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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: 16957
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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 vBulletin.org.

A version for vBulletin 4.0 has been released! Thread: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=245023


vBExperience 3.8.6 is currently (August 2010) in development.


Description
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.


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



Demo:
http://www.insideearth.net/xperience.php?langid=5

Demo 3.8.6:
http://www.insidetwoworlds.com/xperience.php

Other Demo Site:
http://www.insidesupcom.de/xperience.php?langid=1


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:
Threads
- 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)

Posts
- Created posts
- Views on attachments

User
- 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

Misc
- 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.


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


Awards
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.


Rankings
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

Shop
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)

Statistics
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.


Settings
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: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/proje...6979#note74140
- If you completely remove vBExperience, you need also to uninstall the product XML manually from the pluginssystem

Credits for icons
- FAMFAMFAM, http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/silk/
- IconExperience


History
3.8.4.3 / 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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  #106  
Old 20 Jan 2009, 20:03
petacat petacat is offline
 
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To phalanx...
Ignore the people who say silly things ... you have done a great job on the mod. I trust that you will improve things like you have in the past ... your work is appreciated!

To a small number of people ... when you accept free work like these mods, you enter into a kind of contract to WORK WITH the developer to make it better. It is not like paying $2000 for a program and expecting it to do what you paid for ... you are an active participant in the development. Give phalanx the information needed to improve/fix things and it helps you and others.
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  #107  
Old 21 Jan 2009, 07:24
buileminh buileminh is offline
 
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Originally Posted by petacat View Post
To phalanx...
Ignore the people who say silly things ... you have done a great job on the mod. I trust that you will improve things like you have in the past ... your work is appreciated!

To a small number of people ... when you accept free work like these mods, you enter into a kind of contract to WORK WITH the developer to make it better. It is not like paying $2000 for a program and expecting it to do what you paid for ... you are an active participant in the development. Give phalanx the information needed to improve/fix things and it helps you and others.
Great! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!
The only thing I am afraid of using this mod is that this mod is not really flexible. I just want a score system with possibility to give user purchase paid subscription by points they earned. The others should be disabled due to impact on server load/system performance. I know other people want different things on this mod. That's why I will be much much better if user can choose what they want to enable and what they want to disable.
By the way, never forget the impact on server load because many people must take care of it very much!
Thank you very much for your great work you have done in this mod.
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  #108  
Old 21 Jan 2009, 11:09
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Real name: Marius
Originally Posted by Terminot View Post
Is there a way of recounting the activity module or do I have to wait the number of days specified in the field?
You can execute either the Activity Cron or just do a complete recount. Activity is beeing calculated once a night, and it's counting only posts from the days you specified.

Originally Posted by Terminot View Post
And where do I adjust the location of the awards in the postbit?
Settings, vBExperience Awards

Originally Posted by soniceffect View Post
Nobody seems to have 100% ..... Everyone seems to get to 99% and thats the highest it seems to get .. My winner of the activity award also has 99%. Staff are not included in the awards but there are only 3 of us
Originally Posted by NittoMOD View Post
*I would have to enter each user ID. Maybe for future release we could have the option for a specific group?
I will think about it.

Originally Posted by NittoMOD View Post
*Im trying to figure out why it is doing this. It happens on all the forums. It will work sometimes. This morning it was working, now its off again. If you want, i can give you access to my site so you can look at it.
Thanks for your help! This is a really great mod!
Please PM me a temporary admin account.

Originally Posted by bockworst View Post
My shop items are not shown at the postbits, i've tried every setting. How can i fix this? The bars are working fine.
Do you have a regular unmodified postbit? Does it work on the default style?

Originally Posted by DanTHEGREAT View Post
uninstalled, took out nomination.
Do you have a reason for this? Your last post was "thanks I checked and now it works."
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  #109  
Old 21 Jan 2009, 11:14
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Real name: Marius
Thank you both for your backing, I appreciate it.

Originally Posted by petacat View Post
To phalanx...
Ignore the people who say silly things ... you have done a great job on the mod. I trust that you will improve things like you have in the past ... your work is appreciated!

To a small number of people ... when you accept free work like these mods, you enter into a kind of contract to WORK WITH the developer to make it better. It is not like paying $2000 for a program and expecting it to do what you paid for ... you are an active participant in the development. Give phalanx the information needed to improve/fix things and it helps you and others.
Originally Posted by buileminh View Post
Great! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!
The only thing I am afraid of using this mod is that this mod is not really flexible. I just want a score system with possibility to give user purchase paid subscription by points they earned. The others should be disabled due to impact on server load/system performance. I know other people want different things on this mod. That's why I will be much much better if user can choose what they want to enable and what they want to disable.
By the way, never forget the impact on server load because many people must take care of it very much!
Thank you very much for your great work you have done in this mod.
The score system is the core, many things can be disabled via options. Please tell me what you need to be disabled.
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  #110  
Old 21 Jan 2009, 14:48
buileminh buileminh is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
Thank you both for your backing, I appreciate it.




The score system is the core, many things can be disabled via options. Please tell me what you need to be disabled.
First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
I want a score system that score (or value) user's activities on my forums. Each user will have a certain point according to how active he is in my forums. I want to give all user permission to purchase paid subscriptions by point they earned. All the other features should be disable to reduce server load. By the way, how heavy your mod is?
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Old 21 Jan 2009, 16:50
Nantrox Nantrox is offline
 
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I havent used that hack at all, so I wonder if its possible that User can donate Points to other Users?
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Old 21 Jan 2009, 21:27
wicked80 wicked80 is offline
 
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Hi friends,
Awards are not showing up on my site for the users. Do I have to assign them manually for each user from Vbulletin backend?? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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  #113  
Old 21 Jan 2009, 22:30
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TheArve TheArve is offline
 
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Thanks for this,, really appreciate ur time taken,

CHeers

thearve
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  #114  
Old 22 Jan 2009, 10:42
Terminot Terminot is offline
 
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How do you calculate the activity? Can you give me the exact sumarize? That would be nice!
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Old 22 Jan 2009, 22:59
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DanTHEGREAT DanTHEGREAT is offline
 
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No nothing against you, just found a better system

thanks though.

I was more looking of a points system instead of an experience system.
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  #116  
Old 23 Jan 2009, 01:25
buileminh buileminh is offline
 
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Originally Posted by DanTHEGREAT View Post
No nothing against you, just found a better system

thanks though.

I was more looking of a points system instead of an experience system.
May you share with me (and everybody also) about the system? I am looking for the point system too...
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  #117  
Old 23 Jan 2009, 07:52
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by DanTHEGREAT View Post
No nothing against you, just found a better system

thanks though.

I was more looking of a points system instead of an experience system.
vBExperience is PRIMARY an point system which shows also the activity.

Originally Posted by buileminh View Post
I want a score system that score (or value) user's activities on my forums. Each user will have a certain point according to how active he is in my forums. I want to give all user permission to purchase paid subscriptions by point they earned. All the other features should be disable to reduce server load.
Disable all points other than activity by setting it's value to 0 via options/settings.

Originally Posted by buileminh View Post
By the way, how heavy your mod is?
Depends on your machine and your traffic


Originally Posted by Nantrox View Post
I havent used that hack at all, so I wonder if its possible that User can donate Points to other Users?
Currently not.

Originally Posted by wicked80 View Post
Awards are not showing up on my site for the users. Do I have to assign them manually for each user from Vbulletin backend?? Any help would be appreciated.
Did you recalculated once after installation? Does "Generate Awards" from within "Manage Awards" work?

Originally Posted by Terminot View Post
How do you calculate the activity? Can you give me the exact sumarize? That would be nice!
See description:
Calculation of the activity
The system calculates the activity by taking the average post count 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 (controlable via AdminCP) .
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Old 23 Jan 2009, 09:40
buileminh buileminh is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Phalynx View Post
1. Disable all points other than activity by setting it's value to 0 via options/settings.

2. Depends on your machine and your traffic
1. I think set the values to 0 will disable point system. What I want is keep the point system to give points for users when they do activities in my forums and when they have certain point, they can use their points to purchase Paid Subscriptions. Can users purchase Paid Subscriptions using their points in your current version?

2. I will have 5k-30K members, 100-300 members online at the same time. Will it be heavy?
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Old 23 Jan 2009, 10:04
Phalynx Phalynx is offline
 
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Originally Posted by buileminh View Post
1. I think set the values to 0 will disable point system. What I want is keep the point system to give points for users when they do activities in my forums and when they have certain point, they can use their points to purchase Paid Subscriptions. Can users purchase Paid Subscriptions using their points in your current version?
I don't understand. You want to disable all other than activity, but here you are telling me you need it. You cannot disable more, as there is no more which can be disabled.
Please tell me what exactly you will need to disable.

Originally Posted by buileminh View Post
2. I will have 5k-30K members, 100-300 members online at the same time. Will it be heavy?
Depends on your machine. You will have to try it out, read also the readme about optimization on heavy sites.
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Old 23 Jan 2009, 10:16
Terminot Terminot is offline
 
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Thanks for the answers, one last question concerning the award location. You said I can edit it under settings and that's true but I want to edit it myself in the code. Now I can only chose before or after the name but I want it to be under the name:

Username<br />
Awards
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