Sep 17 2010

VBulletin 4.0.7: they rocked me again

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 12:19 pm

For some time I was deeply afraid of installing any new release of VBulletin to the forum I administer. But after 4.0.7 came out with several performance bugs fixed I though, that may be it’s time to install it and hoped that installation will go smooth. I closed the forum for 1 hour, blamed myself for writting “1 hour” in the closed message text because surely simple bugfix forum update cannot take longer than 15 mins, right? NOWAY. I was mistaken.

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Jul 15 2010

VBulletin QA Team Epic Fail #4.0.5: AAARGGHHH!

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 10:34 pm

VBulletin 4.0.5 is released. Among some bug fixes (about 50), we’ve got some new ones to laugh at.

If you install this “maintenance pack”, you will happily look at your forum usernames now contain ARG:5 UNDEFINED message. Nice, eh?

But again, as with the bugs in 4.0.4 nothing of this kind appeared on official VBulletin forum which is running 4.0.5 since yesterday. Do VBulletin developers develop bugs especially for our forums?

VBulletin QA team, congratulations on one next epic fail! 😉

P.S. As any VBulletin user you are welcome to install this great new update with 50 bugfixes. As for me… I’ll better wait….

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Jul 06 2010

VBulletin 4: “This seems like a terrible place to put this, but I don’t know where else it should go.”

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 12:26 pm

class_taggablecontent.php of VBulletin 4.0.4 forum engine contains the following code:

//This seems like a terrible place to put this, but I don't know where else it should go.
if ($vbulletin->options['tagmaxlen'] <= 0 OR $vbulletin->options['tagmaxlen'] >= 100)
{
       $vbulletin->options['tagmaxlen'] = 100;
}

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Jun 24 2010

VBulletin 4.0.4 PL1 out! “We will rock you!”

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 10:51 am

VBulletin 4.0.1 PL 1 is now out. I was going to install it but… It does not fix any of the Known issues. 😉  Why? Who knows…

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Jun 23 2010

VBulletin 4.0.4: problems continue

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 4:48 pm

5 days passed since the release of 4.0.4 version. Despite this version contains some critical bugs that break forum functionality, VBulletin team apparently decided NOT to fix them inside 4.0.4 release. Instead they created a thread on the forum in which they are trying to incorporate critical bug fixes. So, customers that were stupid enough (like me) to install this “maintenance release” are left alone with VBulletin Community forum to search for fixes for their bugs.

Damn it, but I don’t understand, why having purchased commercial product, I don’t have any immediate actions on bugfixing, that are easy for me to follow? Why should I search forum, read threads and manually patch forum files? None released updated files in whatever form to assist their busy customers.

My users who use IE reported another bug. Thumbnails stopped showing:

There is no solution to this bug yet (at least I haven’t found it) and my thread on forum is unanswered for several hours already. Thank you, Vbulletin Solutions for your care about customers.

UPDATE 01/07/2010: The cause has been found. In the attachments content-type for all jpeg images should be “image/jpeg”, not “image/jpg”

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Jun 20 2010

VBulletin Forum 4.x Bugs: My Cold Anger

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 8:58 pm

I’ve met VBulletin forum engine several years ago. It was some 3.6.x version. I loved it from the first sight. It’s neat plugin architecture, which allows a user to install plugins without changing any VBulletin file made me happy. A huge plugin repository at www.vbulletin.org made me even more happy because I now could do with my forum EVERYTHING I want. VBulletin 3.x code was so nice and easy to read, that I could site and write everything I wanted, that is absent on vbulletin.org repository. And I wrote some plugins indeed.

My happiness lasted until VBulletin 4.0 was announced. I was surprised by price increase for VBulletin license, but I accepted that and upgraded to Suite license to make use of CMS. I waited for VBulletin 4.0 Gold like hell. On 21 of December 2009 my wish came true. VBulletin 4.0 Gold released.

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May 03 2010

FractalizeR: VBulletin 4 extensive optimization guide

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 6:25 pm

Preface

Actually, I never bothered to optimize my server for VBulletin, because the server we purchased for forum is really powerful. But once upon a time logwatch told me, that smartd told her, that he found several relocated sectors on one of server HDDs. And then instantly I realized, that many time ago when I assembled that server, I configured HDDs to be in RAID-0 (striped mode)… Oh…. When you will make some stupid thing on your server, please keep in mind, that there are some people that can do things even more stupid…. Nothing critical happened, because I, actually, have all database backups. Database snapshots are made on server using this script of mine every hour or so (BTW, database backup on my server of 1.12Gb database (reported at admincp) takes around a minute to complete together with compression).

So, we had to visit datacenter and remove/replace HDDs. To allow our forum users to continue using forum until we fix that, we moved our forum to a new server. After forum move, I upgraded it to v4 to benefit from friendly URLs. And there it started. Server load almost immediately reached 4.0 (server had two dualcore CPUs, so this is almost 100% of standard load) and those were even not peak hours. Of course, that was not because of V4 (I turned off both that huge CMS issuing ~200 queries on home page and blogs). This was because that new server where the forum was moved to was less powerful. Of course, 4.0 is not a heavy load for server (once one of my servers reached around 100.0 and still I was able to login by SSH 🙂 ).

But nevertheless, that was the moment, where optimization hysteria first visited my head.

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Aug 14 2008

[VBulletin Addon] “Edit User” Button in postbit

Category: Software releases,VBulletin Add-onsFractalizeR @ 5:38 pm

Preable:

I turned VBulletin forum into support system for our customers. In some forums users post requests to activate their access to some subforums. Administrator looks through all the requests, verifies data, provided by each user and sets secondary usergroups for certain user according to request. Each time having checked user data, administrator needs to go to user profile and click Options there to go to user edit window.

What this hack does?

This hack adds a button Edit User to each post. Having clicked this button opens /admincp/user.php?do=edit&u=$post[userid] page in new window. So, my staff needs only one click to access user account data.
Hack is fully customizable. The following parameters are adjustable:

* Window height and width
* Button icon
* User groups for which this button is shown
* Button location (choose from 9 possible)

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Aug 08 2008

[VBulletin] Create checkbox group at your hack’s options (usergroup selection for example)

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 5:43 pm

Hello.

In this article I will show how to create a checkbox group in your hack’s options. It’s easy. Just do the following:

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Aug 07 2008

[VBulletin addon] Show items, awaiting moderation in notifications area

Category: Software releases,VBulletin Add-onsFractalizeR @ 8:18 pm

What does it do?
This hack shows all items, that require moderation in a notifications area. Items are grouped by type:

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Aug 07 2008

[VBulletin] Using VBulletin 3.7.x notifications engine

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 7:51 pm

Everyone saw a nice drop-down list with all notifications you have at the top-right corner of every page. Let’s look, how to add our own notifications to this list. It is very easy!

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Jul 21 2008

[VBulletin] FractalizeR’s Editor Toolbar Controls Framework – first glance

Category: Articles,VBulletinFractalizeR @ 11:54 am

Writting VBulletin addons, especially those, related to BBCodes extending, I always had difficulties with adding BBCode buttons to editor toolbar. Standard way is too limited: you cannot select which editor to add buttons to, you cannot choose to what line to add these buttons, you cannot create a new toolbar for them… Adding buttons to AJAX-produced editor windows causes troubles… You are TOO limited…

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