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[AJAX] Helpful Answers - Post Rating System (plus many sub-features)
Mod Version: 2.0.6, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.1 Rating: (55 votes - 4.85 average) Installs: 459
Released: 03 Feb 2009 Last Update: 13 May 2011 Downloads: 4512
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files  

Note: While this modification is updated for compatibility, I am only developing features for the 4.x version. I understand many sites continue to use 3.8 for a variety of reasons but dual developing takes time away from adding anything new. I encourage you to develop out your own change and share them back as no modification is ideal for every forum out of the box.

Every day your users contribute hundreds if not thousands of posts making it hard for new members and guests to separate out the best answers from those that are less helpful. The Helpful Answers System offers your members a quick way (AJAX) to rate individual posts as either helpful or not allowing future visitors to understand the benefits of each post.

Designed for maximum flexibility:


This addon is built to be flexible and offers several customization options including:
  • The ability to show a user's vote stats in posts
  • The ability to use image or text ratings.
  • The ability to offer yes/no or scaled 1-10 point ranking.
  • The ability to turn off negative ratings for a positive only system.
  • The ability to decide which forums are open for helpful answer ratings.
  • The ability to audit the system and identify top users and potential abusers.
  • The ability to ban specific members from using the system.
  • The ability to customize the AJAX message shown after a post is rated.
  • The ability to edit all text and messages through phrases.
  • The ability to show a page with the top helpful posts.
  • The ability to show rating stats on a user's profile.
  • Integration with the reputation system for ratings.
  • Template driven display that can easily be customized to your forum.
For advanced users template conditionals and variables let you further extend the functionality to color highlight good or bad posts, include ratings in userís profiles and much more.

Load & Scale:
This addon is designed to work with small to large sites and is currently being used by sites with more than 2 million posts. If you have questions about integrating with your big board please contact me.

Modification Installation:
This addon requires uploading multiple files, installing a vBulletin product and enabling the feature in any forums you wish. No template modifications are required. Please see the included install file for detailed instructions.

If you are not seeing the rating bar double check that you have enabled the feature in the forum you are in and insure the Manual Template override option is not enabled.

Rating Review & Deletion:
To identify and remove abuse a reporting system is included with this addon and can be found in your vBulletin ACP under the Helpful Answers tab. Through this panel you will be able to view a user's overall rating history and individual ratings and can remove either if necessary. Users can also be explicitly banned from the system.

Reputation System Integration:
Helpful Answers can be extended to directly tie into your reputation system giving users positive or negative points based on the ratings of their posts. There are numerous options on how to handle ratings that can be found in a separate Helpful Answers Reputation part of your vBulletin Settings page.

External Integration:
vB Plaza Modification - http://www.vbplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6359
vB Experience - http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=199556

Anonymous Stats Tracking (optional):
vBulletin forums reach millions of consumers around the world yet little is known about their habits and opinions. This addon was released to the public out of requests but also to further the research of forum user's behaviors and actions through collecting the most basic data on thousands of sites.

By default this addon will pass basic rating data (positive or negative) to a 3rd party site for statistical purposes. Only the most basic data is captured (the vote and your site name) and no user information or specific forum details are logged, not even an IP address.

While you may disable this feature through the administrative options I ask that you consider leaving it in place to help this research effort and insure the continued support of the addon.

The tracking feature uses the php library cURL on a 5 second timeout. If cURL is not installed this option is automatically disabled.

Updates:
- 5/13/2011 - Release of 2.0.6 minor bug fix
- 08/31/2009 - Release of 2.0.0
- 08/07/2009 - Release of 1.9.5 stable

Other Versions:
This addon will work with 3.7 but to avoid issues with different code versions please see the 3.7 version thread here.

Before you download this modification please remember this is a free tool provided as a courtesy to you and support responses are subject to the availability of the author and other members. If you are looking for a professionally supported system this is not the solution for you.

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  #661  
Old 05 Jun 2009, 04:12
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There's 3 things that would cause the code not to activate:

1 - Reputation is not enabled in your admin.

2 - Reputation in the mod is is not enabled.

3 - You're rating your own posts.

This version will tell us what's up.
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 04:28
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
There's 3 things that would cause the code not to activate:

1 - Reputation is not enabled in your admin.

2 - Reputation in the mod is is not enabled.

3 - You're rating your own posts.

This version will tell us what's up.
Thanks, Ted. Here's the text: no reuptation:-1-1-40!
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 06:56
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Are you tryin to rate your own post?
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 07:01
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Are you tryin to rate your own post?
No. That's not even possible, as the buttons don't appear on my own posts.

Would you like admin access? Would it help figure this out quicker?
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 20:13
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very nice. much less passive-aggressive potential than the other options.
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 20:34
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Originally Posted by EagleNick View Post
No. That's not even possible, as the buttons don't appear on my own posts.

Would you like admin access? Would it help figure this out quicker?
Some people enable it so it is possible... But got it.

I'll review the code again and get back to you in a few. My appologies for this taking so much time.
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Old 05 Jun 2009, 21:39
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Some people enable it so it is possible... But got it.

I'll review the code again and get back to you in a few. My appologies for this taking so much time.
I know it's an option but I meant that in my specific case, it isn't possible since I don't have it enabled.

No worries. This is baffling to us both. I just hope we can get it resolved no matter how much time it takes.
I appreciate you working with me on this.
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Old 06 Jun 2009, 00:32
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Tiny gripe ...

If negative ratings are not enabled, icons aren't used for the "Yes I did" button (i.e. it ignores the Rating Display setting in ACP).

Of course we can tweak that ourselves (near the bottom of the helpful_answers template) ... just seems like it shouldn't matter if negative ratings are enabled or not ... If I select 'icons' for the Rating Display, I still want a Green Thumb.

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Old 06 Jun 2009, 00:36
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Thanks for the suggestion. I agree and will see that the next release reflects that.
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Old 06 Jun 2009, 01:03
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Thanks!

BTW, am I imagining it, or is the hooks XML missing from the ZIP?

I just went to add a helpfulanswers_top_query plugin so I can add forumid to the field list ... but the hooks ain't there in vB ... just the fectch_hook() calls in the code.

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Old 06 Jun 2009, 05:22
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Maybe I'm missing something..... I see the hook locations in the zip file. Is there something else needed to trigger them that you're not seeing?
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Old 07 Jun 2009, 06:02
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Originally Posted by EagleNick View Post
I know it's an option but I meant that in my specific case, it isn't possible since I don't have it enabled.

No worries. This is baffling to us both. I just hope we can get it resolved no matter how much time it takes.
I appreciate you working with me on this.
Please try this version.
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Old 07 Jun 2009, 06:47
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Please try this version.
Now it says: reuptation...2...
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Old 08 Jun 2009, 01:19
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Is it updating scores properly? Or at all?
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Old 08 Jun 2009, 01:39
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Is it updating scores properly? Or at all?
Yep, it works now! It even shows up in the "View Reputation Comments" section of the Reputation manager in the AdminCP.

Is there a way to make it go back and add the reputation points for all "marked as helpful" posts, because only posts marked as helpful after I installed the updated/debugging version give points. If not, then no biggie. At least it's working now.

So now we just need a version that doesn't show the code when rating a post.
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