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This is currently not totally compatible beyond ip.board 3.4.7. If you upgrade to 3.4.8 it is going to add paragraph html tags to titles, descriptions, etc... On the public end you won't notice it, but they're there. Also, some formatting in this description was ruined by this site's upgrading to 4.x.

If you are using ip.board 3.2.X then use reviews52000.zip. For zips more recent than that one you must use ip.board 3.3.X.

This is a comprehensive review system for ip.board 3.2! If you wish to use it for 3.1, download an older version. This is only guaranteed with the MySql engine and not in strict mode. It may work mostly well in other confiugurations, but has not been tested much in those.

NOTE: Most people rating this modification poorly have not used it at all as you can see by number of ratings compared with purchases. smile.gif

A basic version of this was made for me as a custom project several years ago. Since then I drastically changed the system. Since it was mainly for myself please go to the site listed as a demo and make sure the features are in line with what you want from this type of system.

Also feel free to post in the topic on this site to suggest any changes in features or to let me know if you're interested in purchasing a much cheaper, basic version if I were to release one.

This system has many features. I will try to go through most of them and add ones I forget at a later date. The system is heavily based on stats, sorting, and can be used with a points system.

Features: [*]You set up categories and members in permitted groups can add reviews of products which belong in the category. You can also add products in the ACP as well as allow specified groups to enter a new product name when reviewing. [*]There is an internal point system where members are rewarded with points for many actions. You may also integrate it with an ip.board point system as long as its point field is in the members table. [*]Rate aspects of the product. then products may later be sorted by ratings of those aspects. This can also be done with "category ratings" where the member basically rates how well a product fits into certain categories. For those who don't need this feature a future version will hide this feature. [*]A BBCode in the editor only in the review section which allows you to break reviews up into pages. You do not highlight any text, but rather simply click the button as a marker to make it known you wish to switch to a new page. [*]There are many stats. Each product shows your own score, the average score from site members, and an "official score" which is a review by a member whose id is entered in the ACP as the official reviewer. In the future this feature may be tinkered with for those who do not want an official reviewer for their site. [*]Pages which show the top products, latest reviews, and a page for easy access to your forum friends' review system content,. [*]For each product members can submit links to sites which have the products currently on sale. [*]A request system where a member with permission can request that someone submit a review for a product they wish to see a review of. They can give some limits on who is allowed to fulfil the request and even pay them points to do so. [*]There is a section which allows members to submit questions about products which others can then answer. [*]Reviewers can be reviewed. Thus there will be a way of knowing which reviewers are most trusted. There is also a "bias score". The average score that reviewer has given products. This way you have an idea as to whether the reviewer normally rates high or low. Then if the current review is drastically different you will know it must be a special situation. [*]You can place an announcement at the top of the review system pages, only viewable by groups you wish to show it to. [*]Add products to a favorites list, owned list, or wish list. Each product then links to lists where you can see everyone who ahs that product on one of those lists. [*]There is a punishment system where you can deduct points from members or you can even ban them from specific parts of the system. [*]Tags. Use tags to let people easily find related products. [*]Comment ona product or a review. Just a basic system, not yet integrated with the normal ip.board commenting system. [*]A search system which will search products and even tags and categories. Not yet integrated with the ip.board search structure, however. [*]A LOT of sorting options where you can sort products by various aspects or compare them. [*]A view counter. Similar to the ip.board view counter you can have it update immediately or every x amount of time. there is one view counter for products and a different one for reviews themselves. [*]There is a PM system, but it has not been updated to the 3.X notification setup. it will be in the future. [*]In the future FURLS will be set up.
This system will be improved over time. Especially the skinning and the overall code. Several people wanted this released now, so I am doing it for those who want it in its current state. I have personally used it live for years so I am comfortable with the system. Please report bugs as soon as possible as all programs do have bugs and I like to get them taken care of quickly!


As I stated earlier, please feel free to let me know if you would like a cheaper version which is more basic. I thought a lot when pricing this and for many reasons I ended up on this price. Also note there is no renewal cost. The cost of this app may change over time in either direction depending on various factors.

The persmissions are set in the system settigns area of the ACP rather than the global permissions setup. This is an old app and I didn't want to yet change that setup and risk bugs.

Also please be aware that although you can give a link to a product photo and use in this system, you assume all responsibility in understanding the law on the matter. I believe in most cases you could only show photos if you took the photos yourself, but that is up to you to know that you are not violating any laws, copyrights, trademarks, etc... throughout use of this system.





















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    05/26/2011
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I think it is clashing with your existing reviews system.



Might need a temporary change to the furl template file as it will be trying to go to /reviews




My other reviews is IP.Content based, and is under a different address ( http://www.talkford.com/page/Car%20Reviews ).


I did think that though, but also checked in my FTP, I don't have a reviews folder either. :thumbsup:
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I've set the guests permission so they can view the reviews system (to help verify bugs) and I've come across a potential bug?





Aha, nope, just a confusing button:


System On/OFF


Setting this to off will disable review system for all groups except root administrators.



And then you get to choose Yes/No, is it YES for off, or YES for on? :lol:
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One thing that is missing is the search within the site search.



Would also be nice if this could work with Sphinx.



I plan to implement both of those. I actually started in the past and ran into issues figuring it out, so scrapped it until later.


Ok, first problem, I can't get it to work :whistle:



It's installed, and is here, apparently: http://www.talkford.com/app=reviews



It just takes me back to the forums though.



Did you figure that out or is it still happening?
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What does that mean?



lol I don't remember that error or calling it bad division. I'll look back to be sure. I know the main thing limited to 1-5 is rating authors, but maybe there was something else also or it may be a bug.

And yes I do need to come up with a thorough explanation on various things. I tried changing some language in the ACP yesterday to improve it, but some things will probably still be confusing. For instance there is one setting that allows you to allow members to not only submit a new product title, but a category above it. And I did some sort of way of rating songs on a cd individually. I was trying to hurry and release this since some wanted it now and I do ened to go through and explain more, but for now I'll answer when you do notice something confusing.
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I plan to implement both of those. I actually started in the past and ran into issues figuring it out, so scrapped it until later.




Did you figure that out or is it still happening?




It's still happening. I just have to manually enter the address to include index.php?
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lol I don't remember that error or calling it bad division. I'll look back to be sure. I know the main thing limited to 1-5 is rating authors, but maybe there was something else also or it may be a bug.



And yes I do need to come up with a thorough explanation on various things. I tried changing some language in the ACP yesterday to improve it, but some things will probably still be confusing. For instance there is one setting that allows you to allow members to not only submit a new product title, but a category above it. And I did some sort of way of rating songs on a cd individually. I was trying to hurry and release this since some wanted it now and I do ened to go through and explain more, but for now I'll answer when you do notice something confusing.




Well at the moment, this one is a show-stopper. I can't view anything apart from that :)

Click here to see what I mean:

http://www.talkford.com/index.php?app=reviews
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I'll try to figure it out, but it's likely some sort of conflict I can't change because ip.board itself forms the links for the tabs. The formatting of the link isn't messed with at all by the files for the app other than the name on the tab. I think I have this app on sites with friendly urls enabled and disabled and haven't had a problem.

You're saying simply by clicking the tab link it goes to the wrong place? It sounds like somehow the app itself didn't get set up properly. It amy end up that rebuilding the app cache would have to be done or you may be able to import the information file in case somehow it didn't work. I'll look into thigns and see if I can figure something out, but it's hard to know because I didn't do anything different than average apps. Another possibility qwould indeed be that you had another system that used the reviews name as an app, but you seem to be saying you aren't using one or haven't used one before.

Oh I was still talking about the url formatting, not that error. Hang on.

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lol if this is working for the other person i don't know how. I just noticed that error is due to the fact that a necessary setting is not in the download. A setting for number of categories to show per column in the categories table. For some reason this ahs worked for someone else though (the person who approved it) which is really odd since I don't see the setting in the settings file.

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Basically the reason IPB didn't catch it is you have to have a category created before that error happens.

Download the file again and then go to the system settings area of the ACP. Scroll down to the bottom and click the browse button to import settings. the settings file is in the admin/applications_addon/other/reviews/xml folder. After importing that reviews_settings.xml file it will work. But you have to set that setting between 1 and 5 all the time. If you do need it mroe than 5 I could change it though as really the main concern is simply that it doesn't go below 1 or it will put a php error on the page if that setting were not there.

As a note the categories per column is very buggy. The reason is that I was wanting it to be alphabetical up and down rather than left to right. It then got a bit sloppy trying to do that and properly adhere to the setting. I have to either rework that or else go left to right to fix it.

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Question,

Now I've got it running, at the bottom (fresh install) it says this:

Review Statistics
Stats Our members have made a total of 0 reviews.
We have a total of 0 products in the database.
Our biggest contributor is Matt_M with 0 reviews.



Is this a left-over from importing those XML settings? Matt_M has a user-id of 51289

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