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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
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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:

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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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Old 25 Aug 2009, 16:27
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If i turn that off then the block will dissappear from forum home..

i like the way it still shows the forum and in last poster coloumn has the word "private"
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 17:03
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Hmm...it's a limitation of the plugin.

But a way you can get he same effect is this. Go ahead and set the permissions on the hidden forum to make it dissappear. Then create a new forum with the same name as the one that is an event forum. Make this one private and only displayed to guests. This way, guests see the forum too, but can't access it anyways since they don't have permission. When they fully register, they see the other forum, but won't know that it's technically a different forum.
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Old 25 Aug 2009, 23:08
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or just figure out how to apply the standard cal permissions to the events being shown inside the forum hehe
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 09:24
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I just noticed... recurring events dont seem to work any more! also how can i change the %datetime out put to have a nicer layout and show D/M/Y not m-d-y
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 14:04
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Originally Posted by corsacrazy View Post
or just figure out how to apply the standard cal permissions to the events being shown inside the forum hehe
Did you do this and it work, or are you suggesting a change in the way the plugin works?
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 19:14
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Originally Posted by corsacrazy View Post
I just noticed... recurring events dont seem to work any more! also how can i change the %datetime out put to have a nicer layout and show D/M/Y not m-d-y
What do you mean by they don't work? Can you not create them? Are you talking about existing events?

To change the date/time format you have to modify the code. I modified the install script to only put only the month and day.
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 19:25
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i mean, i have set up an event that repeats every last tuesday of the month and it doesnt show up on each calendar month, only the month i created it ?
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 19:45
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Originally Posted by corsacrazy View Post
i mean, i have set up an event that repeats every last tuesday of the month and it doesnt show up on each calendar month, only the month i created it ?
Have you checked the dates and the year? Try making a second non-event forum linked calendar and see if it will create the event there.
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Old 04 Sep 2009, 03:00
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Definitively in my forum (3.8.3) doesn't appear the new event button in two differents styles (including default). Anyway works well at the moment.
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Old 04 Sep 2009, 03:43
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The new event button requires changing your styles manually, so that's normal.
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Old 04 Sep 2009, 04:53
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I know that.. but doesn't work on my forum.

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Old 04 Sep 2009, 05:22
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Did you check under the plugin options that you have this enabled as well?
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Old 04 Sep 2009, 06:21
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I've read first post, yes.
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Old 04 Sep 2009, 08:26
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Hmmm...try taking out the condition of the template mod to see if the button shows at all. If it doesn't, then something is wrong with the image part of it. If it does, then something is wrong with the conditional part of it.
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Old 06 Sep 2009, 01:35
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Worked perfect for 3.8.4 install. I haven't gotten the "New Event" button working, but i think that is more of the style i have.

Now i need to find out if "Thread Prefixes" will work on Event post and how? Anyone know?
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