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Mod Version: 3.00, by antialiasis (Member) antialiasis is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.4 Rating: (0 vote - 0 average) Installs: 18
Released: 24 Jun 2006 Last Update: Never Downloads: 48
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits  

This is a port of the hack for vBulletin 3.5. Upgrading the hack after upgrading the forum should not be necessary.

This hack will allow you to specify one or more forum IDs in your Admin CP as "news forums". Every time a thread is created in these forums, all users will see an "Unread news" notification at the top of every page of the forum until they view the unread news thread. If many news threads are unread, they will all be shown in the notification and removed one by one as each thread is viewed.

This hack both serves to make sure all users are aware of posted news and to give users who return after a long absence a quick rundown of what has been going on in the forums since they last were there.

As of version 2.0, it is possible to specify:

- Time cutoff: all news older than x days will count as read
- Only check for read status on latest x threads: only the latest x news will be shown if unread; all older news will always be treated as read
- Maximum number of news to display at one time: if a user has more unread news (after the time cutoff and latest x filter) than the number specfied, only that number will actually be displayed on the page
- Whether to make users see news created before they joined as unread
- Whether to show the date and time when each news thread was made or just the date

Please note that you must have Paul_M's Display who has read a thread hack installed for this to function correctly! You don't need to actually have the people who have read the thread shown for anybody at all (heck, if you're completely uninterested in what that hack does, you don't even need to make the template edit for it), but as long as it's installed, this hack will work.

Version 3.0 adds the ability to have more than one news forum and to set a PHP condition for each forum which must be met in order for news from that forum to be imported.

Installation

Simply download the product attached to this post and import it via the Admin CP Product Manager. Then make one template edit: add


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

to the bottom of the header template.

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If using PHP version 4.x (or if you are getting an error message that looks something like Fatal error: Call to undefined function: array_combine() in /public_html/global.php(359) : eval()'d code on line 139), you additionally need to find this line in the Import News plugin on the hook global_start:


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

Replace it with


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

If using PHP 5 or later (which is the case if you don't get that error message), you will not need to make this edit.

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Afterwards, go to your vBulletin options, find the News Import System setting group, specify your news forum(s), set the other settings if you want, and turn the system on.

Don't forget to click Install if it's working for you. Enjoy!

Version 3.0: Added ability to have multiple news forums and use conditionals.
Version 2.23: Important bugfix from version 2.22
Version 2.22: Bugfixes
Version 2.21: Cutting off on the user's join date has been made an optional feature specified in the admin CP, and some unnecessary code has been removed. Also added alternative templates for no particular reason.
Version 2.2: Fixed uncached template, added "More..." link that links to the news forum when unread news are cut off by "Maximum number of news to display at one time" option, and all news created before the user registered will now count as read for that user. (Imagine registering and having twenty "unread news" notifications you have to plough through...)
Version 2.01: Added template edit information (I'm an official idiot for forgetting that) and fixed table prefixes.
Version 2.0: Added functionality (see above)

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EXTRA: Alternative templates

If you don't like the way the current unread news box looks, I've got some more standard-looking templates you can use instead if you want. This also allows you to collapse the unread news, which might be useful. Just replace the templates, see how it looks, and revert the templates again if you liked the other look better.

Alternative custom_unreadnews template:


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

Alternative custom_newsbit template:


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

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Import Unread News from a Forum antialiasis vBulletin 3.5 Add-ons 64 12 Aug 2009 01:10

  #16  
Old 08 Sep 2006, 10:10
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Did you install Paul_M's hack first?
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Old 08 Sep 2006, 11:01
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no i don´t have that installed should i install it? if i should were do i find it?

Last edited by JompaMP; 08 Sep 2006 at 11:04.
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Old 09 Sep 2006, 12:15
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It's linked to in the first post in highlighted text and is required for this hack to function, as clearly stated. Watch out for stuff like that when you install hacks.
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NoSpam! - the 3.5 version
Personal Notepad - allow your members to store private notes in their User CP
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Old 09 Sep 2006, 13:50
JompaMP JompaMP is offline
 
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tack jag såg inte riktigt det men nu funkar det.
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Old 15 Nov 2006, 20:34
KubisForce KubisForce is offline
 
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I want that this hack just takes the threads that are stucked. Does anybody know how to do this?
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Old 07 Mar 2007, 18:22
Glockenbeat Glockenbeat is offline
 
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Is there any chance to make an option appear in the User CP to let them chose whether they want to see the news section or not ?

edit: Downloading it I found the conditions.txt

Last edited by Glockenbeat; 08 Mar 2007 at 10:28.
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Old 07 Apr 2007, 21:24
bashy bashy is offline
 
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Hi

In my server logs i am getting this error


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

I have done the php4x edit that got rid of the other error, but i still got this error, can you advise please?

Also product version is 2.23 and not 3.0 in the list?
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