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Mod Version: 1.00, by karlm (Designer) karlm is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.0 Rating: (6 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 37
Released: 05 Sep 2006 Last Update: Never Downloads: 197
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Time to perform: 2Mins or less
Ease of use: Piece of cake (if i can do it, so can you)
Function: Makes use of wasted horizontal space at the bottom of thread & forum pages.


Hi all

This is my first release of anything that mildly implies a hack.

Anyway, here is what it does:

The standard 'forumrules' box is fairly small and wastes a lot of horizontal space that could be used in another way, for example ads or links - or both.
See attachments for the changes it makes to your threads & forum pages (not index).

Hopefully, as my first ever release, this will find itself of use to the community here. I've used many hacks from various folk and this is my little bit back to the community that I've taken from! I really hope those who use it find it enjoyable, useful and most importantly, easy to perform.

I've had this change performed (on my test & live forum) and it seems to work fine. It was also working well with vb3.5.4 but I'm now running 3.6 so hence it is released for 3.6 GOLD.

Just download the attached *.txt file and follow the instructions.

Many folks may consider the 'forum rules' section to be a less viewed area of their board. This may be true, but for those ads which pay per view, rather than per click, this is an ideal means of including an extra ad or two without burdening your viewers and forcing them to view.

*HINT: When adding content to the cells, try to avoid using terms which may lead to issues where SEO is concerned. Too many references to 'links' might have an adverse impact. Instead, opt for other choices such as 'friends sites', 'miscellaneous' and 'reciprocal sites'

Please click the 'install' button if you've made use of this little gadget

ps - all comments welcome (especially good ones :nervous
pps- Please remember, this is my first effort at a hack - so be gentle

*Hint comes with gratitude to alkatraz for the SEO notes.

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Old 05 Sep 2006, 16:42
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 19:02
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Great to see you making use of that space!

Side note: From an SEO standpoint, having the word "links" apear a bunch of times at the bottom of every page is a very bad idea. If you were to retitle the areas to say "Sponsors" | "Friends" | "Blogs" you could easily avoid this potential search engine filter.
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Old 05 Sep 2006, 19:44
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Thank you kindly for the advice. I very much appreciate the input. I hadn't even given it a thought from an SEO potential.
I'll amend the above post to reflect your input, however, I left the actual content upto each user to add accordingly. This way they can put whatever they want into the titles and the content cells.
Thanks again.
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Old 06 Sep 2006, 12:19
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not a good area for adverts.
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Old 06 Sep 2006, 14:58
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Agreed, MentaL, but i've left the content open for users to put whatever they want in it. As the images reflect, mine uses one google ad, one ad-link, recipricol links & blog links. I guess folks could put images in there, perhaps embed a media track of some description etc. The main concept was to make use of wasted space - which it does
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Old 09 Sep 2006, 08:03
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looks good man, i've put this to use on my forums
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Old 13 Sep 2006, 05:41
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^suiCyde^,
thanks - i signed up to have a gander, looks well implemented and I saw by keeping it shorter, you managed to retain enough space to keep the forum-jump menu too. Nice work.
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Old 26 Sep 2006, 12:18
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Thumbs up

Originally Posted by karlm
...for those ads which pay per view, rather than per click, this is an ideal means of including an extra ad or two without burdening your viewers and forcing them to view.
BRILLIANT Idea! And perfect implementation too.
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Old 26 Jan 2007, 09:24
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thanks, works magnificently, for those in vb 3.6.4, although this hack is cool in column format, i wanted just one title tag e.g. Sponsors, with a cell that spanned the rest of the page rather than having mutliple columns, to do this, at the very top of the forumrules template, change the table width from "180" to 100% and specify the width of your spnsor cell when you paste it as directed in the instructions e.g. change "<td class="thead">title one</td>" (copied from instructions) to "<td class="thead" width="560">title one</td>" (for full page span) you won't need to copy anymore cells. after that. hope taht all makes some sort of sense.

Nice hack!!!!!

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Old 06 Feb 2007, 04:22
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Nice hack! Thank you!

How can I disable dropdown box in CP? Are you talking about Forum Jump?

Last edited by United32; 06 Feb 2007 at 04:39.
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Old 07 Feb 2007, 14:06
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Originally Posted by MentaL View Post
not a good area for adverts.
Google referral buttons are just perfect for that area

Installed. Thanks
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Old 17 Feb 2007, 04:30
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Originally Posted by United32 View Post
Nice hack! Thank you!

How can I disable dropdown box in CP? Are you talking about Forum Jump?
My apologies for the delay in responding. Yes, I was referring to the 'forum jump' menu.
I'm glad this hack was to your liking.
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 22:08
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wow! great job!

how'd I miss this??! thank you! been wanting something this for a while (I can't stand that space. lol)
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Old 11 Jul 2007, 07:33
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Welcome, glad it serves well
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