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vBExperience 3.8
Mod Version: 3.8.5, by Phalynx (Coder) Phalynx is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (171 votes - 4.82 average) Installs: 1329
Released: 22 Dec 2008 Last Update: 10 Jul 2011 Downloads: 16962
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vBExperience 3.8 (aka xPerience)

Created by Marius Czyz aka Phalynx.

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

A version for vBulletin 4.0 has been released! Thread:

vBExperience 3.8.6 is currently (August 2010) in development.

vBExperience is your feature packaged solution for motivation and satisfying your users. vBExperience is an advanced Level/Promotion and Activity System with Shop, Awards 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.

This mod was developed by me because I was never satisfied with the post count. 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? All this can be answered with this mod.

Comments, suggestions, translations, bugs, etc... are very welcome! Support is only given to people who have clicked Mark as Installed.

This mod will work with vBulletin 3.7.x and 3.8.x. For vBulletin 3.6 you will need vBExperience 3.7


Demo 3.8.6:

Other Demo Site:

There are mainly four things visible for the users: The users score, his level, his next level up in %/points and his activity in %.

Calculation of the score
Taken into calculation are these things:
- Created threads
- Thread views of own threads
- Thread replies of own threads
- Thread votes of own threads
- Thread tags
- Replies to own threads
- Sticky threads
- Socialgroup Discussions (Discussions, Posts)

- Created posts
- Views on attachments

- Days since registration
- Average posts per Day (for users who are on forum for at least seven days)
- Referrals
- Received infractions
- Reputation / Use of reputation system
- Visitor messages on profiles
- Members of own social groups
- Albumpictures
- Friends
- Completing Profile

- Calendar entries

Additionally there is support for 3rd party addons (some are already installed):
- vB Tournaments and Ladders (via CDP Addon)
- Post Ranking System (via CDP Addon)
- Helpful Answers (via CDP Addon)
- AWCoding-Donation System LITE and PRO (via CDP Addon)
- Cyb Paypal Donate (included)
- DownloadsII (included)
- ibProArcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- LDM Links and Downloads Manager (included)
- PhotoPlog 2.1 (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost vBGallery (via CDP Addon)
- PhotoPost Pro (via CDP Addon)
- Post Thank You / Use of Post Thank You (via CDP Addon)
- QuoteIt! 3.16 (via CDP Addon)
- SAPR: Advanced Post Rating system (via CDP Addon)
- thanks via vS-Hide Hack Resurrection (Expanded Edition) (included)
- v3arcade Highscorer Points (via CDP Addon)
- v3arcade Submissions Points (via CDP Addon)
- vBulletin Blog (included)
- Who Downloaded This Attachment? (included)
- Other Addons can be easily added via CDP - Custom Data Provider plugins.

Additionally you can install these modifications:
- Thread Necromancer: Gives (minus-) points when a user is posting in old threads.
- Scrupulous Poster: Gives points for editing posts. Award users that are editing own posts instead of doing double post.
- Deletion Addicted: Gives points when an user/nod soft-deletes post, thread, visitormessage, groupmessage or picturecomment.
- Arm of Law: Give points for moderators who are using the infraction system
- Discussion Ender: Give points for people who are the last on a discussion
- RadioActivity: Reduce points for every day the user is not online

Also, there are already addons available that are working as Custom Data Provider (CDP). A CDP can extend vBExperience by collecting data and adding it to the vBExperience datastore. All point providers can be used for Awards and Shop.

You have to install these hacks for your own, vBExperience doesn't install nor touches these.

There are three vBAdvanced 3.0 XML modules: Most Active Users, Most Experienced Users and Last 20 Activities. Import them via vBAdvanced AdminCP.

There are six default awards: Most Popular, Activity Award, Posting Award, Community Award, Frequent Poster, Blog Award, Calendar Award. 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.
Awards can be created for every data provider.

Showing User, Level, Awards, Activity Points (experience, thread, post, user, misc) - sortable.
Since 3.8.3, there is a also a ranking for Social Groups

A virtual Shop will motivate your users to earn more points. You can define categories and put virtual items with pictures in it. A currency can be defined seperatly for every item, e.g. 20 points from threads or 100 points from gallery. Users can purchase the items, they appear in their profile. The costs of the item are substracted from their xperience points. Additionally you can set quantity of the items.
The Shop will motivate your users to collect specific points to buy an item. Optionally you can show the last purchased items on postbit.
You can put virtual items in it, like WoW addons: Sell WoW Items in exchange of f.e. thread points. Great for RPG forums.
Non-Virtual Items like bold Usernames or Downloads for Points are already on my todo list.

Earn Points
There is an overview for the user on how points can be collected, with a list of users own points. All data is beeing pulled from the database (settings, phrases)

The statistics 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.

Promotion system
To motivate users to do more on your forum I created the promotion system. By reaching defined xperience points the user will be moved to another usergroup - where you can set graphics, shadows, highlighting, etc... What is interesting in combination with this: you can give the user more possibilities f.e. larger avatars or bigger PM box. A log of the promotions is available.

Calculation of the activity
The system calculates the activity by taking the average post count/visitormessages/group discussion/Blog entries of the ten most active user and comparing it to own post count. This can be set to count only the last X days, f.e. 21 days.

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.
Additionally, you can set ignore users (f.e. for bot users), forums (f.e. offtopic forums) and usergroup id's.

Performance, 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 vBExperience.

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.

Known Issues:
- Awards: On "Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread" awards are only shown for the user who is viewing this.
- Awards: If activated in with rich username, they are attached to the username. If the username is linked, the awards are also linked. If a link is underlined, the awards are also underlined. This behaviour is hardcoded in vBulletin and cannot be fixed.
- Settings are showing only a blank page, read here:
- If you completely remove vBExperience, you need also to uninstall the product XML manually from the pluginssystem

Credits for icons
- IconExperience

History / 3.8.5 Beta 5, 10th July 2011
- Prio 1 security patch, please update just xperience.php!

3.8.5 Beta 4, 25th September 2009
- Promotions: Listing now also the last Usergroup. Please notice the new settings for nethermost/uppermost usergroups.
- Several minor cosmetic changes
- Clear Activities (except Shop)
- Fixed error with GetActivityAll() on profile
- Several Beta 3 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 3, 18th September 2009
- Fixed Promotions
- Fixed Notifications
- Added Activities to Promotions
- All Activities are not obeying limit
- AdminCP/Experience has a recount for Promotions and Achievements
- Fixed listing of Achievements with Firefox
- Several Beta 2 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 2, 02nd September 2009
- Just a short note: Condition in Achievements and Promotions are calculated in POINTS, not in counts of items.
If you choose 10 Day, you must enter the points needed for this.
For example: You have an achievement for 10 days. You have set 2 points for every day since registering. Calculation: 10*2 = 20
You will have to set 20 as the condition.
- New tabbed interface. If you want to change the style, edit the template xperience_navbar_css
- Promotions now showing usergroups and conditions for a promotion to the next group
- You can import old vBExperience Legacy promotions (that were created within level.xml)
- Achievements in Profile
- Achievements below Avatar
- Several Beta 1 fixes

3.8.5 Beta 1, 28th August 2009
- Achievements!
- Promotions!
- Notification on Awards, Promotions and Achievements
- GAP: Empty pointfields will not be displayed anymore
- Activity: Showing percent values with a decimal
- Activities now also for users
- Awards below Avatar
- Default Awards are now also creating new category
- Shop: Fixed issue in not returning cash on sells
- Reworked Edit Shop Items

For more see history.txt

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Old 02 Feb 2011, 19:47
gorentals gorentals is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Where do we download the latest version for vb3.8? Is the latest version 3.8.5 or 3.8.6?
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Old 03 Feb 2011, 01:05
snowlion snowlion is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Originally Posted by gorentals View Post
Where do we download the latest version for vb3.8? Is the latest version 3.8.5 or 3.8.6?
3.8.5 Beta 4 is the latest version.
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Old 03 Feb 2011, 04:31
Jason UK Jason UK is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Not the friendliest uninstall ever. Had to get rid of this due to a mass of "Deprecated:" as host upgraded the PHP version.

I actually upgraded to the latest one and followed the uninstall instruction by instruction.

My users were left with this notice when trying to post.

Database error in vBulletin 3.8.5:

Invalid SQL:
UPDATE vb_user SET xperience_done=0 WHERE
I manually added a column to the table but now I ask, how do I remove the manually added column xperience_done and stop the above error message?

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Old 03 Feb 2011, 08:24
Jason UK Jason UK is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
I also get this error when I click any user profile.

Warning: require_once([path]/includes/functions_xperience.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/member.php(463) : eval()'d code on line 22

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/homedir/public_html/forums/includes/functions_xperience.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/homedir/public_html/forums/member.php(463) : eval()'d code on line 22
How do I totally remove this mod?

I uploaded the file functions_xperience.php back onto the server to make the error go away but I still see the Awards box in the member.php page when I click on any user profile.

Is there something I have to manually remove to fix this?

Last edited by Jason UK; 03 Feb 2011 at 08:37. Reason: Added more info
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Old 04 Feb 2011, 13:48
Cla75 Cla75 is online now
Join Date: Aug 2009
Originally Posted by Cla75 View Post
guys, I need your help with promotions vBExperience

I'd like to set up an automated system that according to the percentage of each user, it could go up or down in a group


Group 1: Power User
Group 2: User

if a user "user" has an activity greater than 60% joined the group "power users "

if a user "power users " has an activity falls below 60% in the group "user "

is it possible?

if so, how do I set the values and groups?

help me please
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Old 18 Feb 2011, 19:12
suko22 suko22 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Arrow two problems

First of all, thanks to the author of this addon, is fantastic!! I have installed it in my forum and works fine. But I have two questions:

1. When an user receives an item from another user, he can´t send this item to another user. Why? I need that users have the ability to transfer all kind of items several times, including those that have received from another users.

2. When an user sell back one item to the shop, they always receive only 1 point. I have set a ratio of 50%, but never works. Why?

Please help me, I have to resolve this two points to make vbexperience work on my site.

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Old 20 Feb 2011, 20:53
Dave84311 Dave84311 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2004
Is there any way to cron the calculation of experience so that it doesn't affect site/server experience? This plugin does a great deal to the performance of my website, and I need to ensure that it runs at certain period of time (preferably during night).
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Old 21 Feb 2011, 22:34
lafsunlmtd lafsunlmtd is offline
Join Date: Jul 2005
I have set permissions and users qualify for promotion and even recount for promotions but users are not being moved?
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Old 07 Mar 2011, 18:08
Sukubis Sukubis is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Nice and easy. Installed. Thank you
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Old 10 Mar 2011, 11:50
Butzel Butzel is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
tolles AddOn, vielen Dank.

Wo kann ich erfahren, wie die genaue Berechnung (Abzüge oder Zugaben) funktioniert ?

Ich habe einen neuen Award erstellt. Dieser soll für Einträge in Lexikon zählen.
Wie kann ich bei den Awards das Feld für die Einträge aus dem Lexikon erstellen ?

Vielen Dank für Input
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Old 20 Mar 2011, 19:01
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Alfa1 Alfa1 is offline
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My xperience_stats_changes table has 900.000 records. Does that affect performance? Does this table have all changes ever on record?
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Old 31 Mar 2011, 17:37
The Dawg The Dawg is offline
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Does anyone have the custom.xml's for:

3 months registered
12 months registered
3 years registered
1 Tag
25 Tags
100 Experience Points

Im aware its probably something easy to change in the code, but as a noob with this I dont want to break anything.

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Old 08 Apr 2011, 06:19
Dave84311 Dave84311 is offline
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Originally Posted by Alfa1 View Post
My xperience_stats_changes table has 900.000 records. Does that affect performance? Does this table have all changes ever on record?
Mine has over 20 million... querying it takes seconds... it does affect performance. My guess is it only matters if the user hasn't logged in/been active for a while or if you need to recalculate it. In either case, I am backing it up and pruning it.
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Old 12 Apr 2011, 22:03
aktifnet aktifnet is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007

When I say this for a while before the scores began to take the underlying database error and I had to turn off the add-on.

How can I solve this problem?

I want to update to get from point error:

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

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Old 07 May 2011, 12:20
Ro7 Qatif Ro7 Qatif is offline
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Great mod
It’s the most valuable mod so far, has a lot of functions

Question: can't we sell external "non-virtual" stuff in the shop
Like card number or something?
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