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ADMIN: Paid Mods for new SMF Board Mini-Donation Drive
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:47:46 pm »
As mentioned here, We are going to be moving from vBulletin forum software to SMF forum software. So we are having a mini-donation drive to purchase a few paid mods for our new SMF board. Two of these mods are required to be able to have similar functionality to what we have now. The other mods are optional. This means we only need to raise $50, but if we raise more we can get some more stuff.

Here are the two required mods. Required in this case means "necessary to duplicate functionality we actually use now.

SMFPacks Social Groups Pro ($29.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/page/sa=sg
This mod adds Social Groups -- similar to those on our current vbulletin board -- to SMF. Unlike vBulletin, SMF does not have social groups builtin. Note: even with this mod, no current social groups will transfer to the new board (as vBulletin does not include social group messages in its message base).

SMFPacks Advanced Topic Prefix ($19.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/page/sa=atp
This mod adds Topic prefixes just like the ones we use here now (including the ability to search for messages with a specific prefix. W use them in forums like "Pagan Religion" to mark topics with what religion they are about.

The above two mods are necessary to properly convert our community to SMF. So, we need a minimum of $50 in donations.  However, there are some extra paid mods from the same company people have mentioned might be nice.

SMFPacks Like Pro ($19.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/likes
This lets members like individual posts. We would use this instead of the builtin Karma system. The really nice thing about this system is members can list all the posts another member likes -- so you can use this to discover posts another member considers good. It is also less abusible than the standard karma system. I think this would be a good addition.

SMFPacks Mentions Pro ($9.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/mentionsmod/
This allows tagging members (@membername) like on many social networks. However, it is designed for message boardss -- for example, if you try to tag a member on a message on a board the member does not have access to do, it will warn you.

SMFPacks Conversations ($19.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/conversationsmod/
This is a replacement personal message system that allows for private conversations among multiple members where members can turn off the conversation when they wish to stop seeing it and members added to an ongoing conversation can see all the messages in it -- including those before they joined. If this makes no sense, follow the link. Note: the PM system without this mod is still better than the one in vBulletin in most ways. This mod isn't really necessary, but it worth considering.

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Re: ADMIN: Paid Mods for new SMF Board Mini-Donation Drive
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 12:21:29 pm »
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Here are the two required mods. Required in this case means "necessary to duplicate functionality we actually use now.

SMFPacks Social Groups Pro ($29.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/page/sa=sg
This mod adds Social Groups -- similar to those on our current vbulletin board -- to SMF. Unlike vBulletin, SMF does not have social groups builtin. Note: even with this mod, no current social groups will transfer to the new board (as vBulletin does not include social group messages in its message base).

SMFPacks Advanced Topic Prefix ($19.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/page/sa=atp
This mod adds Topic prefixes just like the ones we use here now (including the ability to search for messages with a specific prefix. W use them in forums like "Pagan Religion" to mark topics with what religion they are about.


Okay, we now have these mods. I've installed them on a test board and they work fine. Thanks to those who donated.

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SMFPacks Mentions Pro ($9.99)
http://www.smfpacks.com/mentionsmod/
This allows tagging members (@membername) like on many social networks. However, it is designed for message boardss -- for example, if you try to tag a member on a message on a board the member does not have access to do, it will warn you.


We also got this one, because there was a special deal when I ordered the two we needed.
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Re: ADMIN: Paid Mods for new SMF Board Mini-Donation Drive
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2016, 02:00:44 pm »
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Okay, we now have these mods. I've installed them on a test board and they work fine. Thanks to those who donated.

We also got this one, because there was a special deal when I ordered the two we needed.

 
Go ahead and put the Like Pro mod in your shopping basket. I can see where the functionality would be useful. The funds to cover it should be in the donation account by the time you see this.
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Re: ADMIN: Paid Mods for new SMF Board Mini-Donation Drive
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2016, 09:35:59 pm »
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Go ahead and put the Like Pro mod in your shopping basket. I can see where the functionality would be useful. The funds to cover it should be in the donation account by the time you see this.

Thank you very much! I'll pick it up tomorrow. I think likes will work better for us than reputation does as rep seems too easy to abuse.
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