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vBExperience 4
Mod Version: 4.1.1, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (218 votes - 4.85 average) Installs: 1684
Released: 21 Jun 2010 Last Update: 07 Mar 2012 Downloads: 12464
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vBExperience 4.1 for vBulletin 4

Tested with all Version of vBulletin Forum and Suite 4.0.4 -> 4.1.11

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

Triple Winner of the "Mod of the Month"-Award (March 2008, September 2009, July 2010) on vBulletin.org.

What is vBExperience?
vBExperience is your free feature packaged solution for motivating your users. vBExperience is an advanced and highly customizable level/promotion and activity measure system with awards, achievements, promotions and activities. It will calculate an activity and experience score for every user based on their activites on the forum. Now your users will see how their level is increasing by participating on your forum.

Communities are not only defined by post count, they need much more parameters: Are the postings the user creates helpful? Are his threads frequently read? Does the user participate on the community by posting pictures, attachments, leaving visitor messages, tagging threads? How can the user's activitiy be compared to others? All this can be answered with this mod. Additionally your users get awards and collect achievements for beeing active on your board.

vBExperience is fully translated to many languages. Beside english there are language files for german, french, italian, portuguese, spanish, swedish and chinese simplified. Polish, turkish, persian are not fully translated.

Comments, suggestions, translations, bugs, etc... are very welcome! Support is only given to people who have clicked "Mark as Installed":
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/vborg...hreadid=245023


/***** Demo *****\
No Demosite currently available.


/***** INSTALLATION *****\
Please read the file readme_install_uninstall_upgrade.txt for detailed instructions!


/***** Primary Support *****\
As vBulletin.org does not offer any help managing modifications, espacially the complex one like vBExperience, I have to decided to open a site together with TheMayhem that is dedicated just for this.
It features a forum not just a single thread, a bug and feature tracker. And you also test our modifications over there.



/***** Featurelist *****\

*** Plugins ***
vBExperience can be easily extended by using it's custom data provider interface (CDP). With the CDP everyone is able to create plugins that integrates into vBExperience calculation process. There are already several plugins like Post Thanks Integration.
The plugins data can also be used to create achievements, awards and also promotions.


*** Insight Experience ***
The insight into your personal experience and what's going on on the community. Currently support basic services like activity and some featured achievements, there are plans to extend this with helpful hints on how progress, depending on users points. Also a statistics module is in work.


*** Awards ***
Motivate your users to be the best in a defined category! With the Awards you are able to reward users who collect the most points, f.e. by making new friends and leading a social group.
The awards are shown in Rankings and Profile. You can set them also to display in postbit near the username. There is a scheduled job running once a day (02:30h) to calculate them.
Via AdminCP they are completely customizeable and can also be assigned manually.

Currently there are six default awards: Most Popular, Activity Award, Posting Award, Community Award, Frequent Poster, Blog Award, Calendar Award, Discussion Ender, Master Tagger, User with most referrers, Downloads, Arm of Law, King of Publishing.
You can create as much awards as you like. Just select a title, choose from one of the 250 images and select the required points for it.


*** Achievements ***
Achievements are very similar to the awards a reward to the user. Unlike an award an achievement is not limited to a single user.
Similar to awards, you can create as much achievements as you like. Just select a title, choose from one of the over 500 images and create the required condition for it.


*** Promotion system ***
The promotion system enables you to move users to other usergroups, depending on their experience points. You can create conditions that have to be met to be promoted. Benefits and extended permissions will be shown automatically to the user. Promotions are showing also possible jumps from current to the next possible group with the required conditions.
Using this you can create multiple groups and assign additional features. Just an example: Usergroup 1 has no custom avatars and just a capacity of 20 private messages. With a condition of 1000 Experience points the user moves to Usergroup 2, where the user is able to upload his own avatar and store more private messages.


*** Rankings ***
Showing User, Level, Awards, Activity Points (experience, thread, post, user, misc) - sortable.


*** Social Groups Rankings ***
Starts the competition between social groups! This feature ranks the groups depending on their average user experience points.


*** Earn Points ***
This is an overview for the user on how points can be collected. It features also a possibility to compare own points to the community's average. All data is beeing pulled automatically from the database.


*** Give Away Points aka Point Donation ***
Users can donate their points to other community members. Choose the field which will be used for give away and select the amount that will be transferred. Admins can donate custom points to the user.


*** Statistics aka Leaderboards ***
The leaderboard is showing a Top-x list of the leading users. Usefull for optimizing points of the point provider. Only enabled point providers with results will be displayed.


*** Shop aka Market ***
vBExperience integrates easily with the Point Market System v3 by TheMayham (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=232676).
It features a virtual item store, username items, bank, gifts, gambling, lottery, and a lot more!
As of vBExperience 4.0, the vBExperience 3.8 Shop has been discontinued.



/***** Collecting Points *****\
vBExperience is collecting points for a user counting his actions in the community. The collected points can be used to reward users with awards, achievements and promotions - even if the collected data comes from a plugin.

Beside the automatic collection, the admin can manually donate custom points to the user, for example for a special reward. Of course you can use this also for awards, achievements and promotions.


Taken into calculation are these things:
Threads
- Creating threads and gaining additional points from views, replies, votes and ratings to this thread
- Creating thread tags
- Making a thread sticky
- Socialgroup Discussions (Discussions, Posts)

Posts
- Creating posts
- Views on attachments (needs "Who Downloaded This Attachment?" installed)

User
- Days since registration
- Average posts per Day (for users who are registered for at least seven days)
- Referrals
- Received infractions
- Given infractions ("Arm of Law")
- Reputation / Use of reputation system
- Visitor messages on profiles
- Creating social groups and getting members
- Uploading pictures
- Making friends
- Completing profile

Misc
- Doing calendar entries
- Writing vBulletin Blogs (vBulletin 4 Suite required)
- Publishing content with vBulletin CMS (vBulletin 4 Suite required)
- Manually assigned points

Additionally there is support for 3rd party modifications:
- Point Market System / Items Shop (included)
- Project Tools (plugin)
- Who Downloaded This Attachment? (plugin)
- DownloadsII v6 (included)
- LDM Links and Downloads Manager (included)
- Abe1 Post Thank You (plugin)
- DBTech Advanced Post Thanks/Like (Lite) (plugin)
- DBTech Advanced @UserTag (plugin)
- Helpful Answers (plugin)
- iTrader (plugin)
- ibProArcade (plugin)
- v3arcade Champions and Submissions (plugin)
- vB Tournaments and Ladders (plugin)
- Advanced Forum Points - set points independent for every forum (plugin)
- Consuming points by downloading attachments ("pay" for attachments) (plugin)
- IWT Time Spent Online (plugin)
- PhotoPost Pro 7 (plugin)
- PhotoPost vBGallery 3 (plugin)
- 8WR Media Library (plugin)
- vBSoccer (plugin)
- vBookie (plugin)
- vBookie Cash (plugin)
- Farcaster's Event Attendance (plugin)
- PhotoPlug (plugin)
- EasyForms (plugin)
- Triple Triad (plugin)
- AWCoding Donation System LITE (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Donation System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Subscription System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Credit Purchase System LITE (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Credit Purchase System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Pirate Poker PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Pirate Poker Platinum (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Product System PRO (shipped within that product)



You have to install these modifications for your own, vBExperience doesn't install nor touches these.
More addons will be published as soon as they are finished.



/***** Calculation of the activity *****\
The system calculates the activity (week, month and also a custom defined datespan, 60) by counting the actions a user has done. An action can be a post, a new thread, rating, download, etc... The activity bars will be filled during the first weeks. This has changed from earlier versions where just postings, visitor- and group messages have been counted.



/***** Settings *****\
You can control how many points are given to every calculation. For example you can give many points for creating new threads but only a few for views of that thread. Setting a value to 0 will disable a setting.
Many settings regarding the behaviour of vBExperience are making it easy to adjust it to your needs. You can select from 10 colors for the progress bars and also choose from around 250 icons.
Additionally, you can set ignore users (f.e. for bot users), forums (f.e. offtopic forums) and usergroup id's. Please keep in mind that out of the box the usergroupid 6 (Administrators) is beeing ignored.



/***** Performance, especially on Big Boards *****\
vBExperience has been tested on smaller and also on some bigger sites. I know from boards with around 120k users running this mod smoothly. More about this topic can be read in the file readme_optimization.txt



/***** Frequently asked questions *****\
Q: How do I change the name Experience to something new?
A: You can change the name via phrases. Just search and replace all phrases that contains the word "Experience".

Q: When installing vBExperience, does everyone start from scratch, or will it automatically configure everyone's points based on actions before the install?
A: If you recount, vBExperience will calculate ALL existing data since the beginning of the board. If you used vBCredits, vBActivity, uCash and similar systems - there is no need to convert the points.

Q: My conditions don't work correctly on achievements and promotions.
A: Conditions in achievements and promotions are calculated in POINTS, not in count of items.
If you create an achievement for reaching the first 10 Days, you must enter the points needed for this. If you reward 2 points for every day, you have to set 2 points for every day since registering. Calculation: 10 days * 2 points = 20 as condition. So you will have to set 20 as the condition.

Credits for images
- FAMFAMFAM, http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
- IconExperience



/***** History *****\

vBExperience 4.1.1

Please reinstall ALL plugins you are using from the ZIP\Plugins! Espacially if you get SQL Errors after reinstalling vBExperience.

- Fixed Plugin for 8WR_Media_Library
- Fixed Plugin for Advanced_Forum_Points
- Fixed Plugin for Attachment_Consumes_Points
- Fixed Plugin for EasyForms
- Fixed Plugin for Post_Thanks_Abe1
- Fixed border around boxes
- Fixed not correctly saving award images
- Extended character length for manual award assignment
- Several smaller fixes

vBExperience 4.1.0, 16th December 2011

- Introduced the feature to start the calculation by a defined date. By default all data will be considered for calculation. Please keep in mind that there are some data that cannot be filtered by date, like added friends. You need to re-install all plugins to have them obeying the new calculation limit. This feature has been sponsored by BryanB. Thanks!
- Fixed Discussion Ender, can be now disabled by setting value to 0
- Fixed Arm of Law, can be now disabled by setting value to 0
- Insight: Optimized layout
- Insight: Optimized colours for darker styles
- Achievement "Three Friends" renamed to "Social" (does not affect existing achievement)
- Renamed point descriptions so they can be identified better as point system (f.e. Days since registered -> Points for every day since registration)
- Added: Romanian Translation (thanks to Teascu Dorin)
- Custom Points can now have a category, can be used as entry point for other modifications using vBExperience points, eg. Market/Shop purchases
- Fixed several smaller issues

Changelog for other versions is in history.txt

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Old 04 Oct 2010, 17:00
Wajdan Wajdan is offline
 
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Where is 404 version?
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Old 04 Oct 2010, 18:33
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Still in work.
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Old 04 Oct 2010, 20:13
jeremyricci jeremyricci is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
This modification is not compatible with MySQL 4.1
Please upgrade.
Cool, thanks man. I'll see if I can find out of my provider has SQL4.1 available.

Edit: Well, I checked, and I'm on MySQL Version : 5.0.83. Any other ideas as to why I may be getting these database errors? Here's the full DB Error message:


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

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Old 04 Oct 2010, 20:36
StonePilot StonePilot is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Real name: Steve
I upgraded from 3.8 to 4.0.7 and I'm not able to see anything added to the postbit template. I got a notice that I had some conflicts, so I uploaded the latest version of my custom template and it still did not work.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...ed.&styleid=10
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Old 04 Oct 2010, 21:20
StonePilot StonePilot is offline
 
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Originally Posted by StonePilot View Post
I upgraded from 3.8 to 4.0.7 and I'm not able to see anything added to the postbit template. I got a notice that I had some conflicts, so I uploaded the latest version of my custom template and it still did not work.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...ed.&styleid=10
I got it, it wasn't saving the option to show with description, but it did now.
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 06:33
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by jeremyricci View Post
Cool, thanks man. I'll see if I can find out of my provider has SQL4.1 available.

Edit: Well, I checked, and I'm on MySQL Version : 5.0.83. Any other ideas as to why I may be getting these database errors? Here's the full DB Error message:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
Your files on the server are old. Please copy all files from the ZIP - I mean ALL. After that, re-import that product.xml

Otherwise the database will not be upgraded correctly.
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Old 06 Oct 2010, 16:28
cad2go cad2go is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Thumbs up

Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
As for the awards: If you have limited the awards to one per user, it must search for other users in the ranking who have no award. To test this just increase the number of awards up to 5.
Seems to work perfectly. Is there any way to allow the user pick which 5 awards they want to keep or a way to weight them as more valuable than one another. E.g. if I wanted referrals to be the most valuable award so if someone won ten but was only allowed hold 1 then that would be the one held. Kind of like a sort order?

Overall I'm very happy with this as a mod, it's just a matter or getting used to it's complexity.

Last edited by cad2go; 06 Oct 2010 at 16:53.
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Old 07 Oct 2010, 02:39
Hall of Famer Hall of Famer is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Yes, check the user exclude setting.


Seems to be an issue with the path. Do you still have that problem?


Fixed in 4.0.4


Uhm, I have no idea. Can you point me via PM to you forum so I can look.


If you would read the readme file, and also the description of the mod than you would know that it has been replaced by the Point Market System.

You don't even have clicked "Mark as Installed", but you are asking here very often and also messaging me about this. This is really not fair.
Sorry I forgot to click on that, just did it.

So can you please add VBexperience shop back? I enjoyed it a lot back when I had vb3.8...
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Old 07 Oct 2010, 06:50
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by cad2go View Post
Seems to work perfectly. Is there any way to allow the user pick which 5 awards they want to keep or a way to weight them as more valuable than one another. E.g. if I wanted referrals to be the most valuable award so if someone won ten but was only allowed hold 1 then that would be the one held. Kind of like a sort order?

Overall I'm very happy with this as a mod, it's just a matter or getting used to it's complexity.
Choosing achievements/awards for display is already on my todo list:
http://www.vbaddict.net/project.php?issueid=35

Originally Posted by Hall of Famer View Post
Sorry I forgot to click on that, just did it.

So can you please add VBexperience shop back? I enjoyed it a lot back when I had vb3.8...
The Shop has been replaced by the Market System, there is no way back. Sorry.
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 02:42
argothiusz argothiusz is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
I have some question regarding managing Awards. Ok, here is what I did

Add New Awards - Set title, description, images - assign awards manually to user id (232,111,666) then save.

I don't want this award to give out automatically but rather only admin can give them out to specific user. However, after I added the award, recount the award, and even run scheduled task for vbexperience award, it's still not being updated. I check the award tab inside vbexperience but the award is not there. I also check the user postbit, and its still not there either.

Any idea? Apparently, its only work if I set the award to assign automatically with the value of 0. I also noticed one more thing, I dont see the "Test" link next to the award inside admin cpanel.

Thanks
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 04:23
mototips mototips is offline
 
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I do not understand how levels work. Why are all my users level 1?
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 11:34
Gn_Snake Gn_Snake is offline
 
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Hello,
I have a small problem but some users have asked me to solve.
In postbit_legacy under the word are the achievement awards, and until here everything ok , some users do not see a achiviements (the cross instead of image) and clicking the right mouse button to see what image relates and shows me a achiviements that I have not assigned.

For now, it happened just two people, why?
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 11:38
R4Z0R49 R4Z0R49 is offline
 
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Hello Guys,

Where can i find this - Point Market System / Items Shop (included) Ive looked within the two zip files but im unable to find anything for the point system.

Thanks
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 11:56
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by argothiusz View Post
I have some question regarding managing Awards. Ok, here is what I did

Add New Awards - Set title, description, images - assign awards manually to user id (232,111,666) then save.

I don't want this award to give out automatically but rather only admin can give them out to specific user. However, after I added the award, recount the award, and even run scheduled task for vbexperience award, it's still not being updated. I check the award tab inside vbexperience but the award is not there. I also check the user postbit, and its still not there either.

Any idea? Apparently, its only work if I set the award to assign automatically with the value of 0. I also noticed one more thing, I dont see the "Test" link next to the award inside admin cpanel.

Thanks
Did you activated the award? Display order must be higher than 0.

Originally Posted by mototips View Post
I do not understand how levels work. Why are all my users level 1?
You need to install a level file that suits to your forum. See readme_levels.txt...

Originally Posted by Gn_Snake View Post
Hello,
I have a small problem but some users have asked me to solve.
In postbit_legacy under the word are the achievement awards, and until here everything ok , some users do not see a achiviements (the cross instead of image) and clicking the right mouse button to see what image relates and shows me a achiviements that I have not assigned.

For now, it happened just two people, why?
Is the achievement activated? Check if "Display order" is 0. Values higher than 0 means that it is activated and will be automatically assigned to users reaching the condition.

Originally Posted by R4Z0R49 View Post
Hello Guys,

Where can i find this - Point Market System / Items Shop (included) Ive looked within the two zip files but im unable to find anything for the point system.

Thanks
What exactly are you searching? You need to install vbExperience and the Point Market System.
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Old 08 Oct 2010, 12:08
R4Z0R49 R4Z0R49 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Hello Phalynx,

I have both addons/products installed and setup ( Primary Point Field market_xperience ) but when i try and steal from another user my points go down due to the purchase but the person im stealing from stays the same.

History reports everything working
October 8, 2010, 12:02 pm -- Usename -- 1,550

but points have not been reduced or awards givin (Default 75% steal).

I thought there may have been a plugin or somthing to fix the issue but i miss read the readme. So any idea what my problem is why points will not be added/removed for steal events?

cheers

Last edited by R4Z0R49; 08 Oct 2010 at 13:39.
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