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Email reminder for inactive users
Mod Version: 1.2.7, by C Braithwaite (Member) C Braithwaite is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (117 votes - 4.60 average) Installs: 1461
Released: 09 Feb 2007 Last Update: 24 Aug 2008 Downloads: 50903
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations Is in Beta Stage  

Inactive reminder emails. This mod was designed to send out a reminder to inactive members to try and win them back.

***1.2.7 Update***
This update includes built in support for bouncing emails. The script will automatically detect the bounced mail, mark it as bounced so the user is not to be contacted again so as to avoid spam, and then move that user into a seperate usergroup. This plugin is still in it's testing stages, but I have addressed the bugs mentioned previously regarding the emailing side of things.

This is important so keep reading
To install this plugin and take advantage of the bounced email features you are going to need to follow these instructions very carefully. I can not gaurentee that they will work to the letter as this will be based on each persons individual hosting settings.

Step 1: Pre Install
Before you touch this product you need to do the following
  • Create an "inactive" usergroup
  • Set up a "bounce to" email address
    Pick an email address that you want to use as your bounced email address. Im using "bounce@icora.co.uk". feel free to use whatever you wish.
  • Add a email message filter
    This is the hard part. You need to set up a filter that will 'pipe' an email sent to the above email address.
    I am using Cpanel 11 and this is how i have mine set up:
    Rules: 'To' 'Equals' 'bounce@icora.co.uk'
    Actions: 'Pipe to program' with the setting: |/usr/local/bin/php /home/icora/public_html/forum/bounce.php
    This will depend entirely on your settings and structure so you may have to do a little research. It would be very helfull if people who have to use diferent configurations would post them on here.
  • Go into vBulletin options, and find the options for 'Emails'. there is a setting asking you if you want to use '-f'. set this to yes.
  • While still inn the email options set the 'Bounce Email Address' to your above address.
Step 2: Install
Remove all previous trace of this modification, and upload all the files in the "upload" folder to your base directory of the server.
Go into your product management section and add a new product. upload the XML file with overwrite selected.
Refresh your admin CP to load the new menu items. Just under the "users" group you will find an "Inactive Reminders" group. open that up and click on settings.
Play with these settings and options to suit for the most part. when you come down to the bounce settings you MUST use the same email address as the one you created above.
Set to active and save.

I must re-iterate that this version has not been widely tested, but the simulations i have ran have worked. I look forward to your feedback!

Features:
  • Select the period of time before a user is considered inactive.
  • Select how many emails to send to each inactive user per inactivity period
  • Choose weather inactivity is based on members "Last Post" or their "Last Visit"
  • Specify how often followup emails are sent
  • Specify alternative emails to send to reduce repetition
  • Keep a log of all inactive users contacted

Planned Updates:
  • More detail in reports
  • ...such as
  • Which useres returned
  • Effectivness stats
  • Email validity

**1.2.1 Update***
Added more detail to the reports section. You can now see the email address, and quickly indicate which emails were invalid. You can link directly to that user to edit as you wish.
I have fixed some errors which have been crashing people's database. Please post any problems if you can.

**1.2.3 Update***
Fixed several problems with escaping strings
Stopped database errors locking up site
***

**1.2.4 Update***
Added a "From Email" so you can specify your own email address to send the reminders from.
Fixed potential bug for people who do not use the mail queue.

Anyone having problems with sending emails out too fast, and multiple emails being sent need to consider changing their email settings in vbulletin options.
People with emails going out too fast - edit Number of Emails to Send Per Batch to a lower amount
People with multiple emails sending - edit Use Mailqueue System to "Yes, with locking"
***

**1.2.5 Update***
Added more stats in the reports page, also added a "Send test email" option so users can test the functionality of the mod
***

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  #76  
Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:29
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by C Braithwaite View Post
how are you writing the usergroups? 1,2,3,4 or 1, 2, 3, 4 etc?
I was using 1,2,3,4
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:30
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by C Braithwaite View Post
try it now, make sure it's x,y,z etc not z, y, x etc
"Try it now" meaning you've updated the add-on? If so, what or which file has changed?
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:31
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C Braithwaite C Braithwaite is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Originally Posted by HOST-KSA.COM View Post
Hi,, I've a questuion..

If I have more than 20 thousands of members are inactive .. will this reminder affect my server ?
I have designed it so you can limit the ammount of emails sent. 1, 5, 10, 100 - whatever you want.

It uses the mail function.
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  #79  
Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:32
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rezapci rezapci is offline
 
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Database error in vBulletin 3.6.4:

Invalid SQL:

INSERT INTO setting
(varname, grouptitle, value, defaultvalue, datatype, optioncode, displayorder, advanced, volatile, validationcode, blacklist, product)
VALUES
(
'onoff',
'remindermail',
'1',
'no',
'free',
'yesno',
1,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'inactivity',
'remindermail',
'7',
'7',
'number',
'',
1,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'frequency',
'remindermail',
'3',
'3',
'number',
'',
2,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'quantity',
'remindermail',
'3',
'3',
'number',
'',
12,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'subject',
'remindermail',
'$username! We miss you!',
'$username! We miss you!',
'free',
'',
22,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'message',
'remindermail',
'<p>Hello, $username!</p>\r\n<p>We\'ve noticed that you\'ve not been active on $bbtitle for quite some time now, \r\n and we miss you!</p>\r\n<p>Could we not tempt you back?</p>\r\n<p>If you don\'t remember your password, you can request it here: <a href=\"$forumurl/login.php?do=lostpw\">$forumurl/login.php?do=lostpw</a></p>\r\n<p>We hope to see you soon</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Kindest Regards</p>\r\n$bbtitle\r\n<p><a href=\"$homeurl\">$homeurl</a></p>',
'<p>Hello, $username!</p>\r\n<p>We\'ve noticed that you\'ve not been active on $bbtitle for quite some time now, \r\n and we miss you!</p>\r\n<p>Could we not tempt you back?</p>\r\n<p>If you don\'t remember your password, you can request it here: <a href=\"$forumurl/login.php?do=lostpw\">$forumurl/login.php?do=lostpw</a></p>\r\n<p>We hope to see you soon</p>\r\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\r\n<p>Kindest Regards</p>\r\n$bbtitle\r\n<p><a href=\"$homeurl\">$homeurl</a></p>',
'free',
'textarea',
32,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
),
(
'usergroups',
'remindermail',
'2',
'2',
'free',
'',
42,
0,
1,
'',
0,
'remindermail'
);

MySQL Error : Duplicate entry 'onoff' for key 1
Error Number : 1062
Date : Monday, February 12th 2007 @ 09:01:01 PM
Script : http://www.alshiatalk.com/vb/admincp...=productimport
Referrer : http://www.alshiatalk.com/vb/admincp...?do=productadd
IP Address : 70.252.137.29
Username : alghadeer
Classname : vb_database
whats wrong with this!? why cant I update or reinstall it?
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:32
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C Braithwaite C Braithwaite is offline
 
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Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
"Try it now" meaning you've updated the add-on? If so, what or which file has changed?
reupload the php file - it was a bug in the coding.
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:36
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C Braithwaite C Braithwaite is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rezapci View Post
whats wrong with this!? why cant I update or reinstall it?
ive removed the onoff setting - i was attempting to make it so you could switch the plugin on or off. ill add that later.
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  #82  
Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:40
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by C Braithwaite View Post
reupload the php file - it was a bug in the coding.
I'll retry in a moment - got an error saying I couldn't access the download here.

By the way, I have the EZ Bounce add-on installed for other forum emails. For some reason, it didn't work with the bounced emails generated by your add-on. I made it work via the following edits to remindermail.php:

Find:


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

Add after:


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

NOTE: This will fail unless you have the EZ Bounce add-on installed. It's a quick way to automatically uncheck "Receive emails from admin" for invalid email addresses, which you are invariably going to get eventually using this inactive users add-on.
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  #83  
Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:46
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rezapci rezapci is offline
 
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Originally Posted by C Braithwaite View Post
ive removed the onoff setting - i was attempting to make it so you could switch the plugin on or off. ill add that later.
I cant, I cant reinstall it I cant update it, it give me DB error
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  #84  
Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:46
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PinkDaisy PinkDaisy is offline
 
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If we are updating this, do we re-install it entirely even if it seems to be working okay ??
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:48
jordanjj jordanjj is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Originally Posted by PinkDaisy View Post
If we are updating this, do we re-install it entirely even if it seems to be working okay ??
I was wondering the same thing. Best thing is to probably uninstall everything.. Make sure you remember all your information like the text in the email, then install the new one. Ill give it a shot.
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:49
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Originally Posted by jordanjj View Post
I was wondering the same thing. Best thing is to probably uninstall everything.. Make sure you remember all your information like the text in the email, then install the new one. Ill give it a shot.
lol let me know then if that works for you!! I'll let you be the guinea pig on it!! haha
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:55
jordanjj jordanjj is offline
 
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Originally Posted by PinkDaisy View Post
lol let me know then if that works for you!! I'll let you be the guinea pig on it!! haha

Yep, Installed it again. Seems to be working fine, ofcourse i wont know.. because im not receiving the emails. Don't see why it wouldn't work.

Seems Good Love The Mod.. Already Getting Member's Back!
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:56
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Thanks for the patch.
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 16:58
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C Braithwaite C Braithwaite is offline
 
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there is no update option (i dont know how to do that yet - im just learning vbulletin products!)

It would prrobably be best to uninstall/reinstall but remember your settings and male a copy of your email if you have changed it.

as soon as i figure out how to make an upgrade, then ill make it upgradable.

sorry about any inconvinience.
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 17:01
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Originally Posted by C Braithwaite View Post
there is no update option (i dont know how to do that yet - im just learning vbulletin products!)

It would prrobably be best to uninstall/reinstall but remember your settings and male a copy of your email if you have changed it.

as soon as i figure out how to make an upgrade, then ill make it upgradable.

sorry about any inconvinience.
good job, keep up your good work
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