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[AJAX] Helpful Answers - Post Rating System (plus many sub-features)
Mod Version: 2.0.6, by Ted S (Coder) Ted S is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.1 Rating: (55 votes - 4.85 average) Installs: 459
Released: 03 Feb 2009 Last Update: 13 May 2011 Downloads: 4516
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files  

Note: While this modification is updated for compatibility, I am only developing features for the 4.x version. I understand many sites continue to use 3.8 for a variety of reasons but dual developing takes time away from adding anything new. I encourage you to develop out your own change and share them back as no modification is ideal for every forum out of the box.

Every day your users contribute hundreds if not thousands of posts making it hard for new members and guests to separate out the best answers from those that are less helpful. The Helpful Answers System offers your members a quick way (AJAX) to rate individual posts as either helpful or not allowing future visitors to understand the benefits of each post.

Designed for maximum flexibility:


This addon is built to be flexible and offers several customization options including:
  • The ability to show a user's vote stats in posts
  • The ability to use image or text ratings.
  • The ability to offer yes/no or scaled 1-10 point ranking.
  • The ability to turn off negative ratings for a positive only system.
  • The ability to decide which forums are open for helpful answer ratings.
  • The ability to audit the system and identify top users and potential abusers.
  • The ability to ban specific members from using the system.
  • The ability to customize the AJAX message shown after a post is rated.
  • The ability to edit all text and messages through phrases.
  • The ability to show a page with the top helpful posts.
  • The ability to show rating stats on a user's profile.
  • Integration with the reputation system for ratings.
  • Template driven display that can easily be customized to your forum.
For advanced users template conditionals and variables let you further extend the functionality to color highlight good or bad posts, include ratings in userís profiles and much more.

Load & Scale:
This addon is designed to work with small to large sites and is currently being used by sites with more than 2 million posts. If you have questions about integrating with your big board please contact me.

Modification Installation:
This addon requires uploading multiple files, installing a vBulletin product and enabling the feature in any forums you wish. No template modifications are required. Please see the included install file for detailed instructions.

If you are not seeing the rating bar double check that you have enabled the feature in the forum you are in and insure the Manual Template override option is not enabled.

Rating Review & Deletion:
To identify and remove abuse a reporting system is included with this addon and can be found in your vBulletin ACP under the Helpful Answers tab. Through this panel you will be able to view a user's overall rating history and individual ratings and can remove either if necessary. Users can also be explicitly banned from the system.

Reputation System Integration:
Helpful Answers can be extended to directly tie into your reputation system giving users positive or negative points based on the ratings of their posts. There are numerous options on how to handle ratings that can be found in a separate Helpful Answers Reputation part of your vBulletin Settings page.

External Integration:
vB Plaza Modification - http://www.vbplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6359
vB Experience - http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=199556

Anonymous Stats Tracking (optional):
vBulletin forums reach millions of consumers around the world yet little is known about their habits and opinions. This addon was released to the public out of requests but also to further the research of forum user's behaviors and actions through collecting the most basic data on thousands of sites.

By default this addon will pass basic rating data (positive or negative) to a 3rd party site for statistical purposes. Only the most basic data is captured (the vote and your site name) and no user information or specific forum details are logged, not even an IP address.

While you may disable this feature through the administrative options I ask that you consider leaving it in place to help this research effort and insure the continued support of the addon.

The tracking feature uses the php library cURL on a 5 second timeout. If cURL is not installed this option is automatically disabled.

Updates:
- 5/13/2011 - Release of 2.0.6 minor bug fix
- 08/31/2009 - Release of 2.0.0
- 08/07/2009 - Release of 1.9.5 stable

Other Versions:
This addon will work with 3.7 but to avoid issues with different code versions please see the 3.7 version thread here.

Before you download this modification please remember this is a free tool provided as a courtesy to you and support responses are subject to the availability of the author and other members. If you are looking for a professionally supported system this is not the solution for you.

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  #1381  
Old 24 Apr 2010, 14:35
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Uninstalled...

Too many issues with the helpfulanswers.php page not working correctly. Double entries for certain articles. No remedy for the issue.

Tried the update to 2.0.5...started getting parse errors for the hlpfulanswers.php page.

Sorry...though it may have been a great idea...and I had used it for quite a while...waiting for fixes, but they never came. The latest release caused the parse errors...and I felt enough was enough.

Thanks anyway...
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Old 25 Apr 2010, 09:16
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Originally Posted by Saviour View Post
Uninstalled...

Too many issues with the helpfulanswers.php page not working correctly. Double entries for certain articles. No remedy for the issue.

Tried the update to 2.0.5...started getting parse errors for the hlpfulanswers.php page.

Sorry...though it may have been a great idea...and I had used it for quite a while...waiting for fixes, but they never came. The latest release caused the parse errors...and I felt enough was enough.

Thanks anyway...
2.0.5 is a beta release for vb 3.8 series.

Unfortunately I have not been able to duplicate your bug, nor have I seen it reported recently by anyone else, so it's very hard to track down. helpfulanswers.php isn't really where I've been focusing my efforts, perhaps someone else will come along and extend it to be more useful for you.
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Old 25 Apr 2010, 10:34
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Thanks for update Ted Installed and working great
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Old 26 Apr 2010, 05:58
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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HA 3.8 users, if you follow the 4.0 version of this addon you'll see that I have added the option to hide low ranked posts. This is a feature I will be looking to port to 3.8, however, there are some code differences and I may not have time to address this for a few weeks while I monitor the 4.0 version to be sure it's running well.

Thanks for your patience.
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Old 30 Apr 2010, 15:09
James T Brock James T Brock is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
HA 3.8 users, if you follow the 4.0 version of this addon you'll see that I have added the option to hide low ranked posts. This is a feature I will be looking to port to 3.8, however, there are some code differences and I may not have time to address this for a few weeks while I monitor the 4.0 version to be sure it's running well.

Thanks for your patience.
Looking forward to having it ported.
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Old 04 May 2010, 07:53
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Ted, i followed the instructions for upgrade to 2.05 and when trying to access helpfulanswers.php i get this:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /home/thecodec/public_html/forumz/helpfulanswers.php on line 498
Running:
vB 3.8.5
PHP version 5.2.13
MySQL version 5.0.90-community

Any ideas?
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Old 04 May 2010, 12:49
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I changed the helpfulanswers.php for this one http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...postcount=1335 and it seems to work.
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Old 04 May 2010, 19:27
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
I changed the helpfulanswers.php for this one http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...postcount=1335 and it seems to work.
Thanks. The bug in the beta version will be resolved this week.
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Old 09 May 2010, 15:48
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How can a user see how many votes he has done so far?
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Old 09 May 2010, 15:53
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Originally Posted by Kwikms View Post
How can a user see how many votes he has done so far?
Simply view their profile and click the statistics tab.
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Old 09 May 2010, 19:12
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
Simply view their profile and click the statistics tab.
That feature is actually not working properly but is on the list to get updated.
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Old 16 May 2010, 14:17
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Thanks. It dows work for me (3.8.5).

What I dont get is this in ACP: If enabled, users will have votes on their posts counted to display in the postbit template, their profile, etc.

What exactly should happen if set to yes in the postbit template?
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Old 16 May 2010, 15:44
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
That feature is actually not working properly but is on the list to get updated.
Works for me too Ted:

Helpful Postings
Simon Lloyd Has Rated 30 Posts
Simon Lloyd's Posts have been rated good 59 out of 60 times.



Info just in case it helps!
vB 3.8.5
PHP 5.2.9
MySql 5.0.90-community
Apache v2.0.63
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Old 19 May 2010, 20:33
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Originally Posted by kmohamed View Post
how do u change the two words in the cp panel
---profile.php?do=helpfulans

* Good
* Bad


i am using another language tell me please how to convert those two words


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Old 20 May 2010, 03:09
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
HA 3.8 users, if you follow the 4.0 version of this addon you'll see that I have added the option to hide low ranked posts. This is a feature I will be looking to port to 3.8, however, there are some code differences and I may not have time to address this for a few weeks while I monitor the 4.0 version to be sure it's running well.

Thanks for your patience.
Any update on this?
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