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Global Threads for VB3
by BirdOPrey5
31 Jan 2011 20:29

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This mod is based off a VB 3.6 mod by randominity here:
He gave me permission to further develop this mod.

It is ESSENTIAL if you upgrade to this version from the original 1.0.1 version you UNINSTALL the old one first. This isn't a suggestion, this is a REQUIREMENT.

This mod allows you to display "global threads" in your forums. Global Threads are threads that show up in every forum (or forums you specify) as opposed to just a single forum.

This is perfect for important site news, forum wide polls, and anything worthwhile to be displayed forum wide.

I know you could make an announcement but people ignore announcements, and you can't reply to them like threads. These are real threads and if you don't take away permission people can reply to it like any other thread. Replies in any forum show up in all forums.

Same thread in multiple forums:
(It's under the sticky threads.)

This mod requires a little work on your side- you must first create a "global forum." I suggest calling it "Global Forum" and in the forum manager when creating it, choose to "Set Active" set to "No" so it won't show up in your forum lists but will be accessible directly by you to post new threads in.

I have greatly increased the number of options over the original mod and believe I have implemented all the good suggestions ever made for the original mod.

This version will work on vB 3.8.x and should work on 3.7.x too.

I have marked this as BETA as there is 1 unresolved minor bug- it has been a bug since this mod came out but no one seems to have noticed or cared. When showing global threads the small arrow indicating if you had posts in the global thread won't snow.

See screenshots for a Global Thread example. The Global Thread globe icon is optional.

Full instructions in zip file.

BirdOPrey5 31 Jan 2011 20:30


Kaelon 01 Feb 2011 23:07

This looks really interesting. What is the performance impact? Can you tell us a bit about the queries you used?

BirdOPrey5 01 Feb 2011 23:22

There is 1 additional query on each page view of forumdisplay.php.

The query is identical to the query that pulls all the threads for the specific forum you are viewing.. basically vbulletin queries the database for all threads in forum X (the forum you're viewing) LIMIT by the number of threads per page. The after vBulletin pulls its threads, this mod goes ahead and pulls all threads from forum Y (the global forum) LIMIT the number you set in options.

The 1 query adds no noticeable performance loss IMO.

Hellmaster 03 Feb 2011 03:51

Does it work as a global announcement? But this is a Thread which can be replied?

BirdOPrey5 03 Feb 2011 14:21

Basically it's like a global announcement that can be replied to... But it's listed as a thread (either above or below stickies) not listed as an announcement.

MagicThemeParks 04 Feb 2011 12:23

Looks very cool. I may have to use this one too Joe :)

blackberry 02 Jul 2011 13:32

its giving me following database error

Database error in vBulletin 3.8.4:

Invalid SQL:

IF(votenum >= 1, votenum, 0) AS votenum,
IF(votenum >= 1 AND votenum > 0, votetotal / votenum, 0) AS voteavg,
post.pagetext AS preview,
thread.threadid, thread.title AS threadtitle, thread.forumid, pollid, open, replycount, postusername, postuserid, thread.iconid AS threadiconid,
thread.lastpost, thread.lastposter, thread.lastpostid, thread.replycount, IF(thread.views<=thread.replycount, thread.replycount+1, thread.views) AS views, thread.dateline, IF(views<=replycount, replycount+1, views) AS views, notes, thread.visible, sticky, votetotal, thread.attach,
hiddencount, deletedcount

, deletionlog.userid AS del_userid, deletionlog.username AS del_username, deletionlog.reason AS del_reason
, threadread.readtime AS threadread
, threadredirect.expires
, post_user.displaygroupid AS post_user_displaygid, post_user.usergroupid AS post_user_usergid, last_post_user.displaygroupid AS last_post_user_displaygid, last_post_user.usergroupid AS last_post_user_usergid
FROM thread AS thread
LEFT JOIN deletionlog AS deletionlog ON(thread.threadid = deletionlog.primaryid AND deletionlog.type = 'thread')

LEFT JOIN threadread AS threadread ON (threadread.threadid = thread.threadid AND threadread.userid = 2)
LEFT JOIN post AS post ON(post.postid = thread.firstpostid)

LEFT JOIN threadredirect AS threadredirect ON(thread.open = 10 AND thread.threadid = threadredirect.threadid)
WHERE thread.forumid = 4
ORDER BY lastpost DESC

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'post_user.displaygroupid' in 'field list'
Error Number : 1054
Request Date : Saturday, July 2nd 2011 @ 07:28:58 AM
Error Date : Saturday, July 2nd 2011 @ 07:28:58 AM
Script : http://+++++.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=92
Referrer : http://+++++.com/forum/index.php
IP Address :
Username :
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.0.92-community-log

BirdOPrey5 02 Jul 2011 14:37

Do you have access to phpmyadmin?

I've seen on rare occasion people who don't have the field displaygroupid in their user table before.

Please go to phpmyadmin, browse to your database, and view the user table.

See if you have the column called displaygroupid.

If not you should go to STRUCTURE -> Add 1 filed after membergroupids and call it displaygroupid type smallint(5).

It is of course good practice to backup your database before changing it.

blackberry 02 Jul 2011 15:36

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I have both membergroupids and displaygroupid field both their values are 0 ?
Image attached

BirdOPrey5 02 Jul 2011 17:01

I re-checked this mod and "displaygroupid" is never queried by this mod so I'm thinking there is probably a conflict with another mod you may be running.

There might be an easy fix...

If you go to your Admin CP -> Plugin Manager -> Edit the Plugin Query Global Threads

Find the code:

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

and just delete it.

Let me know if you still get the error and if not does it look like everything is working- this change will only affect global threads.

blackberry 02 Jul 2011 18:41

yep working fine now thanks

home9000 24 Sep 2011 11:11

Dear BirdOPrey5

any one he in the coventry list will get database error

BirdOPrey5 24 Sep 2011 16:23


Originally Posted by home9000 (Post 2249511)
Dear BirdOPrey5

any one he in the coventry list will get database error

Indeed it does.

For a quick fix go to your Admin CP -> Plugin Manager find the plugin Query Global Threads and edit it.

Find the 3 instances of "replycount" (no quotes) and replace them all with "thread.replycount" (also no quotes.)

That will fix the database error. I will incorporate the fix into the next release. Thank you for letting me know. :up:

home9000 24 Sep 2011 16:49


Originally Posted by BirdOPrey5 (Post 2249573)
Indeed it does.

For a quick fix go to your Admin CP -> Plugin Manager find the plugin Query Global Threads and edit it.

Find the 3 instances of "replycount" (no quotes) and replace them all with "thread.replycount" (also no quotes.)

That will fix the database error. I will incorporate the fix into the next release. Thank you for letting me know. :up:

Your are the best
Thanks too much it's working fine now

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