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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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  #976  
Old 05 Aug 2009, 20:36
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I noticed another small bug - when quick replying to a thread, helpful_answers_mosthelp_post shows up under the new reply.
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 20:41
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Soft deleting votes is possible but you start to get into more and more variables to check things adding to the queries. I'm not sure it's worth the overhead, even small overhead, for the limited times where it applies.
Here are 2 options:

1. Add a separate table to store the id of any vote that is "soft-deleted". That way current code would stay the same, and only the top helpful posts page would check it.

2. Leave votes intact when hard/soft deleting a post, and clean them out with a daily cron job. That way if you soft-delete a post and go right back and restore it, it would still have its votes.
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 20:46
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No, just use ha_import_clean.php. It's written specifically to do what you need.
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 20:55
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Ahh yes. I still need to build this in for an admin update.
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Old 05 Aug 2009, 23:41
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Beta release 10 has been posted. This is a small bug fix to address issues with WOL, New Installs and a few other reported issues as well as to allow the notifications system to be turned off.

Hopefully this will be the final beta (cross fingers) before the stable is posted.
I use this mod...only with my Articles forum. WOL is still not working for the helpfulanswers.php page. Still displays Unknown location...
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Old 06 Aug 2009, 02:41
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On the helpfulanswers.php page or others?
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Old 06 Aug 2009, 02:54
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On the helpfulanswers.php page...
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Old 06 Aug 2009, 03:29
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Originally Posted by Saviour View Post
On the helpfulanswers.php page...
Geesh. I spent 15 minutes trying everything under the sun before I realized I had simply reversed the code between two hooks.

Corrected for 1.9 final and in the attached version.
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File Type: xml product-helpful_answers.xml (62.5 KB, 4 views)
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Old 07 Aug 2009, 15:30
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I was shocked how quickly Phalynx (the coder for vBExperience) included your mod as an addon to his system so that it counts towards user's contribution meter. I guess I can now officially use HA without the need run the import nightly.

Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Geesh. I spent 15 minutes trying everything under the sun before I realized I had simply reversed the code between two hooks.

Corrected for 1.9 final and in the attached version.
The attached version shows a date of 8/4/2009 for product-helpful_answers.xml so should I download and use the version (overwrite) you posted in the previous post as well?
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Old 07 Aug 2009, 23:22
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No need. Wait for the stable coming this weekend.
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Old 08 Aug 2009, 18:20
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Ted - did you forget to attach the file again?
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Old 08 Aug 2009, 20:19
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Nope... Was working on it. It's up now.
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Old 08 Aug 2009, 20:25
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After several months of testing by many users I have released 1.9.5 which is a large update to the Helpful Answers system.

Some of the changes in this release:
- The notification system can now be used to tell them when someone voted on their post
- You can now display a message under the first post linking to the top rated post
- Updates to the hooks and plugin system to meet vbulletin guides
- Fixes to several small bugs
- Improved installer code
- Specific threads can be excluded or included via the admin

Note: Installing this version will rework your existing votes updating each one to include additional data. Please be mindful of this as an upgrade will take a few minutes for larger sites.
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Old 08 Aug 2009, 21:40
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Thanks Ted ! The mod shouldn't update the post table if I already had 1.9.1 beta installed, no? Should the code version for the latest install code remain as 1.9.0?

Edit: something was up with my caching when trying to update this and my settings and phrases were errased, grr! I erased the installcode for "1.9.2" so it didn't update all my posts again.
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Old 09 Aug 2009, 04:58
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When using digg like rating with a post that has 0 positive and 2 negative


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Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

It shows up as this:
+ 0 Do you think this post was helpful? Yes | No
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