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vbNetwork - share forums with other boards
Mod Version: 0.9, by zethon (Member) zethon is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 17
Released: 21 Feb 2009 Last Update: 22 Feb 2009 Downloads: 70
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Code Changes Additional Files External Content Is in Beta Stage  

vbNetwork

Summary
This add-on gives you the ability to share forums with other message boards without having to give any database information. The plugin runs through webservices and uses XML.
Release Notes
This product is considered to still be in Beta. Currently the installation is easy but if you want to set up and run your own network it will help if you're familiar with XML. Joining an already existing network is fairly simple.

This plugin is developed using vBulletin 3.6.8 and has been used with 3.5.4 and 3.8.x and runs fine on either. I don't know of any boards that run it on 3.7.X, I suspect it would work fine too.

Though there is still a lot of work to be done, I've been encouraged to release this plugin in hopes that someone will take up writing versions for phpBB and other popular message board software.

If you are interested you can join my existing network, but please note that it is mostly a trolling-based community of boards. Feel free to start your own network with other boards.
Product Specifications
  1. several plugins
  2. one cron job
  3. file uploads
  4. new DB tables
  5. several phrases

Installation
Approx 2-5 mins
  1. 1. Upload all files in the UPLOAD directory, preserving the directory structure.

    2. Create the following directories with the following permissions

    ./network/packets/incoming - chmod 777
    ./network/packets/outgoing - chmod 777

    3. Go to your AdminCP and install the product's XML file (product-network.xml)

Upgrading/Updating
  1. upload all files in the upload directory, overwriting any existing files
  2. re-import the XML file, setting "Overwrite" to "Yes"

Configuration/Support
See the included documentation for details.
Change History
  • 0.9.0 (2009-02-20) - initial Beta release

Sample
This is one shared forum on three different boards (the content of this forum may be NSFW.)
http://www.anothermessageboard.com/f...splay.php?f=29
http://www.theranter.com/forum/vBull...splay.php?f=51
http://www.trollkingdom.net/forum/fo...play.php?f=117

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  #16  
Old 23 Feb 2009, 15:58
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Looks interesting.

Is there any intelligence to detect if a user from another board already exists on the first board? So if Site A is participating with Site B, and user JohnDoe (with an email of [email protected]) already exists on both Site A & Site B, will his/her posts show up his real account on Site B after posting on Site A or will it still appear as a guest account named [email protected]?
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Old 23 Feb 2009, 16:30
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Originally Posted by KW802 View Post
Looks interesting.

Is there any intelligence to detect if a user from another board already exists on the first board? So if Site A is participating with Site B, and user JohnDoe (with an email of [email protected]) already exists on both Site A & Site B, will his/her posts show up his real account on Site B after posting on Site A or will it still appear as a guest account named [email protected]?
Negative, there is no logic to detect if a user is registered. All posts from remote boards appear as posts from your board's Guest account.
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Old 27 Feb 2009, 15:22
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Originally Posted by zethon View Post
Not sure what you mean.
Google does not like duplicate content on sites so I would probably add a feature to assign the primary site that is indexed and the rest get tagged with rel="nofollow" on the forum index list at the minimum or block the path using robots.txt
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Old 27 Feb 2009, 18:11
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Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
Google does not like duplicate content on sites so I would probably add a feature to assign the primary site that is indexed and the rest get tagged with rel="nofollow" on the forum index list at the minimum or block the path using robots.txt
I'm not gonna add any features just to make Google happy. If there's duplicate content, then so be it. Google will survive.
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Old 02 Mar 2009, 15:24
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Hey, great work - but think on adding the right words to your privacy statement ...

And for all of these who care about SEO this isn't so attractive - a solution would be to exclude the indexing of copied content via robots.txt to avoid duplicate content.
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Old 22 Mar 2009, 21:34
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could use some help installing this mod for networking two forums if anyone is willing to
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Old 05 Apr 2009, 16:23
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Love the mod, just can't get it to work Running the task shows the following error:



Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Not quite sure why as all information seems correct to me
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Old 07 May 2009, 03:34
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This mod has been moved to the 3.8.X mods, though it is still being developed on 3.6.X.

You can download updates here: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=212795
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