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Automatic Thread Tagger (Project Terminated)
Mod Version: 1.00 Beta, by MrEyes (Coder) MrEyes is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.0 Rating: (10 votes - 4.50 average) Installs: 150
Released: 20 May 2008 Last Update: 22 May 2008 Downloads: 605
Not Supported Uses Plugins Code Changes Additional Files Re-usable Code Translations Is in Beta Stage  

This modification has now been taken over by Phalynx updates/information etc can be found here:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=185495

Do not post on this thread, or mark this thread as installed.


Old Post:
Unfortunately I find myself in a position where continued development of this modification is not possible. So as of today (29/05/08) this project is terminated. If you are a coder feel free to take this project on and take it from beta to gold.


You will be please to learn that this modification has been taken over by Phalynx.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/member.php?u=49918
Automatic Thread Tagger v1.0
Beta 3


THIS IS A BETA MODIFICATION

Please read the entire post before diving in


If you report a bug please post the thread title that created it, without this I cannot test it and improve the language parsers


When a user submits a new thread this product will automatically take keywords from the thread title and use these as tags.

As an example, if a user submits a thread with a title of:

Fish Food for Cats
The thread will be automatically tagged with:
  • Fish
  • Food
  • Cats

If the user also submits an actual tag of "Fish" this will not be duplicated. Additionally this product hooks in before vBulletin processes tags so any rules you have setup for this will be respected. It also checks if you have tagging enabled, if not the product does nothing.

If you choose to do so this product will also automatically tag threads created by incoming RSS feeds.

And if all that wasn't enough there is a whole load of different configuration options.

Installation

If you have a previous beta version of this modification install this MUST be uninstalled before proceed to install this version

  1. Download the modification zip file to your local machine and extract the contents.
  2. Upload the functions_autotagger.php to your includes folder (the same directory as your config.php)
  3. Goto "ACP -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products".
  4. Click "Add/Import Product".
  5. In the "Import Product" section, click the browse button and select the downloaded XML file (product-auto_thread_tagger.xml).
  6. Click "Import"

After install, and by default the modification is disabled, this will allow you to play around with configuration before switching it on.

Configuration
Configuration for this product can be accessed via:

ACP -> vBulletin Options -> Automatic Thread Tagger

Each configuration entry has a description against it, so I won't rehash it all here. However the following configuration items are worth mentioning:

Disable Auto Tag if Tagged?

If this option is enabled and a user submits tags with their post then the title keywords will not be added.

Use Smart Quotes?

If this option is enabled (default) then the auto tagger will treat quoted terms as a single tag. For example if a user submits a title of:

This is a great technical website
The tags will be:
  • great
  • technical
  • website

However if they submit a title of:

This is a great "technical website"
The tags will be:
  • great
  • technical website

Filter / Replacement Characters

This is the heart of the modification, as we are dealing with human input it can be rather complicated for a machine to handle and parse meaningful keywords. This configuration area allows you to configure filter and replacements for incoming thread titles. For example, you might not want & in your tags, through the options here you can filter it out or replace it with and.

In addition to this you can also use filter/replacements to extend tags. So if you run a motorbike website you might want to extend the term "GSXR" to "Suzuki GSXR" or change it completly to "Fast Bike".

Filters/replacements do not change titles, they only effect the resulting auto tags.

This configuration area is pre-populated with a series of default rules, these rules are based on my experience during development and should cover most things. However as mentioned this is a beta modification and we are dealing with human input so with your help and input this list will be improved.

Composite Tags

With composite tags you can define a collection of words to use a single tags. So if for example you specify a composite tag of "brown dog", and the user submits a title of "I love my brown dog" the tags will be "love, brown dog" without this composite tag the tags would be "love, brown, dog"

RSS Feed Additional Tags

If you use this modification to tag RSS created threads, you can also specify additional tags to add for each RSS feed. So for example if you have a feed from BBC News, in addition to the title based tags, you could also tag each thread with "General News".

In summary the other configuration values allow you to:
  • Globally enable or disable the product (default is off).
  • Exclude forums by id
  • Exclude usergroups by id
  • Exclude user by id
  • Exclude words from the search words stop list (default is on). This excludes words like can, by, do, etc (open includes/searchwords.php for a full list). I would strongly recommend not disabling this, however you could and then use the following:
  • Define your own list of exclude words.
  • Exclude RSS feeds by feed ID.

Using this to tag RSS feeds

Unfortunately vBulletin does not include (that I can see) a hook that is called when an RSS thread is created. This means that it is not possible to hook into the code and perform auto tagging. All is not lost though, however it does require an edit to one of the default vBulletin files.

This is what you need to do:
  • Open includes/cron/rssposter.php
  • Find the following line:


    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

  • On a new line immediately after this paste in:


    Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
    Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

  • Save the file and place on you server.

Once this is done, and you have enabled RSS tagging in the configuration then RSS threads will be tagged.

I will find a solution to this as I really don't like the idea of having to edit files in this fashion. So if anybody can suggest a better way of doing this please speak up as it will mean I can get the solution out quicker.

Other Information

At the moment this product is most definitely in beta testing, once I and the people using it are happy with the product then I may consider releasing a hack that will tag all existing threads. Releasing this right now would probably cause more trouble than it is worth.



Parsing the thread text for tags is an extremely unlikely addition as this would require some fairly heavy processing to ensure quality of tags.

At the moment I am primarily concentrating on the parsing of human language and refining the filters/replacements. So adding Ajax support (i.e. auto populate the tag box as user enter words into the thread title box) is on the todo list however this won't happen until we are happy that the parsing system is as good as it can be.

One thing the product does not do which you may want to consider is change the "Separate tags using a comma." phrase used on the new thread post screen. You might want to consider changing this to something like "Separate tags using a comma, do not include words from your title". This depends on your personal preference and how you have the product configured.

Disclaimers
Obviously the input this product uses comes from human beings, therefore it is almost impossible to code for every single possible scenario. As such there is always a possibility that a specifically crafted submission may cause problems. I strongly suggest running this through some tests before committing to installing this on a live forum.

Ahh yes, one final thing - this is the first time I have created a product XML file, I have tested and install this and all seems fine - but it would be great if somebody in "the know" could cast an eye over it for obvious errors/issues.

Actually, one more one final thing, if you install it please click install

Hold on, one more one more one final thing, if you really like this mod then why not nominate it for MOTM

Release History

1.0 Beta 1
First Release

1.0 Beta 2
  • Added filters/replacements
  • Added RSS support
  • Added RSS inclusion/exclusion support
  • Added composite tags
  • Added ability to tag all RSS threads with a specific tags (per RSS id)

1.0 Beta 3
Bug fix release
  • Fixes issues with escaped characters
  • Removed option to process filters on full title rather than potential tags.

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Old 22 May 2008, 09:02
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many thanks mreyes
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Old 22 May 2008, 11:18
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Originally Posted by MrEyes View Post

When the modification goes gold I will release something that will tag all old threads. However until the code is as good as it can be it would be extremely dangerous and potentially destructive to release this now. At the end of the day I am sure you don't want 1000's of thread tagged with bad tags because of a bug or odd configuration setting.
This looks like a terrific mod, and I appreciate your attention to detail and concern for producing a high quality product.
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Old 22 May 2008, 13:45
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Hmm... i get an error with special symbols as $ % ^ and with figures, more people with this problem?
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Old 22 May 2008, 13:51
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Thanks for the update!
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Old 22 May 2008, 14:09
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We need that exactly

In the next release I will add support for only filter/replacing the end of strings. So "$2.09" is tag as that, but "Purple." is tagged as "purple".
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Old 22 May 2008, 17:44
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Originally Posted by Mdrop View Post
Hmm... i get an error with special symbols as $ % ^ and with figures, more people with this problem?
What title?
What error?
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Old 22 May 2008, 21:43
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I am finding that random slashes appear in my tag coud at the bottom of my board. Can this be fixed?. Most words seem to work okay, however not all, some are displayed like "help\\\" for example. Is it possible for a fix, thanks
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Old 22 May 2008, 22:47
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Originally Posted by lisss001 View Post
I am finding that random slashes appear in my tag coud at the bottom of my board. Can this be fixed?. Most words seem to work okay, however not all, some are displayed like "help\\\" for example. Is it possible for a fix, thanks
What title?
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Old 23 May 2008, 00:29
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Originally Posted by lisss001 View Post
I am finding that random slashes appear in my tag coud at the bottom of my board. Can this be fixed?. Most words seem to work okay, however not all, some are displayed like "help\\\" for example. Is it possible for a fix, thanks
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What title?
It replaces ? etc with a backspace.
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Old 23 May 2008, 00:45
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I'm not sure if anyone has brought this up, but it seems like the tags are not updated when the thread title is updated.
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Old 23 May 2008, 05:03
FlyBoy73 FlyBoy73 is offline
 
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Admittedly, I quickly scanned over the posts in this thread and may have missed this, but I have a question.

Most forums have issues with people not always accurately titling their threads to reflect the content within. That being said, what happens with staff come back and edit the title? Will this mod go back and re-do the Tags based upon the new title? If not, that would be an excellent feature.

Thanks for your work!
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Old 23 May 2008, 05:21
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My post right above you answered your question.
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Nice work, thanks installed
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Old 23 May 2008, 07:39
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The tags are only calculated on first submission, so if the title is then changed the tags are not updated.
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Old 23 May 2008, 17:14
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Can you please add UTF-8 compatible for next release?
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