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vbNetwork - share forums with other boards
Mod Version: 1.0.0, by zethon (Member) zethon is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.4 Rating: (8 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 71
Released: 03 May 2009 Last Update: 02 Jun 2010 Downloads: 595
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vbNetwork

Summary
This add-on gives you the ability to share forums with other message boards without having to share any database information. The plugin runs through webservices and uses XML.
Release Notes
Currently the installation is easy but if you want to set up and run your own network it will help if you're familiar with XML. Joining an already existing network is fairly simple.

This plugin is developed using vBulletin 3.8.X and being tested on 3.6.X and 3.8.X. If it works on both of those, I will assume it works on 3.7.X.

If you would like my help writing versions for phpBB, IPB or other message board software, please feel free to contact me.

If you are interested you can join my existing network, but please note that it is mostly a trolling-based community of boards. Feel free to start your own network with other boards.

Product Specifications
  1. several plugins
  2. one cron job
  3. file uploads
  4. new DB tables
  5. several phrases

Installation
Approx 2-5 mins
See the included installation instructions.
Upgrading/Updating
  1. upload all files in the upload directory, overwriting any existing files
  2. re-import the XML file, setting "Overwrite" to "Yes"

Configuration
See the included documentation for details.
Support

If you encounter problems or discover any bugs, please create a new issue at: http://code.google.com/p/vbnetwork/issues/list

Change History
  • 0.9.0 (2009-02-20) - initial Beta release
  • 0.9.2 (2009-05-03) - added (some) logging, fixed bug for 3.8.2
  • 0.9.3 (2009-05-03) - added 'Delete' to Network Management, other minor changes
  • 0.9.4 (2009-05-08) - added new board and forum management functionality, and some new minor features
  • 0.9.5 (2009-05-09) - adds new option to sync network users via email, and added ability to change the network name
  • 1.0.0 (2010-06-02) - Version 1.0 for vBulletin 3.8.X

Sample
This is one shared forum on three different boards (the content of this forum may be NSFW).
http://www.anothermessageboard.com/f...splay.php?f=29
http://www.juot.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=50
http://www.drunkensquirrel.net/com/f...splay.php?f=28
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Miscellaneous Hacks vbNetwork - share forums with other boards zethon vBulletin 3.6 Add-ons 22 07 May 2009 04:34

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Old 04 May 2009, 14:42
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A very cool addon. Don't have a use for it right now, but will surely have in future
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Old 04 May 2009, 14:45
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Originally Posted by Mum View Post
Would be very keen to use this is there was a vB to phpBB share forums link
All the webservices are XML based, so someone familiar with XML and phpBB should be able to write a phpBB plugin pretty easily.
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Old 04 May 2009, 15:08
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Originally Posted by zethon View Post
All the webservices are XML based, so someone familiar with XML and phpBB should be able to write a phpBB plugin pretty easily.

Yea that doesn't help those phpBB admins who are more clueless than vBulletin admins
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Old 04 May 2009, 15:15
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I wonder how good phpBB's plugin system is. I may take up the task myself when I have some time over the summer.

Some time this week I'll put together a page for people to 'register' their networks and compile a list of supported messageboard software. Though, this list will be just 'vBulletin' for the time being.
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Old 04 May 2009, 19:23
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This is an awesome mod! I'm bookmarking this now and seeing how this mod goes along in the dev process. This would only help certain forums, as opposed to hurting them.


I'm wondering if anybody would like to join my network? I run http://zomgstuff.net

It's a closely-knit community that focuses on media, politics, gaming, and technology. We've got 10k members and almost 180k posts. If you run a forum with some related theme, PM me if you're interested.


Edit:
Does this include members online from the other boards on your board?
Can you also select what forum categories you want to share from either board?
Also, how does moderation work? If a mod on one site deletes something or moves it, is it moved/deleted from the other boards?

Last edited by ZomgStuff; 04 May 2009 at 20:41.
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Old 04 May 2009, 20:42
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Hi! Your mod sounds great! But i got a question:

This plugin is developed using vBulletin 3.8.2 and has been used with 3.6.X and 3.7.X, though I will not support backwards compatibility anymore.
Does it mean, that a combination linke vb 3.7.2 and vn 3.8.2 wont work?
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Old 04 May 2009, 22:07
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how do you remove a network?
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Old 04 May 2009, 22:12
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I've got a question.... what about forum permissions? If site A has this shared forum set to be 'private' (only members of a special usergroup may see/post in it), then will this mod work since the posts from the other sites are set to be written as 'guests' and Site A doesn't allow regular guests to post in this forum? (I hope that made sense.)
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Old 04 May 2009, 22:47
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wow i like this plugin !!
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Old 04 May 2009, 23:40
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can we get a better example of setting this up in the network management?

board a = slave where posts will go
board b = master where posts originate

i asked earlier on how to remove a network since i am doing alot of trial and error to get this to work to no avail

Last edited by Crrrazzzy; 05 May 2009 at 17:54.
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Old 05 May 2009, 11:58
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I can't use it right now, but it's a very intresting mod.
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Old 05 May 2009, 12:30
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really interesting mod ...
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Old 05 May 2009, 17:59
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Originally Posted by swissknife View Post
Does it mean, that a combination linke vb 3.7.2 and vn 3.8.2 wont work?
It should work just fine.
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Old 05 May 2009, 18:00
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
how do you remove a network?
I'll release an update in a few days that will allow you to do this in the 'Network Manager".

Right now you'll have to remove the network in your database under the 'network' table..

Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
can we get a better example of setting this up in the network management?

board a = slave where posts will go
board b = master where posts originate

i asked earlier on how to remove a network since i am doing alot of trial and error to get this to work to no avail
I'll update the docs too with some better explanations of how to setup your own network.
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Old 05 May 2009, 18:02
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Originally Posted by Lynne View Post
I've got a question.... what about forum permissions? If site A has this shared forum set to be 'private' (only members of a special usergroup may see/post in it), then will this mod work since the posts from the other sites are set to be written as 'guests' and Site A doesn't allow regular guests to post in this forum? (I hope that made sense.)
Forum permissions do not carry across the network. So yes, you could have a network forum be private on one messageboard and have that same network forum be public on another.

I can't recall which permission it is off hand that allows Guest to post, but if I remember correctly as long as they're allowed to in the Usergroup (not necessarily in any forums) then the plugin should work.
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