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SocialForums to 'vB 3.8 Social Group Discussions' Converter
Mod Version: 1.0.1, by flOid (Contributor) flOid is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 23
Released: 03 Dec 2008 Last Update: 11 Dec 2008 Downloads: 202
Not Supported DB Changes Additional Files Re-usable Code Is in Beta Stage  

Description
This converter tool migrates forums created with the vB 3.7 social forums mod to the new vB 3.8 social group discussion feature. What it does is basically to copy the posts from one database table to another.

Installation
1 - de-activate the social forums mod (do not uninstall it!)

2 - upload the directory in the attached zip file to your vbulletin installation

3 - edit your database details in includes/database.php

4 - call migrate_main.php in your browser, start migration

5 - if you have previously disabled social group messages, enable it in the admin CP. You might have to manually enable group messages for each group individually.

Notes
- Use at your own risk, don't forget to backup your forum's database before running the converter.

- The social forums won't be deleted with this script, you will have to do this manually, or just hide them after migration.

- Neither stickies or polls can be converted as social group discussions.

- If this tool was useful for you, it would be nice if you could donate by paypal. I actually have hired a freelancer and paid $150 to get this coded, so it would be nice to get a bit of the expenses back.


History
1.0.1 BETA, 11th December 2008
- now working with database prefixes

1.0.0 BETA, 27th November 2008
- Initial release

To-Do (all developers feel free to do this, i'm finished with this on my side)
- automatically enable group messages generally and for each group
- better layout
- admin CP, full vbulletin intergration

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  #2  
Old 03 Dec 2008, 15:50
punchbowl punchbowl is offline
 
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I haven't had a good look at the social group discussion features in 3.8, would you say they completely make the socialforums mod obsolete?

Thanks for releasing this btw.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 15:56
flOid flOid is offline
 
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I haven't had a good look at the social group discussion features in 3.8, would you say they completely make the socialforums mod obsolete?
Well, I guess not, the SocialForums mod is better than the vB group discussion feature in some ways. A fully functional forums still has more possibilities than the group discussion feature, like stickies, polls, integreation in 'new posts' function etc.

But it is not certain yet if the SocialForums mod does actually work with vB3.8, and a few weeks ago it seemed that it would be completely incompatible. Also, the developer of SocialForums also imply that he won't develop his mod any further back than. That has changed now though.

But I guess it's not a bad idea to switch to the official vB solution anyway, since you won't have to worry about compatibility with future vB versions. Also, the SocialForums mod has one major flaw IMO, and that is that it's not possible to create forums where the "users must join to view content" group option applies.

Last edited by flOid; 05 Dec 2008 at 10:49.
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Old 03 Dec 2008, 22:12
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Thumbs up database prefixes | problems

There is a problem using db_prefixes - flOid will fix these problems by next release.

thanks
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Old 05 Dec 2008, 00:34
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so need this. thanks!!
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Old 06 Dec 2008, 05:57
rob01 rob01 is offline
 
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copy the posts from one database table to another. this could increase the server loading?


anyway how is going with the new update using vb databese prefixes?
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Old 06 Dec 2008, 13:32
waza waza is offline
 
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Originally Posted by flOid View Post
Well, I guess not, the SocialForums mod is better than the vB group discussion feature in some ways. A fully functional forums still has more possibilities than the group discussion feature, like stickies, polls, integreation in 'new posts' function etc.

But it is not certain yet if the SocialForums mod does actually work with vB3.8, and a few weeks ago it seemed that it would be completely incompatible. Also, the developer of SocialForums also imply that he won't develop his mod any further back than. That has changed now though.

But I guess it's not a bad idea to switch to the official vB solution anyway, since you won't have to worry about compatibility with future vB versions. Also, the SocialForums mod has one major flaw IMO, and that is that it's not possible to create forums where the "users must join to view content" group option applies.
However, SocialForums is just a bad mod. It might be usefull, but it totally ++++s up the forum cache, and puts way too much load on the server.

I think that is more important than sticky threads.
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Old 08 Dec 2008, 17:00
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SocialForums a bad thing?? I don't think so.
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Old 13 Dec 2008, 03:34
rob01 rob01 is offline
 
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so is this a great idea or what you think so?
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Old 15 Dec 2008, 13:24
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Originally Posted by hollosch View Post
There is a problem using db_prefixes - flOid will fix these problems by next release.

thanks
I works perfect. thanks !!!
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Old 29 Dec 2008, 19:00
vitoreis vitoreis is offline
 
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Works!

Thank You!
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Old 11 Jan 2009, 00:42
WreckRman2 WreckRman2 is offline
 
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Worked great for me... thanks!
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Old 11 Jan 2009, 05:50
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Reeve of shinra Reeve of shinra is offline
 
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Can this convert a regular forum to Social Group?

Prior to social groups, I had forums set up for various "groups" and now I would like to move them over.
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 08:59
flOid flOid is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Reeve of shinra View Post
Can this convert a regular forum to Social Group?

Prior to social groups, I had forums set up for various "groups" and now I would like to move them over.
This only can convert forums created with the SocialForums mod.
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Old 17 Jan 2009, 11:43
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drsli drsli is offline
 
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Thank you very much for this useful tool! Otherwise I had the need to wait with the 3.8-installation...

Last edited by drsli; 17 Jan 2009 at 11:56.
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