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Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 4.01
Mod Version: 4.5F for 4, by djbaxter (Coder/Designer) djbaxter is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.4 Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 59
Released: 21 Jan 2010 Last Update: 14 Jul 2010 Downloads: 310
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This not the CommBull product itself. This is simply instructions for adapting it to work with vBulletin 4.x.

Download CommBull from: Commbull (Community Bulletin) 5.1a for vBulletin 3.8x

grandeur_69 has released his latest version of CommBull as a free add-on, indicating that he no longer has time to continue developing it. I am posting this here for the benefit of other vBulletin 4.x who don't want to lose the newsletter feature (grandeur_69 has approved this).

At http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...6&postcount=71 a member asks:

Hi, the version 5.1a work fine with vbulletin 4.0.1 ?
My response is posted at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...5&postcount=72 and reproduced here...

I have the previous (commercial) version, 4.5f, which does run successfully via a cron job, running on 4.01. It required some modification of the installation instructions but it does work. I expect you should be able to get this version running as well, although as the coder noted the cron capability won't work.

1. Edit product-Commbull.xml and find the following line:


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

Change to:


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


2. Upload the files and import the product.

3. Now you need to do the template edits so that members can opt-in or opt-out of your newsletter. The current instructions are as follows:

4. Template modifications
--------------------------------------

Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

After:


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


Add:


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

Now, obviously this won't work in 4.x. These need to be modified as follows:

1. Edit Template: "Modify User Option" -> "modifyoptions"

FIND:


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


ADD AFTER:


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

That first part (above) is the option to receive or not receive the newsletters.

Next would be the option for HTML or plain text emails, which should be:


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

Update:

This now works. I had a ( instead of a { on the previous code. Thanks to grandeur_69 for pointing this out!

Notes:
  1. The product is not mine so I can't offer any support for CommBull itself. However, I have been using the paid versions of this mod for some time and I'm happy to offer what support I can for making the changes necessary to get it running on 4.x.

  2. I have been in communication with grandeur_69. He has indicated that he has no objections to this thread and that as he gets time he will be trying to develop this add-on further as a free product.

Update July 12, 2010: Product XML file provided by grandeur_69 for vBulletin 4.x.

NOTE:
  1. If you have already done the manual edits, do NOT use the XML file. And if you import the XML file, you should not need to do the manual edits.
  2. Some people are encountering problems using the XML file. If you are one of them, uninstall the product and use the manual edits. Those seem to work just fine.


Update July 14, 2010: Error in XML file corrected.

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Old 23 Jan 2010, 16:53
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Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
When you first implement a bounceback strategy, yes... but it needs to be a strategy where members with bouncebacks due to invalid email addresses are moved to a separate emmber group (I call mine Inactive). Then, when the newsletter goes out, the Inactive group is not included in the mailing list.

Once you have that set up and working, the effort to maintain it is minimal. Now I get a few bouncebacks each week and I change the usergroups for those members to Inactive if the bounceback reason is "no such address" or "no account for that user". This takes perhaps 5 minutes at most.
Not on a high traffic site. I have manually processed 20.000 bounced addresses. THat indeed took care of a lot of problems. But after that, there are still valid email accounts that turn into invalid ones and each mailing results in a large number of bounced mails to process.

Please read the article in my signature: How to keep your board from getting blacklisted as a spammer
It covers this issue.

It turns out that this is a huge issue as many vbulletin boards have been banned by large email providers, without even knowing it. More and more webmasters are discovering this.
I am starting to suspect that large email providers are actively reacting to vbulletins flaws in this respect. vbulletin as a whole is generating a massive amount of emails to invalid email addresses. Its a serious spam issue.
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Old 23 Jan 2010, 17:01
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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As I get time, I'll look into seeing if I can re-integrate EZ Bounce.

Thanks for the link to your article. I have already implemented all the things you discuss there. I'm not sending out 20K newsletters at a time and if I were I'd get one of the mailing list managers. CommBull really is intended for the average forum that doesn't require the big guns.
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Old 23 Feb 2010, 14:07
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hello, thank you for update of combull. Some yeras ago, I bought commbull, and now Ive installed in my vb4 with you modifications.

But when sending a newsletter to my users, I have had this error when I went around 2.000 user aprox.

Database error in vBulletin 4.0.1:
Invalid SQL:
INSERT INTO mailqueue
(dateline, toemail, fromemail, subject, message, header)
VALUES

(1266880338,
xxxxxx@wanadoo.es',

MySQL Error : Got a packet bigger than 'max_allowed_packet' bytes
Error Number : 1153
Request Date : Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 12:12:18 AM
Error Date : Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 @ 12:15:49 AM
Script : http://www.xxxx.com/foro/admincp/com...do=send&page=2
Referrer : http://www.xxxx.com/foro/admincp/commbull.php?do=send
IP Address : 77.228.0.3
Username : admin
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 4.1.22-standard
after having this error, my forum will get stuck, being necessary to empty the bbdd Mailqueue to return to normal

Can you help me?

Thank you very much
Im sorry for my english
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Old 23 Feb 2010, 14:23
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by javivi0 View Post
hello, thank you for update of combull. Some yeras ago, I bought commbull, and now Ive installed in my vb4 with you modifications.

But when sending a newsletter to my users, I have had this error when I went around 2.000 user aprox.



after having this error, my forum will get stuck, being necessary to empty the bbdd Mailqueue to return to normal

Can you help me?

Thank you very much
Im sorry for my english
I'm guessing that you are using version 5.1? If you are a licensed CommBull owner and you still have a 4.x version available, I would advise you to use that instead. I'm personally running 4.5f which avoids many of the issues with 5.1.
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Old 01 Mar 2010, 13:34
javivi0 javivi0 is offline
 
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Thank djbaxter, I have 4.2 version, but this version works fine with vbulletin 4??
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Old 10 Mar 2010, 20:58
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Email sending not working. What can be the problem ?
Newsletter creation in a forum works...
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Old 10 Mar 2010, 21:42
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Originally Posted by javivi0 View Post
Thank djbaxter, I have 4.2 version, but this version works fine with vbulletin 4??
Try it. I have 4.5 working with vBulletin 4 so there's a reasonable chance it will work for you with the modifications in the first thread here.
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Old 10 Mar 2010, 21:43
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Originally Posted by hollosch View Post
Email sending not working. What can be the problem ?
Newsletter creation in a forum works...
For problems with CommBull 5.1, please post at http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=230359
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Old 31 Mar 2010, 23:03
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Originally Posted by hollosch View Post
Email sending not working. What can be the problem ?
Newsletter creation in a forum works...
same problem here, I send 30 at a time and it rips right thru them.....but no mail goes out, not sure what's happening?
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Old 17 May 2010, 05:58
ArchAngelz ArchAngelz is offline
 
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It seems from the comments here that CommBull v4.5f is much better that 5.1. Since CommBull as a whole is no longer a commercial product; is there any way for us to get CommBull v4.5f?
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Old 17 May 2010, 13:50
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by ArchAngelz View Post
It seems from the comments here that CommBull v4.5f is much better that 5.1. Since CommBull as a whole is no longer a commercial product; is there any way for us to get CommBull v4.5f?
You would have to contact the author, grandeur_69.
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Old 23 May 2010, 03:17
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Does anyone have any idea what this error is?.

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at [path]/admincp/commbull.php:35) in [path]/includes/functions.php on line 3781

I get it when i click on 'send' in admincp.
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Old 02 Jun 2010, 06:16
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I have the previous (commercial) version, 4.5f, which does run successfully via a cron job, running on 4.01. It required some modification of the installation instructions but it does work.
I guess that it is safe to assume that these directions above, will work with a 4.5f version of Commbull??? (I found mine!)

EDIT: Installed, but I get this error:
Site error: the file /home/xxxxxx/public_html/forum/admincp/commbull.php requires the ionCube PHP Loader ioncube_loader_lin_5.2.so to be installed by the site administrator.
The test.php shows that I have Ion Cube loader installed (I've used Commbull before with vb 3.8, 3.7, etc)

EDIT again: Installed commbull 5.1. Works well for me. Now if I can only figure out how to change the html colors of the email that is sent.... (It used to pick up the forum default)
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Old 02 Jun 2010, 07:40
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Commbull 4.5f can be found here:
http://www.octanedev.com/commbull_4_5_f.zip
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Old 04 Jun 2010, 00:37
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Originally Posted by volarium View Post
Can someone tell me the URL that is supposed to be hit when this link is clicked by the recipients of the email?

To unsubscribe from the community updates, click this link

I followed the instructions, but the URL for that link is http://mysite.com/admincp/$commbull_unsubscribe, which does not get resolved.

If this is a question for the main Commbull thread, I can ask over there, but since I'm using v5.1 and the modifications included in this thread, I thought it made more sense to ask here first.

Thanks.
In the template file, admin/commbull_template_html.php for HTML newsletters, look for that line and replace mysite.com with the URL for your forum.

If that doesn't work, try using:


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

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