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[AJAX] Helpful Answers - Allow users to rate individual posts
Mod Version: 2.0.0, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (7 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 47
Released: 04 Feb 2009 Last Update: 01 Sep 2009 Downloads: 376
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files  

Every day your users contribute hundreds if not thousands of posts making it hard for new members and guests to separate out the best answers from those that are less helpful. The Helpful Answers System offers your members a quick way (AJAX) to rate individual posts as either helpful or not allowing future visitors to understand the benefits of each post.

Designed for maximum flexibility:



This addon is built to be flexible and offers several customization options including:
  • The ability to use image or text ratings.
  • The ability to offer yes/no or scaled 1-10 point ranking.
  • The ability to turn off negative ratings for a positive only system.
  • The ability to decide which forums are open for helpful answer ratings.
  • The ability to audit the system and identify top users and potential abusers.
  • The ability to ban specific members from using the system.
  • The ability to customize the AJAX message shown after a post is rated.
  • The ability to edit all text and messages through phrases.
  • The ability to show a page with the top helpful posts.
  • The ability to show rating stats on a user's profile.
  • Integration with the reputation system for ratings.
  • Template driven display that can easily be customized to your forum.
For advanced users template conditionals and variables let you further extend the functionality to color highlight good or bad posts, include ratings in userís profiles and much more.

Modification Installation:
This addon requires uploading multiple files, installing a vBulletin product and enabling the feature in any forums you wish. No template modifications are required. Please see the included install file for detailed instructions.

If you are not seeing the rating bar double check that you have enabled the feature in the forum you are in and insure the Manual Template override option is not enabled.

Rating Review & Deletion:
To identify and remove abuse a reporting system is included with this addon and can be found in your vBulletin ACP under the Helpful Answers tab. Through this panel you will be able to view a user's overall rating history and individual ratings and can remove either if necessary. Users can also be explicitly banned from the system.

Reputation System Integration:
Helpful Answers can be extended to directly tie into your reputation system giving users positive or negative points based on the ratings of their posts. There are numerous options on how to handle ratings that can be found in a separate Helpful Answers Reputation part of your vBulletin Settings page.

Anonymous Stats Tracking (optional):
vBulletin forums reach millions of consumers around the world yet little is known about their habits and opinions. This addon was released to the public out of requests but also to further the research of forum user's behaviors and actions through collecting the most basic data on thousands of sites.

By default this addon will pass basic rating data (positive or negative) to a 3rd party site for statistical purposes. Only the most basic data is captured (the vote and your site name) and no user information or specific forum details are logged, not even an IP address.

While you may disable this feature through the administrative options I ask that you consider leaving it in place to help this research effort and insure the continued support of the addon.

The tracking feature uses the php library cURL on a 5 second timeout. If cURL is not installed this option is automatically disabled.

History of this addon:

This addon was originally developed for private use in 2006 for a site of mine but after getting several past clients requested requests and messages I decided to package it up for public release.

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Add-On Releases [AJAX] Helpful Answers - Post Rating System (plus many sub-features) Ted S vBulletin 3.8 Add-ons 1801 02 May 2016 10:34

  #31  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 00:57
guvner guvner is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Real name: Mike
Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Are you sure the addon is (1) enabled for the forum with the postbit style and (2) not your own post?
Yes , quite.

I'm running it in my hidden management forum. When I select the style with postbit legacy it shows - when I switch styles to the one using standard postbit it disappears. This confirms that it's switched on and working just fine - just not with one of the templates.

Give me a few secs and I'll post 2 screenies of the same post in the same forum . . .
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  #32  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:03
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Ok, I reviewed the code you posted before and this is strange. While you have the HR tag I don't see the DIV tag that wraps the entire element (it should be <div id="helpfulanswers_box_ ... >). Does that appear?
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  #33  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:04
guvner guvner is offline
 
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OK - 2 screenies - same post.

1. Postbit
2. Postbit legacy

I know that it won't provide any clues - just to confirm that the forum's been correctly selected and that the mod is working.
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  #34  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:08
guvner guvner is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Ok, I reviewed the code you posted before and this is strange. While you have the HR tag I don't see the DIV tag that wraps the entire element (it should be <div id="helpfulanswers_box_ ... >). Does that appear?
In the template that's working (legacy) yes it does:


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

But in the postbit template page source it doesn't appear.
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  #35  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:14
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Well that makes even less sense. Revert the template helpful_answers in that style and be sure it starts with:


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

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Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:22
guvner guvner is offline
 
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Revert wasn't an option so I guess it's still original - and I confirm it starts as you describe.
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Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:24
guvner guvner is offline
 
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I've just re-installed and overwritten (just in case) and no change.
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  #38  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:28
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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I'm sorry to keep making you work on this but I can't duplicate on any of my test sites.

Can you edit the template helpful_answers and change the <hr> line (add some random text) and see if that shows up when you view?
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  #39  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 01:41
guvner guvner is offline
 
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Think I'm getting somewhere - I'll get back to in a few

Thanks for your patience
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  #40  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 10:34
guvner guvner is offline
 
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Real name: Mike
All fixed Ted - I can't really tell you what the problem was but I reverted the faulty template, added back my hacks and then re9nstalled your mod and all's well.

Thanks for your assistance.

One more question - once someone clicks that the post was helpful, is there an easy way to have the cell background change color to highlight it?

Mike
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  #41  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 17:02
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Strange but glad it works.

You can use a conditional to highlight good posts. I'll put sample code up in a bit.
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Old 07 Feb 2009, 20:22
guvner guvner is offline
 
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Real name: Mike
Hi Ted,

I'd like to add my voice to a couple of previous suggestions as well.

1. I think this mod would be perfect if it hooked into the rep. points system - but in a simple manner. I'd like to see it be able to award a point(s) for a good suggestion, but I couldn't use it to subtract points - IMHO that would be too harsh to penalize someone for providing an answer that didn't quite work out.

2. I also agree with a previous poster that the mod's options page needs to have a cell which allows us to add a comma separated listing of applicable forums (or the reverse - a list of excluded forums). In my particular setup, I have 78 forums and sub-forums - all but 6 of them needed the mod to be activated. It took me a long time last night to set them all up - granted that was mostly down to browser refresh speeds, but being able to deal with all forums in one go would be sweet.

3. I'm also hoping that your sample (or future) code will include the ability to add a line in the postbit somewhere under the avatar which lists how many helpful posts a member has made? A little like the current "thank you" mod does - i.e. "Thanked 396 times in 329 posts"

4. In helpfulanswers.php, when the link is clicked, I'd like to see it go to the post in question, but in full thread view (for context) instead of just the single post view.

Hope these suggestions are useful because for forums like mine, this is going to be a very popular mod - I've already nominated it for MOTM.

Thanks,
Mike

Last edited by guvner; 07 Feb 2009 at 20:31.
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  #43  
Old 07 Feb 2009, 21:20
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Thanks mike. All good ideas that will all be making it into the addon (the first 3 sooner). That said the detail on how you want it to work is awesome. Thanks.
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Old 07 Feb 2009, 23:30
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thnx for the update,will it be the same process or just the xml with overwrite?
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Old 07 Feb 2009, 23:35
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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For upgrades you should reupload the php file and install the new plugin. If an update is plugin only I'll generally announce it as such. Thanks for asking!
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