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Email Reminder for inactive users
Mod Version: 2.2.1, by TalkVirginia (Coder) TalkVirginia is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (99 votes - 4.75 average) Installs: 1207
Released: 05 Mar 2010 Last Update: 06 Jun 2011 Downloads: 5767
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AS OF MARCH 16TH 2013 - THIS ADDON IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT TIME AVAILABLE. THANK YOU ALL FOR USING THIS ADDON AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT. IF YOU OR YOU KNOW OF ANYONE THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO PICK UP WHERE I LEFT OFF ON THIS ADDON, PLEASE DO SO. I'M RELEASING THIS ADDON TO THE VBULLETIN COMMUNITY TO UPDATE AS NEEDED.
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What does it do?
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This mod will send out reminder emails to inactive members to encourage them to come back to your site.

I also want to give full credit and thanks to the developers of the previous versions from which this was derived:
technom8t (Email reminder for inactive users 1.0.0)
C Braithwaite and djbaxter (Email reminder for inactive users v1.2.7)
robertjandreu (Email reminder for inactive users 1.1.3)

*** See Updates section below for new feature list per release. ***

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH THE ADDON, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CLICK THE INSTALLED LINK!! THANK YOU!!

Features
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* Turn product on/off.
* Set the number of days a user can be away from your site before being considered inactive. (Default: 30 days)
* Send reminder emails once and once only during any inactive period. (Default: Off)
* Edit maximum number of reminder emails sent totally.
* Set how often an reminder email is sent during an inactive period .
* Set reminder email format - TEXT or HTML.
* Set the reminder email subject. (phrased) (site must be placed in debug mode currently to edit, not translate)
* Set the reminder email body. (phrased) (site must be placed in debug mode currently to edit, not translate)
* Set the usergroups to be sent a reminder email.
* Set userids to exclude.
* Log inactive users that have been sent a reminder.

Install Instructions
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This was written specifically for VB4. The VB3.8.x version is here.

IMPORTANT BEFORE YOU INSTALL, IF YOU HAVE A PREVIOUS VERSION INSTALLED I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU BACK UP YOUR
CUSTOM REMINDER MESSAGE SUBJECT AND MESSAGE BODY THIS MOD WILL OVER WRITE THEM. ALSO, IN VERSION 2.x, REMINDER
MESSAGE CONTENTS HAS BEEN MOVED TO USING VBPHRASES. LOOK IN THE INSTALL.TXT FILE WITH THIS UPLOAD FOR A LIST OF
PHRASES USED IN THIS MOD.

1. Back up Custom Reminder Email Phrases that you have made.
2. Upload file in the upload folder to the forums folder on your server.
3. In your AdminCP:
a. If you've installed an older version of this mod prior to 1.1.4 you must uninstall it first as well as remove the files that came with it. I can not stress this enough.
b. Go to Plugs & Products -> Product Manager -> Add New Product.
c. Import the product xml from the zip file. (make sure to use overwrite)
4. The mod is disabled by default on install so you will need to enable it. Go to Vbulletin "Settings" -> Options -> Inactivity Reminder Emails.
5. Settings and the inactivity log viewer are also available on the left menu just above the users settings group.

History Log
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Update 2.2.1
* NEW : New plugin resets inactive members when they return to site.
* FIX : UserID field in inactivity log was showing 0, and UserID was not being added to the optout url.

UpDate 2.2.0
* CHANGE : Inactivity is now based on members Last Activity Date.
* ADD : Exporting the following additional values which can be used in reminder email templates. Check readme.txt in zip file for list of place holders.

Update 2.1.5
* CHANGE : Mod no longer has the option of adding a footer credit to the end of your website.
* CHANGE : Mod no longer has the option of adding a footer credit to outgoing emails.
* CHANGE : New Reminder Optout: Currently this is only accessable from emails being sent out.

Note: Please let members know that they may receive one more email at which time they can choose to optout/unsubscribe by clicking on the embedded link or copying/paste it into
their browser.

* FIX : Reminders were still being sent out incorrectly. I believe this is now fixed finally.
* FIX : Issues when emails were sent out had the incorrect "From" address and listed the host domain name. This should be resolved now.
* FIX : Issue regarding special characters in the usernames being added to the database has been resolve.
* NEW: New data fields have been implimented for keeping track of when reminders are sent out and how many a member has received. If you have a had this mod installed since version 1.1.4, it will look for those fields and rename them so you do not loose previous data in those fields, otherwise new fields will be added.
* NEW: I've added the ability to turn off the admin report. In this version, if it is enabled, you may receive 2 reports. One report for members that have never received a reminder and one for members who haven't received a reminder since the last reminder based on the frequencey setting in the mod settings screen.
* NEW: Reminder's sender and email address are correctly determined now. Should now reflect site name with the webmasteremail address as the reply to.
* CHANGE :Translations for 2.1.1 may not work for versions after since some templates and phrases have been removed.

Update 2.1.1 (6/24/2010) - German Translation - (Thanks Semmi)
Thanks to Semmi for translating the Admin menu, Phrases and Reminder Phrase Templates to German.

Update 2.1.1 (3/30/2010) - Bug Fix
* FIX - Removed extra where clause in query where scheduled task script was performing an update when inactive reminders where based on last post count.
* FIX - Email Phrase Templates - Changed $bburl variable to $forumurl to correct a broken unsubscribe link.
* NEW - Includes tool to reset the date and count of reminder emails that were previously sent to users. This tool is mainly for testing purposes.

Update 2.1.0 (3/26/2010) - Bug Fixs and some new features
* Edit number of emails send totally
* Choose whether inactivity is based on members "Last Post" or their "Last Activity"
* Keep a log of all inactive users contacted
* Opt-Out Feature for members - Include an opt-out link in reminder email. (Thanks to Gene Steinberg)
* Added a link to the bottom of the default email template phrases that members can use to unsubscribe from reminder emails.

Update 2.0.1 (03/15/2010 9:00pm) - Bug Fix
* FIX - Issue related to processing users in a batch configuration. Mod was checking for a field length greater than zero instead of a numeric value greater than zero.

Update 2.0.0 (03/15/2010) - Complete rewrite of mod
* NEW - Can specify number of users to process during nightly scheduled task.
* NEW - Send reminder emails in either text or html format.
* NEW - Email subject and message body uses vb phrase templates. I've included sample content in email phrase templates so all you need to is customize as desired.

Update 1.1.4 (03/05/2010) - Initial release for vBulletin 4.x
* FIX - Would continue to send out email more often than specified intervals due to incorrect setting in cron job.
* NEW - Exclude userids from processing.


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH THE ADDON, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THOSE THAT HAVE NOT INDICATED THE MOD IS INSTALLED WILL BE A LOWER PRIORITY.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO CLICK THE INSTALLED LINK!! THANK YOU!!

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE.

If you like this mod and it has helped your site, and would like to see more features added, please consider donating.
Your support is very much appreciated! Thank you - Thank you

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Old 11 Mar 2010, 17:16
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install, ran, but i don't know the outcome just yet of if it worked or not.

edit: looks like it worked?

This email shows that the product is installed and working as it should be.


Emails sent tobirkbeck IcarusForde Chris Fiedler goalieman Jarid Ryan33 www.canadiangoalies.com wolfstalker24 Krays Hillcat sueschwartz509 Grim Keeper WolvesGoalie hdtvee Rocky3370 craven midgitgoaliegirl tshields lcplnulty Vanniek Underdog35 netpatroller vezina20 dirkhorst brifloro murzik West cowboyup hardyastrom monnubains griffins73 cawusey30 Hastighet32 tht goalie34 CuCo knedragon King Tut Carrot TNT spidergoalie jscaffidi goalieboy#1 hckyredwing4 tylerab Coho Howie gpimpin Wheelie andy392 kylemac1130 Meanodino C_Block Yellowtrout battelmt cnnrstwart ToddtheFox vrael828 Uzzi graeme rrodych Bildo Sergeant Pepper Aliyass ablessner bigmac bluegoalie Regarrr stevcito POCOWARRIOR Short Fat Goalie TheGoalieGuild Dr.Frank youthsports cyclones35 JoeyRamone BehindTheMask CLARKY King Richard suicidekings Hockey37 JoNaToN604 chase72 beatupoldholyman thabomb75 newfy coldaccord thebigm saskgoalie . We tried to email the following users, but their email address was invalid:
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 17:19
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Alrighty, it works. I already got user "BehindTheMask" on the site less than 2 minutes after this email going out. So congrats, great plugin!

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Old 11 Mar 2010, 17:33
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Thank you for letting me know! Glad to hear you are enjoying the mod.
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 20:27
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Thank you this mod will be very helpful.
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 23:00
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Originally Posted by TalkVirginia View Post
Can you provide a screen shot of your current settings for the mod? Also if you could provide a sample of data from a few of your inactive members such as lastpostdate, last logindate. That should be a start. I'll definitely look into it.
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I will post that info tomorrow.

Thx, Bryan
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 02:34
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Nice mod. One suggestion about opting out, is it possible to add an option on registration page for opting in or opting out the mail?
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 07:30
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Hi

Just curious, I have a rather big board with about 30thousand members.
And im pretty sure its a lot of inactivities from week to week sometimes.
And Im pretty sure my server will go down if it sometimes is a whole bunch of emails to send.
Is it possible to send the emails in different bulks? or does it need to send all emails at once?
please let me know, sounds like a great module...
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 07:57
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Originally Posted by nyunyu View Post
Nice mod. One suggestion about opting out, is it possible to add an option on registration page for opting in or opting out the mail?
Thanks!

Regarding your suggestion, I am investigating this however the only current work around that I know of for this is to have them turn off where they receive emails from the site administrator.

I may be wrong but in all actuality though, if you think about it, an opt-out feature would defeat the purpose of having this mod installed. Most members would want to opt-out, then no reminders would be sent. The idea is to get members to come back to your site on a regular basis. Once they come back then the reminders would be turned off until they hit the inactivity threshhold you specify in this mod. Say you specify 31 days, on the 32 day, anyone who hasn't visited or posted on your site would receive a reminder.
If they start wanting to "opt-out" then the threshold is most-likely set too low or they have not interest.
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 08:01
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Originally Posted by nekiw View Post
Hi

Just curious, I have a rather big board with about 30thousand members.
And im pretty sure its a lot of inactivities from week to week sometimes.
And Im pretty sure my server will go down if it sometimes is a whole bunch of emails to send.
Is it possible to send the emails in different bulks? or does it need to send all emails at once?
please let me know, sounds like a great module...
Hi Nekiw,

Thank you for your suggestion. I'm currently adding this feature into the mod.
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 18:07
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Teaser Screen Shots

Here are some teaser screen shots of the admincp screen of the features I'm adding into the next release. No ETA as to when it will be ready though... maybe this month... maybe next.

EDIT: Sorry for the poor image quality on the main settings screen. Not sure what made it so fuzzy.
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Last edited by TalkVirginia; 13 Mar 2010 at 18:13.
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 18:57
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Originally Posted by TalkVirginia View Post
Here are some teaser screen shots of the admincp screen of the features I'm adding into the next release. No ETA as to when it will be ready though... maybe this month... maybe next.

EDIT: Sorry for the poor image quality on the main settings screen. Not sure what made it so fuzzy.
Maybe do one or two interim releases to roll out the new stuff?

Peace,
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 19:04
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Originally Posted by Gene Steinberg View Post
Maybe do one or two interim releases to roll out the new stuff?

Peace,
Gene
Good idea. Follow the example of the vBulletin 4.x team... release a version totally buggy, then release another version with toally new bugs, then release a third fixing the new bigs and reintroducing the old bugs... keeps people guessing and on their toes.
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Old 13 Mar 2010, 19:17
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Not quite. Parcel out the features. Release a smaller update and see how it fares, and then do any necessary updates in the next feature version. Two or three releases will have it.

That way, the author isn't doing a ton of work upfront and releasing a larger update that will only contain several times as many bugs.

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Old 13 Mar 2010, 20:56
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Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
Good idea. Follow the example of the vBulletin 4.x team... release a version totally buggy, then release another version with toally new bugs, then release a third fixing the new bigs and reintroducing the old bugs... keeps people guessing and on their toes.
OMG!! I about fell out of my seat laughing on this one.
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Old 14 Mar 2010, 03:11
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Originally Posted by TalkVirginia View Post
Can you provide a screen shot of your current settings for the mod? Also if you could provide a sample of data from a few of your inactive members such as lastpostdate, last logindate. That should be a start. I'll definitely look into it.
I got it figured out. I have targeted every usergroup and as a result, because every user is a member of a secondary usergroup it was overriding each other I think. I updated it so that only the primary usergroup was targeted and now it seems to be working.
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