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vBExperience 4
Mod Version: 4.1.1, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (218 votes - 4.85 average) Installs: 1684
Released: 21 Jun 2010 Last Update: 07 Mar 2012 Downloads: 12457
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vBExperience 4.1 for vBulletin 4

Tested with all Version of vBulletin Forum and Suite 4.0.4 -> 4.1.11

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

Triple Winner of the "Mod of the Month"-Award (March 2008, September 2009, July 2010) on vBulletin.org.

What is vBExperience?
vBExperience is your free feature packaged solution for motivating your users. vBExperience is an advanced and highly customizable level/promotion and activity measure system with awards, achievements, promotions and activities. It will calculate an activity and experience score for every user based on their activites on the forum. Now your users will see how their level is increasing by participating on your forum.

Communities are not only defined by post count, they need much more parameters: Are the postings the user creates helpful? Are his threads frequently read? Does the user participate on the community by posting pictures, attachments, leaving visitor messages, tagging threads? How can the user's activitiy be compared to others? All this can be answered with this mod. Additionally your users get awards and collect achievements for beeing active on your board.

vBExperience is fully translated to many languages. Beside english there are language files for german, french, italian, portuguese, spanish, swedish and chinese simplified. Polish, turkish, persian are not fully translated.

Comments, suggestions, translations, bugs, etc... are very welcome! Support is only given to people who have clicked "Mark as Installed":
http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/vborg...hreadid=245023


/***** Demo *****\
No Demosite currently available.


/***** INSTALLATION *****\
Please read the file readme_install_uninstall_upgrade.txt for detailed instructions!


/***** Primary Support *****\
As vBulletin.org does not offer any help managing modifications, espacially the complex one like vBExperience, I have to decided to open a site together with TheMayhem that is dedicated just for this.
It features a forum not just a single thread, a bug and feature tracker. And you also test our modifications over there.



/***** Featurelist *****\

*** Plugins ***
vBExperience can be easily extended by using it's custom data provider interface (CDP). With the CDP everyone is able to create plugins that integrates into vBExperience calculation process. There are already several plugins like Post Thanks Integration.
The plugins data can also be used to create achievements, awards and also promotions.


*** Insight Experience ***
The insight into your personal experience and what's going on on the community. Currently support basic services like activity and some featured achievements, there are plans to extend this with helpful hints on how progress, depending on users points. Also a statistics module is in work.


*** Awards ***
Motivate your users to be the best in a defined category! With the Awards you are able to reward users who collect the most points, f.e. by making new friends and leading a social group.
The awards are shown in Rankings and Profile. You can set them also to display in postbit near the username. There is a scheduled job running once a day (02:30h) to calculate them.
Via AdminCP they are completely customizeable and can also be assigned manually.

Currently there are six default awards: Most Popular, Activity Award, Posting Award, Community Award, Frequent Poster, Blog Award, Calendar Award, Discussion Ender, Master Tagger, User with most referrers, Downloads, Arm of Law, King of Publishing.
You can create as much awards as you like. Just select a title, choose from one of the 250 images and select the required points for it.


*** Achievements ***
Achievements are very similar to the awards a reward to the user. Unlike an award an achievement is not limited to a single user.
Similar to awards, you can create as much achievements as you like. Just select a title, choose from one of the over 500 images and create the required condition for it.


*** Promotion system ***
The promotion system enables you to move users to other usergroups, depending on their experience points. You can create conditions that have to be met to be promoted. Benefits and extended permissions will be shown automatically to the user. Promotions are showing also possible jumps from current to the next possible group with the required conditions.
Using this you can create multiple groups and assign additional features. Just an example: Usergroup 1 has no custom avatars and just a capacity of 20 private messages. With a condition of 1000 Experience points the user moves to Usergroup 2, where the user is able to upload his own avatar and store more private messages.


*** Rankings ***
Showing User, Level, Awards, Activity Points (experience, thread, post, user, misc) - sortable.


*** Social Groups Rankings ***
Starts the competition between social groups! This feature ranks the groups depending on their average user experience points.


*** Earn Points ***
This is an overview for the user on how points can be collected. It features also a possibility to compare own points to the community's average. All data is beeing pulled automatically from the database.


*** Give Away Points aka Point Donation ***
Users can donate their points to other community members. Choose the field which will be used for give away and select the amount that will be transferred. Admins can donate custom points to the user.


*** Statistics aka Leaderboards ***
The leaderboard is showing a Top-x list of the leading users. Usefull for optimizing points of the point provider. Only enabled point providers with results will be displayed.


*** Shop aka Market ***
vBExperience integrates easily with the Point Market System v3 by TheMayham (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=232676).
It features a virtual item store, username items, bank, gifts, gambling, lottery, and a lot more!
As of vBExperience 4.0, the vBExperience 3.8 Shop has been discontinued.



/***** Collecting Points *****\
vBExperience is collecting points for a user counting his actions in the community. The collected points can be used to reward users with awards, achievements and promotions - even if the collected data comes from a plugin.

Beside the automatic collection, the admin can manually donate custom points to the user, for example for a special reward. Of course you can use this also for awards, achievements and promotions.


Taken into calculation are these things:
Threads
- Creating threads and gaining additional points from views, replies, votes and ratings to this thread
- Creating thread tags
- Making a thread sticky
- Socialgroup Discussions (Discussions, Posts)

Posts
- Creating posts
- Views on attachments (needs "Who Downloaded This Attachment?" installed)

User
- Days since registration
- Average posts per Day (for users who are registered for at least seven days)
- Referrals
- Received infractions
- Given infractions ("Arm of Law")
- Reputation / Use of reputation system
- Visitor messages on profiles
- Creating social groups and getting members
- Uploading pictures
- Making friends
- Completing profile

Misc
- Doing calendar entries
- Writing vBulletin Blogs (vBulletin 4 Suite required)
- Publishing content with vBulletin CMS (vBulletin 4 Suite required)
- Manually assigned points

Additionally there is support for 3rd party modifications:
- Point Market System / Items Shop (included)
- Project Tools (plugin)
- Who Downloaded This Attachment? (plugin)
- DownloadsII v6 (included)
- LDM Links and Downloads Manager (included)
- Abe1 Post Thank You (plugin)
- DBTech Advanced Post Thanks/Like (Lite) (plugin)
- DBTech Advanced @UserTag (plugin)
- Helpful Answers (plugin)
- iTrader (plugin)
- ibProArcade (plugin)
- v3arcade Champions and Submissions (plugin)
- vB Tournaments and Ladders (plugin)
- Advanced Forum Points - set points independent for every forum (plugin)
- Consuming points by downloading attachments ("pay" for attachments) (plugin)
- IWT Time Spent Online (plugin)
- PhotoPost Pro 7 (plugin)
- PhotoPost vBGallery 3 (plugin)
- 8WR Media Library (plugin)
- vBSoccer (plugin)
- vBookie (plugin)
- vBookie Cash (plugin)
- Farcaster's Event Attendance (plugin)
- PhotoPlug (plugin)
- EasyForms (plugin)
- Triple Triad (plugin)
- AWCoding Donation System LITE (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Donation System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Subscription System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Credit Purchase System LITE (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Credit Purchase System PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Pirate Poker PRO (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Pirate Poker Platinum (shipped within that product)
- AWCoding Product System PRO (shipped within that product)



You have to install these modifications for your own, vBExperience doesn't install nor touches these.
More addons will be published as soon as they are finished.



/***** Calculation of the activity *****\
The system calculates the activity (week, month and also a custom defined datespan, 60) by counting the actions a user has done. An action can be a post, a new thread, rating, download, etc... The activity bars will be filled during the first weeks. This has changed from earlier versions where just postings, visitor- and group messages have been counted.



/***** Settings *****\
You can control how many points are given to every calculation. For example you can give many points for creating new threads but only a few for views of that thread. Setting a value to 0 will disable a setting.
Many settings regarding the behaviour of vBExperience are making it easy to adjust it to your needs. You can select from 10 colors for the progress bars and also choose from around 250 icons.
Additionally, you can set ignore users (f.e. for bot users), forums (f.e. offtopic forums) and usergroup id's. Please keep in mind that out of the box the usergroupid 6 (Administrators) is beeing ignored.



/***** Performance, especially on Big Boards *****\
vBExperience has been tested on smaller and also on some bigger sites. I know from boards with around 120k users running this mod smoothly. More about this topic can be read in the file readme_optimization.txt



/***** Frequently asked questions *****\
Q: How do I change the name Experience to something new?
A: You can change the name via phrases. Just search and replace all phrases that contains the word "Experience".

Q: When installing vBExperience, does everyone start from scratch, or will it automatically configure everyone's points based on actions before the install?
A: If you recount, vBExperience will calculate ALL existing data since the beginning of the board. If you used vBCredits, vBActivity, uCash and similar systems - there is no need to convert the points.

Q: My conditions don't work correctly on achievements and promotions.
A: Conditions in achievements and promotions are calculated in POINTS, not in count of items.
If you create an achievement for reaching the first 10 Days, you must enter the points needed for this. If you reward 2 points for every day, you have to set 2 points for every day since registering. Calculation: 10 days * 2 points = 20 as condition. So you will have to set 20 as the condition.

Credits for images
- FAMFAMFAM, http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
- IconExperience



/***** History *****\

vBExperience 4.1.1

Please reinstall ALL plugins you are using from the ZIP\Plugins! Espacially if you get SQL Errors after reinstalling vBExperience.

- Fixed Plugin for 8WR_Media_Library
- Fixed Plugin for Advanced_Forum_Points
- Fixed Plugin for Attachment_Consumes_Points
- Fixed Plugin for EasyForms
- Fixed Plugin for Post_Thanks_Abe1
- Fixed border around boxes
- Fixed not correctly saving award images
- Extended character length for manual award assignment
- Several smaller fixes

vBExperience 4.1.0, 16th December 2011

- Introduced the feature to start the calculation by a defined date. By default all data will be considered for calculation. Please keep in mind that there are some data that cannot be filtered by date, like added friends. You need to re-install all plugins to have them obeying the new calculation limit. This feature has been sponsored by BryanB. Thanks!
- Fixed Discussion Ender, can be now disabled by setting value to 0
- Fixed Arm of Law, can be now disabled by setting value to 0
- Insight: Optimized layout
- Insight: Optimized colours for darker styles
- Achievement "Three Friends" renamed to "Social" (does not affect existing achievement)
- Renamed point descriptions so they can be identified better as point system (f.e. Days since registered -> Points for every day since registration)
- Added: Romanian Translation (thanks to Teascu Dorin)
- Custom Points can now have a category, can be used as entry point for other modifications using vBExperience points, eg. Market/Shop purchases
- Fixed several smaller issues

Changelog for other versions is in history.txt

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  #2281  
Old 14 Feb 2012, 08:13
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
This has been already addressed in 4.1.0
However, vBExperience was never vulnerable to SQL, just remote cross-site scripting (XSS). Thats a big difference.
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 11:13
Vowgaming Vowgaming is offline
 
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Hi was wondering if I could get a hand on modding the code slightly.

My users Love the Mod but have raised a concern with activity showing up as negative points when a few things get changed or deleted

Was hopping for some pointers on what file or where I need to edit to modify this.

I also have coded up a ventrilo add on if someone would like a look at the raw basic code im happy to post.
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 12:00
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
There is no real possibility to disallow negative points, as vBExperience always recalculates all points from beginning. But you could do something with the hooks to save the points before they are wiped and only save if its get higher...

Would be great to see what you have done with Ventrilo.
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 12:52
Vowgaming Vowgaming is offline
 
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Warning This code is very poor in some ways. I'm not a professional coder at all just hack and play till i get it working.

firstly you need to use this in conjunction with http://www.ventrilo.com/dlprod.php?id=201


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You will need to add your own server and port for ventrilo setup and change the ***** to your details for the database.

I have also hard coded this for the names of our vent channels and have included a check to see if a user match bot is part of the channel if it is increase the points

This script is run by a cron job every 15 mins and it adds points to the custom point table. (This is becoming an issue as the table is getting quite large)
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 13:13
Vowgaming Vowgaming is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
There is no real possibility to disallow negative points, as vBExperience always recalculates all points from beginning. But you could do something with the hooks to save the points before they are wiped and only save if its get higher...

Would be great to see what you have done with Ventrilo.
As you can see from the Ventrillo post above I'm ok a getting things modded can you give me a tip on where to start with this. I have looked through most of the php scripts and hooks. was hopping to find a place just before it wrote the info into the database and check if <0 skip the sql write
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Old 16 Feb 2012, 07:27
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Iron Star Iron Star is offline
 
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Hi,

I installed it and GG! Very good script.

I got bugs on xperience.php page:

- link to member profiles aren't correct in "recent activity"
- the template doesn't close correctly and footer is broken

How can I correct that?

Thank a lot.
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 05:30
Vowgaming Vowgaming is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Vowgaming View Post
Hi was wondering if I could get a hand on modding the code slightly.

My users Love the Mod but have raised a concern with activity showing up as negative points when a few things get changed or deleted

Was hopping for some pointers on what file or where I need to edit to modify this.
Found it in class_xperience.php

find this code

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and add this line at the end


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That way if some one receives experience less then 0 it will be recorded as 0

I hope this is correct please tell me if i need to change anything else
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 08:56
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Iron Star Iron Star is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Iron Star View Post
Hi,


- link to member profiles aren't correct in "recent activity"


Thank a lot.
I found the pb in xperience_activity_x_earn template:

replace "<a href="{1}">{2}</a> earns {3}" with "<a href="member.php?u={1}">{2}</a> earns {3}"
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 11:39
JonUrban JonUrban is offline
 
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I installed this and it seems to be working fine. It took about a week to get everyone's "Experience" level icons up to speed. It was interesting to see it happen over the week.

One thing that would be nice is if it could somehow subtract points for those who don't login anymore or have left the forum. I noticed that some members who have not logged in for years have large experience scores because they used to post a lot. Removing points for inactivity would be something that I would think would be a good feature.

Other than that, this is a great mod.
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Old 18 Feb 2012, 19:58
bposner bposner is offline
 
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Seems achievement icons are not displaying, everything else seem fine. Seen screen shot:

http://screencast.com/t/t1pBz5bm
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Old 22 Feb 2012, 01:24
tommyxv tommyxv is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Iron Star View Post
Hi,

I installed it and GG! Very good script.

I got bugs on xperience.php page:

- link to member profiles aren't correct in "recent activity"
- the template doesn't close correctly and footer is broken

How can I correct that?

Thank a lot.
I also have a broken footer for the Insight Experience tab only. All styles including vb default. Running 4.1.10. Everything else works.

Any ideas??

Last edited by tommyxv; 22 Feb 2012 at 01:42.
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Old 22 Feb 2012, 03:55
tommyxv tommyxv is offline
 
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Originally Posted by tommyxv View Post
I also have a broken footer for the Insight Experience tab only. All styles including vb default. Running 4.1.10. Everything else works.

Any ideas??

I found the problem. The xperience_insight template is missing a closing div.

Fix it here...


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Old 22 Feb 2012, 16:23
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tomshawk tomshawk is offline
 
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Hello, Sorry to bother but quick question.

I'm having an addon made for this, related to an online game and trading items from within the game.

I dont want to force new users to do a ton of posting and what not to get started using this addon I am making, so.

Is there a way to manually boost users points when they first register, say give them 1000 points, or is it just a matter of upping their reputation in vbulletin?

Thanks for this awesome addon
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Old 22 Feb 2012, 17:14
tommyxv tommyxv is offline
 
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Too many database errors on 4.1.10. I had to uninstall it. Followed the un-install readme to the T, yet I had a corrupted database after. Luckily I did a backup just before installing it. Only lost about 6 hrs.

It's very buggy.

1) The small 16x16 img doesn't remember itself in the drop-down if you go back to edit an award. If defaults back to the first choice in the menu.

2) There are a few 'Points for x' that are doubled in the list.

3) Recount didn't work at all. Neither did the 'Test' link. That returned a db error.

4) A few template problems. The missing tag i mentioned above being the biggest, and a few spacing issues with blockbody tag. (tested on vb default style)

I guess I will wait for a updated version for 4.1.10. Great mod, so I'll keep my eye on it.
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Old 22 Feb 2012, 18:06
halocommunity halocommunity is offline
 
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Love this add-on! Installed easily on 4.1.8 and everything works great!

I have a question though, what is the difference between these two tables in the Statistics tab?
http://cl.ly/0m1a430U2X1t2b373M3K

I'm guessing it's a phrase issue, but even searching in the phrases doesn't tell me anything
http://cl.ly/0y2O271M0B2v3h1Q0l0i

Any ideas?
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