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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
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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 "[email protected]". 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' '[email protected]'
    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
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**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"
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**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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Old 21 Mar 2007, 15:44
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hey very nice and usefull,thnx
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Old 23 Mar 2007, 10:46
BBF BBF is offline
 
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how i can to change the encoding in the messege?
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Old 23 Mar 2007, 15:03
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by BBF View Post
how i can to change the encoding in the messege?
Find in remindermail.php:


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

Change:


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

to the desired charset.

Upload the newly edited remindermail.php to your server.
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Old 23 Mar 2007, 16:44
BBF BBF is offline
 
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Real name: Nadav Peretz
Thank you very much
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Old 23 Mar 2007, 17:54
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thanx

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Old 23 Mar 2007, 21:14
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Hemanth Hemanth is offline
 
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Hi Chris & djbaxter,

Still the same issues bugging me..

1. How to set a sender email. All the the email send from my forum is having blank from address.

2. Please tell me how to send HTML mails. If i add HTML code ( Say the default code in your hack) the mails received it as code itself, not the HTML formated text. How to enale this.

Thanks again for this cool hack.
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Old 24 Mar 2007, 01:30
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Originally Posted by Hemanth View Post
Hi Chris & djbaxter,

Still the same issues bugging me..

1. How to set a sender email. All the the email send from my forum is having blank from address.

2. Please tell me how to send HTML mails. If i add HTML code ( Say the default code in your hack) the mails received it as code itself, not the HTML formated text. How to enale this.

Thanks again for this cool hack.
This is either a problem with your email server or with your email client. If you are not set up to send and receive HTML / rich text emails, you can't do it with this add-on either.

And since the add-on uses the email address set in your vBulletin configuration, it would suggest to me that either that isn't set correctly or your email server isn't configured correctly.

What happens with other emails sent by your forum? Like topic reply notifications?
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  #323  
Old 24 Mar 2007, 04:46
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Rickie3 Rickie3 is offline
 
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will this work on vbulletin 3.5??
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Old 24 Mar 2007, 13:49
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Rickie3 Rickie3 is offline
 
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installed this on my board 3.5 had to add the cron manually,but it works a treat,great hack thankyou
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  #325  
Old 26 Mar 2007, 22:11
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Updated thnks
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  #326  
Old 27 Mar 2007, 00:03
deezelpope deezelpope is offline
 
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How funny...I was just thinking this morning how I needed something like this! Thank you!!
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  #327  
Old 27 Mar 2007, 04:57
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Hemanth Hemanth is offline
 
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Hi djbaxter
Thank you very much for replying.. All the other forum mails are working fine with sender as [email protected]..

But where to set the forum to send HTML emails. I thought i was also a hack, right?
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  #328  
Old 27 Mar 2007, 13:26
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Location: Ottawa, Canada
Are you able to receive HTML emails from other sources in your email client? When your forum sends out other emails, are they plain text or HTML/rich text (do you see clickable links in your forum emails)?
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  #329  
Old 28 Mar 2007, 22:08
tanyeri24 tanyeri24 is offline
 
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there is a bug. My Email Frequency is 1 but the plungs sending all 2-4 days a email. That turn people crazy!!
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  #330  
Old 28 Mar 2007, 22:34
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Fungsten Fungsten is offline
 
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I still can't get any to send.

I've checked the logs and none have been sent out.
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