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Unique Avatars
Mod Version: 1.1, by mfyvie (R.I.P) mfyvie is offline
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This modification is in the archives.
vB Version: 3.6.7 Rating: (12 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 79
Released: 02 Jun 2007 Last Update: 21 Jan 2008 Downloads: 383
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*** Staff note: The author of this modification has passed away in a diving accident. We wish his family all strength in dealing with this traggic issue. ***

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that many of your users choose the same avatars from your pre-defined avatars?

Now you can prevent users from selecting avatars that others are already using.

  • No template or file edits, just a single .xml file to install
  • Phrase-based - update language strings as you like
  • Can either omit the used avatars from the display, or show them as unavailable
  • Can optionally display a count of how many times each avatar is used
  • All options configurable via the admin control panel
  • Install routine adds an additional index to ensure database performance not impacted on larger boards
The inspiration from this mod came from a similar one for vBulletin 3.0 by VBDev. Even though there is almost no code in common between these mods I've sought and obtained his permission to release this.

Installation (30 seconds)
  • Download the attached .xml file
  • Go into your admin control panel -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product.
  • Press the browse button to locate the .xml file you just downloaded click OK.
  • Ensure that "Allow Overwrite" is set to "Yes" and press "Import"
  • Note: requires MySQL version 4.1 or higher.
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Version History
1.0 - Initial release (02.06.2007)
1.1 - 1 minor bugfix (20.01.2008)

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Old 02 Jun 2007, 01:23
rayw rayw is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Real name: Ray
That is a great idea. I like it!

If two people on the board already have the same avatar and you install this, what effect will it have on those two people??
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 01:30
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I like this idea....nice of ya to rls it.
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 01:32
mfyvie mfyvie is offline
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No effect, but if one of them selects a different avatar, then they won't be able to reselect it (since at least one other person is using it).

If you configure the mod to show the count of how many people are using a given avatar you can get an overview of which avatars are used.

It would be possible to craft some queries to show you which users were using a duplicate avatar (count of 2 or higher), and theoretically it would be possible to make a query which removed the avatar from these users (forcing them to choose again, and therefore no more duplicates possible from that point on).
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 01:35
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Nice idea.

Thanks for the share,
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 02:14
gforce75 gforce75 is offline
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Not a bad idea. Once I get my forum going with some more advatars, I'll give this hack a crack.
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 02:37
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TTG TTG is offline
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Great idea .. thanks mfyvie

Clicked install.
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 03:06
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i love the idea, great one mate!
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 04:35
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Nice thank you installed
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 05:16
tehPARADOX tehPARADOX is offline
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Very nice! Can't believe this isn't a default feature.
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 07:33
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very nice...installed
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 07:54
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Nice buddy
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 11:39
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Awesome idea, mfyvie! Great work.
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 12:45
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Dr. Bantham Dr. Bantham is offline
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Yes! I have been asking for this of late, here and within the vBulletin forums. Many thanks!
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Old 02 Jun 2007, 14:31
mfyvie mfyvie is offline
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Real name: Mark
Here is a query that will allow you to quickly identify existing users on your board that have the same avatars as others.

If you don't know how to run an SQL query, in your admincp go to Maintenance -> Execute SQL Query, then copy and paste the query below:

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It can sometimes be interesting to see just how much you actually needed this mod

Note: I found that when I ran this inside the admincp it only gave me the number of rows returned. If you run it in another mysql tool you'll get the full results, including the usernames affected, etc.

Last edited by mfyvie; 02 Jun 2007 at 14:38. Reason: Added note about limitations when running this query in the admincp
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