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vB Event Forums
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:

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

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 06 Aug 2012, 16:12
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I'd also happily pay
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Old 04 Sep 2012, 00:33
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would love to see this. There was a good one for PHPBB but surprised there isn't one for vbul4 yet.
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Plus one subscriber hoping for a vB4 port; good luck, xTu!

I was about to start trying to reverse-engineer a hack together myself, but if you can work out a legitimate port and release it, that would be so much more maintainable in the long run.
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Old 25 Sep 2012, 20:17
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I too would really like to see this mod updated for 4.x.
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Good news guys!

I will convert this ASAP!

Mods: How do I get access to modify and update the original post?
Any more information on this?
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Old 31 Oct 2012, 23:53
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I'd really, really, like to see this ported for 4.2, but it seems that the last time xTu was online was July 19. Doesn't sound too promising.
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Old 06 Dec 2012, 13:04
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Correct, life has taken over

I have not had any time to work on this, so if someone wants to take it over, PM me.
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Old 06 Dec 2012, 14:10
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This is an important bit of work. I hope Farcaster or one of the other Calendar mod peeps take this onboard. In 1979 I created the first dedicated Gig Guide, TAGG The Alternative Gig Guide in Melbourne , I believe work such as this will enhance the potential for new artists to get there stuff out there. I'm not a coder unfortunately, though I'd like to see a storm of Calendar enhancements. I mean, there isn't even a Facebook share button for Calendars...I mean, really...
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Old 08 Dec 2012, 00:13
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How much cash would I need to chip in for someone to port this to 4.2? Maybe I could dance at your wedding (although I'm a terrible dancer)?
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Old 08 Dec 2012, 13:27
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We really liked this and want to upgrade it for vB 4. We lost this functionality when we upgraded this week to vB4. So, if anything comes of it, we'll find out if it's cool to share it and go from there. No promises. Time is scarce.
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Old 08 Dec 2012, 13:45
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Originally Posted by noppid View Post
We really liked this and want to upgrade it for vB 4. We lost this functionality when we upgraded this week to vB4. So, if anything comes of it, we'll find out if it's cool to share it and go from there. No promises. Time is scarce.
That would indeed be much appreciated mate
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Originally Posted by noppid View Post
We really liked this and want to upgrade it for vB 4. We lost this functionality when we upgraded this week to vB4. So, if anything comes of it, we'll find out if it's cool to share it and go from there. No promises. Time is scarce.
Did you guys get a chance to look at this yet? Cheers...
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Old 29 Apr 2013, 19:14
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I wouldn't call it an upgrade, but I got this working on 4.2.1. I had to tweak a few things but most of the functionality is in tact. Thank you so much for the code. I'll be glad to share what I have with anyone.

Thanks,

Chuck
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Old 02 May 2013, 22:43
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Originally Posted by BarracodE View Post
I wouldn't call it an upgrade, but I got this working on 4.2.1. I had to tweak a few things but most of the functionality is in tact. Thank you so much for the code. I'll be glad to share what I have with anyone.

Thanks,

Chuck
I would apreciate it I would like to use this mod and just can't wait or trust that vb is going to do anything better in 4 or 5
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Attached is a working mod for 4.2.1. It's been on our production site for 2 weeks now and was exactly what we needed. Thank you so much for the base code.
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