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XF 1.2 Make notice order random

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by tssge, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. tssge

    tssge Member

    Hello Xenforo community,

    I just bought a Xenforo license from my friend and am in control of a forum. We use notices system for showing advertisements, but there's one problem. The notices are not random, so the first ad is more popular than others.

    Is there a way to make these notices show in random order? I can do some PHP, but I have no idea what to change, what kind of an addon to make etc.

    Kind regards,
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Use the ad_ templates instead.

    I have used this code in the past to randomise content:
    <xen:set var="$var.1">
    <xen:set var="$var.2">
    <xen:set var="$var.3">
    {xen:raw '$var.{xen:calc '({$serverTime} % 3) + 1'}'}
    The 3 is the maximum number of items you want to randomise between.
    Add a xen:set for each value.
  3. tssge

    tssge Member

    Thank you Brogan for that example, but I am sorry: it did not suit my needs. So I went ahead and made the following script:


    $con mysqli_connect($config['db']['host'], $config['db']['username'], $config['db']['password'], $config['db']['dbname']);

    mysqli_connect_errno()) {
    "Failed to connect to MySQL: ".mysql_connect_error();

    $query "SELECT notice_id FROM xf_notice";

    $result mysqli_query($con$query);

    $i 0;

    $row mysqli_fetch_array($result)) {
    $noticeIds[$i] = $row['notice_id'];
    "Row is: ".$row['notice_id']."<br>";


    $i=0$i count($noticeIds); $i++) {
    "Notice id is: ".$noticeIds[$i]." and display order is: ".($i+1)."<br>";
    $query "UPDATE xf_notice SET display_order = ".($i+1)." WHERE notice_id = ".$noticeIds[$i];
    I know it's quite dirty (it's like a year since I've done PHP), but it rearranges the display order of all notices. It works fine, but the notice cache never gets rebuilt. Is there a way to rebuild the notice cache from outside Xenforo? How can I instantiate the necessary Xenforo classes in my own script? I know which function I need to call, but it is not static: I need to get my hands on the instance of XenForo_Model_Notice.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    How didn't it suit your needs? What could the notice do that his example couldn't?
  5. tssge

    tssge Member

    On my forum premium users can, for example, dismiss the ad by using the notice's dismiss button. That's why I wanted to stick to the in-built notices provided by Xenforo. Don't get me wrong, I still like the alternative approach he provided and I am sure I will find another use for it. I wasn't even aware of the ad_ templates before this.

    There's also a chance that I understood it all wrong. Sorry if this is the case, I am going to use my fever as a lousy excuse.

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