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Mod Version: 1.3.3, by MarkFL (Coder) MarkFL is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.x Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 10
Released: 05 May 2016 Last Update: 26 Jun 2017 Downloads: 78
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Overview:

This product will give you complete control over who knows who is online. You can select usergroups and users whose online status is hidden from everyone, except members of usergroups and individual users from whom you decide no one will be hidden. When a user's online status is hidden, those from whom it is hidden will never see them shown as online in the "Currently Active Users" section of "What's Going On?" (WGO) or on the "Who's Online" page, or on their profile page or in their postbits.

A hidden user will show up in the list of recent visitors in the WGO section, however, their cited time of last activity will be either their last visit time, or time of last post/PM/VM...whichever is the most recent, so as to arouse the least suspicion. This same time of last activity will be shown on their profile page as well.

You can also define "Troublesome Users" which are dual sets of users, the first set which is hidden from the second, and if you enable the reciprocity for this setting, the second set will also be hidden from the first. You may define as many dual sets of troublesome users as you want.

Also, you can set whether hidden users are hidden from themselves. If you wish to make it less obvious to users that their online status is being hidden then set this to "No" and if you want hidden users to see that they are hidden, set this to "Yes."

The users you set as those from whom no online status is hidden will see everyone's true online status, regardless of the other settings.

Updates:

Version 1.1:
  • Added option to show hidden users as guests.

Version 1.2:
  • Hidden users shown as guests now moved to the end of the guest list on Who's Online.

Version 1.3:
  • Fixed reported issue of memberaction dropdown giving away online status.

Version 1.3.1:
  • Added option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links.

Version 1.3.2:
  • Amended option to turn off online status tooltip from all memberaction dropdown links to include online status indicators in postbits.

Version 1.3.3:
  • Added option to set whether the active usercounts will be adjusted to account for hidden users or not.

Compatibility:

Tested and working on VB 4.2.x and may work on all 4.x versions of vBulletin.

Backup/Warning:

This product does not alter your database, however it is always good practice to make regular backups and you should make a backup before installing ANY new mod.

As always, products are USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I will provide support and do my best to help but no absolute guarantee is offered.

To Install:
  1. Download and extract the attached .zip file.
  2. Follow AdminCP -> Plugins & Products -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product.
  3. Click on "Choose File" and browse to the product .xml file that was packaged in the .zip file.
  4. Click "Import."
  5. You MUST enable the product in the settings before it will function.
  6. Configure the remaining settings to your liking. Each setting has a detailed explanation of its use.



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Old 05 May 2016, 17:57
jimnyc jimnyc is offline
 
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If I place my name in the hidden list, will the rest of the moderators still see me, those that have rights to see "Who's online"? I would like for them to see everyone who is online, but still somehow hide myself when I login.

Thanks!
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Old 05 May 2016, 18:15
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Originally Posted by jimnyc View Post
If I place my name in the hidden list, will the rest of the moderators still see me, those that have rights to see "Who's online"? I would like for them to see everyone who is online, but still somehow hide myself when I login.

Thanks!
If you put your username in the list of hidden users, then only those users you set (either by usergroup or username) as those from which no one is hidden will see you online.
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Old 05 May 2016, 18:26
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If you put your username in the list of hidden users, then only those users you set (either by usergroup or username) as those from which no one is hidden will see you online.
Sweet, thanks. Installed!
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Old 05 May 2016, 19:01
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Update - Version 1.1:
  • Added option to show hidden users as guests.
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Old 07 May 2016, 21:52
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Update - Version 1.2:
  • Hidden users shown as guests now moved to the end of the guest list on Who's Online.
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Old 24 May 2017, 00:29
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This works very well but do you know how I can totally remove the popup text that says x is online now (or x is offline now)? I don't even want that to popup. Thanks for another great mod!
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Old 24 May 2017, 00:41
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Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
This works very well but do you know how I can totally remove the popup text that says x is online now (or x is offline now)? I don't even want that to popup. Thanks for another great mod!
Yes, I see what you mean...that is certainly a hole in this product, and I will fill that in tonight, and publish an update ASAP. Thank you for alerting me to this.
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Old 24 May 2017, 00:57
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Thank you! You really rock. Btw, I'd "like" your replies more often if VBulletin would let me.

Last edited by chloe101; 24 May 2017 at 01:08.
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Old 24 May 2017, 03:10
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Update - Version 1.3:
  • Fixed reported issue of memberaction dropdown giving away online status.
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Old 24 May 2017, 04:00
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The only concern I have in using this product is it might make a forum appear inactive to guests. If guests can see who's online then it serves no purpose to block registered usergroups.

I'm sure there's a way around this but I'm not quite sure what it is.
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Old 24 May 2017, 04:17
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That was fast! Thank you. Now they all show as offline which is great. Is there any way to turn that useless little hover message off totally?
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Old 24 May 2017, 04:20
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Originally Posted by In Omnibus View Post
The only concern I have in using this product is it might make a forum appear inactive to guests. If guests can see who's online then it serves no purpose to block registered usergroups.

I'm sure there's a way around this but I'm not quite sure what it is.
Guests cannot see hidden users, nor can they see users who have chosen to be invisible either.

You probably wouldn't want to have a large number of users as hidden with this product. However, there are more indicators of an active community besides the number of users seen to be online at any given moment, such as new threads/posts, etc.

This won't hide who has visited within the last 24 hours either.
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Old 24 May 2017, 04:22
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Originally Posted by chloe101 View Post
That was fast! Thank you. Now they all show as offline which is great. Is there any way to turn that useless little hover message off totally?
Yes, but you'd likely want to do that for everyone, rather than just the users affected by this product, so that no one stands out as being "different."

Do you want me to add an option to turn that off for everyone?
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Old 24 May 2017, 04:40
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Yes please! Or just let me know how to do it. My members consider it an invasion of their privacy to have their online status showing so I am trying to turn it off everywhere, zap every trace of it (except for Admins/Mods of course).
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