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Email reminder for inactive users
Mod Version: 1.2.7, by C Braithwaite (Member) C Braithwaite is offline
Developer Last Online: Dec 2012 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

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vB Version: 3.6.8 Rating: (117 votes - 4.60 average) Installs: 1463
Released: 09 Feb 2007 Last Update: 24 Aug 2008 Downloads: 50924
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations Is in Beta Stage  

Inactive reminder emails. This mod was designed to send out a reminder to inactive members to try and win them back.

***1.2.7 Update***
This update includes built in support for bouncing emails. The script will automatically detect the bounced mail, mark it as bounced so the user is not to be contacted again so as to avoid spam, and then move that user into a seperate usergroup. This plugin is still in it's testing stages, but I have addressed the bugs mentioned previously regarding the emailing side of things.

This is important so keep reading
To install this plugin and take advantage of the bounced email features you are going to need to follow these instructions very carefully. I can not gaurentee that they will work to the letter as this will be based on each persons individual hosting settings.

Step 1: Pre Install
Before you touch this product you need to do the following
  • Create an "inactive" usergroup
  • Set up a "bounce to" email address
    Pick an email address that you want to use as your bounced email address. Im using "[email protected]". feel free to use whatever you wish.
  • Add a email message filter
    This is the hard part. You need to set up a filter that will 'pipe' an email sent to the above email address.
    I am using Cpanel 11 and this is how i have mine set up:
    Rules: 'To' 'Equals' '[email protected]'
    Actions: 'Pipe to program' with the setting: |/usr/local/bin/php /home/icora/public_html/forum/bounce.php
    This will depend entirely on your settings and structure so you may have to do a little research. It would be very helfull if people who have to use diferent configurations would post them on here.
  • Go into vBulletin options, and find the options for 'Emails'. there is a setting asking you if you want to use '-f'. set this to yes.
  • While still inn the email options set the 'Bounce Email Address' to your above address.
Step 2: Install
Remove all previous trace of this modification, and upload all the files in the "upload" folder to your base directory of the server.
Go into your product management section and add a new product. upload the XML file with overwrite selected.
Refresh your admin CP to load the new menu items. Just under the "users" group you will find an "Inactive Reminders" group. open that up and click on settings.
Play with these settings and options to suit for the most part. when you come down to the bounce settings you MUST use the same email address as the one you created above.
Set to active and save.

I must re-iterate that this version has not been widely tested, but the simulations i have ran have worked. I look forward to your feedback!

Features:
  • Select the period of time before a user is considered inactive.
  • Select how many emails to send to each inactive user per inactivity period
  • Choose weather inactivity is based on members "Last Post" or their "Last Visit"
  • Specify how often followup emails are sent
  • Specify alternative emails to send to reduce repetition
  • Keep a log of all inactive users contacted

Planned Updates:
  • More detail in reports
  • ...such as
  • Which useres returned
  • Effectivness stats
  • Email validity

**1.2.1 Update***
Added more detail to the reports section. You can now see the email address, and quickly indicate which emails were invalid. You can link directly to that user to edit as you wish.
I have fixed some errors which have been crashing people's database. Please post any problems if you can.

**1.2.3 Update***
Fixed several problems with escaping strings
Stopped database errors locking up site
***

**1.2.4 Update***
Added a "From Email" so you can specify your own email address to send the reminders from.
Fixed potential bug for people who do not use the mail queue.

Anyone having problems with sending emails out too fast, and multiple emails being sent need to consider changing their email settings in vbulletin options.
People with emails going out too fast - edit Number of Emails to Send Per Batch to a lower amount
People with multiple emails sending - edit Use Mailqueue System to "Yes, with locking"
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**1.2.5 Update***
Added more stats in the reports page, also added a "Send test email" option so users can test the functionality of the mod
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  #1006  
Old 24 Dec 2007, 20:26
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Having read the recent posts, all new users should use version 1.9
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 20:32
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" Instructions are included."

I do not see instructions. Where does reminderemail.php go?

I was already on 1.1.1 too. Should I still downgrade?
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 20:34
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1.1.1 stopped working for me, with no reason that I can find.
Older version has been much more reliable for me.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 20:38
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by vwdforum View Post
Having read the recent posts, all new users should use version 1.9
That's my recommendation too.

You should consider versions 1.10, 1.11, and the alternate version titled "1.2" as beta versions - try at your own risk. But I'd suggest you get version 1.09 working first so you can go back to it if you encounter problems.
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Old 24 Dec 2007, 20:46
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by chadi View Post
" Instructions are included."

I do not see instructions. Where does reminderemail.php go?

I was already on 1.1.1 too. Should I still downgrade?
See install.txt in the download:

To install, upload remindermail.php to your ./includes/cron/ dir, and import the product xml

Options are in admincp options menu, where you should edit the settings.
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 19:07
SVTCobraLTD SVTCobraLTD is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
I was having problems with 1.11 as it would send emails to members who are on the board almost everyday even though my settings are done for 25 days.

Changed to 1.09 and it said no one was inactive and would send me tons of emails all day long saying this. So I had to uninstall. Anyone else have something like this?
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 19:11
Dekard Dekard is offline
 
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Originally Posted by SVTCobraLTD View Post
I was having problems with 1.11 as it would send emails to members who are on the board almost everyday even though my settings are done for 25 days.

Changed to 1.09 and it said no one was inactive and would send me tons of emails all day long saying this. So I had to uninstall. Anyone else have something like this?
Nope, this worked perfectly for me.
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Old 23 Jan 2008, 19:28
SVTCobraLTD SVTCobraLTD is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
It was for me for months... now all of sudden started acting up. Who knows
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  #1014  
Old 25 Jan 2008, 02:32
Mum Mum is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Real name: Kirsty
Just installed this and ran it, it sent an email out to 548 people, so far 25 have come back!!!! Yay!! Awesome stuff!
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Old 25 Jan 2008, 12:23
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got 1.9 up and working on 3.6.7 PL2 :-)

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  #1016  
Old 25 Jan 2008, 14:29
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In less than 25 hours i have had 50 members return, due to this mod Big thumbs up!
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 14:28
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how would I make it email from [email protected] because right now it emails from like box109.true02.com.hostmonster.com please help
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Old 28 Jan 2008, 14:42
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by yuriy View Post
how would I make it email from [email protected] because right now it emails from like box109.true02.com.hostmonster.com please help
It emails from whatever email address is listed in the vBulletin forum configuration. The string "box109.true02.com.hostmonster.com" looks like a physical mapping address for your hosting service. You need to contact them.

Do you get the same thing for other emails sent by vBulletin?
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 17:34
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Location: Germany
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WARNING:

Everyone be careful. There are hacked files from version 1.11 available
adding content to your board like

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Please everyone who has installed v1.11 check your product-remindermail.xml for this
code. You can also see the hacked version cause its adding a text line to your forum footer.
Uninstall the product then directly and search for a non hacked version.
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Old 29 Jan 2008, 18:32
ECMatt90 ECMatt90 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Originally Posted by Mum View Post
Just installed this and ran it, it sent an email out to 548 people, so far 25 have come back!!!! Yay!! Awesome stuff!

How do I know if the emails were sent out?
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