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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: 4524
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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  #691  
Old 09 Jun 2009, 03:01
bjkinzluvr bjkinzluvr is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post



Your popup shows that there was an error but not what it was. You will need to tell me the database error for me to be of help.
The image I gave you is all I had, but I looked after you posted this and found emails that were sent automatically from my database. Here is the error information. I got this over and over:
Database error in vBulletin 3.8.2:

Invalid SQL:

INSERT INTO helpfulanswer
SET postid = 45648, userid = 444, yesno = '1', dateline = 1244505618, userid = 421;

MySQL Error : Column 'userid' specified twice
Error Number : 1110
Request Date : Monday, June 8th 2009 @ 08:00:18 PM
Error Date : Monday, June 8th 2009 @ 08:00:18 PM
Script : http://kinzcommunity.com/helpfulanswers.php
Referrer : http://kinzcommunity.com/showthread.php?t=3824
IP Address :
Username :
Classname : vb_database
I would appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.
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Old 09 Jun 2009, 04:17
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Perfect. This was fixed in the update release today. Apply it and you should be all set.
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Old 09 Jun 2009, 05:17
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sockwater sockwater is offline
 
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Originally Posted by bjkinzluvr View Post
I'm sorry if this had been asked and answered, but I couldn't find it. If I enable the most helpful answers to "Displays a page of the top answers (posts) based on overall votes." where does this page display? Where may I find it? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Originally Posted by bjkinzluvr View Post
I don't understand this answer. It is just an advertising page for web hosting . . . ???

1. I need to know where the list of helpful answers displays when enabled. Thank you.
Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Ads? This modification has nothing to do with ads so those would be something on your side.

The file is helpfulanswers.php and exists whereever you uploaded it.
bjkinzluvr, don't go to www.yoursite.com/helpfulanswers.php, go to WHATEVER-YOUR-SITE-IS/helpfulanswers.php
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  #694  
Old 09 Jun 2009, 06:48
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Simon Lloyd Simon Lloyd is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Perfect. This was fixed in the update release today. Apply it and you should be all set.
Ted is it just the xml or are there some php script changes?
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  #695  
Old 09 Jun 2009, 14:32
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
Ted is it just the xml or are there some php script changes?
It's the main php script (helpfulanswers.php) as well.
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  #696  
Old 09 Jun 2009, 15:40
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What are the updates in 1.8.3?
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  #697  
Old 09 Jun 2009, 23:52
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Quantnet.org View Post
What are the updates in 1.8.3?
1.8.3 and 1.8.4 both contain bug fixes.
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  #698  
Old 10 Jun 2009, 15:36
mariocaz mariocaz is offline
 
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Hi Ted

To update only I have to upload and reoverwrite the product in my ACP ?

Thank you!

Mario
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  #699  
Old 11 Jun 2009, 18:33
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Wh version are you updating from?
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Old 11 Jun 2009, 18:44
mariocaz mariocaz is offline
 
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1.8.1
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  #701  
Old 12 Jun 2009, 04:02
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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You'll need to update both the XML file and the upload/helpfulanswers.php file,
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  #702  
Old 13 Jun 2009, 15:33
ctrlbrk ctrlbrk is offline
 
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Hi,

I am brand new to vbulletin so I apologize. I read through many posts but could not find this. I am sure it is here, but maybe someone would be so kind to repeat.

What code can I place in postbit so that under the "Posts: xx" display it will show "Thanked: xx times"? I want it so if it is 0 (zero) nothing is shown, otherwise it would say "Thanked: 3 times" etc. This is the total number of times the user has been thanked across ALL posts.

Thank you.
Mike
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  #703  
Old 13 Jun 2009, 15:45
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Mike there is not support for that level of reporting in this addon
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  #704  
Old 13 Jun 2009, 15:53
ctrlbrk ctrlbrk is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Mike there is not support for that level of reporting in this addon
Thank you Ted. You have an excellent product here. Do you think this may be added in a future version or perhaps I am missing some other add-on?

Have a good one,
Mike
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Old 14 Jun 2009, 04:27
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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It's in the roadmap but not something you will likely see in the next few weeks
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