is offline
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Much Thanks!
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Old 25 Apr 2008, 09:54
711 711 is offline
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Originally Posted by WetWired View Post
I'd like to state that I have a vb3.7 version that uses template hooks almost ready, but I'm having a bit of trouble with the product system not wanting to properly upgrade from an existing version. I'm waiting to see if this will get corrected; if not, I'll have to make a plugin to change the productid of the installed product to lowercase before the new one is installed.
Glad to hear it WW!

Will the 3.7 version give activity credits for new 3.7 activities, such as creating social groups, posting public messages, tagging a thread, etc.?
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Old 25 Apr 2008, 16:40
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WetWired WetWired is offline
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Not currently. Right now, I've been too busy with updating templates and writing plugins to change templates to really find all the new features. Perhaps you'd like to explain what you'd like considered?
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Old 25 Apr 2008, 20:13
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Originally Posted by WetWired View Post
Not currently. Right now, I've been too busy with updating templates and writing plugins to change templates to really find all the new features. Perhaps you'd like to explain what you'd like considered?
Well it would be great to include activity points for these activities new to 3.7:
  • Tagging a thread
  • Posting a public message or group message

since both contribute to activity and usability on a forum.
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Old 26 Apr 2008, 04:33
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WetWired WetWired is offline
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What is "posting a public message or group message"? Like I just said, for the most part I'm completely clueless as to what any new feature since 3.5 is. If you want a chance of inclusion in the iniitial 3.7 release you'll need to explain where these things are and what they do.
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Old 26 Apr 2008, 07:27
PaylaX PaylaX is offline
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Perfect Job!
Thank You WetWired
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Old 04 May 2008, 00:30
turkcom turkcom is offline
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how can i put the border?
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Old 04 May 2008, 01:59
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WetWired WetWired is offline
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You need to add the CSS to your style as instructed in the installation instructions
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Old 28 Aug 2008, 00:05
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Chachacha Chachacha is offline
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Thank you. *Installed*
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 20:29
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Installed. Thank you very much.

Last edited by TRABZONLUKAPLAN; 30 Sep 2008 at 20:34. Reason: problem fixed
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Old 16 Nov 2008, 19:40
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thanks man
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Old 09 May 2009, 08:38
ArchangelX ArchangelX is offline
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Hi, is it possible to add a 4th rank to this? Thanks!
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Old 10 May 2009, 00:22
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WetWired WetWired is offline
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Originally Posted by ArchangelX View Post
Hi, is it possible to add a 4th rank to this? Thanks!
I suppose it's possible, but you'd need to figure out the progression sequence and find a coder to do it. Everything they'd need to modify is in the global_start plugin, in the WWU002promoteUser function.
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