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Topic (incl. Blog) of the Week/Fortnight/Month Nomination v1.636
Mod Version: 1.636, by J98680Bxxxxx (Member) J98680Bxxxxx is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (45 votes - 4.89 average) Installs: 329
Released: 02 Jul 2008 Last Update: 07 Oct 2008 Downloads: 5002
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On my board (USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D), we get many comments daily or weekly on many different topics and there are so many topics in the community that to be honest, we had a tough time remembering the topic being reviewed to offer a timely comment or response. Obviously, we needed a weekly/monthly topic nomination system with which we could get our community to commit to one topic as a group and then comment on it during the course of the week/month.

Cruising vB.org at warp speed, I failed to find a nomination system readily available. Hence, I quickly wrote this mod (on my way to the bridge).

Acknowledgement:
This release would not have been quickly possible without the existence of most hacks released at vB.org, especially the "Thank You" hack by Abe1, which provided this mod basis structure. Our thanks and all the merit goes to Abe1.

A nice set of button and awards images have also been kindly provided by PrinceEdward to whom we also extend our thanks.

Many constructive feedbacks have been given by those members at the vB.org community who downloaded the first releases of this Mod, the implementation of which has led to an improved version of the Mod. We extend our thanks to those members.

What this mod does

It adds a "Topic Of The Week/Month" nomination system to your community.

What is Topic Of The Week/Month?

Topic of the Week/Month is a contest that select posts on which your community can commit to as a group and then comment/discuss on them during the course of the selected week/month. Any listed topic (post, thread) is eligible for the Topic of the Week/Month selection.

What determines a Topic Of The Week/Month?

Topic Of The Week/Month is based on a simple nomination system. Throughout the selected forums, members with adequate permissions can nominate their favorite topic by clicking on the award nomination button below the post.

The five topics with the most votes during the course of the week/month are automatically displayed on a nomination thread including a poll feature. At the end of the week/month, the first three topics with the most votes are the award winners of the contest.

Features:
  1. Uses AJAX technology.
  2. Uses one query per show thread page
  3. Fully phrased to allow (language translation) (addition v 1.3)
  4. Places an easy to use "Nominate Post" button next to the edit button
  5. Automatically create a nomination thread for discussions on nominees
  6. Displays a varying nomination stamps on posts that have been nominated for the contest. The color of the nomination stamps varies depending on how many users have nominated the post. (addition v 1.2)
  7. Displays an award winner stamp op award winner posts at the end of the Topic Of The Week/Month contest. (addition v 1.2)
  8. Via postbit pop-up, displays link to find all nominations or nominees made by a user (addition v 1.35)
  9. Via postbit pop-up, allows selected usergroups (e.g. Moderators or SuperModerators) can withdraw all user’s nominees from all posts (addition v 1.2) or to remove all current nominations on a given user (addition v 1.35)
  10. Option to select the maximum number of topics that must be displayed in the poll (addition v 1.2)
  11. Option to take or not into account for nomination only posts made during the month preceding the nomination cycle time (addition v 1.2)
  12. Option to consider the maximum number of posts a user can nominate per cycle time (addition v 1.2)
  13. Nominated posts titles hot linked in the poll to actual thread/post of the forum. Links displaying on the same page (No. popups) (addition v 1.3)
  14. Automatically closes the nomination thread at end of the contest cycle time (weekly/monthly)
  15. Quick link to nomination thread via the "Quick Navigation" menu
  16. Quick link to award winners page via the "Quick Navigation" menu (addition v.1.1)
  17. Automatically update the nomination poll whenever a post is nominated or withdraw from the contest.
  18. Separate looks for postbit and postbit_legacy
  19. Places all post nominees in one small box
  20. Displays award winners in one small box
  21. Quick link to nomination thread via the "small box" on the thread page
  22. Option to allow award winners to re-enter the contest after X days
  23. Users cannot nominate the same post twice
  24. Option to not allow users to nominate their own post
  25. Counts nominees submitted by a user
  26. Counts how many times a nominee is submitted
  27. Shows how many nominees a user submitted in every post of his
  28. Shows info in member's profile
  29. Option to search for posts nominated by a user
  30. Option to search for all nominated posts
  31. Administrator can withdraw all nominees of a single post
  32. Selected usergroups (e.g. Moderators or SuperModerators) can withdraw all nominees of a single post (addition v 1.10)
  33. Users can withdraw their own nominee
  34. Option to disable the mod on selected forums
  35. Option to disable the mod on all but the first post of a thread
  36. Option to disable the mod on all but the first post of a thread in specific forums
  37. Option to enable/disable view of nomination date on specific or all forums
  38. Option to add to post count when someone nominate a post.
  39. Option to give reputation points to the user whose post is nominated.
  40. Option to ban selected usergroups from using the mod
  41. Option to ban selected users from using the mod
  42. Option to display user’s nomination statistics on postbit (addition v 1.10)
  43. Option not to display nomination statistics on postbit for selected users (addition v 1.10)
  44. Option not to display nomination statistics on postbit for selected usergroups (addition v 1.50)
  45. Option to display or not the hall of fame link in Quick-Links (addition v 1.3)
  46. Option to select forums on which nominations must be considered (addition v 1.35)
  47. Hall of fame re-designed to handle a Top 10 award winners, all time cumulated (addition v 1.3)
  48. Option to refresh the poll thread if for some reason a post referenced in the poll came to be deleted (addition v 1.3)
  49. Option to use the current week number or month, or the next week number or month, in the contest title (addition v 1.3)
  50. Option for archiving nominations in the "Nomination Thread" automatically whenever a user nominate a post. (addition v 1.35)
  51. Option to automatically send a PM to award winners at the end of the contest (addition v 1.4)
  52. Option to automatically add points to award winners’ reputation at the end of the contest (addition v 1.4)
  53. If the current “Nomination Thread” is deleted for whatever reason, a single manual run of the cron file will suffice to create a new thread, avoiding a clean install of the product.
  54. Option to nominate blog entries (addition v 1.6)
  55. Option to have award winners or nominated posts icons displayed on posts, so that nominated posts can be easily identified when listing posts.
  56. Option to close current nomination thread and create a new one directly from the ACP

Installation instructions

Version 1.63
  1. Uncompress the archive
  2. Upload the content of the "upload" folder into your forum root directory
  3. Import the "product_nominate_topic.xml" product via your ACP:
    ACP -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Product -> Add/Import Product (Allow Overwrite if you are upgrading)
  4. Adjust the mod settings as you see fit.
    Specify the Forum ID that will receive nomination threads. Also specify the User ID of the nomination thread owner.
    ACP -> vBulletin Options -> vBulletin Options -> Nominate Topic Mod
  5. Save the specified settings
  6. ACP -> Scheduled Tasks -> Scheduled Task Manager
    Nominate Weekly Or Monthly Topic Mod -> Run Now

Enjoy

Update in version 1.01
Nominated posts titles hot linked in the poll to actual thread/post of the forum

Update in version 1.1
  1. Postbit_legacy fixed
  2. Quick link to award winners page via the "Quick Navigation" menu
  3. Selected usergroups (e.g. Moderators or SuperModerators) can withdraw all nominees of a single post
  4. Option to display user’s nomination statistics on postbit
  5. Option not to display nomination statistics on postbit for selected users
  6. Small bugs fixed
  7. Tested on vB 3.7.0 and vB 3.7.2
  8. Working on vB 3.6.8 and above

Update in version 1.2
  1. Displays a varying nomination stamps on posts that have been nominated for the contest. The color of the nomination stamps varies depending on how many users have nominated the post. (addition v 1.2)
  2. Displays an award winner stamp op award winner posts at the end of the Topic Of The Week/Month contest. (addition v 1.2)
  3. Via postbit pop-up, displays link to find all nominations made by a user (addition v 1.2)
  4. Via postbit pop-up, allows selected usergroups (e.g. Moderators or SuperModerators) can withdraw all user’s nominees from all posts (addition v 1.2)
  5. Option to select the maximum number of topics that must be displayed in the poll (addition v 1.2)
  6. Option to take or not into account for nomination only posts made during the month preceding the nomination cycle time (addition v 1.2)
  7. Option to consider the maximum number of posts a user can nominate per cycle time (addition v 1.2)

Update in version 1.21
  1. Fix for transition to Week 28 on cron file
  2. Fix Unknown column error when adding a nomination.
  3. Few bugs on withdraw nomination
Feedback are welcome and implementation of constructive suggestions will likely be carried out during weekends only, as I am kept busy with other matters during working days.

Update in version 1.22
  1. Fix Duplicate entry issue.
  2. Clean cron file
  3. Full phrasing for those who wish to translate it.

Update in version 1.3
  1. Nominated posts titles hot linked in the poll to actual thread/post of the forum. Links displaying on the same page (No. popups) (addition v 1.3)
  2. Option to display or not the hall of fame link in Quick-Links (addition v 1.3)
  3. Option to select only one forum on which nominations must be considered (addition v 1.3)
  4. Hall of fame re-designed to handle a Top 10 award winners, all time cumulated (addition v 1.3)
  5. Option to refresh the poll thread if for some reason a post referenced in the poll came to be deleted (addition v 1.3)
  6. Option to use the current week number or month, or the next week number or month, in the contest title (addition v 1.3)
  7. Fully phrased to allow language translation (addition v 1.3)
  8. Cron file up-to-date

Update in version 1.35
  1. Option to select forums on which nominations must be considered
  2. Option for archiving nominations in the “Nomination Thread” automatically.
  3. Fortnightly cycle time added
  4. Fully phrased to allow language translation (addition v 1.35)
  5. Few reported bugs fixed

Update 14/07/2008 in cron file
I noticed that some code instructions fail to work properly depending on the PhP version been used.

If you are running the v 1.35 and TOTW on a weekly basis and if for some reason, your cron file failed to work and create a new nomination thread on Sunday 13, July 2008, please use the attachment "updated-cron-14-07-2008.zip". The instructions are given in there.

Update in version 1.40
  1. Option to automatically send a PM to award winners at the end of the contest (addition v 1.4)
  2. Option to automatically add points to award winners’ reputation at the end of the contest (addition v 1.4)
  3. If the current “Nomination Thread” is deleted for whatever reason, a single manual run of the cron file will suffice to create a new thread, avoiding a clean install of the product.

Update in version 1.50
  1. Option not to display nomination statistics on postbit for selected usergroups (addition v 1.50)
  2. Few display titles fixed
  3. Additions made for users who had problems displaying the nomination button and stamp on their styles. Checkout the "Readme and installation" file.
  4. Cron file completely rewritten. Why?
    The previous cron file worked fine only when they were activated manually from the Run button in the Admin CP, but they were failing to run on their own as a scheduled task. I noticed that vbulletin global variables were no longer been passed to the cron file. Why??? I have actually getting the values of vbulletin global variables needed for the cron directly from the database.
    If you noticed that the "Nomination Thread" of the past week did not closed properly, proceed as follow:
    1. Open the cron file (upload/included/cron/
    2. Search for "// $createNewThread = 1;"
    3. Replace it by: "$createNewThread = 1;"
    4. Upload the cron file and run it manually (only once), just to close the previous thread and open a new one.
    5. Upload the original cron file back (the one with "// $createNewThread = 1;")

Update in version 1.51
  1. For weekly nominations, Cron file set to create a new "Nomination Thread" every MONDAY's (00:10AM) as the week numbering starts on Monday's and not on Sunday's (as set in v 1.50)

If you are running v 1.50 with weekly cycle time and noticed that a new nomination thread has been created but the display title is still that of the previous thread (week 30), then this is for you. Do not delete the newly created nomination thread (with title week 30). On Monday 21st July, 2008, after 00:10AM, proceed as follow:
  1. Refresh your poll from the ACP -> Nominate Topic -> Refresh Poll (This will update the display title of both the poll and the nomination thread)
  2. Upload the content of the attachment v 1.51 to your root directory. (DO NOT MANUALLY RUN THE CRON FILE)


Topic of the Week-Month Nomination v1.51 Updated Prod and Cron
  1. Automatic PM subject phrase moved from "<phrasetype name="Email Subject Text" fieldname="emailsubject">" to "<phrasetype name="GLOBAL" fieldname="global">"
  2. For monthly nominations, Cron file set to create a new "Nomination Thread" every 1st day of the month (00:10AM) and not on the last day of the month.


Topic of the Week-Month Nomination v1.51 Updated function
  1. Function updated (see attachment) as a result of exchanges with Kevil via TeamViewer.


Update in version 1.60
  1. Option to nominate blog entries (addition v 1.6)
  2. Option to have award winners or nominated posts icons displayed on posts, so that nominated posts can be easily identified when listing posts.
  3. Option to close current nomination thread and create a new one directly from the ACP (NOT VIA THE CRON)

Update in version 1.61
  1. Typing mistake fixed in the "nominate_topic_admin.php". nominate_topic_amount instead of nominated_topic_amount.
  2. Fix for "Could not find phrase 'This is an automatic message to inform you that your post ..." message.


Update in version 1.62
  1. Typing mistake fixed in the "nominate_topic_admin.php". nominate_topic_amount instead of nominated_topic_amount.
  2. Fix for http:"//... occurring in the poll while listing blog entries.
  3. Display of nomination stamps while listing blog entries from the blog.
  4. Fix for displaying of blog entries in poll when a post is nominated from the non blog board.

Update in version 1.621
  1. Fixed "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '}' in /includes/cron/nominate_topic_cron.php on line 584"
  2. Fixed ": syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/nascartr/public_html/community/admincp/nominate_topic_admin.php on line 435"


Update in version 1.63
  1. Fixed link call, requested by TsirhCitna
  2. Fixed "Hall of fame" display.

Update in version 1.635
  1. Bug Fix by vbboarder implemented – ‘can’t find phrase’ error in PM subject

Update in version 1.636
  1. Default value for "cycle time header" set to use the current cycle time (current week/fortnight/month instead of next week/fortnight)
  2. Option to nominate own post activated by default.

Feedback are welcome and implementation of constructive suggestions will likely be carried out during weekends only, as I am kept busy with other matters during working days. Also, feel free to add improvements in those files and post them.

To other coders: feel free to add improvements to the Mod (files) and post them. I will directly use your updated files for the next version of the mod.

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  #931  
Old 17 Oct 2008, 22:56
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I'm getting the same error on both my sites. I get it when I open any thread on both sites - the error is:

Line: 5
Character: 1
Error: Syntax error
Code: 0

This error only shows in IE and not Firefox. It's a "Topic of the month" error because when I disable the mod the error disappears!

I've just downloaded the the latest ver 1.636 but same.


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Old 17 Oct 2008, 23:28
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Location: Houston
Real name: Henry
Nice mod, but after installing I have a major problem. I have turned it off but still was a problem so I disabled it in the Admin Products System.
Here is the error code I was getting:
Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

I searched for a simular problem in this thread but may have missed it. Any idea, did I miss-install ??

Thanks in advance for your help.

OPPS, Never mind, missed an upload. And the answer was right there in the error code. Need to get more sleep before I go mess with the website. Sorry.

Last edited by htscpl; 18 Oct 2008 at 11:11. Reason: figured it out! Missed an upload
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Old 20 Oct 2008, 08:11
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I just installed this today, but im getting this error

The Administrator(s) did not defined a receiving forum for hosting poll results of the TOTW/TOTM contest.

But its set in my admincp
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Old 22 Oct 2008, 09:41
Traxdata Traxdata is offline
 
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What is Topic Of The Week/Month?

Topic of the Week/Month is a contest that select posts on which your community can commit to as a group and then comment/discuss on them during the course of the selected week/month. Any listed topic (post, thread) is eligible for the Topic of the Week/Month selection.

posts only or also threads (of the week...)?
thank you.
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Old 24 Oct 2008, 07:33
Nikke Nikke is offline
 
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Are you positive that the phrases are done properly? I can't seem to change the of The Week, October, 2008 in any way. Really destroys me.
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Old 25 Oct 2008, 06:40
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Arrow Compatible with VB 3.8-beta1; Notes about next month's thread

This mod is compatible with VB 3.8-beta1:
I tested this mod with VB 3.8-beta1 without any problems. I changed the date on my computer to Nov. 1 to create the scenario for this mod to create a new nomination thread. It worked fine without any problems. Nominations are counted, nomination icons & buttons appear where applicable, PM message notifying winners is correct, thread title is correct, and Nominations Hall of Fame works fine (remember it's not an Awards History page - it shows top winners & top posts).

Please read the following before posting messages next week about repeated thread titles when new monthly nomination threads are created. For some users (depending on your settings), you may have a repeated thread title for Nov., but this should only happen once (due to pre-1.636 default settings).

Notes about next month's thread title:
When “Display Next Cycle Time On Contest Header” in Topic Nominations settings is set to ‘yes,’ the thread title shows 1 month ahead (so Oct. contest is titled Nov.), and when set to ‘no,’ the thread title shows the same month as the contest (so Oct. contest is titled Oct.).

Note that if you change that setting from ‘yes’ to ‘no’ then the contest thread title will repeat a month. So if you had it set to ‘yes’ this month and changed it to ‘no’ for next month, then for the November contest you’ll get a repeated title of Nov.

Note that if you change that setting from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ then the contest thread title will skip a month. So if you had it set to ‘no’ this month and changed it to ‘yes’ for next month, then for the November contest you’ll get a skipped title of Dec.

These notes apply to everyone for all versions, but in particular v1.636:
If that setting was ‘yes’ before installing v1.636, then the Topic Nomination will create another Nov. contest thread since v1.636 changed the default value of that setting from ‘Yes’ to ‘No.’ This repeated title should only happen once. If that setting was ‘no’ before installing v1.636, then the contest thread should be Dec.
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Old 27 Oct 2008, 13:24
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As I imported the xml, the database got down.
The importing didn't show any result. My browser just did nothing then wait and show that he's busy.
Why?
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 13:18
vigape vigape is offline
 
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I have installed this mod.
The Hall of Fame shows the winner of the Post of week and the second post winner.
How can I make to show only the first winner?
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 20:05
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Just a question... Installed and after I upload everything the mod was working fine. When to change some of the setting in the Admincp and it just shows a blank page ?

Any idea as to what happened. Side navigation is still there but it is like the settings page has no settings... kind of weird since I am sure when I installed it I was able to set the settings.

I reinstalled all the scripts and imported the product again but sill the same.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 01:44
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is there any solution as to why this mods makes the posts disappear?

We'd love to use this but our board is unusable when this mod is enabled.
Suggestions?


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Old 29 Oct 2008, 02:47
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Originally Posted by Nikke View Post
Are you positive that the phrases are done properly? I can't seem to change the of The Week, October, 2008 in any way. Really destroys me.
Search for "of the week" and you will find phrases to change.
But I also couldn't change the name of the month either (and looking for help)
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 02:51
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Originally Posted by ikickass View Post
Well, I've installed this and, the "Nominate" button does not appear and whenever I go to replace the files again (To make sure there all correct) It says the date of the old one is, 14/10/2008 :S And it’s smaller than the one in the RAR file. :(
Originally Posted by BuCwIld View Post
I love the mod, but no matter what i do i cannot get the button to show up. all i get is a clickable text "Nominate this post". A ny ideas?
Originally Posted by Solari View Post
Same here... No response here yet - can someone chime in? Thanks.

Ray
Originally Posted by BuCwIld View Post
i kow he included a read me file in with the upgrade that explained some posbit edits, but it still didn work

See Post 848 http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...on#post1622690
That helped me.
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Old 29 Oct 2008, 02:52
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Question:

How can I stop that every further nomination opens a new post in the nomination thread?
I just want the poll there ....
Thanks!
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 00:23
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Originally Posted by symptome View Post
Question:

How can I stop that every further nomination opens a new post in the nomination thread?
I just want the poll there ....
Thanks!
Just found the answer myself in another post here:

You can disable it from your ACP -> Nominate Topic -> Nominate Topic Settings -> Archive Nominations -> NO
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 00:40
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Another problem, please help
If I set, that you can't nominate your own posts and somebody does it ...
or if I set, that a member has to write 50 posts to have permission to write and somebody has fewer but wants to nominate ... I keep getting the same permission error message which doesn't tell me what the problem is.
No message that I can't nominate my own post or something like that.
Is this correct like this? How to change that?

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