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Mod Version: 1.3.3, by MarkFL (Coder) MarkFL is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.x Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 11
Released: 05 May 2016 Last Update: 26 Jun 2017 Downloads: 84
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Overview:

This product will give you complete control over who knows who is online. You can select usergroups and users whose online status is hidden from everyone, except members of usergroups and individual users from whom you decide no one will be hidden. When a user's online status is hidden, those from whom it is hidden will never see them shown as online in the "Currently Active Users" section of "What's Going On?" (WGO) or on the "Who's Online" page, or on their profile page or in their postbits.

A hidden user will show up in the list of recent visitors in the WGO section, however, their cited time of last activity will be either their last visit time, or time of last post/PM/VM...whichever is the most recent, so as to arouse the least suspicion. This same time of last activity will be shown on their profile page as well.

You can also define "Troublesome Users" which are dual sets of users, the first set which is hidden from the second, and if you enable the reciprocity for this setting, the second set will also be hidden from the first. You may define as many dual sets of troublesome users as you want.

Also, you can set whether hidden users are hidden from themselves. If you wish to make it less obvious to users that their online status is being hidden then set this to "No" and if you want hidden users to see that they are hidden, set this to "Yes."

The users you set as those from whom no online status is hidden will see everyone's true online status, regardless of the other settings.

Updates:

Version 1.1:
  • Added option to show hidden users as guests.

Version 1.2:
  • Hidden users shown as guests now moved to the end of the guest list on Who's Online.

Version 1.3:
  • Fixed reported issue of memberaction dropdown giving away online status.

Version 1.3.1:
  • Added option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links.

Version 1.3.2:
  • Amended option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links to include online status indicators in postbits.

Version 1.3.3:
  • Added option to set whether the active usercounts will be adjusted to account for hidden users or not.

Compatibility:

Tested and working on VB 4.2.x and may work on all 4.x versions of vBulletin.

Backup/Warning:

This product does not alter your database, however it is always good practice to make regular backups and you should make a backup before installing ANY new mod.

As always, products are USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I will provide support and do my best to help but no absolute guarantee is offered.

To Install:
  1. Download and extract the attached .zip file.
  2. Follow AdminCP -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product.
  3. Click on "Choose File" and browse to the product .xml file that was packaged in the .zip file.
  4. Click "Import."
  5. You MUST enable the product in the settings before it will function.
  6. Configure the remaining settings to your liking. Each setting has a detailed explanation of its use.



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Old 24 May 2017, 04:52
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Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
Yes please! Or just let me know how to do it. My members consider it an invasion of their privacy to have their online status showing so I am trying to turn it off everywhere, zap every trace of it (except for Admins/Mods of course).
Update - Version 1.3.1:
  • Added option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links.
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Old 24 May 2017, 05:45
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That was fast! I can't believe how responsive you are. Thank you again.

I feel really dumb asking this but what is the ' online status tooltip' and where are the 'memberaction dropdowns'. I've set your last setting to yes and no but don't see any difference. I can still see the little box that says "x is offline now". I hate to bother you with this but really appreciate your responsiveness.

On edit: I should add that I was looking on the postbit legacy if that helps
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Old 24 May 2017, 05:56
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Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
That was fast! I can't believe how responsive you are. Thank you again.
This last change was pretty simple to implement.

Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
I feel really dumb asking this but what is the ' online status tooltip' and where are the 'memberaction dropdowns'. I've set your last setting to yes and no but don't see any difference. I can still see the little box that says "x is offline now". I hate to bother you with this but really appreciate your responsiveness.

On edit: I should add that I was looking on the postbit legacy if that helps
A tooltip is handled by an HTML element's "alt" and/or "title" attribute. It is the informative popup that you get when you hover your mouse cursor over an element with such attribute(s) defined.

The member action dropdowns are the popup menus that appear when you click a username in certain places, such as the last poster of threads you see on the forum home page, or the username in postbits.

The tooltip on the usernames is what the latest setting will turn off. If you choose to turn off the tooltip, then hovering your mouse cursor over a username with the memberaction dropdown associated with it, there will be no tooltip.

Can you post a screenshot of exactly what it is you want disabled?
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Old 24 May 2017, 06:28
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Okay, I think I know what you're talking about now...

Update - Version 1.3.2:
  • Amended option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links to include online status indicators in postbits.
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Old 24 May 2017, 06:31
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I think what I'm talking about is the tooltip then. Unfortunately, I can't take a screenshot because the minute I hit another key to take the screenshot, the message disappears. I'm currently logged in as a normal user, not an Admin. When I put my cursor over the little gray circle button next to the name, it returns the text "(name) is online" - the same way it works here when you hover over the green online status button next to a user's name.
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Old 24 May 2017, 06:35
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Yeah, I'm certain we're talking about the same thing...with version 1.3.2, you should find when you disable them, that little green/gray indicator is gone.
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Old 24 May 2017, 06:45
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That's it exactly! Thank you! Every trace of a member's online status is totally gone even on the CMS homepage where the tooltip was showing up in the articles. You just saved me huge headaches because I couldn't find what was controlling that tooltip in the templates. I wish I could send you a box of chocolates!
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Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
That's it exactly! Thank you! Every trace of a member's online status is totally gone even on the CMS homepage where the tooltip was showing up in the articles. You just saved me huge headaches because I couldn't find what was controlling that tooltip in the templates. I wish I could send you a box of chocolates!
Just knowing you have achieved your goal is treat enough for me.
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Old 24 May 2017, 07:06
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Just knowing you have achieved your goal is treat enough for me.
You really rock! Here's a virtual box of the finest Belgian chocolates for you
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Old 24 May 2017, 07:07
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You really rock! Here's a virtual box of the finest Belgian chocolates for you
Mmmm...yummy!
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 05:28
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Hi Mark, It's me again sigh.... (or rather lol). When the mod is activated to hide all users except from admin, it also hides the total number in the What's Going On box under "Currently Active Users". Is there a way to get that number back but still keep the status hidden? I made a template change that already removes the usernames for privacy but I'd dearly love to have the total number showing . Is this possible?

Last edited by chloe101; 26 Jun 2017 at 05:28. Reason: typo
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 05:46
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Hidden users will be counted among guests in that case I believe.
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 05:54
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Hidden users will be counted among guests in that case I believe.
They're not counting as guests because I set "Show Hidden Users As Guests?" to no. And compared the results the Admin gets with my registered user test account- they're totally removed. It would be great if "Show Hidden Users As Guests" is set to no, that the number appear in "currently active users".

I'm asking a lot I know. Chocolates by Fedex?
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 06:03
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Try setting "Show Hidden Users As Guests?" to Yes...otherwise it sounds like the product is behaving as intended.

Another option would be to try disabling the plugin titled "Remove Selected Users From Currently Active Users (WGO)" since you have edited your template to hide the usernames.
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Old 26 Jun 2017, 06:12
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Originally Posted by MarkFL View Post
Try setting "Show Hidden Users As Guests?" to Yes...otherwise it sounds like the product is behaving as intended.

Another option would be to try disabling the plugin titled "Remove Selected Users From Currently Active Users (WGO)" since you have edited your template to hide the usernames.
Thank you!! Option 2, deactivating the plugin, did the trick. Fedex or DHL?
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