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My Forum - Personalised Forum Aggregator
Mod Version: 1.1, by MrEyes (Coder) MrEyes is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (6 votes - 4.83 average) Installs: 49
Released: 24 Sep 2008 Last Update: 28 Oct 2008 Downloads: 309
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My Forum - Personalised Forum Aggregator


This is the first release of this modification, please read the entire description before proceeding to install.


Background

As a forum administrator the chances are that at some point you have received "feedback" from members that they would prefer a different forum layout. For example, lets say you have the following forum structure:
  • Cats
  • Parrots
  • Eagles

Some members might prefer:
  • Parrots & Eagles to be in a single "Birds" forum.
  • A single "Animals" forum that includes all three.
  • Cats & Eagles to be in a single forum as they have no interest in Parrots.
  • Things to be left exactly as they are.

Most sites have many more than 3 forums so the possible user preferred combinations are impossible to cater for, which means you cannot keep everybody happy, until now!

My Forum - What Does it do?

This modification uses the existing vBulletin forum subscription system to allow users to aggregate/mashup/join forums into a single "forum" where they can view all threads in the forums they have subscribed to. This gives a personalised "My Forum" which means that you can cater for all of the preferences mentioned above.

So taking the first preference example given above UserSmith would subscribe to the seperate Parrots & Eagles forums and then visit "My Forum" where he/she would see all threads in these two forums in a single forum.

The following is a brief summary of the key features
  • You can specify which user groups are allowed to use My Forum.
  • Guests don't have subscribed forums, however you can allow guest access by configuring guest viewable forums. Or you can disable Guest access completely.
  • If the current user cannot use my forum you can choose to display the standard vBulletin "no permission" page or a custom message of your choice. You can specify different no permission message for Guests and Registered User, for example "Please purchase XXX subscription to use My Forum" or "Please register to use My Forum".
  • With the exception of ACP this modification is fully phrased.
  • You can configure the modification to place a link in your navigation bar and/or quick links. You can also choose to hide/show these depending on whether the current viewer has access to My Forum.
  • As users are bringing together lots of forums there is a possibility that there will be a lot of stickies (if sticky display is enabled), so these are separated from normal threads and placed into a collapsible box. If there is an unread sticky the title of this box highlights how many sticky threads are unread.
  • In ACP you can configure, by usergroup, forums that will always be displayed regardless of user subscriptions.
  • You can choose to not display stickies.
  • You can choose to display stickies on all pages or only page one.
  • You can globally switch the modification on or off and display a custom message if it is off. On first install the default setting is off.
  • As with normal forums you can specify a default view age.
  • Uses a very similar look and feel to normal forums so your users don't need to get their heads around a different UI.
  • Fully integrated into the Who's Online pages (i.e. it won't display "unknown location").
  • Can be added to the Forum Jump menu.
  • Includes an vBulletin FAQ entry.

Demo

You can see a live demo here:

http://www.therevcounter.com/myforum.php

In this setup My Forum is running in Guest Mode with guest forum subscriptions for "General Mayhem" and "Motorbike Chat". If you want register for an account and play with it in user mode.

Installation

Installation is fairly simple, follow these steps:
  1. Download the zip file attached to this thread.
  2. Extract the contents to your local machine.
  3. Upload everything in the "upload" directory to your forum root directory.
  4. Open up your Admin CP and goto : ACP -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product.
  5. In the "EITHER upload the XML file from your computer" section click the browse button and browse to the product XML file on your machine (product-my_forum.xml).
  6. If you are performing an upgrade make sure you allow overwrites.
  7. Click the import button and sit back while vBulletin does its magic.

There are also some other optional setup steps you can follow to add My Forum to Forum Jump and the Breadcrumb box, these are details in the first post.

Configuration

Once installed you can configure this modification via:
  • ACP -> vBulletin Options -> My Forum

The configuration options are fairly self explanatory, so I won't go into details here. However there is a screen shot attached.

What it doesn't do right now, but will/might in later releases
  • Allow members to order the columns (i.e. order by replies/views etc).
  • It doesn't currently display announcements.
  • As vBulletin does not see this as a normal forum you cannot use forum based notices.
  • There is no moderation functionality in My Forum you have to use the actual forum for this.
  • If the viewing member has ignored users any threads by these users are not shown at all.
  • Depending on feedback My Forum might be unlinked from the vBulletin subscription system and a separate forum selection system added.

I have been running this modification as it is here on my own site for almost 6 months and my members love it and the missing functionality has never been a problem.

So there you have it!

This is the first release of this modification, before posting here I have obviously put it through its paces, however there is always a possibility of a current unknown bug rearing its ugly head. If this does happen please post the details here and I will endeavour to quickly resolve the problem. It goes without saying that you should try this on your test forums before going live.

It is also worth mentioning that you should suggest to your members that they choose "no email notification" forum subscriptions.

Support

I have marked this mod as unsupported, this is because I cannot guarantee that I will always be around to quickly answer questions. I will pop in from time to time but I would rather not mark it as supported.


Version History
  • 1.0 - First Release
  • 1.0 - First Release Update (after 20 minutes of posting )
    • Fixed bug where a DB error would be displayed if the viewing user had people on their ignore list.
    • Fixed Bug where Who's Online would show PHP errors at the top of the page.
  • 1.0 - Gold Release
    • No major issues have been found with the original 1.0 BETA release so this is now gold
  • 1.0 - Gold Release (Minor Fix)
    • Fixed minor issue with one database call not using table prefixes
  • 1.1 - Gold Release (Feature additions)
    • Added the ability to force, by usergroup, forums to be included in My Forum.
    • Added version check URL to product.
    • Added link to this page in product information.

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  • This modification may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 23:42
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Anyone find a way to get Ultimate side columsn working with this? If so, will you tell me how?

Also, anyone find a way to increase threads per page?
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Old 08 May 2009, 08:32
shuangddr shuangddr is offline
 
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any news?
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Old 09 May 2009, 16:21
darr3n darr3n is offline
 
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if a thread has a poll added, then on the 'my forum page' all the fields for that thread are one column out of alignment with the poll icon in the left-most column.

Does this happen to anyone else?
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Old 10 May 2009, 01:16
KevinGupta KevinGupta is offline
 
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Unfortunately, apart from Admins no one is able to see the My Forum tab in quick links? I do not wish it to show in navbar... (Which is ok) ... but it doesnt show in quick links for some reason...?

running 3.8.x
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Old 14 May 2009, 02:46
shuangddr shuangddr is offline
 
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look for this mod for VB3.8 every day.
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Old 15 May 2009, 20:46
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I have been looking for a mod like this for years, don't know how I could have missed this one!

Waiting for the 3.8 version although it looks to be working fine on my test 3.8.1 dev site (1.0).
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Old 23 May 2009, 03:38
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Many thanks for that. I think it will be wonderful if you can make a thread subscription forum. It's more specific and nicer.

Anyway, this mod is still good.
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Old 03 Jul 2009, 15:18
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Originally Posted by shuangddr View Post
great job!
& I have just tested it on vb3.8 beta1,"my forum" keeps displaying "You do not currently have any forum subscriptions or you do not have access to the forums you are subscribed to.Please visit the main forums to add subscriptions."
Originally Posted by MrEyes View Post
A couple of question:

Do you have any subscriptions?
Have you set any "auto" subscriptions in ACP?
Does the viewing user have access to the forums you are expecting to see?

As a test would it be possible to do the following:
  1. Open myforum.php in a text editor.
  2. Find the following line:


    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

  3. Immediately before that paste in:


    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

  4. Save the file back to the server and goto My Forum.
  5. Copy the text that appears on screen and paste it back here.

Once you are done remove the added lines and put the original myforum.php back.

You should end up with something that looks like this:
Originally Posted by shuangddr View Post
I added the code, ,and it displays :
Originally Posted by MrEyes View Post
That is rather odd, in summary the outputs you have provided tell me this:
  • For the current users usergroup you have assigned "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8" as the auto subscribe forums.
  • The current user has manually subscribed to forums "2, 4"

The mod has then mashed these together and checked the permissions on each forum ID, it has then removed forums "5,6,7,8" as the current user does not have permission to view and then created the final display list with forums "2,1,2,3,4" *. What this means is that when the mod does its DB query to get thread titles it will only look for titles in forums:

1,2,3,4

If there are no threads in these forums (or they don't exist) then you will get the message you are seeing.

Is there any chance you could PM me with the URL of your board? I will setup a test user account and have a look around.

* The duplication of ID 2 is a minor bug, but doesn't explain this.
I tried all of this and the out put I get is this:

Auto Sub Forums:17,510,38
User Sub Forums:38
Included Forums:38,17,510

but it still will not display the threads. Any ideas?
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Old 29 Sep 2009, 05:01
Zi55 Zi55 is offline
 
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Downgrade to 1.0 and everything gone fine
or just upload the myforum.php of 1.0 .
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Old 14 Jan 2010, 23:25
Zi55 Zi55 is offline
 
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We would like to a update from you MrEyes , your hack right now is full with bugs .
Thanks ,
Zi5
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Old 16 May 2010, 16:40
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has anyone modified this hack to get rid of bugs and update to 3.8 and 4.0??
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Old 08 Feb 2014, 22:21
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Where I can download it?

Installation is fairly simple, follow these steps:

1. Download the zip file attached to this thread.
..but there is nothing attached to this thread.
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