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VSa - Auto Birthday Greeter
Mod Version: 2.0.6, by Valter (Coder) Valter is offline
Developer Last Online: May 2014 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (63 votes - 4.71 average) Installs: 627
Released: 17 Feb 2010 Last Update: 23 Sep 2010 Downloads: 3257
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins  

Info:
This hack automatically creates a birthday thread in the forum you select. Only members that allow their date of birth to be displayed will be listed, and age will be shown only for those who has chosen that. Members are shown in colors defined in usergroup settings. You can choose to exclude inactive members. Several users can be set as greeters (used randomly when posting). Thread will be created first time when someone loads forumhome after midnight.


Notes:
-This executes 1 very simple query on forumhome/in target forum.
-mktime() error? Check out this post.


Installation:
-Import XML file (as product) through AdminCP: Plugin System > Manage Products > [Add/Import Product]


To set options:
Go to: vBulletin Options > VSa - Auto Birthday Greeter


Versions:
v1.0 - Aug 26. 2007.
-Initial release
v1.4 - May 03. 2008.
-Latest vb 3.x version
v2.0 - Feb 17 2010.
-Updated for vB 4
-Added option to disable smilies
v2.0.1 - Feb 28 2010.
-New: Proper Time is now automatically detected
-Fixed: Several compatibility issues
v2.0.2 - Feb 28 2010.
-Fixed: Bug with multiple threads created
v2.0.3 - Mar 02 2010.
-Fixed mktime errors
v2.0.4 - Sep 06 2010.
-Fixed: Another bug with multiple threads created
-Fixed: Minor bugs
v2.0.5 - Sep 16 2010.
-Fixed: Multiple threads
v2.0.6 - Sep 23 2010.
-Fixed: Wrong thread creation time

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  #301  
Old 16 Nov 2012, 21:31
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I'm getting some weird post times of greetings. I had one post at 11:59 PM then the exact same one again at 12:01 AM. Just recently I had one post at 11:01 PM, the day before the birthday. All the others have worked right, after midnight the day of the birthday.

Any thoughts?
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  #302  
Old 17 Nov 2012, 06:29
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CAG CheechDogg CAG CheechDogg is offline
 
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Originally Posted by My Hattiesburg View Post
I'm getting some weird post times of greetings. I had one post at 11:59 PM then the exact same one again at 12:01 AM. Just recently I had one post at 11:01 PM, the day before the birthday. All the others have worked right, after midnight the day of the birthday.

Any thoughts?
Could be the time zone they have set up in their settings. Not sure though.
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  #303  
Old 27 Nov 2012, 23:44
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I'm still having a problem with this mod creating threads on the wrong day and now getting the date wrong. Last night at precisely 11:00 PM it created a birthday thread for one member, and said her birthday was on 11-26, even though her profile has it as 11-27. The What's Going On block listed her birthday correctly as did the Calendar.
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  #304  
Old 02 Dec 2012, 23:35
andyv72 andyv72 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Update pls
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  #305  
Old 03 Dec 2012, 03:34
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CAG CheechDogg CAG CheechDogg is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
I actually had a thread being created on the wrong day too just last week and it wasn't that person's birthday. I checked on the time zone they had on their profile and all was fine there. ...Pretty weird stuff, never had it do this before.
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  #306  
Old 07 Dec 2012, 18:06
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
It still wants to create a thread at 11:00 PM of the day before the birthday, and giving out the wrong date. It's confusing our members who read the thread the next day and think they're a day late in giving out birthday wishes.

Anybody got a clue what might be causing this or how I might go about changing some settings to get it to behave properly?
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  #307  
Old 08 Dec 2012, 11:56
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Join Date: Oct 2006
Real name: Martin Weltchek
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Originally Posted by My Hattiesburg View Post
It still wants to create a thread at 11:00 PM of the day before the birthday, and giving out the wrong date. It's confusing our members who read the thread the next day and think they're a day late in giving out birthday wishes.

Anybody got a clue what might be causing this or how I might go about changing some settings to get it to behave properly?
I am not sure about the mod but I am sure if your server has the wrong date and time it will cause your website to show the wrong date and time!

Also make sure you have the correct time zone set for your forums
SETTINGS, Date and Time Options

There is also a setting for Daylights savings time...
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Old 08 Dec 2012, 18:50
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Originally Posted by CoZmicShReddeR View Post
I am not sure about the mod but I am sure if your server has the wrong date and time it will cause your website to show the wrong date and time!

Also make sure you have the correct time zone set for your forums
SETTINGS, Date and Time Options

There is also a setting for Daylights savings time...
I thought about that, but our site is showing the correct time. The server, though, is on MST and we're on CST but if that was a factor then the thread would be started an hour late, not an hour early.

But I tested this out before enabling site-wide and it worked properly then. It also worked properly the first few times that it created a thread, then it wonked out. Also, I wouldn't mind even if it did post a thread an hour early - if it would insert the correct date, but it seems that it's inserting the date of the thread creation instead of pulling the date from the user's profile. Or maybe it's pulling the date from the profile and then subtracting 1, I don't know.

This may have started after the DST change, I'm not sure, but since all the dates on our site automatically changed over properly when it happened, it still puzzles me. I suppose it's also possible that it's something that I installed after installing this mod but I don't have a clue what it might be since this is the only thing I'm having a problem with.
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  #309  
Old 08 Jan 2013, 17:57
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Anybody have any suggestions as to what I can do to get this mod to insert the correct date? I really like it but it makes us look foolish by proclaiming that someone's birthday is a day earlier than the actual date.
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  #310  
Old 08 Jan 2013, 18:02
Rckcrwlr Rckcrwlr is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Originally Posted by My Hattiesburg View Post
It also worked properly the first few times that it created a thread, then it wonked out. Also, I wouldn't mind even if it did post a thread an hour early - if it would insert the correct date, but it seems that it's inserting the date of the thread creation instead of pulling the date from the user's profile. Or maybe it's pulling the date from the profile and then subtracting 1, I don't know.
Mine started doing this, again. I thought it was fixed.
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  #311  
Old 08 Jan 2013, 18:23
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voglermc voglermc is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Real name: Mark V
guys, this is a server issue. see if you host can set your server time correctly and you'll have a fix
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  #312  
Old 08 Jan 2013, 18:46
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Originally Posted by voglermc View Post
guys, this is a server issue. see if you host can set your server time correctly and you'll have a fix
I'm not an expert on this stuff but I think I have a pretty good grasp on things (and I could also be totally wrong). We manage our own server, which is located in MST and our site is on CST, therefore the server clock is one hour behind our site clock, i.e., when it's 2:00 here it's 1:00 there. Our site and the server both show the correct respective times, I just checked it.

Should the server clock and the site clock both be the same? I did change it once and it threw the site times off and posting permissions (you have to wait xxxx seconds before you may make another post), so I changed it back real quick and haven't touched it since because everything was working properly.

But it seems that if the mod is pulling the server time, then it would make the post one hour late instead of one hour early, i.e., when the server clock hits midnight it's already 1:00 AM here. Instead, it's posting it an hour early.

Or am I totally missing something?
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Old 08 Jan 2013, 18:57
Rckcrwlr Rckcrwlr is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Originally Posted by My Hattiesburg View Post
I'm not an expert on this stuff but I think I have a pretty good grasp on things (and I could also be totally wrong).
But it seems that if the mod is pulling the server time, then it would make the post one hour late instead of one hour early, i.e., when the server clock hits midnight it's already 1:00 AM here. Instead, it's posting it an hour early.

Or am I totally missing something?
My server is 2 miles away and the time is correct...and I still have the issue.
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  #314  
Old 08 Jan 2013, 18:58
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voglermc voglermc is offline
 
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Real name: Mark V
I'm not an expert on this either but my site has always posted this on the right date and my server is in DC and I'm in NC. We both observe DST and am on EST.
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  #315  
Old 13 Jan 2013, 17:03
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great hack but would be great to add option to post within ONE thread than create new one on every B-day... seems update 2010 no updates since
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