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vBMQN - Moderation Queue Notifications + Desktop App
Mod Version: 2.0, by Lee Roberts (Contributor) Lee Roberts is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.x Rating: (4 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 35
Released: 11 Feb 2013 Last Update: 12 Feb 2013 Downloads: 160
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Introduction
There are many scenarios where this mod would come in handy for administrators. There are too many for me to cover them all, so I will give you the scenario this mod was developed for...

If you have a hand full of moderating staff and a large number of forums, adding each moderator to each forum can be quite a pain, however doing it that way would give you notifications for those moderators when something dose need their attention from within those said forums...

Another option would be to setup staff to be Global Moderators, this removes the need to add them to specific forums but it also removes queue notifications because moderators wouldnít be assigned to individual forums...

We require new members to be moderated and/or that their first submissions to the forum require moderating, this can become quite a pain because again staff would need to continually check the moderation queue for new items...

The Solution and Requirements
What we need is moderation queue notifications via email and possibly a desktop app for those staff that would rather not use their email/inbox.

Features:
- Email Notifications for multiple users/addresses
- Notifications for every item type (posts, threads, attachments etc.)
- Email sending using the vB mail method/system (plain text emails)
- Email generation should use the vB Phrase system (multi-language support)
- Automated checking of the moderation queue (vB Cron system)
- Should support the Scheduled Task log system (debugging, report actions taken)
- Support for external applications and their development (xml based status)

All of the above are present in the first release of this mod (v1), please see the screen shots.

This mod is setup as a vB Cron task; I could not see/find a better way to make this an automated system working with anything else from within the vB system. By default the Cron task is setup to run every 30 minutes, if you would like to adjust this, simply go in and adjust the Cron job as you wish.

Desktop App
At the moment I am still developing a windows (.net) desktop app to work with this, right now we donít have a big need for this so itís not a priority for me to develop this and get it out to you any time soon, when the moderation queue is checked regardless of its current state the included xml file is updated to reflect this. So all your own app would need to do is read in this xml file and take the action you require.

If there is a massive interest in the desktop app for this I could be persuaded to push it to the top of my job list, for now though it is work in progress and with no planned deadline or release date.

Support
We have been using this mod in a production environment for almost 12 months now with no problems at all, it is really quite a simple mod and Iím surprised it hasnít been done already, given the number of requests I have seen.

I will support this as best I can, I am a busy guy so you will need to understand this if you do run into any problems and request support.

Install/Upgrade
Installing this mod is much like any other, upload the files in the download to the same locations on your server, import the product xml file, go to the Admin > Settings > Options > vBMQN: General Options page and configure as you wish. If you are upgrading from an older version simply follow the same steps as installing for the first time.

Change Log
v1.0 - 11 Feb 2013
- First version

v2.0 - 12 Feb 2013
- Added support for table prefix's ( config.php > $config['Database']['tableprefix'] = ''; )
- Rewrite of the database query code, now uses the vB Database Class ( $vbulletin->db->query_first )
- Changed from the use of the php "number_format" function to the vB function "vb_number_format"
- Added instant email notification rather than sending emails to the vB mail queue ( $notsubscription = true )

Enjoy!
This has helped us allot and I hope those of you who have requested this before find it to be ďjust the jobĒ as well.

Regards,
Lee Roberts

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Old 05 Jul 2013, 09:02
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Originally Posted by xony View Post
thanks for your reply, the current permissions are at 644, is like giving the error, I've risen to 777 and stops giving error but so clear I guess I can not leave them for safety reasons, there would be some other solution?, although that mistake, I'll keep using it, I'm doing well, thanks for your help.
Morning,

Humm, with out seeing your server setup its hard to tell...

What permissions for /includes and also /includes/xml folders?

If you have no need for xml support (i.e - Support for external applications and their development (xml based status)), then i can make you a custom version of this mod (vbmqn.php), just simple upload of 1 file. Just let me know.

.Me
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 06:26
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G'day Lee, thankyou for your work mate, this looks like it will be a perfect fit for us!

I've installed and copied the files across and am just awaiting some moderated posts to test. After running the scheduled task manually (vB 4.2.1), I've got the following output. It looks like it can't find the files, although they are both where they should be. Any ideas mate?


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Old 25 Aug 2013, 07:07
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1.) Did you by chance rename your admincp directory in Admin Control Panel?

2.) If your not scared of editing your files, you can go to the error-ed line and dump the current working directory. If the files are where they are suppose to be, then your current working directory has been altered for some reason.

Of course this only works if your testing the mod on a test board, which you should be doing.


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Old 25 Aug 2013, 08:31
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Originally Posted by tbworld View Post
1.) Did you by chance rename your admincp directory in Admin Control Panel?

2.) If your not scared of editing your files, you can go to the error-ed line and dump the current working directory. If the files are where they are suppose to be, then your current working directory has been altered for some reason.

Of course this only works if your testing the mod on a test board, which you should be doing.


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Thanks again for your help bud. Funnily enough, it works just fine in our testbed - e-mails and all.

As such, I went to deploy it and ran into this.

The good news is that a re-upload of the working files, and a re-install of the product now sees it working beautifully. This will be a great addition to our little forum - thanks again to you both!

Justin
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Old 25 Aug 2013, 15:32
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Very cool concept!
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Old 02 Sep 2013, 09:54
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Installed and waiting....

Great work sir...
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 17:25
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anyone test this on 4.2.2?
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 19:35
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Originally Posted by juzz86 View Post
The good news is that a re-upload of the working files, and a re-install of the product now sees it working beautifully. This will be a great addition to our little forum - thanks again to you both!

Justin
Hi Justin, sorry i missed your request for support there, not sure why but i did. Pleased you have it working .

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anyone test this on 4.2.2?
Hi,

Yes i'm running this on 4.2.2 with no problems.

.Me
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 21:23
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same here
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Old 02 Jan 2014, 08:20
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Hi, Really like this as it helps us manage the moderation queue.

One thing that is bugging my moderators is that they are getting multiple emails each time something is in the queue.

1 item in the queue last night prompted 19 emails to the moderators to tell them there was an item there.

I've always had multiple emails, but this is the most so far.

Do I have something wrong, or is there something I can change?
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Old 10 Jan 2014, 00:59
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Originally Posted by pecky View Post
Hi, Really like this as it helps us manage the moderation queue.

One thing that is bugging my moderators is that they are getting multiple emails each time something is in the queue.

1 item in the queue last night prompted 19 emails to the moderators to tell them there was an item there.

I've always had multiple emails, but this is the most so far.

Do I have something wrong, or is there something I can change?
I've never had any trouble with this mod.

It all depends on your settings in Scheduled Task Manager for vBMQN
How many times each day does it run?
ie: every time it runs it will send out an email - until the Mod Queue is cleared

I think by default it may be set to run every half hour
so until the Mod Queue is cleared - you may get upto 48 emails each day

I currently have it set to run only once per day since my site isn't as busy as most others
so it will then check the moderation queue once a day
and then send out one email per day - if anything is waiting.


PS: somehow this never made Mod of the Month
so resubmitting it myself

PS2: now if only Lee could also make it show a list of what is in the Mod Queue in each email
and then send out a final email when the queue is cleared
then it would be worth an extra slice of pizza

Last edited by Bluemax712; 17 Jan 2014 at 22:45. Reason: Added more requirements for PS2 - since it's just a dream anyway :)
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Old 07 Apr 2015, 23:40
ekempter ekempter is offline
 
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Great Mod. I second the suggestion for sending out an email when the queue has been cleared but my guess is that may require a separate mod.
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