Part 4 - Saturday June 3rd
RSS Poster Robot
vBulletin 3.6 includes a new scheduled task that can check RSS feeds from the internet, read their contents and insert items from them onto your board.
The system is fully flexible, allowing the administrator to fine-tune the items that are inserted using keywords and to control the output of the robot using special templates for both the titles and body text of inserted items, which can be inserted either as threads or as announcements.
Product System: Latest Version Check and Product URL
Products can now be associated with two URLs: the URL to the product’s home page and the URL to a special version check page. If a product URL is entered, the title of the product links to that page in the product manager.
The version check URL is slightly more complex. For the version check to function properly, the URL must return text in the form of:
With x being the ID of the product and 1.2.3 being the latest version. When a user selects “check version” for the product, the currently installed version is compared against the latest version.
Receive Private Messages from Buddies Only
You may now select to receive private messages only from users on your buddy list. If a non-buddy tries to send you a message, they will receive an error saying that you do not accept private messages. Administrators and moderators are automatically able to bypass this restriction.
“Show Private Forum” Option per Forum
While the “Show Private Forums” option has existed for quite some time, it was only controllable at the entire board level. Now, you may specify what information users without permission to view a forum can see about the forum.
For example, you likely wouldn’t want your moderator-only forum to be shown to anyone but moderators. However, if you have a specific forum that only users who bought a subscription can access, you may wish to allow normal users to see the forum name and post counts to entice them to buy a subscription.
Give Reputation Using AJAX
Reputation can now be added to a post without leaving the page. When you click the reputation icon on a post, a box will appear and allow you to choose whether you approve or disapprove of the post and provide a reason.
Error Prevention in Upgrades
Upgrading should now be less painful. The script will automatically detect if you already have the changes necessary and skip trying to add them again. The vast majority of errors that occur during upgrades should no longer happen.
This also helps with long upgrade steps that may timeout on large boards. Should this happen, you can simply refresh the page and the upgrade will continue from the exact place it stopped.
Option to Disable Scheduled Tasks
Default scheduled tasks can no longer be removed, but they can be individually disabled.
Parsed Signature Storage
Signatures are now stored in a parsed format. This increases performance when viewing a thread.
Phrased Items: Scheduled Tasks, Custom Profile Fields, Subscriptions, Holidays
These items are now all phrased so they can be translated into different values per language.
And By Popular Demand...
We have (just) added the ability to sort a forum by thread creation time by default.
That's all for today. We hope you like what we've announced so far and I'll be back tomorrow with another batch of features to show you.