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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 user’s 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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  #1006  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 13:18
onlyfree onlyfree is offline
 
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Heyho
nice plugin
but it would be nice if there is a chance to got more options than "helpful" maybe for other sections a kind of "funny" or really "idiotic" and so on
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 14:12
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by onlyfree View Post
Heyho
nice plugin
but it would be nice if there is a chance to got more options than "helpful" maybe for other sections a kind of "funny" or really "idiotic" and so on
You can change the text to whatever label you want...
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  #1008  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 14:14
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by kawe View Post
teds how to add total receive rank in postbit_legacy ?

example :

Total Good Rank : <<< this is mean total good rating from member
Total Bad Rank : <<< this is mean total bad rating from member

can i add this code to postbit_legacy ?:
Yes.
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  #1009  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 14:26
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sockwater sockwater is offline
 
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Ted, I would be stoked if you could add an additional option for using up/down arrows for post rating, and have them work just like the current thumbsup/thumbsdown images with rollover. I'll attach four images I created that you can freely use and distribute with your mod, if you'd like to use them. I can give you the original Fireworks PNG files as well, if you'd like them for reference or for regenerating these gif images.

Thanks for your hard work on this mod, it's looking really nice!
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File Type: gif ha_arrowup_gray.gif (145 Bytes, 112 views)
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  #1010  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 15:00
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tpearl5 tpearl5 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Yes.
You can ?? Is that a new feature?

Originally Posted by sockwater View Post
Ted, I would be stoked if you could add an additional option for using up/down arrows for post rating, and have them work just like the current thumbsup/thumbsdown images with rollover....
Why not just swap out the images yourself? It's not that hard.
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 15:36
onlyfree onlyfree is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
You can change the text to whatever label you want...
yeah but i got some problem-forums and some humor forums and so on
but i can only have one static text, and i need three or four...
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Old 10 Aug 2009, 17:25
BWJ BWJ is offline
 
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I agree, having two options is nice - but having more - gives the system more flexibility and possibilities... Obviously should such a system be configurable in the admin section. Nontheless great work Ted!

Last edited by BWJ; 10 Aug 2009 at 17:46.
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  #1013  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 22:07
onlyfree onlyfree is offline
 
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Second question:
i tried to highlight the best rated post with color. but when i did it like you say, my private messages are highlighted, too because they're made with the template postbit_legacy, too.
But why is the if condition in private messages RIGHT and not WRONG and not shown?

€dit: okay i fixed this problem:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

But there is another question, i did it like you said, i added this code after style=" at every alt1 and alt2, but its only colored like you can see in my attachments
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  #1014  
Old 10 Aug 2009, 23:34
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sockwater sockwater is offline
 
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Originally Posted by tpearl5 View Post
Why not just swap out the images yourself? It's not that hard.
I have. I just thought I'd share, since Ted already has a couple of image options, and he might like to add another one.
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 00:26
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Brandon Sheley Brandon Sheley is offline
 
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hmm, when I go to download the 1.9 I get this message
Site currently unavailable

The Jelsoft site you are requesting is currently unavailable.
Please check back shortly.

but the 1.8 downloads just fine.
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  #1016  
Old 11 Aug 2009, 06:14
cooltechie cooltechie is offline
 
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Not sure if this is included but is there a way to "dim" posts that are not helpful (after x votes)?
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  #1017  
Old 11 Aug 2009, 10:23
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Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by cooltechie View Post
Was hoping to completely convert over to HA, but for now, we are feeding 'thanks' into vbexperience system to generate stats via their CDP addon which allows to score members based on their activites. Since HA is not listed as a CDP addon, will need both systems until CDP addon is available.
Helpful Answers is now included as CDP as a part of the final vBExperience 3.8.4 package:
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=199556
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 15:32
onlyfree onlyfree is offline
 
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can someone give me the code i have to add in my template postbit for showing the "most helpful post block" because it doesn't show up after i checked the box with "yes"
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 16:49
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Brandon Sheley Brandon Sheley is offline
 
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does anyone know why we can't dl the 1.9 version?
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Old 11 Aug 2009, 16:57
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Question need help disabling negative responses without "the run-around"

Sorry if this has already been covered in the thread -- I wasn't able to find an answer. When the mod is set to allow negative responses, clicking "plus" or "minus" (or thumbs up/down, or whatever) immediately counts the vote and shows how many members liked the post. But when I change "allow negative responses" to "no" in the options, entering a vote reloads the thread at the first page. This discourages voting, especially in long threads, where people might want to quickly approve of a comment without being whisked away to page 1, forcing them to click back to where they were to continue reading. I also prefer the plus/minus icon buttons to the text link for voting, but the main thing is that I want to disallow negative votes without making a cast vote reload the thread.

How do I do that? I am pretty sure this is not something I can do in the options, so can someone point me to the file I need to edit and what I need to do to simply removed the "minus" button link from the plus/minus vote? I went so far as to replace the minus icon with a black box to make the button "invisible," but users quickly figured out they could still vote negative, and seemingly were more apt to do so knowing that the admins were trying to discourage it.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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