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vbNetwork - share forums with other boards
Mod Version: 1.0.0, by zethon (Member) zethon is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.4 Rating: (8 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 71
Released: 03 May 2009 Last Update: 02 Jun 2010 Downloads: 595
Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Additional Files External Content Is in Beta Stage  


This add-on gives you the ability to share forums with other message boards without having to share any database information. The plugin runs through webservices and uses XML.
Release Notes
Currently the installation is easy but if you want to set up and run your own network it will help if you're familiar with XML. Joining an already existing network is fairly simple.

This plugin is developed using vBulletin 3.8.X and being tested on 3.6.X and 3.8.X. If it works on both of those, I will assume it works on 3.7.X.

If you would like my help writing versions for phpBB, IPB or other message board software, please feel free to contact me.

If you are interested you can join my existing network, but please note that it is mostly a trolling-based community of boards. Feel free to start your own network with other boards.

Product Specifications
  1. several plugins
  2. one cron job
  3. file uploads
  4. new DB tables
  5. several phrases

Approx 2-5 mins
See the included installation instructions.
  1. upload all files in the upload directory, overwriting any existing files
  2. re-import the XML file, setting "Overwrite" to "Yes"

See the included documentation for details.

If you encounter problems or discover any bugs, please create a new issue at:

Change History
  • 0.9.0 (2009-02-20) - initial Beta release
  • 0.9.2 (2009-05-03) - added (some) logging, fixed bug for 3.8.2
  • 0.9.3 (2009-05-03) - added 'Delete' to Network Management, other minor changes
  • 0.9.4 (2009-05-08) - added new board and forum management functionality, and some new minor features
  • 0.9.5 (2009-05-09) - adds new option to sync network users via email, and added ability to change the network name
  • 1.0.0 (2010-06-02) - Version 1.0 for vBulletin 3.8.X

This is one shared forum on three different boards (the content of this forum may be NSFW).

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Miscellaneous Hacks vbNetwork - share forums with other boards zethon vBulletin 3.6 Add-ons 22 07 May 2009 04:34

Old 01 Mar 2011, 17:44
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mavherzog mavherzog is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Real name: Larry Herzog Jr.
I've been wanting this FOREVER. What I'd like to see is this available for multiple forum software packages. phpbb would be a great one to start with. I envision something like that become some sort of standard and eventually working its way into core forum software functionality.

This sort of thing was common place with the old BBS's (ala FIDOnet, WWIVnet, etc).
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Old 04 Mar 2011, 15:39
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Alfa1 Alfa1 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
moving threads into network forums sends posts into random threads on remote boards

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. move thread in non-network forum to a network forum
2. post in the thread
3. execute cron job

What is the expected output? What do you see instead?

If there is no network thread id for the thread, the remote board should
either reject the post or create the thread. Currently, the post seems to
be assigned to a random thread?
Has this been resolved?
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Old 23 Sep 2011, 23:00
I.M.O.G. I.M.O.G. is offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
I'm receiving a lot of XML parser errors (error code 3 when running the scheduled task) when using this mod.

For example, a post with regular quotes is fine:

I'm Matt, AKA "I.M.O.G."

But a post with these quotes is not:

I’m Matt, AKA “I.M.O.G.”

I'm running a network with 8 nodes, so I'm working at improving the parsing code to be a bit more liberal. I've also noticed you have to be careful about the settings on each board - depending on the image settings and such, you may receive errors if one board in the network has more liberal settings configured than another.
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Old 23 Sep 2011, 23:17
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BirdOPrey5 BirdOPrey5 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2008
Real name: Joe D.
yeah, you need to make the max images and max number of characters per post equal on all the boards to prevent the risk of some messages not being accepted and throwing off the whole system. Learned that the hard way.
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Old 24 Sep 2011, 15:29
OldSchoolDSL OldSchoolDSL is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Real name: Adam H.
Working on adding IPB support
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Old 06 Oct 2011, 17:59
I.M.O.G. I.M.O.G. is offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
For anyone using this plugin, you may want to make the following changes to improve the way vbnetwork handles special characters:

Line 320 of "/forums/network/function_network.php" should read:
$xmlstr = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>'."\n";

The line just below that should change "=" to ".=".

With that small change, you will eliminate a lot of "error code 3"/XML parsing errors, where the XML feeds are corrupted due to the use of special characters in posts.
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Old 10 Oct 2011, 17:01
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mavherzog mavherzog is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Real name: Larry Herzog Jr.
I have installed and created a new network. For those wanting to join and network with, please drop me an email at: me [at] imav [dot] org
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Old 23 Oct 2011, 01:14
hpidriver hpidriver is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009
This is something I have been curious about, tagged... thanks.
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Old 26 Dec 2011, 13:10
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mavherzog mavherzog is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Real name: Larry Herzog Jr.
Originally Posted by mavherzog View Post
I have installed and created a new network. For those wanting to join and network with, please drop me an email at: me [at] imav [dot] org
No takers??
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Old 30 Dec 2011, 06:34
OldSchoolDSL OldSchoolDSL is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Real name: Adam H.
I've given up on this one.

Tried to upgrade it for vBulletin 4, but failed
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Old 07 May 2020, 16:42
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Dr.CustUmz Dr.CustUmz is online now
Join Date: Aug 2013
Real name: Ryan
i know this is quite old, but I dont see why it isnt working... I am using vb 3.8.11 and PHP 5.6.4 when I try to add new network, upon clicking save the page goes blank and nothing is added in the database.

I have tried going through the files and replacing =& with just a = but still no luck. anyone got his working?
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