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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: 460
Released: 03 Feb 2009 Last Update: 13 May 2011 Downloads: 4519
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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  #301  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 11:46
star88 star88 is offline
 
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Real name: Luc
Hi Ted, and thank you for your mod. I installed it.
It's ok, seems to work fine but I got an error message when I imported your product.

I attached a screenshot I took.

I use VB 3.8.1 and your latest product version 1.5.4
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  #302  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 16:53
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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If you remove the phrase you have to add back in your own code to show something... The phrase is the default message, without it there is nothing to show.

For example, if you replaced the phrase with:


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

The post would show "6 Good Votes!" if there were 6 good votes for it.

If there are no votes nothing would show by default, but again, you can change that by removing the <if ...> condition right above the phrase you are changing.
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  #303  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 16:54
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by star88 View Post
Hi Ted, and thank you for your mod. I installed it.
It's ok, seems to work fine but I got an error message when I imported your product.

I attached a screenshot I took.

I use VB 3.8.1 and your latest product version 1.5.4
Thanks.

It looks like the plugin still installed -- is it working right?
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  #304  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 17:32
star88 star88 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
Thanks.

It looks like the plugin still installed -- is it working right?
Yes, it works like a charm.
Note I don't use the 10 point rankings for now. I use helpful answers.
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  #305  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 18:14
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Great!
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  #306  
Old 25 Feb 2009, 23:49
dooch dooch is offline
 
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is there going to be a way of highlighting or copying the best post directly below the first post? I know this has been suggested, id love to see this?
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  #307  
Old 26 Feb 2009, 00:36
popowich popowich is offline
 
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Hello,

If you have the thank you hack installed the automatic placement causes a little mess.

Here is the spot in postbit_legacy that I think looks OK for those doing this as a manual template edit:

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

Helpful Posts.JPG
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  #308  
Old 26 Feb 2009, 00:42
popowich popowich is offline
 
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Is there a way to allow guests to rate posts?

I'd even be OK with a cookie check that only lets them rate up to 10 posts before registering.

My forum is mostly visitor traffic reading how-to information.

It would be great if this worked like a visit to Microsoft support sites and you get to rate the thread.

The simple thumbs up or down is fine, I just want guests to be able to rate the posts too.

Thank you for this product.

-Raymond
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Old 26 Feb 2009, 04:12
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by dooch View Post
is there going to be a way of highlighting or copying the best post directly below the first post? I know this has been suggested, id love to see this?
Highlighting absolutely.... Look at the second post in the thread and you'll see a sample condition that will let you identify the post.

Moving the post however would require manually hacking your showthread script.
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Old 26 Feb 2009, 04:13
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by popowich View Post
Hello,

If you have the thank you hack installed the automatic placement causes a little mess.

Here is the spot in postbit_legacy that I think looks OK for those doing this as a manual template edit:

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

Attachment 95509
That's a good spot or you can use it lower after the thank you hack. It just depends on where you want things to show.
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Old 26 Feb 2009, 04:14
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Originally Posted by popowich View Post
Is there a way to allow guests to rate posts?

I'd even be OK with a cookie check that only lets them rate up to 10 posts before registering.

My forum is mostly visitor traffic reading how-to information.

It would be great if this worked like a visit to Microsoft support sites and you get to rate the thread.

The simple thumbs up or down is fine, I just want guests to be able to rate the posts too.

Thank you for this product.

-Raymond
Sorry but guest ranking isn't possible with the feature currently but it wouldn't be that hard to make it work. Just remove the few places that check if someone is a user and you're all set (ok ok so that's not super easy either).
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  #312  
Old 26 Feb 2009, 04:31
Regs Regs is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
That's a good spot or you can use it lower after the thank you hack. It just depends on where you want things to show.
Awesome mod Ted S!

The same issue appears for people with the blog mod installed (blog this post icon). Perhaps there is a better way to do the automatic template edits/insertions to take this into account?

Cheers,

Regs.
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  #313  
Old 26 Feb 2009, 05:07
Ted S Ted S is offline
 
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Unfortunately automated is automated... there's one variable and a lot of plugins use it. I've done my best to try and make this addon execute after others but I can't make things automated without hooking in at the same place...

Thus the option exists for a manual override.
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  #314  
Old 26 Feb 2009, 17:01
Regs Regs is offline
 
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Thanks Ted, wasn't aware of the one variable thing.

Cheers,

Regs.
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Old 27 Feb 2009, 09:06
dooch dooch is offline
 
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getting a mysql error on product import


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

EDIT - I think the error is at my end of things... ;(

Last edited by dooch; 27 Feb 2009 at 09:46.
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