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vBExperience 3.8
Mod Version: 3.8.5, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (171 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 1329
Released: 22 Dec 2008 Last Update: 10 Jul 2011 Downloads: 16954
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vBExperience 3.8 (aka xPerience)

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

Triple Winner of the "Mod of the Month"-Award (March 2008, September 2009, July 2010) on vBulletin.org.

A version for vBulletin 4.0 has been released! Thread: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=245023


vBExperience 3.8.6 is currently (August 2010) in development.


Description
vBExperience is your feature packaged solution for motivation and satisfying your users. vBExperience is an advanced Level/Promotion and Activity System with Shop, Awards and Activities. It will calculate an activity and experience score for every user based on their activites on the forum. Now your users will see how their level is increasing by participating on your forum.

This mod was developed by me because I was never satisfied with the post count. Communities are not only defined by post count, they need much more parameters: Are the postings the user creates helpful? Are his threads frequently read? Does the user participate on the community by posting pictures, attachments, leaving visitor messages, tagging threads? All this can be answered with this mod.

Comments, suggestions, translations, bugs, etc... are very welcome! Support is only given to people who have clicked Mark as Installed.


Compatibility
This mod will work with vBulletin 3.7.x and 3.8.x. For vBulletin 3.6 you will need vBExperience 3.7



Demo:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience.php?langid=5

Demo 3.8.6:
http://www.insidetwoworlds.com/xperience.php

Other Demo Site:
http://www.insidesupcom.de/xperience.php?langid=1


There are mainly four things visible for the users: The users score, his level, his next level up in %/points and his activity in %.


Calculation of the score
Taken into calculation are these things:
Threads
- Created threads
- Thread views of own threads
- Thread replies of own threads
- Thread votes of own threads
- Thread tags
- Replies to own threads
- Sticky threads
- Socialgroup Discussions (Discussions, Posts)

Posts
- Created posts
- Views on attachments

User
- Days since registration
- Average posts per Day (for users who are on forum for at least seven days)
- Referrals
- Received infractions
- Reputation / Use of reputation system
- Visitor messages on profiles
- Members of own social groups
- Albumpictures
- Friends
- Completing Profile

Misc
- Calendar entries


Additionally there is support for 3rd party addons (some are already installed):
- vB Tournaments and Ladders (via CDP Addon)
- Post Ranking System (via CDP Addon)
- Helpful Answers (via CDP Addon)
- AWCoding-Donation System LITE and PRO (via CDP Addon)
- Cyb Paypal Donate (included)
- DownloadsII (included)
- ibProArcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- LDM Links and Downloads Manager (included)
- PhotoPlog 2.1 (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost vBGallery (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost Pro (via CDP Addon)
- Post Thank You / Use of Post Thank You (via CDP Addon)
- QuoteIt! 3.16 (via CDP Addon)
- SAPR: Advanced Post Rating system (via CDP Addon)
- thanks via vS-Hide Hack Resurrection (Expanded Edition) (included)
- v3arcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- v3arcade Submissions Points (via CDP Addon)
- vBulletin Blog (included)
- Who Downloaded This Attachment? (included)
- Other Addons can be easily added via CDP - Custom Data Provider plugins.

Additionally you can install these modifications:
- Thread Necromancer: Gives (minus-) points when a user is posting in old threads.
- Scrupulous Poster: Gives points for editing posts. Award users that are editing own posts instead of doing double post.
- Deletion Addicted: Gives points when an user/nod soft-deletes post, thread, visitormessage, groupmessage or picturecomment.
- Arm of Law: Give points for moderators who are using the infraction system
- Discussion Ender: Give points for people who are the last on a discussion
- RadioActivity: Reduce points for every day the user is not online

Also, there are already addons available that are working as Custom Data Provider (CDP). A CDP can extend vBExperience by collecting data and adding it to the vBExperience datastore. All point providers can be used for Awards and Shop.

You have to install these hacks for your own, vBExperience doesn't install nor touches these.


vBAdvanced
There are three vBAdvanced 3.0 XML modules: Most Active Users, Most Experienced Users and Last 20 Activities. Import them via vBAdvanced AdminCP.


Awards
There are six default awards: Most Popular, Activity Award, Posting Award, Community Award, Frequent Poster, Blog Award, Calendar Award. The awards are shown in Rankings and Profile. You can set them also to display in postbit near the username. There is a scheduled job running once a day (02:30h) to calculate them.
Via AdminCP they are completely customizeable and can also be assigned manually.
Awards can be created for every data provider.


Rankings
Showing User, Level, Awards, Activity Points (experience, thread, post, user, misc) - sortable.
Since 3.8.3, there is a also a ranking for Social Groups

Shop
A virtual Shop will motivate your users to earn more points. You can define categories and put virtual items with pictures in it. A currency can be defined seperatly for every item, e.g. 20 points from threads or 100 points from gallery. Users can purchase the items, they appear in their profile. The costs of the item are substracted from their xperience points. Additionally you can set quantity of the items.
The Shop will motivate your users to collect specific points to buy an item. Optionally you can show the last purchased items on postbit.
You can put virtual items in it, like WoW addons: Sell WoW Items in exchange of f.e. thread points. Great for RPG forums.
Non-Virtual Items like bold Usernames or Downloads for Points are already on my todo list.

Earn Points
There is an overview for the user on how points can be collected, with a list of users own points. All data is beeing pulled from the database (settings, phrases)

Statistics
The statistics is showing a Top-X list of the leading users. Usefull for optimizing points of the point provider. Only enabled point providers with results will be displayed.


Promotion system
To motivate users to do more on your forum I created the promotion system. By reaching defined xperience points the user will be moved to another usergroup - where you can set graphics, shadows, highlighting, etc... What is interesting in combination with this: you can give the user more possibilities f.e. larger avatars or bigger PM box. A log of the promotions is available.


Calculation of the activity
The system calculates the activity by taking the average post count/visitormessages/group discussion/Blog entries of the ten most active user and comparing it to own post count. This can be set to count only the last X days, f.e. 21 days.


Settings
You can control how many points are given to every calculation. For example you can give many points for creating new threads but only a few for views of that thread. Setting a value to 0 will disable a setting.
Additionally, you can set ignore users (f.e. for bot users), forums (f.e. offtopic forums) and usergroup id's.


Performance, Big Boards
vBExperience has been tested on smaller and also on some bigger sites. I know from boards with around 120k users running this mod smoothly. More about this topic can be read in the file readme_optimization.txt


Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I change the name Experience to something new?
A: You can change the name via phrases. Just search and replace all phrases that contains vBExperience.

Q: When installing vBExperience, does everyone start from scratch, or will it automatically configure everyone's points based on actions before the install?
A: If you recount, vBExperience will calculate ALL existing data since the beginning of the board.

Known Issues:
- Awards: On "Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread" awards are only shown for the user who is viewing this.
- Awards: If activated in with rich username, they are attached to the username. If the username is linked, the awards are also linked. If a link is underlined, the awards are also underlined. This behaviour is hardcoded in vBulletin and cannot be fixed.
- Settings are showing only a blank page, read here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/proje...6979#note74140
- If you completely remove vBExperience, you need also to uninstall the product XML manually from the pluginssystem

Credits for icons
- FAMFAMFAM, http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
- IconExperience


History
3.8.4.3 / 3.8.5 Beta 5, 10th July 2011
- Prio 1 security patch, please update just xperience.php!


3.8.5 Beta 4, 25th September 2009
- Promotions: Listing now also the last Usergroup. Please notice the new settings for nethermost/uppermost usergroups.
- Several minor cosmetic changes
- Clear Activities (except Shop)
- Fixed error with GetActivityAll() on profile
- Several Beta 3 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 3, 18th September 2009
- Fixed Promotions
- Fixed Notifications
- Added Activities to Promotions
- All Activities are not obeying limit
- AdminCP/Experience has a recount for Promotions and Achievements
- Fixed listing of Achievements with Firefox
- Several Beta 2 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 2, 02nd September 2009
- Just a short note: Condition in Achievements and Promotions are calculated in POINTS, not in counts of items.
If you choose 10 Day, you must enter the points needed for this.
For example: You have an achievement for 10 days. You have set 2 points for every day since registering. Calculation: 10*2 = 20
You will have to set 20 as the condition.
- New tabbed interface. If you want to change the style, edit the template xperience_navbar_css
- Promotions now showing usergroups and conditions for a promotion to the next group
- You can import old vBExperience Legacy promotions (that were created within level.xml)
- Achievements in Profile
- Achievements below Avatar
- Several Beta 1 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 1, 28th August 2009
- Achievements!
- Promotions!
- Notification on Awards, Promotions and Achievements
- GAP: Empty pointfields will not be displayed anymore
- Activity: Showing percent values with a decimal
- Activities now also for users
- Awards below Avatar
- Default Awards are now also creating new category
- Shop: Fixed issue in not returning cash on sells
- Reworked Edit Shop Items



For more see history.txt

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  #601  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 01:22
amagab amagab is offline
 
Join Date: May 2006
I have vBA Dynamics installed on my forum for blogs. Is there a plugin or any other way to include the vBA Dynamics blog posts/views in this module?

Thanks for an awesome module. One of the best I've ever come across.
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  #602  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 03:50
wwolf27 wwolf27 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post


To get support, you will need to click "Mark as Installed".


ooops I to forgot..I have click installed now

Originally Posted by wwolf27 View Post
this is what I did..5 days ago I went in and manually put 1900 points to my name and I have posted and other things that I KNOW we are suppose to get points for and still it says 1900 points..nothing has changed. I thought it accumulated much like "vbcredits" Do I have to change ever members points manually. Sorry I know you have better things to be doing.
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  #603  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 06:22
jaymanfromTFX jaymanfromTFX is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
I have this installed and i have a style installed that is not showing the bars for the members activity ect.It is showing up like this
Points: 391, Level: 7 Points: 391, Level: 7 Points: 391, Level: 7
Level up: 82%, 9 Points needed
Level up: 82% Level up: 82% Level up: 82%
Activity: 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%

For some reason the images are not loading or something.Just wondering what i could do to fix it.I am new to Vbulletin and my coding is not that good.I figure out how to make it say everything once without the bars but i would like to be able to use the bar.The style i am using is Dark_Vb_fixed and fluid.Don't know if you will be able to answer this but i figured i would at least ask.Sorry im just a noob when it comes to this.
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 09:12
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by wwolf27 View Post
this is what I did..5 days ago I went in and manually put 1900 points to my name and I have posted and other things that I KNOW we are suppose to get points for and still it says 1900 points..nothing has changed. I thought it accumulated much like "vbcredits" Do I have to change ever members points manually. Sorry I know you have better things to be doing.
Did you run already recount?

Originally Posted by BrD View Post
hey Phalynx

great mod really

i have installed it in my forum
but i have a qus

can i change the bar display pleace manully??
i want it to show in another pleace in the postbit
is there any file i must EDIT ?

thx for the mod
Checks settings, there you can move the bars to another hook.

Originally Posted by GearTripper View Post
I understand this; hence my quote of the settings. I meant to suggest that something of this nature should be stated in one of the README files provided as it's a major issue. I wasn't aware until after a complete installation and now I have to modify your code to use membergroupids instead because I cannot have this affect pre-established primary usergroup promotions.

Might I also suggest a Lite version rather then keep adding additional features. Taking advantage of CDP will streamline your product moreso. Looking forward to future versions.

Before any promotion will be active, you will need to activate it. On activation, there is the information.
A lite version will not be done. You can disable features that you don't need easily. Some of them, like the promotions, are already disabled by default.


Originally Posted by gamerfu View Post
I forgot what your answer was on this topic, Phalynx. Forgive me, I could not find the Q & A.

Are temporary downloads in the works for shops?

Example, a user has enough points (bought points), but can only download a file once. If the user wants to redownload a second time they must have more points.
Downloads are on my to do list, yes.

Originally Posted by texastig View Post
How can I reset the information for VBExperience. We had our board up for over two years and I installed VBExperience and there's really no awards, etc... that I see on users or myself. I've got over 2000 posts.
Please advise and thanks.
Did you run already recount?
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  #605  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 09:13
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by amagab View Post
I have vBA Dynamics installed on my forum for blogs. Is there a plugin or any other way to include the vBA Dynamics blog posts/views in this module?

Thanks for an awesome module. One of the best I've ever come across.
There is no support for Dynamics yet.

Originally Posted by jaymanfromTFX View Post
I have this installed and i have a style installed that is not showing the bars for the members activity ect.It is showing up like this
Points: 391, Level: 7 Points: 391, Level: 7 Points: 391, Level: 7
Level up: 82%, 9 Points needed
Level up: 82% Level up: 82% Level up: 82%
Activity: 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%

For some reason the images are not loading or something.Just wondering what i could do to fix it.I am new to Vbulletin and my coding is not that good.I figure out how to make it say everything once without the bars but i would like to be able to use the bar.The style i am using is Dark_Vb_fixed and fluid.Don't know if you will be able to answer this but i figured i would at least ask.Sorry im just a noob when it comes to this.
You need to copy the images to ALL of your style folders.
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  #606  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 09:35
wwolf27 wwolf27 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
yes I have ran a recount and still comes up the same. I checked just a bit ago and it still says 1900 from days ago no change
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  #607  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 10:17
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Do you have an URL where I can see this?
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  #608  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 17:00
jaymanfromTFX jaymanfromTFX is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
There is no support for Dynamics yet.



You need to copy the images to ALL of your style folders.
Ok worked..Sorry being such a Noob.Love the program.Thanks!!!
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  #609  
Old 30 Apr 2009, 20:07
wwolf27 wwolf27 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Do you have an URL where I can see this?
Yes, of course...my URL
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  #610  
Old 01 May 2009, 18:18
lifebot lifebot is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Points are never updated unless I hit the recount button.

Any suggestions?
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  #611  
Old 02 May 2009, 09:02
AndyCr15 AndyCr15 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Is there a way when creating awards, I have some things subtracted instead of added? For example, 'Shyness award' would be views minus posts, or something like that?

In fact, any kind of maths use would be good. So, links divided into posts to find a proportion...
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  #612  
Old 02 May 2009, 17:04
Lowestoft Life Lowestoft Life is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
I deleted the three awards that are originally setup with this mod, but no awards I attempt to create myself show up on the Awards page of Experience. Any ideas why this is?

I'm running VB 3.8.2.
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  #613  
Old 02 May 2009, 21:01
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FractalizeR FractalizeR is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Real name: Vladislav
It would be great to have an option to send user a PM on reaching next level.
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  #614  
Old 02 May 2009, 21:59
love. love. is offline
 
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thank u
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  #615  
Old 03 May 2009, 19:16
lifebot lifebot is offline
 
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Adding custom points to a user doesn't seem to work. Does it work for you guys?
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