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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
Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Additional Files External Content Is in Beta Stage  

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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  #46  
Old 11 May 2009, 11:45
rule0 rule0 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by zethon View Post
That's Google's problem.
i'm concerned about the dupe content too. If google bans or lowers site's rank/value cos of this, then it quickly becomes publisher's problem
i am sick of modifying sites so search engines may like em, but considering google ads is good income, i dont want to risk it.
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Old 11 May 2009, 17:08
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rule0 View Post
i'm concerned about the dupe content too. If google bans or lowers site's rank/value cos of this, then it quickly becomes publisher's problem
i am sick of modifying sites so search engines may like em, but considering google ads is good income, i dont want to risk it.
If you're so concerned about duplicate content, you can always hide your network forums from Guests. This would prevent Google from crawling the forum and registering duplicate content.
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Old 12 May 2009, 01:52
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Originally Posted by zethon View Post
I've added this functionality an I've also added code that will allow you to change the name of an existing network.

Tomorrow when I have time in the afternoon, I will go through and add the missing phrases.

I will then add a few forums on my board to coordinate bvBulletin network, giving useful information like "what kind of network" they, admin information and contact info, etc.

What are the rules about setting up another version of he software on a subdomain. That's allowed right?
Not under a single license, you must have 2 licenses if you want to run vbulletin on 2 diff subs, or 2 installs in general. I know this for a fact because I specifically asked the vb support a while back.
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Old 12 May 2009, 02:09
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*tagged*

Extremely interested.

Does it cause much server strain?
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Old 13 May 2009, 01:00
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by BlueNinjaGo View Post
*tagged*

Extremely interested.

Does it cause much server strain?
Doesn't seem to on my network. I have my cron set up to run as a Unix cron, so the users on my board don't see any delay. I know of a couple of boards that use vBulletin's built in Scheduled Tasks and it doesn't seem to be a problem with them either.

Of couse, the largest network this has been tested on is 5 messageboards all with moderate activity at best.
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Old 13 May 2009, 12:11
Undertaker #59 Undertaker #59 is offline
 
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Do the nodes send and receive their packets to everyone else in the network or do they send their packets up to a hub, which then redistributes them to the other nodes?
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Old 13 May 2009, 14:38
MmS1 MmS1 is offline
 
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can u make it just for attachments
server one only for forums
server two only for attachments
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Old 13 May 2009, 16:40
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Undertaker #59 View Post
Do the nodes send and receive their packets to everyone else in the network or do they send their packets up to a hub, which then redistributes them to the other nodes?
All the nodes send and receive packets to and from all the other nodes on the network. There is no "central hub" that distributes packets.

Originally Posted by MmS1 View Post
can u make it just for attachments
server one only for forums
server two only for attachments
I don't know what this means.
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Old 24 May 2009, 17:00
ComputerModding ComputerModding is offline
 
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I got a few simple questions before I have a go with this great little mod.

Lets say that I have two websites in my network and I start a thread on website 1 and after a few days I edit my post on website 1, will the edit also port across to website 2?

On website 1 I have banned a member from the site but they sign up to website 2 and make a post in the networks forum will this post appear on site 1?

A thread is started by a member on site 1 and the administrator on site 2 decides to delete that thread from his website; 1. How will this effect site ones thread and 2. will further posts to the thread on site one be put back onto site 2's forums?

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Old 25 May 2009, 06:06
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ComputerModding View Post
Lets say that I have two websites in my network and I start a thread on website 1 and after a few days I edit my post on website 1, will the edit also port across to website 2?
Negative. Edits do not propagate to network.

Originally Posted by ComputerModding View Post
On website 1 I have banned a member from the site but they sign up to website 2 and make a post in the networks forum will this post appear on site 1?
There is an option to ban usernames on certain networks in the configuration.

This brings up a good point. If the user signs up with the same email or username on website 2 and is banned on website 1, the post should be blocked. Or perhaps submitted for approval. I'll add this to my todo list.

For now, you can use the settings in vBulletin options.

Originally Posted by ComputerModding View Post
A thread is started by a member on site 1 and the administrator on site 2 decides to delete that thread from his website; 1. How will this effect site ones thread and 2. will further posts to the thread on site one be put back onto site 2's forums?
This is another configuration option. You can have it so that one of two things happen:

1) the posts from the deleted thread get tossed

2) the posts from the deleted (ie. unknown) thead will go into a new thread created automatically with the title of "Unknown Network Thread ID: XYZ"
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Old 25 May 2009, 10:03
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Originally Posted by zethon View Post
If you're so concerned about duplicate content, you can always hide your network forums from Guests. This would prevent Google from crawling the forum and registering duplicate content.
hmm, ok. but installation document says:
"The usergroup "Unregistered / Not Logged" must be given permission to view network forums."

is this only required in installation phase?
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Old 25 May 2009, 16:02
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by rule0 View Post
hmm, ok. but installation document says:
"The usergroup "Unregistered / Not Logged" must be given permission to view network forums."

is this only required in installation phase?
Negative.

AdminCP -> Usergroup Manager -> Unregistered / Not Logged In -> "Can view Forum"

This option must be set to "Yes" for the plugin to work.

Forum permissions override this setting. So you can still block "Unregistered / Not Logged In" users from a specific forum. But the option above must be "Yes" in order for the plugin to work.
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  #58  
Old 28 May 2009, 14:38
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Would this mod interfere in any way?
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...t=limit*+guest
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Old 29 May 2009, 15:13
zethon zethon is offline
 
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Originally Posted by BlueNinjaGo View Post
Would this mod interfere in any way?
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...t=limit*+guest
Probably not. As long as the option mentioned above is set appropiately, the vbNetwork plugin should work just fine.
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Old 31 May 2009, 11:29
abrecher abrecher is offline
 
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I have a network of related forums and I was looking for a solution that would accomplish MANY of the items this mod accomplishes. Fantastic work and I really hope to see this product updated and not end up in the grave yard!
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