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    On our PHPBB forum, there were two built in functions that I managed to extract into two extremely helpful "Buttons". Users said they used them religiously, and I get why. They're exactly what people want when they visit a forum:

    1) To see where they've posted to view any responses without having to wade through an entire list of topics.
    2) To see what is new since their last visit.

    vBulletin seems to have something similar, but I want to match the type of results you're shown exactly. I also want to match the display of those results.

    PHPBB came with two features:

    1) egosearch
    http://www.domain.com/search.php?search_id=egosearch
    Based off the user ID that you're logged in as.
    Egosearch was just a standard "Search" that looked for any topics your user ID posted in.

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    2) newposts
    http://www.domain.com/search.php?search_id=newposts
    Newposts identified your last moment on the forums, and displayed all activity since.


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    Notice that the results display in a manner that is easy to use, and recognizable. A standard "Topic" list.

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    I am pretty sure vBulletin can do these two things, or some slight variation of them.

    The major problem is that it doesn't display the results in a user friendly manner (just my opinion). I have stared at the "Whats New" page and just zoned out. It isn't designed in a visually appealing way, so that my eyes are drawn to the information, and my brain can process it. I gave up using it the day I discovered it. I know vbulletin also shows your own activity on the "Profile" page. But again, the display is just not well done. My eyes are not drawn to the important information. Each line item is entirely too large (only 4 fit on my screen so I have to scroll down). Its just not a concise, easy to read "report". (my opinion)

    So here are my questions:

    1) I assume for both I would need to create a custom GUI for the search results?

    2) Does vBulletin have a search function that can show all activity "Since Last Visit"? If so, what would the URL to execute that, be?

    3) Does vBulletin have a search function that can show all your own activity? If so, what would the URL to execute that, be?

    Remember, these need to be hardcoded URL's on a button that everyone logged in can click.

    Thanks
    Last edited by vBBurger; Fri 20th Jul '12, 3:27pm.
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    2) You're looking at the Activity Stream, instead click on the "New Posts" link in the sub-navbar and it is exactly what you want

    3)
    Code:
    search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=finduser&userid={vb:raw bbuserinfo.userid}&contenttype=vBForum_Post&showposts=0
    (URL to a show all threads you have posted in.)

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    • #3
      Get New / Get Daily

      For #1, I use thread subscriptions to subscribe to any thread I post in. Any thread that gets new posts shows up in my User CP, or I can view them all here. That's not to say that you can't use the search system to find all threads where a specific user posts in - you can - it's just a bit more complicated.

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      • #4
        Cool thanks!

        So ... for #1 .... my URL right now is this: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/sear...archid=9037478

        How would I create a "hard coded" URL that would go on a button .... and accomplish the same goal?

        And for # 2 the hard coded URL would be something based off this?


        https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=finduser&userid={vb:raw bbuserinfo.userid}&contenttype=vBForum_Post&showposts=0
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        • #5
          Where do you want these "buttons?" Navbar?

          Best,

          Dustin
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          • #6
            Originally posted by vBBurger View Post
            Cool thanks!

            So ... for #1 .... my URL right now is this: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/sear...archid=9037478

            How would I create a "hard coded" URL that would go on a button .... and accomplish the same goal?

            And for # 2 the hard coded URL would be something based off this?


            https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/search.php?{vb:raw session.sessionurl}do=finduser&userid={vb:raw bbuserinfo.userid}&contenttype=vBForum_Post&showposts=0
            No for #1 - the URL with a searchid is temporary and only for one unique search. In you have 4.2.0 you can go to the Navigation Manager -> Forums -> New Posts -> Edit and see the URL is actually:

            Code:
            search.php?{session.sessionurl}do=getnew&contenttype=vBForum_Post
            You do not need to put in the full domain in either url but you can if you want to.

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