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Email reminder for inactive users
Mod Version: 1.2.7, by C Braithwaite (Member) C Braithwaite is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (117 votes - 4.60 average) Installs: 1461
Released: 09 Feb 2007 Last Update: 24 Aug 2008 Downloads: 50903
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Inactive reminder emails. This mod was designed to send out a reminder to inactive members to try and win them back.

***1.2.7 Update***
This update includes built in support for bouncing emails. The script will automatically detect the bounced mail, mark it as bounced so the user is not to be contacted again so as to avoid spam, and then move that user into a seperate usergroup. This plugin is still in it's testing stages, but I have addressed the bugs mentioned previously regarding the emailing side of things.

This is important so keep reading
To install this plugin and take advantage of the bounced email features you are going to need to follow these instructions very carefully. I can not gaurentee that they will work to the letter as this will be based on each persons individual hosting settings.

Step 1: Pre Install
Before you touch this product you need to do the following
  • Create an "inactive" usergroup
  • Set up a "bounce to" email address
    Pick an email address that you want to use as your bounced email address. Im using "bounce@icora.co.uk". feel free to use whatever you wish.
  • Add a email message filter
    This is the hard part. You need to set up a filter that will 'pipe' an email sent to the above email address.
    I am using Cpanel 11 and this is how i have mine set up:
    Rules: 'To' 'Equals' 'bounce@icora.co.uk'
    Actions: 'Pipe to program' with the setting: |/usr/local/bin/php /home/icora/public_html/forum/bounce.php
    This will depend entirely on your settings and structure so you may have to do a little research. It would be very helfull if people who have to use diferent configurations would post them on here.
  • Go into vBulletin options, and find the options for 'Emails'. there is a setting asking you if you want to use '-f'. set this to yes.
  • While still inn the email options set the 'Bounce Email Address' to your above address.
Step 2: Install
Remove all previous trace of this modification, and upload all the files in the "upload" folder to your base directory of the server.
Go into your product management section and add a new product. upload the XML file with overwrite selected.
Refresh your admin CP to load the new menu items. Just under the "users" group you will find an "Inactive Reminders" group. open that up and click on settings.
Play with these settings and options to suit for the most part. when you come down to the bounce settings you MUST use the same email address as the one you created above.
Set to active and save.

I must re-iterate that this version has not been widely tested, but the simulations i have ran have worked. I look forward to your feedback!

Features:
  • Select the period of time before a user is considered inactive.
  • Select how many emails to send to each inactive user per inactivity period
  • Choose weather inactivity is based on members "Last Post" or their "Last Visit"
  • Specify how often followup emails are sent
  • Specify alternative emails to send to reduce repetition
  • Keep a log of all inactive users contacted

Planned Updates:
  • More detail in reports
  • ...such as
  • Which useres returned
  • Effectivness stats
  • Email validity

**1.2.1 Update***
Added more detail to the reports section. You can now see the email address, and quickly indicate which emails were invalid. You can link directly to that user to edit as you wish.
I have fixed some errors which have been crashing people's database. Please post any problems if you can.

**1.2.3 Update***
Fixed several problems with escaping strings
Stopped database errors locking up site
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**1.2.4 Update***
Added a "From Email" so you can specify your own email address to send the reminders from.
Fixed potential bug for people who do not use the mail queue.

Anyone having problems with sending emails out too fast, and multiple emails being sent need to consider changing their email settings in vbulletin options.
People with emails going out too fast - edit Number of Emails to Send Per Batch to a lower amount
People with multiple emails sending - edit Use Mailqueue System to "Yes, with locking"
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**1.2.5 Update***
Added more stats in the reports page, also added a "Send test email" option so users can test the functionality of the mod
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  #526  
Old 20 Apr 2007, 05:29
elmati elmati is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Hi, a lot of pages to read

can i add the latest threads, post, users, etc?
there is a way to do that?

thx in advance!
regards
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  #527  
Old 20 Apr 2007, 11:50
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by elmati View Post
Hi, a lot of pages to read

can i add the latest threads, post, users, etc?
there is a way to do that?

thx in advance!
regards
Not with this add-on, no.

What you want is CommBull.
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  #528  
Old 20 Apr 2007, 15:50
elmati elmati is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
Not with this add-on, no.

What you want is CommBull.
Ok, i cant find anything there m8

otherwise, thx
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  #529  
Old 20 Apr 2007, 15:55
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Sorry... try this link: http://www.octanedev.com/support/

The author seems to have resdesigned his site and you're right - I don't see a link to the Commbull sections anywhere from the main site.
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  #530  
Old 20 Apr 2007, 16:43
elmati elmati is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Thx a lot djbaxter
i have no money right now, but maybe later

best regards
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  #531  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 01:21
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OziloZ OziloZ is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Inactive User Reminder Emails
Found 0 Inactive Users.
Done


What done? I think we have minimum 1000 inactive members. But this mod says 0.
Before that i was succesfully send reminder mail to another usergroup.But now not working.
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  #532  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 02:40
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
if you are using any version after 1.09, download and reinstall version 1.09.
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  #533  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 12:01
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OziloZ OziloZ is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Result after reinstall:

1859 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:54, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1858 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:53, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1857 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:52, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1856 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:51, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1855 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:50, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1854 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:49, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1853 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:48, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1852 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:47, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1851 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:46, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1850 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:45, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1849 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:44, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
1847 Inactive User Reminder Emails 13:43, 21st Apr 2007 No Emails to send
and this still continous

My settings are:
Days of Inactivity: 30
Email Frequency: 90
Email Quantity: 1000

I'm sure we have at least 1000 inactive users
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  #534  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 14:23
oneworld oneworld is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Originally Posted by WEBDosser View Post
credit is given by clicking install.. however, i will edit the code for the emails sent out to include your link.. if that is ok with you?.

just IMO the footer is not a good place to force a link on someone website.
im with you about the footer and the link, when i found the link i remove this products from my VB and i will not install it again because i didnt want to make ads to some one in my web site footer without my agreement ( no one do some thing for free )
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  #535  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 15:02
dodgechargerfan dodgechargerfan is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Seems to be working great here.

I had a blast out of a ton of e-mails on the first run and now I get a few per day.

I came looking for a reason why I was getting a report of invlais e-mail addresses.

This post shed some light on the situation for me. http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=498

In my case, it's likely spam filters...

Good job!
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  #536  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 15:38
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by OziloZ View Post
Result after reinstall:

and this still continous

My settings are:
Days of Inactivity: 30
Email Frequency: 90
Email Quantity: 1000

I'm sure we have at least 1000 inactive users
Did you read my previous response to your post?

Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
if you are using any version after 1.09, download and reinstall version 1.09.
What version are you using?
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  #537  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 15:41
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by oneworld View Post
im with you about the footer and the link, when i found the link i remove this products from my VB and i will not install it again because i didnt want to make ads to some one in my web site footer without my agreement ( no one do some thing for free )
1. You didn't read this thread, did you? Look at the very first post in the thread. If you don't like the footer, you can remove it from your ACP options for the add-on.

2. You state "no one do some thing for free" but you're clearly expecting this add-on for free and clearly objecting to acknowledging its use.
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  #538  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 21:22
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OziloZ OziloZ is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
Did you read my previous response to your post?

What version are you using?
Yes, i used 1.11 before your post.After i reinstall 1.09 but nothing changed
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  #539  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 22:22
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
One last thing to try:

1. Uninstall the add-on completely.

2. Then install version 1.09.
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  #540  
Old 21 Apr 2007, 22:58
deezelpope deezelpope is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
That worked for me.
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