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Mod Version: 3.3, by Evercraft (Member) Evercraft is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.1 Rating: (65 votes - 4.66 average) Installs: 750
Released: 08 Aug 2006 Last Update: 23 Sep 2006 Downloads: 2603
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Additional Files  

Introduction
This is a continuation of my Event Forums plugin/addon from 3.5. You can find the old version here. The original plugin was developed by Endquote, and I have since taken it over to bring it to what it is today. I hope you can find it useful!
What is this addon?
This is a plugin which allows you to create relationships between calendars and events, giving each event a thread of its own for users to discuss. I have tested this alot, and I am running it myself on a live board.
Sure, so whats it do?
Some examples of the features this plugin offers
  • When a new event is created in a calendar, an associated thread is created in the linked forum.
  • Links to events in the calendar are forwarded to the associated thread, or optionally a seperate New Event button can be added with a minor template edit.
  • New thread links in the event forum are redirected to a new event form.
  • A summary can be shown at the top of the event forum which shows the up and coming events over the next 'x' days.
  • The date and time shown in the thread and post title, is calculated on the current viewing users timezone. In other words, times always show in the users timezone, not forced to GMT.
  • Full moderation support.
  • Editing a thread or event, will update its associated event/thread.
Screenshots
Some screenshots of this plugin
How do I install it?
For upgrading, please see the section below.
Summary
  • 1 xml import.
  • 1 (optional) template change.
  • 1 (optional) gif file upload.
Step 1
Install the product
Download the product XML file.

Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Plugin System -> Manage Products. Click [Add/Import Product] at the bottom of the page. Browse to the location where you downloaded the xml file and then click the Import button.
Step 2
Calendar ID:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Calendar Manager. Find the calendar you want to link to a forum, then click Edit.
Right at the top of the page you should see:
Calendar: NAME (id: ID)
Make a note of the ID, you will need this soon.
Forum ID:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Forum Manager. Find the forum you want to activate as your event forum, then click Edit Forum.
Right at the top of the page you should see:
Forum: NAME (id: ID)
Make a note of the ID, you will need this soon.
Link a Calendar to a Forum:
Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto vBulletin Options and find Event Forums.
The first option you should see is Calendar/Forum Map.
Enter in your IDs into the box, as CALENDARID:FORUMID.
Example, my Calendar is 5 and my Forum is 14:
5:14
Click Save.
Step 3
Base permissions check:
You will need to check that users using the Event Forums, have basic permissions to both the Linked Forum AND Calendar.
Basic Permissions include: Can View Forum and Can Post Threads and possibly some others.
Step 4 (Optional template edit)
Add the New Event button:
You only need todo this if you want to show a seperate New Event button next to the New Thread button.

First of all, upload newevent.gif to your images/buttons folder. NOTE you will need to upload this to any custom image folders too for different styles you might have.

Second, open up FORUMDISPLAY template for each of your styles you want to show the button, find and add the highlighted code below:

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

Lastly, go into the Event Forums options, and change the option Show the New Event button on the thread list to yes.
Step 5
Install on VB.org:
Browse back to this thread, and click the INSTALL button so you can recieve updates whenever I update this plugin.
How do I upgrade it from an old version?
Step 1
Import xml
Download the product XML file.

Goto your Admin CP at your forums, then goto Plugin System -> Manage Products. Click [Add/Import Product] at the bottom of the page. Browse to the location where you downloaded the xml file. Make sure the overwrite option is set to ON and then click the Import button.
Can I give you money to make this?
This isn't a commercial plugin, and can be used by anyone for free. However, a few people have said to me that they would like to donate some money for my time working on the plugin and for picking it up and continuing the development of new features etc. If you do want to donate some money my way, then you can do so through paypal by clicking this link. Thanks!
Bugs / Support
If you find a bug, then please post in this thread and let me know. There are a few bugs that haven't been fixed since the old version, so i'm hoping that we can fix these soon. I will do my best to support the plugin as much as possible, however I also have a busy job which takes up alot of my time.
Known Bugs
Here is a list of known bugs to date
  • Soft delete actually hard deletes the thread.
  • Search doesn't search the first post of an event thread.
  • Inline ajax edit bugs thread title. Need to remove date and time from it before edit.
Feature request list
Here is a list of the requested features. Please note that because it makes this list, doesn't mean it will be added.
  • Intergration with the event attendance plugin.
  • Customisation of the order of the custom fields in the thread title.
  • An option to "import" all the previous events from a Calendar into threads.
  • Extra post options support (Attachments, Post Icons, Sticky etc).
  • Custom ordering of the %datetime variable.
  • Custom ordering of %custom variable.
  • Better handling of recurring events.
Credits
Thanks to endquote for originally creating the plugin.
Thanks to the Ninja :ninja: for helping me infiltrate the vb code and finding those hidden hooks!
Thanks to anybody that helps test this plugin.
Changelog
Version: 3.3
  • Added Farcasters Event Attendance patch to the mod. I've added a self check so it will only run when the Event attendance mod is installed and active.
Version: 3.2
  • Fixed a bug which was prevent the thread from being deleted when you try to delete an event.
Version: 3.1
  • Fixed a bug which would cause an error with undefined function on the forum display page when summary is turned on.
Version: 3.0
  • Version now compatible with 3.6. Please note this plugin will no longer install on a board older than 3.6. I would recommend you upgrade your board as soon as you can!
  • Added an optional template edit to show a New Event button next to the New Thread button.
  • Plugin no longer in BETA. I feel this has been running enough stablely to take this out of BETA. There are still some bugs which need fixing, but as a whole it works and is used by quite a few people.
Version: 2.7 and below
  • See the old thread here

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  #646  
Old 16 Jun 2009, 15:07
SamirDarji SamirDarji is offline
 
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HTML problem solved.

Because this plugin does store calendar events in the first post of the linked thread, the calendar event is actually searchable. However, a caveat to this design is that forum permissions override calendar permissions. I had my calendar set to allow html and my linked forum set to HTML not allowed. The forum permissions were overriding the calendar ones. When I set the forum permission to allow HTML, all my calendar events with HTML allowed HTML.

This also explains why moving a post older than the calendar event thread to that thread changes the calendar event. It's why merging threads is turned in event forums. But it is still possible to move individual posts, so your staff must know not to move a post older than an calendar event thread to that thread. There's no protection from moving posts like for merging threads.

I will be working on this conditional in the next two weeks now that the HTML problem is solved.
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  #647  
Old 04 Jul 2009, 17:26
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Anyone tried turning on moderation for calendar and/or threads? It doesn't seem to work.
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Old 21 Aug 2009, 12:49
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does this work for vb 3.8
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Old 21 Aug 2009, 19:04
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Originally Posted by corsacrazy View Post
does this work for vb 3.8
It will if you follow the directions above. I've got it working in 3.8.3.
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Old 23 Aug 2009, 16:45
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It works with my 3.8.4 out of the box I had no make no changes or alterations..
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Old 24 Aug 2009, 22:54
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i have hidden threads to guests, hidden calendar to guests but when i visit the event forum i have it still shows the " Upcoming Events for the Next X Day(s)" with the Thread /event titles!! how can this be?

should it not say a message or hide this section all together?
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 04:00
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If you are visiting, it may be using your permissions. Set up a test user and put them in the same usergroup as your registered users and see what happens.

Permissions are a bit funny with event forums. I never figured out a way to get thread/event moderation to work.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 08:52
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Originally Posted by SamirDarji View Post
If you are visiting, it may be using your permissions. Set up a test user and put them in the same usergroup as your registered users and see what happens.

Permissions are a bit funny with event forums. I never figured out a way to get thread/event moderation to work.
im definately visiting as a guest as i logged out and opened a different browser, it hides all the posts fine but the event summary bar in $navbits still shows
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 13:35
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Strange. I just looked for the same issue on my test system, but mine is working correctly.

Try reinstalling the plugin overriding the existing installation. This will disconnect all existing event forums so this better be on a test system.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 14:26
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on live site its not such a big deal i suppose, because if they click it then cant see anything apart from the stndard vb access error. just would be nice to have something like this: see photoshop below

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Old 25 Aug 2009, 14:41
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Something didn't install right. It won't show any events if they don't have permissions...wait...permissions. I think I know why!

Check BOTH your calendar AND forum permissions. I bet the calendar permissions still allow guests.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 14:44
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Originally Posted by SamirDarji View Post
Something didn't install right. It won't show any events if they don't have permissions...wait...permissions. I think I know why!

Check BOTH your calendar AND forum permissions. I bet the calendar permissions still allow guests.
think again bat man..

Can View Calendar - Yes No
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 14:55
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Was that it?
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 15:43
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Was that it?
nah.. the permissions were correct and set to NO, meaning users cant see this calendar.. but they can within the event forum still
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 16:23
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If they can still see the forum, then that's the problem. Try turning off the thread viewing permission for the group. That should do it.

The permissions work funny sometimes in event forums when both forum and calendar permissions are set to two different settings. I had this issue when I couldn't get HTML to show in my event listings even though the HTML was on for the calendar. I had to turn it on for the thread too.
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