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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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Random Thread
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 08 Dec 2010, 11:42
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Reserved, for what purpose I do not yet know
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Old 08 Dec 2010, 16:43
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is there any screenshot ?
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Old 09 Dec 2010, 02:47
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link or screenshot please, thanks

maybe a widget or side block for this?
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Old 09 Dec 2010, 12:32
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Originally Posted by gurler View Post
is there any screenshot ?
No screenshot necessary, visually all the mod does is add a link under "Forum" titled "Random Thread". If the user clicks they are taken to a random thread.
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Old 10 Dec 2010, 10:59
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Does this work on 3.x versions. The other one does not.

Thanks.
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Old 10 Dec 2010, 21:10
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Probably not, this was developed on 4.x so I haven't tried it on 3.x
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Old 13 Dec 2010, 14:45
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Thanks,

Can you make it so the random thread URL/link is actually displayed, instead of the link to click so a random thread gets displayed.

I think having the random thread title show up would get more user interest, rather than having a link to display a random thread. Users would turn a blind eye to that after some time.
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Old 13 Dec 2010, 19:18
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Originally Posted by valdet View Post
Thanks,

Can you make it so the random thread URL/link is actually displayed, instead of the link to click so a random thread gets displayed.

I think having the random thread title show up would get more user interest, rather than having a link to display a random thread. Users would turn a blind eye to that after some time.
On this note, how about have it be a hyperlinked thread title?
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Old 13 Dec 2010, 19:22
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I like it.
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Old 14 Dec 2010, 13:24
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Originally Posted by NovoCiv View Post
On this note, how about have it be a hyperlinked thread title?
Yes that's what I meant on my post.

That would be better feature, rather than having the link, which when clicked would open a random thread.

Users would quickly turn a blind eye to Random Thread link.
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Old 14 Dec 2010, 18:39
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Nice idea! Thanks!

I like the ability to exclude certain forums.
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Old 14 Sep 2011, 03:11
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I installed this on 4.1.5, and when I click on the "Random Thread" link, I see HTTP 500 error. You can see an example here: http://www.kirupa.com/forum

Has anybody run into this same problem?

Thanks,
Kirupa
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Old 14 Sep 2011, 03:13
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Originally Posted by kirupa View Post
I installed this on 4.1.5, and when I click on the "Random Thread" link, I see HTTP 500 error. You can see an example here: http://www.kirupa.com/forum

Has anybody run into this same problem?

Thanks,
Kirupa
I just tested it on your site and it worked just fine for me
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Old 02 Jun 2012, 16:36
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Hey guys, installed this and no link shows up in my navbar.
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