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  • vBulletin 3.6 Beta 4 Released

    vBulletin 3.6 Beta 4

    Nearly two weeks have past since the public release of vBulletin 3.6 Beta 3, and now it is time for what we hope will be the final beta release of vBulletin 3.6. The next step will be at least one "release candidate" before 3.6 is declared a stable release.

    vBulletin 3.6 Beta 4 contains a number of fixes and tweaks to the Beta 3 code and we recommend that anyone currently running Beta 3 should upgrade to Beta 4.

    The bugs found in 3.6 Beta 3 have for the most part been simple and quick to fix, so we are hopeful that this will not be a particularly long beta process. However, there are a number of bugs awaiting feedback - please check the bug tracker regularly to see if the developers require further input or feedback on bugs you have reported.

    New Stuff

    Improved Thread Redirect Expiration
    The expiration of thread redirects can now be set at a per-thread level, rather than an all-or-nothing option.

    Improved Phrase Search
    You may now limit the phrase search to specific languages and phrase types and search only in translations.

    Multi-Quote Updates
    Enabling multi-quote does not explicitly disable threaded mode any more. However, keep in mind that multi-quote will reduce the usability of threaded mode, so it's generally recommended to only have one of the two options enabled.

    You may now also limit the number of quotes that can be automatically inserted with multi-quote.

    Ability to Make Public Polls Private
    When editing a poll, you can now make a public poll private. However, due to privacy concerns, the opposite is not available.

    Improved RSS Import Support
    Changes were made such that an item's GUID is used to uniquely identify feeds when possible. This will eliminate many of the duplicate threads that you have been receiving. This also means that all of your threads are going to duplicate the first time that they are checked after you upgrade to beta 4.

    The Usual Important Stuff

    This is beta software. If you are not fully at home with backing-up and restoring your forum, dealing with bugs and regular upgrades, do not install this beta version.
    • Beta software is unsupported and you install beta versions at your own risk.
    • Some minor bugs remain unresolved at this time, so beta software should not be on production sites.
    • You should always back up your database fully before attempting to install beta software.
    • If you choose to install this version, you should be aware that we plan to release new beta versions in rapid succession as bugs are fixed and holes are plugged. Do not install this beta version if you are not willing or able to keep up-to-date with new releases.
    • The ImpEx import system does not support the 3.6 code yet, and will not support it until the release of 3.6.0 (stable).
    Installation / Upgrade
    If you are accustomed to the install and upgrade procedure used by vBulletin 3.5 then the 3.6 install and upgrade process will be familiar to you.
    Please refer to an earlier release announcement for full instructions.

    Hacking / Plugins
    While there have not been extensive changes to the underlying architecture of vBulletin 3.6 from 3.5, it is possible that certain hooks may have changed. Therefore you should check with the author of whatever plugins and products to attach to your vBulletin installation to inquire about their compatibility with vBulletin 3.6. Plugin authors should be assured that we do not anticipate major code changes between the Beta 1 code and the final 3.6.0 code, so plugins written for or adapted to 3.6 compatibility should still work with the final code.

    Javascript / AJAX Problems
    Many of the Javascript files for vBulletin 3.6 have changed. However, if templates are reverted or adapted correctly there should be no issue with cached old Javascript files, as we have implemented a system that should force clients to reload Javascript files after an upgrade. If you discover what you believe to be a Javascript problem, please ensure that you are not using cached files by doing a ctrl+F5 hard refresh before reporting it as a bug.

    Reporting Bugs
    Please use the vBulletin 3.6 Bug Tracker to report any bugs you find in vBulletin 3.6.

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    Templates Changed Since 3.6.0 Beta 3

    What does 'Requires Revert' mean?

    The strict definition of 'Requires Revert? Yes' is that the template has been changed in a way that would mean that by keeping an old version of the template, functionality would be lost.

    For example, if we add a new feature then that feature may need certain elements of certain templates may need to be altered. Keeping an old customized version would mean that the new feature would not work.

    In terms of what you need to do, there's a simple checklist:
    • If you have not customized the template, you need not do anything. The old template will be automatically replaced with the new version during the upgrade process.
    • If you have customized the template, you will need to do one of the following things:
      1. The easiest thing to do is to revert the template. This means that your customized version will be deleted and the new master template will automatically take its place.
      2. Alternatively, you can use the template compare system to look at what is new in the template and apply the changes to your customized template. This requires careful attention.


    Revised thread redirect deletion option such that the expiration time is set per redirect when threads are moved.

    Requires Revert? Yes


    Added ability for a poll to be made private during editing.

    Requires revert? Yes, else any edited public poll will become private


    Change the way that the pm percentage is shown.

    Requires revert? Yes, else the warning will contain no value.


    Phrased "BCC"

    Requires Revert? No


    Fixed smilie box leaking out of editor.

    Requires Revert? No


    Change target=")blank" to target="_blank"

    Requires revert? No


    Added a space to fix some alignment issues

    Requires revert? No


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      You may continue to use this thread to discuss the beta releases.


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