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Released: 01 Oct 2015 Last Update: 13 Nov 2015 Downloads: 212
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Overview

This product is designed to allow for the creation, display and management of a list of threads that you wish to feature on your site. It gives you a convenient means of showcasing especially good thread content on your forum and give it the increased visibility to registered users and visitors alike that you likely already feel it so richly deserves. You will find that when the featured threads list is displayed on its static page, then the block element is not collapsible since it does not share space with any other content, otherwise it is collapsible so that users will not have to scroll past this list to get to other parts of the page it they wish not to. This is consistent with the behavior of other vBulletin elements.

You may choose to manage this list yourself, or allow others on your staff to share in or even take over the management duties. Some or all of your members may even be allowed and encouraged to be a part of the process by their nominations of threads for the list. You can choose to allow nominations via this product, or use vBulletin's intrinsic thread rating system, or use a combination of both systems. You may also choose to display the most replied threads as well. In this way you could elect to implement a threads of the week or month etc. by popular vote. This product makes all of this possible and easy to accomplish.

You will find that you have a great deal of flexibility in where and how the list is displayed. Those you designate as managers of the list can add, remove, and set the display order of the threads in the list. Also, you may choose to allow your managers to auto-create voting polls to narrow down the selection of nominated threads to be added as featured threads, which is posted to a forum of your choosing. This forum may be private so that only staff is involved in the final voting, or a public forum may be selected so that everyone may vote. All actions performed by users and managers are confirmed with a standard vBulletin redirect message.

Upon installation, two tables are added to your database, one to store the list of featured threads, and one to store the nominations data. Queries are joined so that the latest data for all threads is displayed in the lists and to minimize the redundancy of stored data. If the product is uninstalled, then naturally the two added tables are removed.

The product settings are conveniently sub-divided into the following six categories:

Location Of "Featured Threads" List



You may choose to have the featured threads list displayed on every page, either below the navbar or above the footer. You are given the option to exclude any scripts that you choose. For example you may not want the featured threads list to display on pages whose associated script names are inlinemod, member or online.

In addition to displaying the list on all pages, you may choose one or more of the following options:
  • Display the list on your forum home page, either above or below the forums.
  • Display the list on your forum display pages, either above or below the threads.
  • Display the list on your show thread pages, either above or below the posts.
Note, the above 3 options will be effectively disabled if you have chosen to display on all pages to prevent duplication of content, unless you have set them as excluded scripts for displaying on all pages. This gives you increased control over these 3 pages. For example, you may wish for the featured threads list to display at the top of the page everywhere except on your home page, and so you could have it displayed below the forums there instead.

In addition to, or instead of these options, you may choose to display the list on its own static page. If you have chosen to display on all pages, that will naturally be disabled on the static page to prevent duplication of content. You then have the option to either create your own link to the page using the "Navigation Manager" or you may opt to have a link to the page auto-added as either a navtab:



A navlink on the navbar:



Or as a link in either the "Community" or "Quick Links" drop-down menus on the navbar:





Appearance Of "Featured Threads" List



You may choose to give the "Featured Threads" list element a custom title. This title will be used in the header of the list element, as the link text to the static page on the nav bar, and as the page title for the static page.

You may set a maximum height for the list that applies when it shares space with other content, that is, when it is not on the static page. A vertical scroll-bar is introduced when the list is taller than the maximum height you set. This height does not inlude the header element, just the table of data.

You may set the left/right margins of the list element as a percentage of the parent element. For example, if you wish for the list element to be 75% as wide as the parent element, and centered, then you would enter 12.5 for both the left and right margins. If you want the element to still be 75% as wide as the parent, but all the way on the right, then you would enter 25 for the left margin and 0 for the right margin.

You may set the background color for the "Featured Threads" element, using an HTML color picker.

You may define the CSS for the borders of the list element. This includes both the outer border and the inner borders of the table containing the data. The table cells are only given borders on the right.

You are given an HTML color picker for the color of the Forum/Thread links in the list, as well as the option to give any additional CSS for these links. You may also set the alignment for the thread links (left/center/right).

You may choose how the featured threads are sorted (by Thread Id/Thread Title/Date/Time Added To List/Thread Author User Id) and whether to sort in ascending or descending order. Note that when one of your managers imposes an order for the threads, then that ordering will take precedence.

You may chose to include optional thread information to be displayed, including Replies, Views, Last Poster, Forum, and Prefixes. Thread authors and titles are always displayed. The thread author has a tooltip showing when they created the thread. The replies has a tooltip giving a breakdown of everyone who posted in the thread, sorted in descending order by the number of posts, and then by user id in the case of ties in the number of posts. The last poster has a tooltip that shows when they posted that last post. All usernames in both lists (featured threads and nominated threads) are shown using their current HTML markup. And finally the thread has a tooltip showing a preview of the content of the first post. The number of characters is that which you have set in the AdminCP's general settings.

You can set the maximum number of characters of each thread's forum name to be displayed since these can be long and take up a lot of space. To display the complete forum names, set this maximum to zero. All forum titles that are truncated will have a tooltip that shows the complete forum name on mouse hover.

You are given the option to have an alternating row background color be given to the rows (in all thread tables) to make reading each row easier. You may choose either not to have the alternating backgrounds at all, to have them only for your managers who will benefit more from them because of thread selections while managing the list, and for everyone to see them. An HTML color piker allows you to choose this alternate background color.



"Featured Threads" Icon



You may choose to display an image icon for the featured threads in several places. You are given a choice of 5 included icons, or you may upload your own and give its filename in the settings. You must upload your custom icon to the "markfl_featuredthreads/icons" folder. The icons are appropriately sized depending on the location they are displayed.

If you choose to use an icon, then they are displayed in the thread listing when viewing forums, to the immediate right of the thread titles for those threads in the featured threads list.



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Old 08 Nov 2015, 15:09
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Hi Mark, thanks for the updates again!

I've been thinking about what I'd like to do with the static "Featured Threads" page, and I think I'd like to work towards something like the example below. I'm wondering if we are on the same page, or if I should work on another solution (knowing me, hardcoding a page!).

I'd like the Featured Threads page to be a standalone page for my website. At the moment I use vBAdvanced (sadly no longer supported) for my home page and other web pages. So my home page articles are really just truncated forum posts with links to the main thread. I'd also really like the page to share the vBA page elements (side blocks).

My issue is that when I post a lot of new updates for my homepage to keep the content fresh, there is no way to highlight older articles that are worth reading historically, and not just the current news. This feature would solve that, but it must be a standalone page like my homepage.

I looked for some simple website examples, and I think the following would be a nice easy template that would fit most purposes:

http://myanimelist.net/featured

The part of this page I am looking at is just the main section, not the side menus (which would be added by vBA). It starts with a 2 column view with larger graphics, title, short description, and author. It would be nice to have the date posted next to the author too. Then after the top x threads, they move to a single column list of articles with small thumbnails etc.

That are your thoughts? Is this a direction you are interested in too, or should I look for another solution? Whatever your thoughts, thanks again for supporting this community - we need more people like you
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Old 08 Nov 2015, 15:25
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Originally Posted by InSite View Post
Hi Mark, thanks for the updates again!

I've been thinking about what I'd like to do with the static "Featured Threads" page, and I think I'd like to work towards something like the example below. I'm wondering if we are on the same page, or if I should work on another solution (knowing me, hardcoding a page!).

I'd like the Featured Threads page to be a standalone page for my website. At the moment I use vBAdvanced (sadly no longer supported) for my home page and other web pages. So my home page articles are really just truncated forum posts with links to the main thread. I'd also really like the page to share the vBA page elements (side blocks).

My issue is that when I post a lot of new updates for my homepage to keep the content fresh, there is no way to highlight older articles that are worth reading historically, and not just the current news. This feature would solve that, but it must be a standalone page like my homepage.

I looked for some simple website examples, and I think the following would be a nice easy template that would fit most purposes:

http://myanimelist.net/featured

The part of this page I am looking at is just the main section, not the side menus (which would be added by vBA). It starts with a 2 column view with larger graphics, title, short description, and author. It would be nice to have the date posted next to the author too. Then after the top x threads, they move to a single column list of articles with small thumbnails etc.

That are your thoughts? Is this a direction you are interested in too, or should I look for another solution? Whatever your thoughts, thanks again for supporting this community - we need more people like you
Thank you for your support and kind words.

I do agree the static page is mundane and leaves a lot to be desired. I like the direction you are suggesting for this, and would be a major improvement for the product. At the moment I can't give a timeline for it, but I am definitely interested and will be moving in that direction.
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Old 08 Nov 2015, 15:29
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Originally Posted by MarkFL View Post
Thank you for your support and kind words.

I do agree the static page is mundane and leaves a lot to be desired. I like the direction you are suggesting for this, and would be a major improvement for the product. At the moment I can't give a timeline for it, but I am definitely interested and will be moving in that direction.
That's awesome news - my website is for a gaming guild that is currently inactive while we wait for a specific game to be released, so I'm in no major rush. I'll happily stick with this mod and am happy to help with any feedback you need
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Old 09 Nov 2015, 15:05
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Update: Version 1.9.5:
  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • When viewing the "User-Rated" threads the voters and their votes are displayed when hovering over the number of votes.
  • Thread icons show up to the right of thread titles in search results.
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Old 09 Nov 2015, 21:15
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Hi

Hope you can help? After upgrading to the latest version I receive This error


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

Not every time but quit often.

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Old 09 Nov 2015, 21:52
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Originally Posted by jjohns12 View Post
Hi

Hope you can help? After upgrading to the latest version I receive This error


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

Not every time but quit often.

Thanks
I discovered in investigating this that there was a conflict between this product and my "Enhanced Thread Rating" product. I have updated the other product to resolve this conflict...so go here:

Enhanced Thread Rating

and update to version 1.2, and this should take care of it. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!
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Old 09 Nov 2015, 23:51
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That did it great!

Love this mod Great work!
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Old 12 Nov 2015, 03:55
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Update: Version 1.9.6:
  • Added setting to allow maximum length of displayed forum names.
  • Fixed bug with collapse button.
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Old 13 Nov 2015, 20:33
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MarkFL, There are 2 problems:
1 - there is a lot of text in scripts and modules. Therefore if the forum is bilingual or non-English language, it will not be displayed correctly

2 - if the forum has 2 skins: light and dark. The unit will be not correctly displayed
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Old 13 Nov 2015, 20:44
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Update: Version 1.9.7:
  • Fixed bad link to forums bug introduced in last update.
  • Added setting to designate forums where latest thread posted there is auto-added to "Featured Threads" list, with the option to simultaneously auto-remove the previously added thread.
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Old 13 Nov 2015, 20:50
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Originally Posted by ikopylov View Post
MarkFL, There are 2 problems:
1 - there is a lot of text in scripts and modules. Therefore if the forum is bilingual or non-English language, it will not be displayed correctly
Okay, I will see about replacing all text with phrases.

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2 - if the forum has 2 skins: light and dark. The unit will be not correctly displayed
Do you mean what works for a one style doesn't work for another in terms of coloring? If so, I will look into giving the option to use stylevars OR custom coloring.
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Old 13 Nov 2015, 21:41
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replacing all text with phrases.
Originally Posted by MarkFL View Post
I will look into giving the option to use stylevars OR custom coloring.
It is a really good ideas
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Old 31 Dec 2015, 05:35
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This is great- I absolutely love this

The installation went without a hitch on my development site and I'm really loving it.

Thanks so much for this!
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Old 31 Dec 2015, 15:18
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Would it be possible to have it show XXXX viewed threads with a set point of the amount of views?
I have several threads that are over 8000 views while a few hover around 2000. Some others I'd like to draw attention to are 800 to 900 views and less. I'd like to draw attention to those threads also that don't have many views.

Or is this add on over kill for something like that?
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Old 04 Jan 2016, 15:34
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Loaded and seems to be working only one issue.

The featured Thread Button is out of alignment:

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