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Old 10 Oct 2007, 21:40
templaters templaters is offline
 
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Membership card

I have a vbulletin forum, Is thier a way to provide my members with a membership card electronicallt, with some sort of hack or something.

In other words if a member wants a membership card he can just login to our forum and click on a link and put his name in and then it automatically provides a printable or downloadble membership card that shows our logo etc, but with his member name and maybe number or not.

Any ideas on this, because having them printed locally and mailed is expensive.

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otis
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Old 10 Oct 2007, 22:06
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This would rock for a forum of mine. It's a club site and club members are eligible for discounts at various stores around the state by being a member. This would make things so much easier for us.
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Old 17 Oct 2007, 02:29
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I am looking for the same exact thing but would only like to allow members who are paid subscribers be able to print out the membership card which in turn would get them discounts at sponsors/advertisers. Would be even better if it printed the term of the subscription on the card so that the card could not be used indefinitely after the subscription expires. Will pay for this hack if well done.

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Old 18 Oct 2007, 02:30
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This is of extreme interest to me. Will pay for a nicely done plugin.
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Old 18 Oct 2007, 04:37
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Yes this is a good idea but what would keep them from printing their own? I could use it on at least one of my sites too.
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Old 18 Oct 2007, 11:56
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Nothing would prevent them from printing them on their own, in fact that exactly what I want them to be able to do, but only while they have a valid subscription.
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Old 18 Oct 2007, 17:46
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Yeah but then other people could get the image and photoshop themselves and their own info to it. How would you keep the valid subscribers apart from the leechers? To keep validity of cards you'd need a system like a bar code or something for your vendors.
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Old 19 Oct 2007, 00:29
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Yeah but then other people could get the image and photoshop themselves and their own info to it. How would you keep the valid subscribers apart from the leechers? To keep validity of cards you'd need a system like a bar code or something for your vendors.
I believe the vendors would have access to a database system which would show information about that user, including names, original photo (if this has to be uploaded before they're able to print out the finished card), age, gender, etc.

However, this would require a little bit of coding, if there are several vendors/sponsors with different access/discount and so on and so forth.

It'd be one hell of a job, yes, but it'd pay off.
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Old 19 Oct 2007, 08:05
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Well you could give the vendors a login on your site so they can validate the members id card. Maybe the vendor could enter in info too when purchases are made so you both can track sucess/failure of promotions etc.
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 04:09
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I don't need anything as complicated as bar codes and such.
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 05:03
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This could be done with a GD script...

And you could create a new field within the subscriptions table to store a randomly generated membership number for the duration of the subscription... Then at the end of the subscription term, another script will clear the number from the database and send an updated list of valid numbers to whomever it is intended...

i.e. Bob buys a 1 year subscription to a music forum. When this subscription is processed, he has access to his membership features, and can download a picture card id to have laminated or whatever he chooses to do with it. On this card, is a randomly generated number that is stored in a field in your database. When the subscription expires the number becomes invalid, your automated script sends the updated list without Bob's number on, and therefore useless to Bob if he tries to use it again to gain membership discounts or whatever.

Sounds like an interesting project... I may take the time to do a little investigation into this on my day off

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Old 20 Oct 2007, 05:29
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I think its getting overly complicated. You will have to give each and every vendor a active list of whos subscribed. Now if you do like some auto insurance companies do with priting out a membership card with their info on it and a watermark and valid date range, vendors would only need to see that its active. Yet still its suscptable to duplication as its only am matter of how badly someone wants to cheat the system, eventually they will be able to fake anything.
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 05:41
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That system above is not over complicated - It only sounds complicated but really, it's a randomly generated number individual to the user and has an expiry date. The list could be in any format imaginable; RSS feed for vendors, printable list of valid subscriptions, email of valid users, displayed list on your website accessible only to the "Vendors" usergroup users...

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Old 20 Oct 2007, 11:57
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sounds very good to me to would love to be able to give members their own mebership cards
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 15:23
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This would be possible but if it were to be released, you would have to manually enter your subscription usergroup because everybody's is different..
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