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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: 4510
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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  #1741  
Old 07 Feb 2012, 18:43
trotskid trotskid is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
You're kidding right? you expected free help on a free mod in the timeframe you wanted?

To post this morning and then post a "forget this..." 8 hours later because someone didn't "snap to it" for you means that i wont help you (and i was when i visited this thread last night!), you really dont deserve it!

Sorry but that really annoyed me!
You right.

My fault . I'm very grateful for this great mod.
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Old 07 Feb 2012, 19:28
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It's too late for me to help you now as im off out, i'll take a look later and post tomorrow!
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Old 07 Feb 2012, 19:36
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by trotskid View Post
No help on this mod? Ok, forget this one in my forum.
If the support on a _free_ mod doesn't meet your needs, by all means don't use it. In fact, I'd suggest not using any of my mods if that's the case. I can't promise a support turn around time and try to be up front about that.

Good luck with your site.
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Old 08 Feb 2012, 17:56
trotskid trotskid is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
If the support on a _free_ mod doesn't meet your needs, by all means don't use it. In fact, I'd suggest not using any of my mods if that's the case. I can't promise a support turn around time and try to be up front about that.

Good luck with your site.
We're gladly with your mod. Just needed a little change.

No problem.. Thanks anyway

Edit: Your one poor sport that's for sure - TheLastSuperman

Last edited by TheLastSuperman; 08 Feb 2012 at 20:38.
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  #1745  
Old 08 Feb 2012, 18:41
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by trotskid View Post
We're gladly with your mod. Just needed a little change.

No problem.. Thanks anyway

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Insulting members of the community, and especially members who help support this mod, is no way to earn help or any other positive attention.
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Old 08 Feb 2012, 18:58
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Insulting members of the community, and especially members who help support this mod, is no way to earn help or any other positive attention.

Don't kidding me. There is no help about my post, not from your nor your "member". So your mod is definitely out in my forum . No working.

Thanks anyway, no problem.

regards
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Old 08 Feb 2012, 20:56
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by trotskid View Post
So your mod is definitely out in my forum
Perfect.
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Old 10 Feb 2012, 14:40
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Perfect.
I acknowledge that I have not had appropriate words, I hope to forget this incident. I apologize, I had other things in mind
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  #1749  
Old 11 Apr 2012, 02:09
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Hi, everytime somebody clicks on the like/not like button, this message appears:

Warning: curl_setopt() expects parameter 2 to be long, string given in [path]/helpfulanswers.php on line 434

any help?
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Old 11 Apr 2012, 03:43
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by supermak View Post
Hi, everytime somebody clicks on the like/not like button, this message appears:

Warning: curl_setopt() expects parameter 2 to be long, string given in [path]/helpfulanswers.php on line 434

any help?
For the numerous people who both PM and post to the forum... please don't.

When you do this it means the author has to check their PMs, be sure the same person is asking the same exact question, repost the answer so others reading it know there's no strange bug.

Posting to the mod thread is always the best way to get help and why I don't do PM support anymore.

If you do double post, take the time to go back to the thread and note it so others know the issue is resolved.

So for anyone else asking, the latest version should address this but if not, just turn off the reporting option. Which I thank you for having left on in the first place
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  #1751  
Old 18 May 2012, 03:31
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Nice mod
I have a question, is it possible to sort posts within a thread accordingly to the post ranking? (Yup, I dig the whole thread but did not find it.)
And if yes then how?
I would be grateful for any pointers.
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Old 18 May 2012, 04:08
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Originally Posted by Chris8 View Post
Nice mod
I have a question, is it possible to sort posts within a thread accordingly to the post ranking? (Yup, I dig the whole thread but did not find it.)
And if yes then how?
I would be grateful for any pointers.
Yes it's possible. No it's not a feature in the mod.

Basically you'd need to modify the query that pulls the posts up and change it to check on the votes for the post (they're stored as individual records and for the post overall).

There's already a query plugin used on that page so it's got a starting point if you're familiar with vB.
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Old 18 May 2012, 20:20
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Well, I'm familiar with vb in some way, but I'm not a coder. As for modifying I would only like to execute sorting only on demand, not by default. I guess I need to edit showthread template and put there a link that will run the sorting query when user clicks it. To create the query I must add a plugin and place it somewhere within showthread perhaps showthread_start hook or maybe showthread_query_postids hook would be suitable.
But the question is how would look like the code executing this query. I've just thought that perhaps someone has done it before and wouldn't mind to share the code. I think that feature could be very powerful addition to this mod.

Last edited by Chris8; 18 May 2012 at 20:26.
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Old 18 May 2012, 22:51
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Chris8 View Post
Well, I'm familiar with vb in some way, but I'm not a coder. As for modifying I would only like to execute sorting only on demand, not by default. I guess I need to edit showthread template and put there a link that will run the sorting query when user clicks it. To create the query I must add a plugin and place it somewhere within showthread perhaps showthread_start hook or maybe showthread_query_postids hook would be suitable.
But the question is how would look like the code executing this query. I've just thought that perhaps someone has done it before and wouldn't mind to share the code. I think that feature could be very powerful addition to this mod.
While there's plugin hooks you can use to setup the option, what you want to do requires an source change to the query -- people hate those which is the only reason why it's not a part of the mod.

Here's the basics of what you need to do:

1. Add a plugin hook for showthread_post_start along the lines of


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2. In showthread.php find ORDER BY post.dateline $postorder and replace it with $sortquery

3. Repeat this for all 3 instances of the original code

4. Add a link to the post with the variable &sortvotes=1 to enable sorting by votes

5. To check that the plugin is getting called view source the page and look for "sort by posts" or "sort normally". You can remove this once the hack works.

Note: This isn't tested so while it won't destroy any data it may throw an error and may not work if you filter a post another way, click to the next page, etc.
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Old 19 May 2012, 03:44
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It works but only partially. It executes the normal sorting and displays the posts, (<!--sort normally--> is displayed too)
but when trying to sort by helpfulpost.totalrank by accessing http://www.example.com/showthread.php?t=xxx&sortvotes=1 a db error occurs.



I'm trying to guess what might be wrong. Thank you anyway for taking your time to write such detailed instructions, that's for sure the good starting point and it would probably work but some detail is missing.
I will try to test it tomorrow on clean installation.

Last edited by Chris8; 04 Jun 2012 at 22:04.
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