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Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 4.01
Mod Version: 4.5F for 4, by djbaxter (Coder/Designer) djbaxter is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.4 Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 59
Released: 21 Jan 2010 Last Update: 14 Jul 2010 Downloads: 312
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This not the CommBull product itself. This is simply instructions for adapting it to work with vBulletin 4.x.

Download CommBull from: Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 3.8x

grandeur_69 has released his latest version of CommBull as a free add-on, indicating that he no longer has time to continue developing it. I am posting this here for the benefit of other vBulletin 4.x who don't want to lose the newsletter feature (grandeur_69 has approved this).

At http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...6&postcount=71 a member asks:

Hi, the version 5.1a work fine with vbulletin 4.0.1 ?
My response is posted at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...5&postcount=72 and reproduced here...

I have the previous (commercial) version, 4.5f, which does run successfully via a cron job, running on 4.01. It required some modification of the installation instructions but it does work. I expect you should be able to get this version running as well, although as the coder noted the cron capability won't work.

1. Edit product-Commbull.xml and find the following line:


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

Change to:


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


2. Upload the files and import the product.

3. Now you need to do the template edits so that members can opt-in or opt-out of your newsletter. The current instructions are as follows:

4. Template modifications
--------------------------------------

Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

After:


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


Add:


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

Now, obviously this won't work in 4.x. These need to be modified as follows:

1. Edit Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

FIND:


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


ADD AFTER:


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

That first part (above) is the option to receive or not receive the newsletters.

Next would be the option for HTML or plain text emails, which should be:


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

Update:

This now works. I had a ( instead of a { on the previous code. Thanks to grandeur_69 for pointing this out!

Notes:
  1. The product is not mine so I can't offer any support for CommBull itself. However, I have been using the paid versions of this mod for some time and I'm happy to offer what support I can for making the changes necessary to get it running on 4.x.

  2. I have been in communication with grandeur_69. He has indicated that he has no objections to this thread and that as he gets time he will be trying to develop this add-on further as a free product.

Update July 12, 2010: Product XML file provided by grandeur_69 for vBulletin 4.x.

NOTE:
  1. If you have already done the manual edits, do NOT use the XML file. And if you import the XML file, you should not need to do the manual edits.
  2. Some people are encountering problems using the XML file. If you are one of them, uninstall the product and use the manual edits. Those seem to work just fine.


Update July 14, 2010: Error in XML file corrected.

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Old 10 Mar 2013, 07:00
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hey can anybody share the plugin 4.5f, because i need to run a cron job for community bulletin, i am willing to pay also. I tried to download the package from the developers site but the link is down, Please share the cron file.php with me asap.

Thanks
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Old 11 Mar 2013, 14:34
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Originally Posted by PakGamerz View Post
hey can anybody share the plugin 4.5f, because i need to run a cron job for community bulletin, i am willing to pay also. I tried to download the package from the developers site but the link is down, Please share the cron file.php with me asap.

Thanks
That would be a copyright violation because the 4.x versions were all paid add-ons. Try contacting the developer, grandeur_69, via PM from this site.
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Old 25 Mar 2013, 23:05
Majora Majora is offline
 
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I still get this error when i open /admincp/commbull.php to send the E-Mail:

Invalid SQL:
ALTER TABLE user ADD receivebulletin SMALLINT (5) UNSIGNED DEFAULT '1' not null;

MySQL-Fehler : Duplicate column name 'receivebulletin'

I already used the 3 querys:


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

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  #139  
Old 26 Mar 2013, 14:31
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Majora View Post
I still get this error when i open /admincp/commbull.php to send the E-Mail:

Invalid SQL:
ALTER TABLE user ADD receivebulletin SMALLINT (5) UNSIGNED DEFAULT '1' not null;

MySQL-Fehler : Duplicate column name 'receivebulletin'

I already used the 3 querys:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
I'm sorry but I don't use that version of Commbull and I cannot provide any support for it.
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  #140  
Old 30 May 2013, 20:44
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This is the feature I most miss from VB3 -- and I sure wish there was a version for VB4. Too many people having too many problems trying to modify the VB3 version to work with VB4 for me to want to jump in.
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Old 14 Oct 2013, 04:14
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any updates no longer working with VB 4.2.2???
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Old 14 Oct 2013, 04:35
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Define no longer working??
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Old 14 Oct 2013, 05:24
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getting erorrs-

Warning: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in ..../admincp/commbull_functions_preview.php on line 236

and

Warning: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in ..../admincp/commbull_functions.php on line 390

and

Warning: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in ..../admincp/commbull_functions.php on line 382
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Old 14 Oct 2013, 05:37
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Edit that file and change all instances of eregi_replace with preg_replace

If that don't work, undo the changes.
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Old 12 Jan 2014, 14:54
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This is why a RELIABLE community newsletter mod is still needed. Ozzy, any chance of repairing Christeris' newsletter mod so that it works better? I had it and it worked for a while, then died.
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Old 12 Jan 2014, 14:56
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I will at some point, but not sure when.
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Old 12 Jan 2014, 16:30
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The newsletter started by Maria and continued and then abandoned by Christeris was flawed from the start and never worked very well.

If you're going to work on a newsletter, try revamping CommBull. That one worked (and still works on many 4.x installations with a little tweaking) but is in need of updating. As far as I know, the code has been released since the original coder no longer has time to update and support it.
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 12:03
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Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
The newsletter started by Maria and continued and then abandoned by Christeris was flawed from the start and never worked very well.

If you're going to work on a newsletter, try revamping CommBull. That one worked (and still works on many 4.x installations with a little tweaking) but is in need of updating. As far as I know, the code has been released since the original coder no longer has time to update and support it.
That would be awesome, but I don't know if he can find the original coder to get permission.

Some features that would be awesome would be the ability to configure or "grab" the header from the site to customize the newsletter, and reliable unsubscription links in both user settings and through the newsletter.
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 12:11
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I own the rights to the NewsLetter mod, that was by Maria and then Christos. At some point I will look into updating it to work correctly.
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Old 13 Jan 2014, 17:14
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If it's going to be useful, it will require some conceptual changes. The original concept for the one you now own was clumsy, awkward, non-intuitive, and flawed. Add he fact that it never worked properly and it's little wonder it was never completed.

That's why I said you might want to try to contact grandeur_69 for permission to use his code.
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