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Poor Man's Bounced Email Handler
Mod Version: 1.00, by rebelde (Member) rebelde is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.0 Rating: (0 vote - 0 average) Installs: 5
Released: 08 Aug 2012 Last Update: Never Downloads: 26
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This modification has been replaced by the full Bounced Email Handler. Please use that one instead.


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What does the bounced email handler do?

It stops sending emails to addresses that are no longer valid. This helps keep your email from being marked as spam.

More technically:
  1. It collects bounced emails, counts them and marks user accounts as "do not send email".
  2. It stops sending "new post" notifications to those addresses.
What it does not do:
It does not stop sending any other emails such as:
- forum subscription updates
- Happy birthday messages
- PM notifications
- other important emails

Why is it a "Poor Man's" bounce handler?
Because this is just a hack. It blocks a lot of emails, but not all that should be blocked. Also, it just leaches off of DBTech's hard work in building a bounce handler as part of his vBMail mod. Still, it is better than nothing, and that is what I had before.

I hope to encourage somebody (like you!) or vBulletin to code something better. I just don't have time to do it myself.


To install:
  1. Install DBTech's vBMail. This is required!
  2. Set up an email address to handle bounces.
  3. Set your vBMail options similar to the ones in poor-mans-reply-all-installation-instructions.txt
  4. Install this plugin.
Done!

Please, somebody, create a real bounce handler!
The steps:
0. Get DBTech's permission. If you can't get permission, rewrite their code.
1. Strip down and modify DBTech's excellent vBMail work to just what we need, see how it works and rewrite it. (Everything leading up to marking users in the user table as "do not email".)
2. Improve it to do a better job of deciding when to mark an email address as a bad. (With some types of responses, you don't need to wait for five bad emails.)
3. Find a way to stop sending other emails that shouldn't be sent such as forum subscription updates and birthday messages.
Can you do just one of these steps? Any help is appreciated.

Special thanks to DBTech for his work. What I did here is really very little. DBTech did the hard work.

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Old 09 Sep 2012, 17:19
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Do not install this mod until further notice.

I've discovered a problem that is leading to database errors, but I'm swamped with work and won't be able to investigate a solution for some time.
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Old 10 Sep 2012, 06:53
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easy man.... delete the attachment file
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Old 16 Sep 2012, 16:31
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Originally Posted by rebelde View Post
Do not install this mod until further notice.

I've discovered a problem that is leading to database errors, but I'm swamped with work and won't be able to investigate a solution for some time.
Please figure out how to remove the user from the database as well.
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Old 27 Nov 2012, 02:28
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hope this comes back
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Old 28 Nov 2012, 15:46
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I'm sorry. I wish I had time to work on this, but I don't.
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Old 28 Dec 2012, 20:02
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I also did some work on exactly this task, also using DBTech's vbmail. The results is a very simple cron task that unsubscribes people. It could easily be copied to handle PM notifications, post reporting and so on:

http://www.dragonbyte-tech.com/f99/t...819/#post50838

I'm not claiming a great mod, but rather a quick hack that has been working for me fine for quite a while now. It would be good to see someone taking it or this mod forward.
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Old 26 Oct 2013, 19:58
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Originally Posted by hqarrse View Post
I also did some work on exactly this task, also using DBTech's vbmail. The results is a very simple cron task that unsubscribes people. It could easily be copied to handle PM notifications, post reporting and so on:

http://www.dragonbyte-tech.com/f99/t...819/#post50838

I'm not claiming a great mod, but rather a quick hack that has been working for me fine for quite a while now. It would be good to see someone taking it or this mod forward.
Any update on this?

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Old 28 Oct 2013, 14:45
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I've created a full bounced email handler that I've been using successfully on my site for a few months now. I have been meaning to release it as an add-on here but haven't gotten around to it. If you want it, I'll be happy to send you what we have.
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Old 25 Nov 2013, 09:27
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Originally Posted by rebelde View Post
I've created a full bounced email handler that I've been using successfully on my site for a few months now. I have been meaning to release it as an add-on here but haven't gotten around to it. If you want it, I'll be happy to send you what we have.
hi mate would you send me this please. thanks
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Old 25 Nov 2013, 16:49
rebelde rebelde is offline
 
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Attached.

This has been working very well for me on my forums for a number of months.

Documentation?
The normal stuff:
- upload the file
- import the product
- edit the "Bounced Email Handler" configuration options
- -These are mine:
Alert PM Sender: 1
Bounce Count: 5
IMAP Host: imap.gmail.com
IMAP Port: 993
IMAP Mailbox: inbox
IMAP Second Mailbox: [Gmail]/Spam
IMAP Username: bounce@yourdomain.com
IMAP Password" ...
Use SSL: Yes
Max Fetched Messages: 25
- test it

The second email address is for Gmails SPAM folder, where a lot of these bounces end up.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems. I'd like to release it as a full mod. If you want to make improvements: cool, let me know. There are a few areas that could obviously be improved upon.

Cheers
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Last edited by rebelde; 31 Mar 2014 at 20:18.
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Old 12 Mar 2014, 02:17
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Originally Posted by rebelde View Post
Attached.

This has been working very well for me on my forums for a number of months.

Documentation?
The normal stuff:
- upload the file
- import the product
- edit the "Bounced Email Handler" configuration options
- -These are mine: - test it

The second email address is for Gmails SPAM folder, where a lot of these bounces end up.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems. I'd like to release it as a full mod. If you want to make improvements: cool, let me know. There are a few areas that could obviously be improved upon.

Cheers
Is this working on 4.2.2?
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Old 12 Mar 2014, 14:57
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Originally Posted by keyla31 View Post
Is this working on 4.2.2?
Yes, no problems.

Please let me know your feedback.
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Old 13 Mar 2014, 22:17
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I'd be happy if you could send this to me also. Great idea for a mod.
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Old 13 Mar 2014, 22:25
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Originally Posted by astdirect View Post
I'd be happy if you could send this to me also. Great idea for a mod.
He already included it here.

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...5&postcount=11
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