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Mod Version: 3.3, by Evercraft (Member) Evercraft is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.1 Rating: (65 votes - 4.66 average) Installs: 750
Released: 08 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Sep 2006 Downloads: 2603
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Introduction
This is a continuation of my Event Forums plugin/addon from 3.5. You can find the old version here. The original plugin was developed by Endquote, and I have since taken it over to bring it to what it is today. I hope you can find it useful!
What is this addon?
This is a plugin which allows you to create relationships between calendars and events, giving each event a thread of its own for users to discuss. I have tested this alot, and I am running it myself on a live board.
Sure, so whats it do?
Some examples of the features this plugin offers
  • When a new event is created in a calendar, an associated thread is created in the linked forum.
  • Links to events in the calendar are forwarded to the associated thread, or optionally a seperate New Event button can be added with a minor template edit.
  • New thread links in the event forum are redirected to a new event form.
  • A summary can be shown at the top of the event forum which shows the up and coming events over the next 'x' days.
  • The date and time shown in the thread and post title, is calculated on the current viewing users timezone. In other words, times always show in the users timezone, not forced to GMT.
  • Full moderation support.
  • Editing a thread or event, will update its associated event/thread.
Screenshots
Some screenshots of this plugin
How do I install it?
For upgrading, please see the section below.
Summary
  • 1 xml import.
  • 1 (optional) template change.
  • 1 (optional) gif file upload.
Step 1
Install the product
Download the product XML file.

Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Plugin System -> Manage Products. Click [Add/Import Product] at the bottom of the page. Browse to the location where you downloaded the xml file and then click the Import button.
Step 2
Calendar ID:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Calendar Manager. Find the calendar you want to link to a forum, then click Edit.
Right at the top of the page you should see:
Calendar: NAME (id: ID)
Make a note of the ID, you will need this soon.
Forum ID:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Forum Manager. Find the forum you want to activate as your event forum, then click Edit Forum.
Right at the top of the page you should see:
Forum: NAME (id: ID)
Make a note of the ID, you will need this soon.
Link a Calendar to a Forum:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto vBulletin Options and find Event Forums.
The first option you should see is Calendar/Forum Map.
Enter in your IDs into the box, as CALENDARID:FORUMID.
Example, my Calendar is 5 and my Forum is 14:
5:14
Click Save.
Step 3
Base permissions check:
You will need to check that users using the Event Forums, have basic permissions to both the Linked Forum AND Calendar.
Basic Permissions include: Can View Forum and Can Post Threads and possibly some others.
Step 4 (Optional template edit)
Add the New Event button:
You only need todo this if you want to show a seperate New Event button next to the New Thread button.

First of all, upload newevent.gif to your images/buttons folder. NOTE you will need to upload this to any custom image folders too for different styles you might have.

Second, open up FORUMDISPLAY template for each of your styles you want to show the button, find and add the highlighted code below:

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

Lastly, go into the Event Forums options, and change the option Show the New Event button on the thread list to yes.
Step 5
Install on VB.org:
Browse back to this thread, and click the INSTALL button so you can recieve updates whenever I update this plugin.
How do I upgrade it from an old version?
Step 1
Import xml
Download the product XML file.

Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Plugin System -> Manage Products. Click [Add/Import Product] at the bottom of the page. Browse to the location where you downloaded the xml file. Make sure the overwrite option is set to ON and then click the Import button.
Can I give you money to make this?
This isn't a commercial plugin, and can be used by anyone for free. However, a few people have said to me that they would like to donate some money for my time working on the plugin and for picking it up and continuing the development of new features etc. If you do want to donate some money my way, then you can do so through paypal by clicking this link. Thanks!
Bugs / Support
If you find a bug, then please post in this thread and let me know. There are a few bugs that haven't been fixed since the old version, so i'm hoping that we can fix these soon. I will do my best to support the plugin as much as possible, however I also have a busy job which takes up alot of my time.
Known Bugs
Here is a list of known bugs to date
  • Soft delete actually hard deletes the thread.
  • Search doesn't search the first post of an event thread.
  • Inline ajax edit bugs thread title. Need to remove date and time from it before edit.
Feature request list
Here is a list of the requested features. Please note that because it makes this list, doesn't mean it will be added.
  • Intergration with the event attendance plugin.
  • Customisation of the order of the custom fields in the thread title.
  • An option to "import" all the previous events from a Calendar into threads.
  • Extra post options support (Attachments, Post Icons, Sticky etc).
  • Custom ordering of the %datetime variable.
  • Custom ordering of %custom variable.
  • Better handling of recurring events.
Credits
Thanks to endquote for originally creating the plugin.
Thanks to the Ninja :ninja: for helping me infiltrate the vb code and finding those hidden hooks!
Thanks to anybody that helps test this plugin.
Changelog
Version: 3.3
  • Added Farcasters Event Attendance patch to the mod. I've added a self check so it will only run when the Event attendance mod is installed and active.
Version: 3.2
  • Fixed a bug which was prevent the thread from being deleted when you try to delete an event.
Version: 3.1
  • Fixed a bug which would cause an error with undefined function on the forum display page when summary is turned on.
Version: 3.0
  • Version now compatible with 3.6. Please note this plugin will no longer install on a board older than 3.6. I would recommend you upgrade your board as soon as you can!
  • Added an optional template edit to show a New Event button next to the New Thread button.
  • Plugin no longer in BETA. I feel this has been running enough stablely to take this out of BETA. There are still some bugs which need fixing, but as a whole it works and is used by quite a few people.
Version: 2.7 and below
  • See the old thread here

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Old 10 Aug 2006, 22:10
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Nice mode

I added a custom field for my calendar. A zip code field.

How can search events by zip code?

Thanks
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Old 11 Aug 2006, 04:25
adwade adwade is offline
 
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Sorry-so-stupid, but I have a question about the FORUMDISPLAY edit. Your instructions say...
<td class="smallfont"><if condition="$show['newthreadlink']">
<a href="newthread.php?$session[sessionurl]do=newthread&amp;f=$foruminfo[forumid]" rel="nofollow"><img src="$stylevar[imgdir_button]/newthread.gif" alt="$vbphrase[post_new_thread]" border="0" /></a>
Now understand I've never done a TEMPLATE Edit yet, so bare with me. In looking for that string, I found it alright and put the new code right after it. However, I went on looking thru the code to MAKE SURE I'd found the right spot and low & behold I found the same code again, on down in the text.

So, my question is: Are you suppose to find ALL occurrences of the above code and insert the new code right after it? If so, I think I can do that. If not, how do you know which occurrence to put it after?

Many thanxx for any assistance.
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Old 11 Aug 2006, 05:10
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cheers for the update. could you tell me please if you are working on the intergration with the event attendance plugin or if it is something you planning on working on any time soon? many thanks
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Old 11 Aug 2006, 17:05
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Originally Posted by Evercraft
This is a strange one.

Do you have any other plugins installed?
Does it do every time you make a new event and try to reply?
Does it do it for every reply or just the first?

I will try and have a look at what post reply is doing to see if I can work out what might have gone wrong.
One of my other coders figured out the problem. It was the problem with the "Prevent Double Post" hack.

No issues with the Event Forums anymore.
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Old 16 Aug 2006, 05:22
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This is great. Installed.

I do have one request. Perhaps you can tell me how...

I would really prefer NOT to show the New Event button to users who are not authorized to the calendar in that forum. Plus if it's there and you can't do it because you aren't authorized, I believe google has an issue with it.
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Old 16 Aug 2006, 06:30
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Question

I had the WIC and Recent events working at the top of my forum, but the events list didn't have the times, which I need.

So in Display Chatters template, I have this, which just shows chatters on the forum Home page, along with recent events:

<!-- who is in flashchat -->
<if condition="$show['upcomingevents']">
<table class="tborder" cellpadding="$stylevar[cellpadding]" cellspacing="$stylevar[cellspacing]" border="0" width="100%" align="center">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td class="thead" colspan="2">
<a style="float:$stylevar[right]" href="#top" onclick="return toggle_collapse('forumhome_chatusers')"><img id="collapseimg_forumhome_chatusers" src="$stylevar[imgdir_button]/collapse_thead$vbcollapse[collapseimg_forumhome_chatusers].gif" alt="" border="0" /></a>
$chattersdesc $totalchatters
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
<tbody id="collapseobj_forumhome_chatusers" style="$vbcollapse[collapseobj_forumhome_chatusers]">
<tr>
<td class="alt2"><a href="misc.php?do=flashchat"><img src="$stylevar[imgdir_misc]/whos_online.gif" alt="" border="0" /></a></td>
<td class="alt1" width="100%"><div class="smallfont">$chatters</div></td>
</tr>

<tr>
<td class="thead" colspan="2">
<a style="float:$stylevar[right]" href="#top" onclick="return toggle_collapse('forumhome_events')"><img id="collapseimg_forumhome_events" src="$stylevar[imgdir_button]/collapse_thead$vbcollapse[collapseimg_forumhome_events].gif" alt="" border="0" /></a>
<if condition="$show['todaysevents']">$vbphrase[todays_events]<else /><phrase 1="$vboptions[showevents]">$vbphrase[upcoming_events_for_the_next_x_days]</phrase></if>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
<tbody id="collapseobj_forumhome_events" style="$vbcollapse[collapseobj_forumhome_events]">
<tr>
<td class="alt2"><a href="calendar.php$session[sessionurl_q]"><img src="$stylevar[imgdir_misc]/calendar.gif" alt="$vbphrase[calendar]" border="0" /></a></td>
<td class="alt1" width="100%"><div class="smallfont">$upcomingevents</div></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
<br />
</if>
<!-- end who is in flashchat -->

HOWEVER, I want the times to display, like in your version when you are in the proper forum.

When I'm IN THE FORUM, the times display at the top, and then also that block repeats in the forum. I can resolve that, but I need the times on the forum home page.

You can see what I'm talking about here: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/index.php and then go to this forum: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/cavy-chats/

Please help me out?
Thanks,
Teresa
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  #37  
Old 16 Aug 2006, 20:06
Delazar Delazar is offline
 
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If I klick on report bad post, Im receiving the following message:


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

In the hook "postdata_postsave" must be the mistake.
Could you check this?

Thanks
Delazar
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  #38  
Old 17 Aug 2006, 00:16
WATRD WATRD is offline
 
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This is a GREAT mod! If it just integrated with the event attendance plugin, it would be the PERFECT mod Automatic calendar entries that users can RSVP for with a corresponding thread for discussion... I am getting all weepy...
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:28
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Originally Posted by Ipuck
Nice mode

I added a custom field for my calendar. A zip code field.

How can search events by zip code?

Thanks
This isn't possible as there is currently no way to search events.
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:29
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Originally Posted by adwade
Sorry-so-stupid, but I have a question about the FORUMDISPLAY edit. Your instructions say...


Now understand I've never done a TEMPLATE Edit yet, so bare with me. In looking for that string, I found it alright and put the new code right after it. However, I went on looking thru the code to MAKE SURE I'd found the right spot and low & behold I found the same code again, on down in the text.

So, my question is: Are you suppose to find ALL occurrences of the above code and insert the new code right after it? If so, I think I can do that. If not, how do you know which occurrence to put it after?

Many thanxx for any assistance.
Add it to them all, though I think the first instance is all thats needed.

I will update the install instructions shortly.
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:41
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Originally Posted by cavyspirit
This is great. Installed.

I do have one request. Perhaps you can tell me how...

I would really prefer NOT to show the New Event button to users who are not authorized to the calendar in that forum. Plus if it's there and you can't do it because you aren't authorized, I believe google has an issue with it.
I don't know why Google would have a problem with it, but anyhow it shouldn't be too hard to add this is in so I will try and put it in soon.

The button would atually the moment be hidden if the user isn't allowed to create a new thread, which I might need to change too.
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:43
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Originally Posted by cavyspirit
I had the WIC and Recent events working at the top of my forum, but the events list didn't have the times, which I need.

So in Display Chatters template, I have this, which just shows chatters on the forum Home page, along with recent events:

{code snippet}

HOWEVER, I want the times to display, like in your version when you are in the proper forum.

When I'm IN THE FORUM, the times display at the top, and then also that block repeats in the forum. I can resolve that, but I need the times on the forum home page.

You can see what I'm talking about here: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/index.php and then go to this forum: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/cavy-chats/

Please help me out?
Thanks,
Teresa
Not sure if i'm just being blind, but I don't see any events block on your forum home page.
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:44
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Originally Posted by Delazar
If I klick on report bad post, Im receiving the following message:


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

In the hook "postdata_postsave" must be the mistake.
Could you check this?

Thanks
Delazar
I'll have a look at this soon as I can.
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 13:46
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And as for Event attendance. It IS something I want, and would find useful for my own site. However I am not currently working on it, because I just simply don't have the time to put into it at the moment
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Old 17 Aug 2006, 18:45
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Originally Posted by Evercraft
Not sure if i'm just being blind, but I don't see any events block on your forum home page.
Sorry. Log in as Teresa, demo
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