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Mod Version: 1.07b, by Coders Shack (Contributor) Coders Shack is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.0 Rating: (87 votes - 4.61 average) Installs: 975
Released: 10 Jan 2009 Last Update: 01 Mar 2009 Downloads: 5492
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Is in Beta Stage  

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Live Topic 1.07b Demo (you must be logged in, and the topic must be "live")

Videos: 1.00b 1.06b

watch the damn videos... ^_^
This product is different from anything you have seen before, it raises the bar for forums. It will make your forums much more interactive, and also reduce server load.

Technical Details:
If a thread has been posted in X seconds then its now Live, if other users are viewing the Live topic and are on the last page they will experience a clean ajax experience while talking to other members. Once the thread is older than X seconds its no longer Live and it will now act like a normal thread. Also if a user edits one of their posts that's inside of the thread, it will be updated too so there is no longer a reason to ever have to refresh.

There is also logic for the viewer, the viewer of the thread has to be in an active state to see responses. An active user state is determined upon the users actions, if no actions were made in X seconds then the user is marked as inactive.

Also you may wonder why this could save your server bandwidth and CPU. If a user is refreshing to talk to another members the queries on a normal thread load are way more intense than the ajax call that this modification makes. So if you have 5 people talking to each other none of them have to refresh the page, all they are doing is simple page requests and one intense request when there has actual change.

You can test Live Topic with two users, you will see how amaizing this is... And probably spontaneously combust.

Found a bug? Want to request a feature?
Live Topic - Project Manager
This is take less than 3 minutes to install, takes longer to notice its amazing feature. (you need multiple people to be active in the same topic)

[1.01b to 1.XXb] Uninstall the product, then reinstall it. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.

[1.02b to 1.03b] Overwrite files, upgrade product (dont install product)

[1.03b to 1.04b] Uninstall the product, then reinstall it. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.

[1.04b to 1.05b, 1.05b to 1.06b,1.06b to 1.07b] Upgrade the product. Overwrite all old files with new files and you should be fine.
Works With (FF2, FF3, IE6, IE7, IE8, SF2, SF3, CHROME):
vBulletin [3.8.X]

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safari 2 support
safari 3 support
google chrome sup
added live topic icon on new posts page
fixed security issue, strongly suggest upgrading!
added live edit (to avoid a performance hit i had to add two rows to two tables in the database)
added external style sheet
fix double post
phrase notification
fixed an edit bug for people with table prefixes
ability to change interval in ACP
javascript error for guests
fixed live topic activation (first poster to raise a dead topic)
auto quick reply focus after post
css flaw
js error for unsupported browsers (random)

fixed chrome issue
edit notification - thanks to nso
rebuilding some of the original logic to hopefully prevent product conflicts

fixed a little javascript issue that had to do with displaying posts
uses GPC cleaner now
limit the number of ajax posts on the live topic (example 40) and fade them away.
changed the way the hooks are used
tightened up everything a bit

fixed a bug where the live topic notification always making an ajax call
support user ignore list
changed the way the javascript logic worked (hopefully there are less compatibly issues) added support for IE6 and IE8

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Old 18 Jan 2009, 00:37
Lone Gunman Lone Gunman is offline
Join Date: Nov 2008
Originally Posted by Coders Shack View Post
haha thanks man. Which mods were they by the way? (id like to provide a list of mods that don't work with this product)
this was one...

the other was ultimate side colums.

the first i just added just b4 yours so i hadnt started using it yet. USC i added a month ago or so, but hadnt gotten around to figuring out what i wanted to do with it. either way your mod was way cooler than either of those.

i got a lot of respect for the guys and gals smarter than me on here creating these mods. yours is just the absolute coolest i ever saw. VB 3.9 better come with your mod standard!

Im just helping a friend start up a forum. its just a hobby for us. who cares if it ever gets big. we got friends that love it and we are glad to find talented people like you to help add to it.

send me a small logo through contact us email link on site, and i will be glad to add you as a sponsor.

thanks a million!
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 01:02
nascartr nascartr is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Originally Posted by azher View Post
Are there any known incompatibilities with vbOptimise? I had this working fine until just now when I installed that.

I've used vbOptimise from the beginning and they have not conflicted with one another.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 06:22
gibby540 gibby540 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Loads of fun, thanks!

Oh, and what happens with non-compatible browsers? Just nothing? Thanks!
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 09:33
GavM GavM is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
This plugin is still maxing out our SQL connections, so we've had to disable it again.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 11:15
glennybee glennybee is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Oh nice... > away to install and have a play!
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 11:55
fattony69 fattony69 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Real name: Tony
I can't wait until this is totally stable. This looks like an amazing modification.
The Best Forum Ever!
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 12:30
DangerousDale DangerousDale is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Had it installed but my site started hanging, including the admin cp

Well give it ago again on the next update

Keep up the good work.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 12:41
carubmun carubmun is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Originally Posted by LGKeiz View Post
this is the best ++++ing mod I ever had.
I must second that.
People on my forum are getting woodies the first time they see it in action.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 12:56
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BirdOPrey5 BirdOPrey5 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Real name: Joe D.
Originally Posted by Alfa1 View Post
Please add member group permissions. I am mighty interested to install this hack, if I can activate it for my VIP members.

Although I have installed it and will see how it works, so far it's spotty... I got 1 to come across - I think - but 2 other times I hit refresh and found more posts... Will know for sure when traffic pics up.

Regardless of how this works in beta, this is an excellent addition and when the bugs are worked out will deffinitely be a 'must have' mod... But I would also like to enable/disable by usergroup.

EDIT - working consistently now... not sure what it was... So far so good.

Last edited by BirdOPrey5; 18 Jan 2009 at 13:17.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 13:04
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Andyrew Andyrew is offline
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Real name: Andrew
Dont work in chrome for me. i have to hit refresh to see new posts.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 16:28
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basilrath basilrath is offline
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Well its working fine for me and pretty slick too
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 17:47
joopster joopster is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Ok it doesn't work with woopra from what I can tell.

I have got it working, and the posts update but the posts are jacked up, meaning they don't look the same as the prior posts. Outside frame is longer etc.

In IE7 it is showing it in legacy postbit also instead of what the default is.

Any ideas?

EDIT: I did a refresh and now it seems to show the posts correctly but it has quit working. Not showing new posts...?

I am going to try and disable more plugins.

EDIT AGAIN: Fixed: I thought I disabled the Ultimate Side Columns but I had not. I wish these two worked together.

Last edited by joopster; 18 Jan 2009 at 18:18.
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 18:41
joopster joopster is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
works great!
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 19:06
azher azher is offline
Join Date: Oct 2001

Originally Posted by nascartr View Post
I've used vbOptimise from the beginning and they have not conflicted with one another.
I think I found out what the issue was...many of our forum members prefer to use the "Linear - Newest First" thread view as their default under User CP->Options. The AJAX refresh works perfectly fine for those that are on "Linear - Oldest First" (what I suspect is the default for many boards) however for our site, most people simply see the notification popup rather than the actual refresh.

I'd humbly request that the logic be updated to take this into account and "bump down" the posts for those that prefer to see newest posts first.
Islamica Community
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 19:36
morpheusXIIX morpheusXIIX is offline
Join Date: Jul 2002
Very neat mod. Installed, when testing I noticed that if you require a user to click reply in a thread before activating the quick reply box, no matter what was inputed, the post became "Please click one of the Quick Reply icons in the posts above to activate Quick Reply."

This error came up in Firefox 3.0.5. No problems duplicating it in IE 7.

Another small quirk, which did come up in IE 7 was that the AJAX displayed posts were not able to be clicked on to activate the quick reply box.

Nominated no less, great feature.
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