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Mod Version: 3.8.4.2, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (135 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 1344
Released: 20 Feb 2008 Last Update: 18 Sep 2009 Downloads: 17912
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vBExperience 3.8 (aka xPerience)

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

Winner of the "Mod of the Month"-Award (March 2008) on vBulletin.org.


Description
vBExperience is your feature packaged solution for motivation and satisfying your users. vBExperience is an advanced Level/Promotion and Activity System with Shop, Awards and Activities. It will calculate an activity and experience score for every user based on their activites on the forum. Now your users will see how their level is increasing by participating on your forum.

This mod was developed by me because I was never satisfied with the post count. Communities are not only defined by post count, they need much more parameters: Are the postings the user creates helpful? Are his threads frequently read? Does the user participate on the community by posting pictures, attachments, leaving visitor messages, tagging threads? All this can be answered with this mod.

Comments, suggestions, translations, bugs, etc... are very welcome! Support is only given to people who have clicked Mark as Installed.


Compatibility
This mod will work with vBulletin 3.7.x and 3.8.x. For vBulletin 3.6 you will need vBExperience 3.7



Demo:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience.php?langid=5

Demo Profile:
http://www.insideearth.net/member.php?u=1&langid=5

Demo Rankings:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience.php?langid=5

Demo Awards:
http://www.insidesupcom.de/xperience...wards&langid=1

Demo Promotions:
http://www.insidesupcom.de/xperience...=shop&langid=1

Demo Shop:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience...=shop&langid=5

Demo Stats:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience...stats&langid=5

Demo Earn Points:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience...=earn&langid=5

Other Demo Site:
http://www.insidesupcom.de/xperience.php?langid=1


There are mainly four things visible for the users: The users score, his level, his next level up in %/points and his activity in %.


Calculation of the score
Taken into calculation are these things:
Threads
- Created threads
- Thread views of own threads
- Thread replies of own threads
- Thread votes of own threads
- Thread tags
- Replies to own threads
- Sticky threads
- Socialgroup Discussions (Discussions, Posts)

Posts
- Created posts
- Views on attachments

User
- Days since registration
- Average posts per Day (for users who are on forum for at least seven days)
- Referrals
- Received infractions
- Reputation / Use of reputation system
- Visitor messages on profiles
- Members of own social groups
- Albumpictures
- Friends
- Completing Profile

Misc
- Calendar entries


Additionally there is support for 3rd party addons (some are already installed):
- vB Tournaments and Ladders (via CDP Addon)
- Post Ranking System (via CDP Addon)
- Helpful Answers (via CDP Addon)
- AWCoding-Donation System LITE and PRO (via CDP Addon)
- Cyb Paypal Donate (included)
- DownloadsII (included)
- ibProArcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- LDM Links and Downloads Manager (included)
- PhotoPlog 2.1 (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost vBGallery (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost Pro (via CDP Addon)
- Post Thank You / Use of Post Thank You (via CDP Addon)
- QuoteIt! 3.16 (via CDP Addon)
- SAPR: Advanced Post Rating system (via CDP Addon)
- thanks via vS-Hide Hack Resurrection (Expanded Edition) (included)
- v3arcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- v3arcade Submissions Points (via CDP Addon)
- vBulletin Blog (included)
- Who Downloaded This Attachment? (included)
- Other Addons can be easily added via CDP - Custom Data Provider plugins.

Additionally you can install these modifications:
- Thread Necromancer: Gives (minus-) points when a user is posting in old threads.
- Scrupulous Poster: Gives points for editing posts. Award users that are editing own posts instead of doing double post.
- Deletion Addicted: Gives points when an user/nod soft-deletes post, thread, visitormessage, groupmessage or picturecomment.
- Arm of Law: Give points for moderators who are using the infraction system
- Discussion Ender: Give points for people who are the last on a discussion
- RadioActivity: Reduce points for every day the user is not online

Also, there are already addons available that are working as Custom Data Provider (CDP). A CDP can extend vBExperience by collecting data and adding it to the vBExperience datastore. All point providers can be used for Awards and Shop.

You have to install these hacks for your own, vBExperience doesn't install nor touches these.


vBAdvanced
There are three vBAdvanced 3.0 XML modules: Most Active Users, Most Experienced Users and Last 20 Activities. Import them via vBAdvanced AdminCP.


Awards
There are six default awards: Most Popular, Activity Award, Posting Award, Community Award, Frequent Poster, Blog Award, Calendar Award. The awards are shown in Rankings and Profile. You can set them also to display in postbit near the username. There is a scheduled job running once a day (02:30h) to calculate them.
Via AdminCP they are completely customizeable and can also be assigned manually.
Awards can be created for every data provider.


Rankings
Showing User, Level, Awards, Activity Points (experience, thread, post, user, misc) - sortable.
Since 3.8.3, there is a also a ranking for Social Groups

Shop
A virtual Shop will motivate your users to earn more points. You can define categories and put virtual items with pictures in it. A currency can be defined seperatly for every item, e.g. 20 points from threads or 100 points from gallery. Users can purchase the items, they appear in their profile. The costs of the item are substracted from their xperience points. Additionally you can set quantity of the items.
The Shop will motivate your users to collect specific points to buy an item. Optionally you can show the last purchased items on postbit.
You can put virtual items in it, like WoW addons: Sell WoW Items in exchange of f.e. thread points. Great for RPG forums.
Non-Virtual Items like bold Usernames or Downloads for Points are already on my todo list.

Earn Points
There is an overview for the user on how points can be collected, with a list of users own points. All data is beeing pulled from the database (settings, phrases)

Statistics
The statistics is showing a Top-X list of the leading users. Usefull for optimizing points of the point provider. Only enabled point providers with results will be displayed.


Promotion system
To motivate users to do more on your forum I created the promotion system. By reaching defined xperience points the user will be moved to another usergroup - where you can set graphics, shadows, highlighting, etc... What is interesting in combination with this: you can give the user more possibilities f.e. larger avatars or bigger PM box. A log of the promotions is available.


Calculation of the activity
The system calculates the activity by taking the average post count/visitormessages/group discussion/Blog entries of the ten most active user and comparing it to own post count. This can be set to count only the last X days, f.e. 21 days.


Settings
You can control how many points are given to every calculation. For example you can give many points for creating new threads but only a few for views of that thread. Setting a value to 0 will disable a setting.
Additionally, you can set ignore users (f.e. for bot users), forums (f.e. offtopic forums) and usergroup id's.


Performance, Big Boards
vBExperience has been tested on smaller and also on some bigger sites. I know from boards with around 120k users running this mod smoothly. More about this topic can be read in the file readme_optimization.txt


Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I change the name Experience to something new?
A: You can change the name via phrases. Just search and replace all phrases that contains vBExperience.

Q: When installing vBExperience, does everyone start from scratch, or will it automatically configure everyone's points based on actions before the install?
A: If you recount, vBExperience will calculate ALL existing data since the beginning of the board.

Known Issues:
- Awards: On "Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread" awards are only shown for the user who is viewing this.
- Awards: If activated in with rich username, they are attached to the username. If the username is linked, the awards are also linked. If a link is underlined, the awards are also underlined. This behaviour is hardcoded in vBulletin and cannot be fixed.
- Settings are showing only a blank page, read here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/proje...6979#note74140
- If you completely remove vBExperience, you need also to uninstall the product XML manually from the pluginssystem

Credits for icons
- FAMFAMFAM, http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
- IconExperience


History
3.8.5 Beta 3, 18th September 2009
- Fixed Promotions
- Fixed Notifications
- Added Activities to Promotions
- All Activities are not obeying limit
- AdminCP/Experience has a recount for Promotions and Achievements
- Fixed listing of Achievements with Firefox
- Several Beta 2 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 2, 02nd September 2009
- Just a short note: Condition in Achievements and Promotions are calculated in POINTS, not in counts of items.
If you choose 10 Day, you must enter the points needed for this.
For example: You have an achievement for 10 days. You have set 2 points for every day since registering. Calculation: 10*2 = 20
You will have to set 20 as the condition.
- New tabbed interface. If you want to change the style, edit the template xperience_navbar_css
- Promotions now showing usergroups and conditions for a promotion to the next group
- You can import old vBExperience Legacy promotions (that were created within level.xml)
- Achievements in Profile
- Achievements below Avatar
- Several Beta 1 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 1, 28th August 2009
- Achievements!
- Promotions!
- Notification on Awards, Promotions and Achievements
- GAP: Empty pointfields will not be displayed anymore
- Activity: Showing percent values with a decimal
- Activities now also for users
- Awards below Avatar
- Default Awards are now also creating new category
- Shop: Fixed issue in not returning cash on sells
- Reworked Edit Shop Items


Todo for Beta 3:
- Download files with vBExperience as a credit system ("LDM Links and Downloads Manager", "DownloadsII")
- Activity eraser
- AdminCP Permissions
- Advanced User Permissions


For more see history.txt

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  #2536  
Old 03 Sep 2009, 12:06
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
How to implement Shop Items that can be downloaded after purchased.
1. Install vBExperience, enable shop.
2. Install LDM Links And Download Manager or DownloadsII
3. Install either ZIP\extras\Addons\download_files_shop_ldm.xml or ZIP\extras\Addons\download_files_shop_downloadsII.xml. Depends of which downloadsystem you have installed.
4. Upload the download content. Memorize the LinkID!
5. AdminCP, Experience, Manage Shop, Add Category/Edit items
6. Depending of the downloadsystem you have to enter the numerical LinkID into the correct field

If the user purchased the item, he can download it. If he sells or give it away, he cannot access the file anymore.
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  #2537  
Old 06 Sep 2009, 14:31
Guvadan Guvadan is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bug

Installed the Beta and found a bug. In the Your Notifications the url does not point to the forum URL. For example my notifcation is domain.net/member.php... when it should be domain/forum/member.php.... all other notifications are fine so it's just vbexperience.
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  #2538  
Old 08 Sep 2009, 16:46
gfx_8 gfx_8 is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
I installed the add. not counting points

I'm getting this error. plase help


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

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  #2539  
Old 14 Sep 2009, 09:09
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by Guvadan View Post
Installed the Beta and found a bug. In the Your Notifications the url does not point to the forum URL. For example my notifcation is domain.net/member.php... when it should be domain/forum/member.php.... all other notifications are fine so it's just vbexperience.
Already known, will be fixed in next beta.

Originally Posted by gfx_8 View Post
I installed the add. not counting points

I'm getting this error. plase help


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.
Cannot confirm that. Working fine on 3.7 and 3.8
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  #2540  
Old 17 Sep 2009, 06:16
DarkArmada DarkArmada is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
*sigh*

Ok here goes. So I've been working on intergrating vBexperience into my forum today. For starters, I couldn't even get the promotions system to work properly. I had to run like 50 recounts just to get every single user promoted to the correct usergroup (as every recount would end in an SQL error on a different user). Chances are that's the reason why this new issue is happening.

My forum (http://www.thegamevine.com/forum) is working fine, except now I can't access anyone's public profile. For example...

http://www.thegamevine.com/forum/member.php?u=2

It just doesn't load, generally meaning there's an error within that template that is stopping the page from loading. I love your product and really want it to work, it just doesn't...

If there's someone here who can help then please do, I'm dying here. This has been so far the most difficult vb mod I've ever had to install. Am I doing something wrong here? Also if I use ">" for the promotions instead of "=" - all I get is SQL errors. It shouldn't be this difficult...

Please someone save me

Edit: OK so through some troubleshooting, I've turned off "Use the activities?" setting and now the profile loads. I have no idea what this means...

Last edited by DarkArmada; 17 Sep 2009 at 06:40.
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  #2541  
Old 17 Sep 2009, 06:52
DarkArmada DarkArmada is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Yeah turning off that feature just cripples vbExperience, like it stops issuing points for activities. This is so retarded. I don't see why this is so hard... It would make sense if there was a built in ranking function that you could just assign rank images for vbexperience levels (from 1-100)

It would make this infinitely easier. Instead I'm grappling with a promotions system that doesn't work and a product that can't even be turned on without crashing a board...

I hope it's not something I've done, I'm just super frustrated.

Edit: Well it's still counting new actions, like I posted and the points were added to my total. Is it just that I've switched off the ability to monitor each activity as it happens within the profile?

I'd like to apologise if I've been at all angry / upsetting, I'm tired and my head is sore from hitting it on the desk. I love this mod, I just want it to work... Thanks Phalynx

Last edited by DarkArmada; 17 Sep 2009 at 07:05.
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  #2542  
Old 17 Sep 2009, 08:33
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Please keep in mind that vBExperience 3.8.5 is in Beta. It is unstable!

Download and downgrade to vBExperience 3.8.4
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  #2543  
Old 18 Sep 2009, 03:20
DarkArmada DarkArmada is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Hmmm thanks Phalynx - I've uninstalled as I ideally need a promotions system based off of vbExperience. Maybe once the new version is stable I'll give it another try...
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  #2544  
Old 18 Sep 2009, 14:52
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Beta 3 has been released.

3.8.5 Beta 3, 18th September 2009
- Fixed Promotions
- Fixed Notifications
- Added Activities to Promotions
- All Activities are not obeying limit
- AdminCP/Experience has a recount for Promotions and Achievements
- Fixed listing of Achievements with Firefox
- Several Beta 2 fixes
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  #2545  
Old 25 Sep 2009, 09:44
TheInsaneManiac TheInsaneManiac is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Installed beta. Too big of a modification for me so I uninstalled. Now on members pages I get:
Database error in vBulletin 3.8.3:

Invalid SQL:
SELECT * FROM
vb_xperience_stats
WHERE userid=3
LIMIT 0,1;

MySQL Error : Table 'db.vb_xperience_stats' doesn't exist
Error Number : 1146
Request Date : Friday, September 25th 2009 @ 01:38:38 AM
Error Date : Friday, September 25th 2009 @ 01:38:39 AM
Script : http://www.
Referrer : http://www.
IP Address :
Username :
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.0.51a-community
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  #2546  
Old 25 Sep 2009, 10:03
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Seems the product is still active. Please check installed Plugins.
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  #2547  
Old 25 Sep 2009, 10:33
TheInsaneManiac TheInsaneManiac is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Seems the product is still active. Please check installed Plugins.
I did. There's no sign of it in products or plugins.
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  #2548  
Old 25 Sep 2009, 10:55
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Not possible, as there is still a plugin active that generates that query.
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  #2549  
Old 25 Sep 2009, 12:16
TheInsaneManiac TheInsaneManiac is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Not possible, as there is still a plugin active that generates that query.
IDK, I just reinstalled it and manually removed each plugin and then killedvbexperience, so far no signs of the product.
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  #2550  
Old 04 Oct 2009, 15:19
kotlt99 kotlt99 is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
How can I subtract points of Members?
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