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SocialForums for vB3.8
Mod Version: 2.1.0, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (29 votes - 4.90 average) Installs: 251
Released: 04 Mar 2009 Last Update: 11 Aug 2009 Downloads: 1272
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SocialForums for vBulletin 3.8

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

This mod will work *ONLY* with vBulletin 3.8 or higher. It will not run on vBulletin 3.7. Please use the version for vBulletin 3.7

Support will be only given for people who clicked Mark as INSTALLED.

Description
Not satisfied with vBulletin social groups messaging function? With SocialForums your social group leaders can create a standard forum for their group.
A group leader can only create a forum if the group has at least 5 members - this can be changed via settings. Optionally the group leader can be a moderator of such a social forum.

What about old discussions?
Via AdminCP, SocialForums, you can transfer all discussions and messages to a new forum. No post would be lost.

Permissions
There are advanced permissions (Forum and Archive). This includes read/write public and private (moderated/invite only) socialforums and creation of forum. As this needs two additional queries on every page you can disable this.

Demo
None, see screenshots

Installation
This product is fully phrased and uses template hooks. No file changes or manual template edits needed.
1. Upload bitfield_socialforums.xml to existing folder /includes/xml/
2. Upload functions_socialforums.php to existing folder /includes/
3. Fresh Installation: Just import the product. Upgrade: Import the product, allow overwrite. No forums get lost!
4. Check settings, especially for parent forum. Don't forget to set permissions via usergroups!

Troubleshooting
Q: I don't see a link to create a forum. Why?
A: Check permissions for the usergroup, espacially if the user is allowed to create forum.
A: Check if the usergroup meet min users requirement, see AdminCP/Settings/SocialForums.

Q: My users see the forums, but they shouldn't!
A: Check permissions for the usergroup, if the users usergroup is set to "can see".
A: Did you disabled the restriction mode? Enable it.

Todo
- By deleting a group the forum should also be deleted/archived. Currently this has to be done manually.

Known Issues
- On big boards with hundreds of social groups this mod can really impact the performance because of the mass of new created forums. If you still want to use this mod use the "Minimum Members" feature with a higher value. Using the permission check there are additional two queries on every page.
- With activated option to add owner as a moderator the transfering leads to removing all moderators of the linked forum

History
2.1.0, 11th August 2009
- Social Groups without a forum are listed in AdminCP and can be automatically converted with few clicks.
- Fixed errors converting bigger discussions
- Minor changes and fixes

2.0.1, 05th March 2009
- Convert ignores now deleted discussions
- Threads on Groups equipped with mark on new

2.0.0
- First official release for vBulletin 3.8
- Possibility to transfer Social Group Discussion into a real Forum
- New layout for threadlisting, similar to a real threadlist in a forum
- Possibility of a notice in Forums associated with a Social Group
- Discussion/Message counter is showing Thread/Reply counts. Phrase "Discussion" and "Message" cannot be changed to "Thread"/"Reply".
- Transfering a Group to another user updates now also the moderator
- Minor changes and fixes

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  #46  
Old 05 Mar 2009, 04:32
YabbaDabba YabbaDabba is offline
 
Join Date: May 2004
Phalynx,

Many, many thanks for this.

Will be downloading and installing later this week.
Kudos for your terrific support.
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  #47  
Old 05 Mar 2009, 08:51
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by jilly View Post
So if I have a board running 3.8.1, that has never had Social Forums installed, can I install this as new?
Yes.
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Old 05 Mar 2009, 11:29
DobieGillis© DobieGillis© is offline
 
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Originally Posted by IndyWebDesign View Post
Only members of a group can see the forum for that group. I think vBulletin made a huge mistake by NOT doing exactly this to begin with. The stock way is like going back to vB version 1.
didn't realize that, thanks for the clarification. This Mod is a great
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 09:32
tereg tereg is offline
 
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Is there any way to mask the creator of a Social Forum from the "View Forum Leaders" page (/vbroot/showgroups.php). Social Forum creators are listed as "Moderators", even though in Admin CP they are not listed as a Primary or Additional user in the Moderators usergroup at Admin CP -> Usergroups -> Usergroup Manager.

Even if the "Viewable on Show Groups" option is set to No for the entire Moderators usergroup and Registered Users usergroup, Social Forum creators are still listed in "View Forum Leaders".

Thank you.
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 11:55
tereg tereg is offline
 
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I am also experiencing an error that had previously been found in an older version, the "Invalid Title Specified" error:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=202
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=409

This behavior is happening to me as well for 2.0
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 13:40
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by tereg View Post
Is there any way to mask the creator of a Social Forum from the "View Forum Leaders" page (/vbroot/showgroups.php). Social Forum creators are listed as "Moderators", even though in Admin CP they are not listed as a Primary or Additional user in the Moderators usergroup at Admin CP -> Usergroups -> Usergroup Manager.

Even if the "Viewable on Show Groups" option is set to No for the entire Moderators usergroup and Registered Users usergroup, Social Forum creators are still listed in "View Forum Leaders".

Thank you.
SocialForums adds the group leaders as normal, default moderators to the forum. How vBulletin displays them is not in the range of this modification. You need to disable the option to display Moderators on "View Forum Leaders". It's not a usergroup setting.


Originally Posted by tereg View Post
I am also experiencing an error that had previously been found in an older version, the "Invalid Title Specified" error:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=202
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=409

This behavior is happening to me as well for 2.0
Uhm, I thought this has been fixed. Will take a look.
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 20:12
rob01 rob01 is offline
 
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Real name: robert
i have a question

With activated option to add owner as a moderator the transfering leads to removing all moderators of the linked forum

what this means?
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Old 06 Mar 2009, 21:33
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rob01 View Post
i have a question

With activated option to add owner as a moderator the transfering leads to removing all moderators of the linked forum

what this means?
That means that if you defined an own moderator for that socialforum, that moderator will be removed and replaced by the new owner of the group.
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Old 07 Mar 2009, 02:03
rob01 rob01 is offline
 
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is this something good or bad?
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Old 07 Mar 2009, 03:28
WreckRman2 WreckRman2 is offline
 
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Real name: David Smith
Working great... Can we add a way that when a new member joins the group it also subscribes them to the forum. My forums doesn't get alot of posts so we could easiler miss one but if it emails all the members when a new thread is posted that would be awesome.
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  #56  
Old 07 Mar 2009, 03:40
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inciarco inciarco is offline
 
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Interesting Mod.

Is Important to Add Options for it, like One to Stablish Usergroups and/or Users that Can Create and Associate a Forum for their Social Groups, and to Set a Maximum of Forums to be Able to Create.

Also an Option to Set Which Groups can Have Forums would be a Nice Option, so that Admins can Evaluate if is Important or Not to Allow a Forum to be Created for that Social Group(s).

It'd Also be Important to Set the Option of Minimum Number of Users in the Social Groups on a Mod's Option on the Admin Control Panel.

Only Admins Would Know and Should Control the Way their Boards Should Grow on Forums Structure Not Users.

The Idea is Right and Very Useful, but is Yet Too Open for Users to Waste the Boards Resources without Admin Control.

My Best Regards.

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  #57  
Old 07 Mar 2009, 04:52
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I have installed them as new on two boards running 3.8.1 with no previous install, and it is working beautifully!
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  #58  
Old 08 Mar 2009, 03:38
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Kaelon Kaelon is offline
 
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Question -- I am considering installing this add-on. A number of my user clubs already have forums. Is there a way that I can associate pre-existing forums with newly created social groups under this hack? (In other words, any query that I can easily run?)

Also, did you manage to fix the problem identified in post #50?
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Old 08 Mar 2009, 04:00
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can you move threads from the regular forum into these social group forums ?
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Old 08 Mar 2009, 06:18
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Originally Posted by DiesellMinded View Post
can you move threads from the regular forum into these social group forums ?
Yes. You can also run a manual query to assign a groupid to a socialgroup.


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

Simply replace X with the forumid, and Y with the groupid, of the two that you wish to link. Setting the forumid to 0 removes any forum associated with a socialgroup, allowing that socialgroup to create a new forum.

Question -- Does the query on forumdisplay (to generate a notice linking a forum to its matching socialgroup) occur on all forums, or just socialforums?
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