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Old 12 Feb 2012, 21:42
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Chris and Adrian: are your projects still ongoing or have you stopped developing your reviews software?
Please post a status update.
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 02:35
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I am developing the Beta 3 which will be released next week and includes new features.
In the week, I will be updating the demo site.
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Old 16 Feb 2012, 14:55
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ForumsMods,

I was going to purchase your product the other day, but your site has been down all week. Should I be concerned?
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Old 16 Feb 2012, 19:20
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ForumsMods,

I was going to purchase your product the other day, but your site has been down all week. Should I be concerned?
This week, PCRE was updated to 8.21 version and it does not work well with vBulletin.
For this reason I decided to close the forum until it is fixed.
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Old 16 Feb 2012, 21:01
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Hi! This is a fantastic idea. Pardon me if these questions have been answered - I read up all the posts but my confusion still stirs.

A few questions to Alfa1 :

1)
I no longer consider vbCMS to be the optimal avenue. The solution should integrate with it, but should not be dependent upon it.
I'm just confused as to what I am to visualize. Is the review system going to be presented on the cms or forums? Or is it customizable to our liking?

2) Has a coder been selected for the review system (pertaining to the functionality list by Alfa1)?

3) I'm just curious why an author rating has to be separate from the overall input. Is there a reason why the author needs to have their own rating presented as opposed to being included in the public/overall rating?

I'm also waiting patiently for ForumsMods's demo to be back up so I could figure out what would work best for my site. Thanks!

Last edited by Jaynie; 17 Feb 2012 at 00:53. Reason: Question 3 added
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Old 17 Feb 2012, 16:25
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Originally Posted by Jaynie View Post
A few questions to Alfa1 :

1) I'm just confused as to what I am to visualize. Is the review system going to be presented on the cms or forums? Or is it customizable to our liking?
A review system can have a very large number of categories. vbulletin has a limit in the number of forums. If reviews are in forum threads, then categories are forums. This limits the number of review categories that you can have.

vbCMS is badly structured, poorly coded, SEO is extremely bad, infested with bugs and design flaws. While a CMS would be the optimal place for a reviews system, vbCMS is simply not suited for purpose.

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2) Has a coder been selected for the review system (pertaining to the functionality list by Alfa1)?
4 developers are currently working on their version of reviews software. Each of these coders has taken their unique approach, catering to different needs:
  1. Adrian (forummods) Adrian seems to be the only developer aiming for the full functionality list. And is adding more functions with each of his beta releases.
  2. Chris (ChrisTERiS) Chris is preparing a release of his reviews software.
  3. Ted S. TedS has released a basic & free product reviews addon, and is slowly expanding the functionality.
  4. 99SIVTEC (prosperent) 99SIVTEC is running the prosperent affiliate products network and is planning to add reviews functionality to enhance their product sales network.
While experience has shown that some projects fall through, there is already a lot of promise in the above projects.

I have requested quotes from a few developers some time ago, but received no or no viable response. With the above projects going forward, I think its fair to hold off hiring developers for now. If one of the above projects will provide the needed functionality and will properly support customers, then our goal is reached.

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3) I'm just curious why an author rating has to be separate from the overall input. Is there a reason why the author needs to have their own rating presented as opposed to being included in the public/overall rating?
This depends on how the reviews are setup. If you have official reviewers, then you will have an editor rating and site user ratings.

For example: http://download.cnet.com/Calibre/300...-10910277.html
The editor has written a long review and his ratings reflect the review.
In this case a clear separation of editor/author rating and user ratings is wanted. The editors review holds more weight.

But you can also choose to just have a product listing with basic facts, and only add user reviews/ratings. Like IMDB for example: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071875/
In such case there is no need for an author rating.
If you want to automatically fill your listings with affiliate product data (amazon or abe books for example), then the first post, will be a listing, not a review.

If you want the first post to be a user review, then you would need to either only have user reviews, or have a combination of author and user reviews. I think the first option would make the most sense.

What do you think?
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Old 17 Feb 2012, 17:37
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Hey FM,

Trying to download the product and I got this:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'UnexpectedValueException' with message 'RecursiveDirectoryIterator::__construct(/home2/forummod/products/hacks/acs/400b2) [<a href='recursivedirectoryiterator.--construct'>recursivedirectoryiterator.--construct</a>]: failed to open dir: No such file or directory' in /home/forummod/public_html/includes/functions_cart.php:388 Stack trace: #0 /home/forummod/public_html/includes/functions_cart.php(388): RecursiveDirectoryIterator->__construct('/home2/forummod...') #1 /home/forummod/public_html/cart.php(870): zip_dir('/home2/forummod...') #2 {main} thrown in /home/forummod/public_html/includes/functions_cart.php on line 388
Would have posted it on your forums but they're shut down. Could you just email me the install package so we can get to work implementing it?
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Old 17 Feb 2012, 21:52
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A review system can have a very large number of categories. vbulletin has a limit in the number of forums. If reviews are in forum threads, then categories are forums. This limits the number of review categories that you can have.
So the reviews will be in forum threads and those threads are in categories?

This depends on how the reviews are setup. If you have official reviewers, then you will have an editor rating and site user ratings.

If you want the first post to be a user review, then you would need to either only have user reviews, or have a combination of author and user reviews. I think the first option would make the most sense.

What do you think?
Right, with your explanation about editors it's clearer now. Is it possible for more than 1 editor to rate in the editor ratings? As in, are the editors in a usergroup that have permissions set to rate?
And yes I think having both options (editor rating and public rating OR public votes only) is great, the choice would depend, like you said, on how detailed the reviews are and what we're reviewing (media, products, classifieds).

I have requested quotes from a few developers some time ago, but received no or no viable response. With the above projects going forward, I think its fair to hold off hiring developers for now. If one of the above projects will provide the needed functionality and will properly support customers, then our goal is reached.
Definitely. Thanks for the clarification.
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Old 17 Feb 2012, 22:35
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Originally Posted by Jaynie View Post
So the reviews will be in forum threads and those threads are in categories?
Optimally it will be in a separate CMS. Adrian is aiming for this.

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Right, with your explanation about editors it's clearer now. Is it possible for more than 1 editor to rate in the editor ratings? As in, are the editors in a usergroup that have permissions set to rate?
If you consider that a written review has 1 author, then it would not make sense to have multiple editors rate for the author rating. Would be confusing.
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 01:29
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If you consider that a written review has 1 author, then it would not make sense to have multiple editors rate for the author rating. Would be confusing.
Hmm ok. Maybe "author" should be replaced to a different word because when I think of an author I think of a person who started the topic not necessarily a critic/reviewer. I'm not sure if that is customizable on the Advanced Content System made by Adrian (ForumsMods).

Last edited by Jaynie; 18 Feb 2012 at 01:38. Reason: Added specifics
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 10:32
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I will add this function to the list:
  • Author ratings, with pretty AJAX stars, bars and other pretty rating scales. Author ratings can be turned off.
  • Member ratings. Member ratings can be turned off.
I think this is a very useful feature request.

I also added a clarification to the list:
  • Google maps integration. (show/browse all vendors/hotels/restaurants on a map)
This will add functionality similar to tripadvisor and the many restaurant/hotel/store review sites.

--------------- Added 18 Feb 2012 at 16:27 ---------------

A question to those of you who want to use reviews to generate affiliate sales: is it needed to have geotargetting for affiliate links. For example: a user in Australia will not buy from amazon.com but will buy from abebooks. So it would generate more income to use geotargetting and serve up a 'Buy this product from Abebooks' button than to show an amazon.com link to the user. What do you think?

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Old 20 Feb 2012, 17:14
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Thanks for the thread Alfa. It would be great If you could add the demo links for the current work in progress products in the first post. I can't seem to find any of them.
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Old 20 Feb 2012, 19:12
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That would make sense after the first Gold release. Only TedS his product review addon has been released: Product Review Forums – Research, Reviews & Comparisons
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Old 21 Feb 2012, 22:28
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I can only speak for our team here, but we have 6 developers and the resources to definitely make product reviews a reality. We also have the infrastructure to serve the data across a large number of sites via our api. We already serve over 1 million requests per hour for our product data across our 26 server cluster.
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Old 22 Feb 2012, 02:02
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Originally Posted by 99SIVTEC View Post
I can only speak for our team here, but we have 6 developers and the resources to definitely make product reviews a reality. We also have the infrastructure to serve the data across a large number of sites via our api. We already serve over 1 million requests per hour for our product data across our 26 server cluster.
Thats good news. I look forward to seeing your reviews addon.
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