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Version 1.4.0 has been released to remove the giftery / list it integration of the addon now that service has been discontinued. No upgrade is needed though there have been a few other bug changes since 1.3.5.

Finding Feedback Can be Like a Needle in a Haystack


The more your forum grows, the more of a challenge it becomes to sort through the history and get the full story.


Product Review Forums Brings Structure to the Chaos


As a full-featured product management addon, PRF sits on top of your forum allowing you to create defined products which, unlike individual posts, stay relevant over time. Each comment, review and even product updates filter back into this one spot allowing for a quick and comprehensive overview while the individual discussions rage on as always.


Here's just a few of the many features you'll find in PRF:
  • Bring structure to products with established pages & reviews
  • Reduce the number of repetitive posts from members looking up the same info
  • Increase your traffic with content-rich, seo friendly, product listings
  • Drive revenue by adding your own affiliate links to product listings
  • Increase the activity stream's value with review integration
  • Engage visitors with integrated wishlists from Giftery.me
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Enabling Product Forums: To show product details and ratings, each product-forum must be enabled in the forum manager.

Adding Products: You may upload products one at a time through the admin [includes an image uploader using GD] or you can bulk import through XML. You can also enable users to add moderated products through a global and usergroup option.

Product Review Index: To access your forum's product overview go to www.yoursite.com/productforums.php - You may want to add a link to this to your navbar or as a tab.

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  #181  
Old 23 Oct 2011, 09:49
downloadsuk downloadsuk is offline
 
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I think maybe inside the main thread? However, maybe it could be split out in to a different thread, for example "Questions about Apple iPad 2G" - I guess it comes down to each individual webmaster's requirements.

If they were in the same thread, a filter by comment type could even be included.

Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Interesting.

Are you seeng it post those items [question, story] to another forum or inside one main thread?
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  #182  
Old 23 Oct 2011, 15:57
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Originally Posted by downloadsuk View Post
If they were in the same thread, a filter by comment type could even be included.
Yes, thinking about it, if it could be filtered, posts of certain types accessed through tabs under product review, it could be excellent.

Don't know what is better technically, using only one thread with different titles for filtering purposes (if it is possible) or some other method for distinction between types of comments, or using different forums for automatically creating thread for filtering?
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  #183  
Old 23 Oct 2011, 16:56
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Alan_SP View Post
Yes, thinking about it, if it could be filtered, posts of certain types accessed through tabs under product review, it could be excellent.

Don't know what is better technically, using only one thread with different titles for filtering purposes (if it is possible) or some other method for distinction between types of comments, or using different forums for automatically creating thread for filtering?
It's hard to filter posts but I like the idea... we add a little column for type and let everything run through it. This way other mods can tap in to the system and post their own contribution like a photogallery program letting members upload photos of the product.

For direct development I've got questions [with answers getting posted inline so they occupy just one post per thread?], facts, reviews. Anything else?
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  #184  
Old 23 Oct 2011, 17:47
downloadsuk downloadsuk is offline
 
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Possibly news as well?

For example, Android Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be released for the Samsung Galaxy S2 - so the product thread for the Samsung Galaxy S2 might benefit from that update?

Just another thought, would there be any potential for custom fields?

For example if we take a product like the iPad - it has multiple configurations - being able to link separately to each configuration might be better than simply creating multiple threads for each configuration.

Many thanks for your work Ted.

Last edited by downloadsuk; 23 Oct 2011 at 18:07. Reason: More info.
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Old 23 Oct 2011, 20:45
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by downloadsuk View Post
Just another thought, would there be any potential for custom fields?
The plan is to add fields into reviews, so you could do "version" or "screen". If you want multiple product details, you can use HTML in the post to build headers.
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  #186  
Old 23 Oct 2011, 23:07
Domiav Domiav is offline
 
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i'm going to have a problem with this product, i've installed it on a fresh vbulletin 4.1.7 board..everything work well but when i go to make a review of a product i obtain a white page after pressing "post review" button.
any idea on why i've this problem?

also, and this is problably a noob question, i don't understand how a user can post a new product; i've put on yes the "Allow Members to Post Products" option on the ACP but i can't figure out where is the form or any link for add a product using the front end.
thank you!
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Old 24 Oct 2011, 01:49
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Domiav View Post
i'm going to have a problem with this product, i've installed it on a fresh vbulletin 4.1.7 board..everything work well but when i go to make a review of a product i obtain a white page after pressing "post review" button.
any idea on why i've this problem?
Try uploading the attached version of upload/productforums.php and let me know what that does for you.

If not, let me know if the review is saved... And if the url is correct [i.e. it's loading a valid file on your site].

also, and this is problably a noob question, i don't understand how a user can post a new product; i've put on yes the "Allow Members to Post Products" option on the ACP but i can't figure out where is the form or any link for add a product using the front end.
Very fair question actually.

If you load up productforums.php it will let people search & browse your reviews and also adds the "post new product" link. You can add this page to your navigation or just add the post product link somewhere. I'd suggest your navbar but every site is different.
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  #188  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 03:39
bigtree bigtree is offline
 
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This is very cool. I've installed and its working great but I have one problem. I am using vbseo which must be effecting why I cannot access the productforums.php page.

Is it possible to import a forum page? or better yet, export the review into the thread? Either way would be a great bonus here because I have hundreds of threads that could be turned into reviews.
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  #189  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 03:47
bigtree bigtree is offline
 
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no worries on the file, I just clued in.

Please consider my other request?
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  #190  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 03:52
bigtree bigtree is offline
 
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better all the time!

This is showing up on the review
<!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
review content
<!-- END TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
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  #191  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 04:53
Mr_Running Mr_Running is offline
 
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Originally Posted by bigtree View Post
better all the time!

This is showing up on the review
<!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
review content
<!-- END TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
Reported on
07 Sep 2011 - Post #18 earlier version

I have this product disable as it will not uninstall

I like the concept of the product but it's a true beta.
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  #192  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 05:21
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by bigtree View Post
This is very cool. I've installed and its working great but I have one problem. I am using vbseo which must be effecting why I cannot access the productforums.php page.
What error do you get? What does your .htaccess file look like?

Is it possible to import a forum page? or better yet, export the review into the thread? Either way would be a great bonus here because I have hundreds of threads that could be turned into reviews.
I'm sure it could be done but it would require a manual process to bring the necessary structure [product id, rating score] to the item.

Something like:

INSERT into pf_review SET
productid = XXX,
threadid = XXX,
userid = XXX,
rating = XXX,
createddate = NOW(),
approved = 1;

Then run the resync query by approving a reviews on the product or a little script

Much faster than trying to rewrite them all but still manual.
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  #193  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 05:22
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Mr_Running View Post
I have this product disable as it will not uninstall
You will need to be more specific.... "it will not" or "it does not" is not something I can solve.

As for your issue; as I said to post #18. The code is not being output by this modification and is a result of a setting on your forum.

I like the concept of the product but it's a true beta.
Hence why it's labeled beta...
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  #194  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 05:28
bigtree bigtree is offline
 
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Originally Posted by bigtree View Post

This is very cool. I've installed and its working great but I have one problem. I am using vbseo which must be effecting why I cannot access the productforums.php page.
What error do you get? What does your .htaccess file look like?
Its all working but I have, I forgot to load the productforums.php to the root.
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  #195  
Old 24 Oct 2011, 05:32
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Originally Posted by bigtree View Post
better all the time!

This is showing up on the review
<!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
review content
<!-- END TEMPLATE: prodforums_review_postcontent -->
Why am I getting this?
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