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Email Integration (New threads/replies by email)
Mod Version: 2.6, by Cyricx (Member) Cyricx is offline
Developer Last Online: Dec 2011 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (36 votes - 4.72 average) Installs: 191
Released: 02 Jul 2007 Last Update: 29 Feb 2008 Downloads: 2009
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Auto-Template Code Changes Additional Files  

This mod is based off of the Mail Reply modification by Colin F to which I have obtained permission to rewrite and release.

This modification allows you to mimic email lists such as yahoo groups through your forums!

After installing this modification you will have new settings in your forum manager where for each forum you can enable this modification and setup a separate email address to use for each forum that you have this enabled for.

Just like how there is a separate email address for each yahoo group.

After doing so, members can subscribe to each forum that this mod is enabled for to receive notifications for new threads and replies.

Any posts in that forum, will be sent to them via email. (Example email attached below). The users can then reply to that email (which will then be processed and posted to the forums through the cron job that runs every 10 minutes), or they can send a new email to the email address and a brand new thread will be created!

Essentially mimicing an email list! Suddenly those users that hate forums, can still be dragged into the conversations and help keep the forum's activity level up!

These are the known bugs to date:
  • Confirmed bug that email processing does not handle Japanese characters.
Unsupported Items
These are the items that are not currently supported:
  • Some custom bbcode modifications will not display like they do on the forums in the html emails. Like glow, and the table mod.
  • Please see the file in the zip for upgrading!! If your upgrading from version 2.3.X you will need to reverse some file edits that are no longer nessecary!
  • See instructions in the zip file.
(See the file in the zip for a complete history!)
  • 2.6 Release
    • Bug Fixes
      • Joining an unmoderated public group will now auto subscribe you per the usergroup settings.
      • NO CONFLICTS with Instant Thread Subscription! See details in below post.
    • New Stuff
      • User Option Allow Auto Subscribe - This is an admin allowable, user option that let's the user choose to not be auto subscribed.
      • User Option not receive own posts - A new user option that lets them select to NOT receive their own posts via email.
      • Editted the phrase for the Auto Subscription script to tell people what to do if there are no listings.
      • Added error checks when saving a usergroup for if auto subscriptioin is entered with a forumid for a forum that does not have email integration enabled and also checks that the usergroup you are saing is entered in the forum manager as allowed to use email integration.
  • 2.6.1 Release (BETA VERSION)
    • Hot Fix
      • It appears I was unseting a variable too soon. I've corrected this and it has resolved the issue with multiple posted replies on my test server.
Most of these will be slow to make it in til I know I've got the code to handle just about every type of email we could receive But in anycase, here are the ideas for future versions!
  • End User Option to subscribe to just receive new thread emails, or receive all new thread & reply emails (current version does all new threads & replies).
Thanks to RedTyger, Bob Denny, Ed Kohwley and Chris McKeever for their additions and assistance with portions of this code.

Huge thanks also goes to the many individuals that have helped test various incarnations of this mod.

MAD PROPS TO: cgmckeever for a great quoting regex for the old format, and all the mods at for helping test version 2.4 prior to release!!

You guys rock!

Please feel free to donate to my continued work on this modification!! It let's me spend more time on it!
Make a Donation!

Version 2.6 will work with both 3.6.8 and 3.7!

The #.X versions are the solid tested versions.

The #.X.X versions are the beta versions. New features and bug fixes will be worked in there and then when I have a solid version it'll be released as the next #.X

Thank you!!

~ Cyricx

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Old 05 Jan 2012, 13:21
bumper2011 bumper2011 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2011
this "invalid email" error happens when I use an Exchange 2010 mail account for the forum email integration. But I have just tested with Gmail IMAP, it works. Could anyone help on this? Thanks a lot.

Originally Posted by bumper2011 View Post
hi everyone, may I have your help & advice? I have configured & tested the email integration feature. I did receive email when there is new post in the forum. However, there is no reply post if I replied the email with content.

I have enabled the log in Scheduled Task Manager, and tried with a few runs. the log just show "Email Integration results Opened mailbox for <MYFORUM> Invalid email @" or "Email Integration results Opened mailbox for <MYFORUM> No messages found for <MYFORUM>"

I think the "no message" in log is regarded as normal as it deletes the message after grabbing. But why does it say "Invalid email"? what is the possibility of the problem?

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Old 14 Jan 2012, 05:14
bumper2011 bumper2011 is offline
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ok, i set to use POP and working now with the Exchange server.
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Old 04 Feb 2012, 20:35
digeditor digeditor is offline
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Real name: Jim
I'm trying to make this work in vb 4.1.10.
However when I run the script to check for errors it gives the following messages:

Warning: require_once([path]/includes/functions_wysiwyg.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/cron/emailintegration.php on line 40

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/homepages/41/d397870833/htdocs/includes/functions_wysiwyg.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5') in /homepages/41/d397870833/htdocs/includes/cron/emailintegration.php on line 40

which I think means that there is no wysiwyg.php file. I check the includes dir and sure enough that file doesn't exist. It wasn't in the BETA zip file either. Can someone point me to it?

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Old 06 Feb 2012, 13:23
jdj jdj is offline
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Real name: JJ
Originally Posted by digeditor View Post
there is no wysiwyg.php file. I check the includes dir and sure enough that file doesn't exist. It wasn't in the BETA zip file either. Can someone point me to it?
I gave up on this mod, although I'd still be interested if it worked. I haven't checked but have you looked for a functions_wysiwyg.php file as opposed to a wysiwyg.php file?
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Old 12 Feb 2012, 17:09
digeditor digeditor is offline
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I've checked every directory in the install. Doesn't seem to be there.

Any other ideas?
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 13:38
tdarvill tdarvill is offline
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For 4.x it appears the "functions_wysiwyg.php" file is no longer present.
Have you tried editing emailintegration.php to use "functions_editor.php" instead?
Not sure if this is the right fix however.
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Old 15 Feb 2012, 17:08
digeditor digeditor is offline
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Real name: Jim
Thanks. I tried that. I guess it worked. Now some of my listserv's posts are showing up so it looks like whatever was the problem, this was the cure!!?

I think the problem for the rest of them not showing up is unrelated, more likely that I haven't loaded those users into the forum yet.
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Old 15 Feb 2012, 17:32
digeditor digeditor is offline
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Real name: Jim
Registration form is a mess

After I installed this Mod, when someone attempt to register for my forum it becomes impossible as they get the form overlaid with all of the following and the entry fields become unusable:

Username is valid and not in use.

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.

Confirm Password:

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Email Address:
Confirm Email Address:

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Image Verification:

Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.
Registration Image Refresh Image
Additional Required Information (profile)
Street Address:


Where you live
Additional Information

If you were referred to this site by an existing member of Answer Line, enter their username here.
Time Zone:

All timestamps displayed on the forums can be automatically corrected to show the correct time for your location in the world. Simply select the appropriate time zone from the list below.
DST Correction Option:

In addition, you may set the appropriate option to allow for daylight savings time in your part of the world.
Receive Email...

Receive Email from Administrators
Receive Email from Other Members

From time to time, the administrators and/or other members may want to send you email notifications or messages. If you do not want to receive email from certain people then you may disable the options here
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If someone can point me to where all this comes from, I'll attempt to solve the problem.

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Old 26 Jul 2012, 20:00
reedness reedness is offline
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Has anybody had any luck with 4.2.0?
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 15:13
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ahobilam ahobilam is offline
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I also seeking such mod for 4.2.x
Please inform if anybody got succeeded!
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Old 09 Aug 2012, 15:24
neil00027 neil00027 is offline
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I also would be keen to use this mod if it was updated for 4.2.x

Cyricx can we persuade you back to do some work on it?
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Old 12 Sep 2012, 11:09
washingtonboise washingtonboise is offline
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Offering $300 for viable, 4.x update without bugs. Who wants to join in by offering a collective bounty in the section for developer requests? Together, we can make it worth their time.

Cyrix, original post mentions donation to continue your work/support. Is that offer still viable?

Notice. The administration of is going to lock posting to version 3.7 and lower forums. If you care about reply by email for 4.x, then you've got to act now and show you're serious. This thread is going to get locked.

I have started a new thread here for vbulletin 4.x reply by email addon.

I am also contacting Cyrix so he's aware that I would like him to keep providing support or give permission for updating the code which he modified from Colin to get this working in 3.x.
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Old 20 Sep 2012, 15:24
filipo filipo is offline
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I'd be happy to support this as a paid mod. BTW, for some reason I can't post a reply to the new 4.x thread.
Omar Filipovic
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Old 28 Sep 2012, 15:59
unfv unfv is offline
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I see that the last update was on 29 Feb 2008, so it seems to be unsupported, but, do you know if it will be compatible with VB5?
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Old 29 Sep 2012, 21:54
digeditor digeditor is offline
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I believe I have this working in 4.2 (you can send that $300 to.... :-> )

However, I'm struggling with the parameters to use in the Forum Manager and in trying to get the email settings to work

Here's what it says in the original writeup:

In your forummanager use the following settings:

email address to reply to: [email protected]
username: [email protected]
password: password
Type of connection: select "POP3 with SSL (Self signed certificate)"

my forum is hosted at so here's what I believe I should be entering:

email address to reply to: [email protected]
username:[email protected]
password: password

I don't see the SSL option anywhere:
Type of connection: select "POP3 with SSL (Self signed certificate)" I have it set as POP3

I've also tried every combination of and with no success.

Here's what I get when I test it with the email integrations Forum Settings Help

Warning: imap_open() [function.imap-open]: Couldn't open stream {}INBOX in [path]/admincp/admin_ei_search_settings.php on line 132

Which makes sense as 1and1 wants it to be not as the hostname

When I replace it with 1and1 I get:

Warning: imap_open() [function.imap-open]: Couldn't open stream {}INBOX in [path]/admincp/admin_ei_search_settings.php on line 132

Yes I have looked to see if IMAP is on by going to Admincp-> Maintenence -> View PHP Info
The IMAP block shows up as c client version = 2007 and SSL and kereros support as "Enabled"

Any ideas what I'm not doing?

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