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Mod Version: 1.00, by MrEyes (Coder/Designer) MrEyes is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (3 votes - 3.67 average) Installs: 26
Released: 08 Dec 2010 Last Update: Never Downloads: 187
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v1.0 BETA


This mod is in BETA

Description

This mod will place a phrased 'Random Thread' link under the Forum section of the navbar. If the user clicks this link they will be taken to a random thread on your forum.

This modifications respects user forum permissions therefore a user will not be taken to a thread they are not allowed to see.

You can also:
  • Configure forums to be excluded from Random Thread (CMS comments forum is auto excluded)
  • Globally enabled/disable the modification
  • Set a maximum thread age (in days) - setting this means that only thread newer than the configured age will be selected.
  • Set a minimum reply count - setting this means that only threads with more (or equal to) the configured value will be randomly selected.

Installation

Installation is simple, just download the attached product XML file and import as normal.

Why BETA? (Tech Alert!)

While developing this modification it became obvious that the MySQL rand function simply did not perform well enough to make this usuable on larger forums. As such the mod selects out all thread identifiers that the user can see and then PHP does the random selection.

Although the functionality is useful, my concerns with rand etc are the reason for the modification having options to restrict by reply count and thread age.

I have run this on my forum for a few days and not seen any real impact, however it seems sensible to get feedback from other admins before committing this modification to gold.

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Old 05 Jun 2012, 02:34
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Does anyone know what the link should be link so I can set it manually? Otherwise, a fix would be nice.
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Old 07 Jun 2012, 19:53
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No link in Nav Bar for me either v4.2.0
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Old 08 Jun 2012, 12:32
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Yes, it would be great if someone can help out.
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Old 08 Jun 2012, 18:21
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Nice, installed. (vBulletin 4.1.12 Patch Level 1)
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Old 27 Sep 2012, 06:42
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work with vb 4.2.0 thx
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Old 07 Dec 2012, 20:15
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No link in the navbar on 4.2.0 PL3
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Old 24 Aug 2014, 03:21
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No link in Nav Bar for me either vb4.2.2
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Old 29 Sep 2015, 21:21
rohirrim rohirrim is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Chadi View Post
Does anyone know what the link should be link so I can set it manually? Otherwise, a fix would be nice.
Here is the link: /forum/misc.php?do=randomthread
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Old 30 Sep 2015, 04:12
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Not working; 4.2.3
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Old 21 Jun 2016, 05:09
Pardeep Bagga Pardeep Bagga is offline
 
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can we have this for vbulletin 5
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Old 21 Jun 2016, 13:41
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works fine on 4.2.3, make sure you use the right link in the navigation manager!

/misc.php?do=randomthread or whatever depending on your installation.
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Old 07 Apr 2018, 08:40
Pardeep Bagga Pardeep Bagga is offline
 
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its not working with Version 4.2.3
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Old 10 Apr 2018, 14:04
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not working Version 4.2.5
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Old 10 Apr 2018, 18:17
IggyP IggyP is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Emad ELsayed View Post
not working Version 4.2.5
not even with the manual link? pretty cool idea really, nice to see that work
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Old 06 Aug 2018, 10:23
jagtpf jagtpf is offline
 
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Clarification...

This just imports an xml into the manage product area.

How does one do any of these ?
Configure forums to be excluded from Random Thread (CMS comments forum is auto excluded)
Globally enabled/disable the modification
Set a maximum thread age (in days) - setting this means that only thread newer than the configured age will be selected.
Set a minimum reply count - setting this means that only threads with more (or equal to) the configured value will be randomly selected.

I have the Tab showing, and the link is working. Can anyone who has it working, add a little more info to the setup instructions, especially the ability to pick relevant Forums - please ..

Geoff

Last edited by jagtpf; 06 Aug 2018 at 10:29.
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