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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 22 Feb 2013, 21:33
Zakalway Zakalway is offline
 
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I'm thinking of making another MOD that puts Reported Posts into the mod que at the point of those posts being reported, its really simple and easy to do. If a user reports a post, then they are asking for a member of staff to review that post, so it makes sense to me that it should happen that way.
I'd love to see something like that for the Notifications Bar and would be happy to support it financially.
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Old 22 Feb 2013, 22:27
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Originally Posted by deadlySniper View Post
Kudos, if you need help I can offer to be a contributor or supporter
Thanks for the offer will contact you now via skype.

Originally Posted by Zakalway View Post
I'd love to see something like that for the Notifications Bar and would be happy to support it financially.
Thanks for the feedback, will contact you via PM now about this. When the time comes i will start a new thread where we can discuss what will be a new mod.

.Me
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Old 23 Feb 2013, 01:30
Bluemax712 Bluemax712 is offline
 
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Moving flagged posts to the Mod queue sounds interesting Lee - if can limit to certain groups
-some forum users would be flagging everything if they had that power

I'm currently using FractilizeR to show Moderator notifications
which I combine with yours to also email them.

Are you thinking about doing your own version to do everything?

Last edited by Bluemax712; 23 Feb 2013 at 01:38.
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Old 23 Feb 2013, 10:26
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Originally Posted by apsrfvb4 View Post
Moving flagged posts to the Mod queue sounds interesting Lee - if can limit to certain groups
-some forum users would be flagging everything if they had that power

I'm currently using FractilizeR to show Moderator notifications
which I combine with yours to also email them.

Are you thinking about doing your own version to do everything?
I'm not sure at the momment, giving it some thought as to the best way of going about this.

.Me
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Old 26 Feb 2013, 12:45
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Thank you for this mod. I really hoped that it will send a pm to the mods as well?
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Old 26 Feb 2013, 13:06
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It shows that the e-mail was sent at 15:41 and it is now 16.06 and not one of the e-mail addresses have received anything yet?
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Old 26 Feb 2013, 14:43
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Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
Thank you for this mod. I really hoped that it will send a pm to the mods as well?
Thanks for the feedback, i will make a note of that request.

Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
It shows that the e-mail was sent at 15:41 and it is now 16.06 and not one of the e-mail addresses have received anything yet?
Do you have active visitors browsing your forum, i ask because this MOD runs via a cron task and cron tasks only get processed as people visit pages of your forum?

Be sure to have a space inbetween each email address, can you access your servers mail logs to make sure the emails did leave the server?

.Me
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Old 27 Feb 2013, 05:13
My Hattiesburg My Hattiesburg is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Lee Roberts View Post
Humm,

Possibly yes, however Iím thinking it may be better to just have reported posts put into the moderation queue anyway, when they get reported.

What do you think?

.Me
That's a great idea. There was a mod for 3.8 that did this but it wasn't updated for 4.2.
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Old 27 Feb 2013, 15:55
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Originally Posted by My Hattiesburg View Post
That's a great idea. There was a mod for 3.8 that did this but it wasn't updated for 4.2.
Hi,

Thanks for the feedback, i know i think i may have seen it the other day. Leave it all with me guys, i'm going dark for a few days while i work on a custom MOD for some one, after that i hope to drop a few mods on here that cover some of the things we are talking about and some others .

.Me
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Old 27 Feb 2013, 21:17
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One other thing would be cool Lee - if it could also send out a message when the queue has been cleared.
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Old 02 Apr 2013, 21:04
cdoyle cdoyle is offline
 
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We've been using this for a few months, but lately it seems we are getting more emails of posts that need moderation but when we go to the forum, there is nothing there.

My mods want me to remove this feature, but I'm hoping there is something that could be tweaked.
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Old 08 Apr 2013, 16:40
peterherman peterherman is offline
 
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No E-Mails send

Hi,

i have installed the Add-On, and the i have test it, and it did not work. The problem is: the System send me no E-Mails, for moderated Posts.
Can you give me a hint, what i can do now?

Thanks and regards

EDIT: It works now, i forgot to copy two files, sorry.

Last edited by peterherman; 08 Apr 2013 at 17:19.
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Old 02 Jul 2013, 01:00
xony xony is offline
 
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Hi, had long waiting for a mod to do this, thank you very much, but I have an error when running cron, I get this error:

vBMQN


Warning: SimpleXMLElement::asXML([path]/includes/xml/vbmqn.xml) [simplexmlelement.asxml]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in [path]/includes/cron/vbmqn.php on line 59
Queue Checked
would be possible to fix it? thank you again.
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Old 05 Jul 2013, 00:34
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Originally Posted by cdoyle View Post
We've been using this for a few months, but lately it seems we are getting more emails of posts that need moderation but when we go to the forum, there is nothing there.

My mods want me to remove this feature, but I'm hoping there is something that could be tweaked.
Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you!

Could it be that one of your "mods" is getting to the items waiting before the other mods check/get the email and so when they go to the queue its empty?

Originally Posted by xony View Post
Hi, had long waiting for a mod to do this, thank you very much, but I have an error when running cron, I get this error:

vBMQN


Warning: SimpleXMLElement::asXML([path]/includes/xml/vbmqn.xml) [simplexmlelement.asxml]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in [path]/includes/cron/vbmqn.php on line 59
Queue Checked
would be possible to fix it? thank you again.
Hi, in the error message "Permission denied" would suggest there is a problem with file permissions for the .xml file you uploaded to the server, what permission dose this file have?

My file permission is set to 644 and this works just fine for me/my server setup, let me know and we can hopefully get this working for you.

Thanks,
.Me
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Old 05 Jul 2013, 07:02
xony xony is offline
 
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Thumbs up

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.
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