Being very critical when choosing and installing products and plugins in vB, I think those that we have installed are really useful, so wanted to share them here to help improve this software.
Some of these are already posted in the suggestion forums, others will be soon. This thread is just meant as a summary.
- Add Header/Footer on each forum (or ad location)
This allows you to add a custom header and footer under and above the global header and footer in each forum and subforum, for example to show an ad. Every forum and subforum can have their own header and footer, and thus ad. We couldn't even pay the bills without this modification, since it allows advertisers to advertise their products.
- Admin log in as user
Very handy to quickly check what's wrong with someone's account, or if they have been doing illegal stuff in the private message system (we often get reports about that).
This mod is one of the greatest ever. Let me explain why: it makes sure that threads with 0 replies are answered within a certain period of time, because it bumps them for a few days, every x-hours. There is nothing more irritating than finding threads in Google search with 0 replies, when you are looking for information and/or help. On the other hand, it's also annoying for a user to post a thread and not get a reply. So this simple little mod helps to prevent this.
- Ban users from threads
Sometimes a user just wont stop quarreling in a thread, and if he or she really doesn't listen, what do you do? You can ban them from the whole forum for a day or week, but that can be too drastic. That's where this mod comes in.
- Cyb - Advanced Forum Rules
This is also an important one. It allows you to change the rules at a certain point in time, and force users to agree with them again. Without this mod, you would change the rules, and no one would know they were changed, so really needed.
- Easy Forms
Probably more something for the XF modding community, but a great mod for making forms on the forums. We use it for product reviews and participation forms. After submitting, the form data is posted in a new thread.
- Find my posts in a thread
I've already suggested this one here, but really useful little mod that should be there by default, but never was in vB.
Basically a better IP page for each member than the default one in vB. Shows every IP the user has posted under, making it easier to see whether he is posting under multiple accounts etc.
- Multiple Login Detector
Looks for users that login with multiple accounts. Great for spotting trolls and returning banned users.
- Super Private Message
Allows administrators to send a private message to every user in a usergroup he can pick, with the option to send an e-mail with it. Good for making important announcements.
- Prevent Spam
Looks for words that are often found in spam, the admin may choose these words. Threads and posts that contain these words are placed in moderation (not visible to users). This way you are one step beyond spammers, users wont even see the spam.
- Real IP detection
I'll use the words of the coder: "Makes your forum aways use the real ip when a proxy server is detected, the proxy ip is recorded in an extra field but then ignored."
- Username request
Users can request for a change of their username in their preferences. Just makes it quicker for them and you to go through this process.
- Prevent bumping old threads
See link above and like it if you want it.
- Option to delete post/thread when giving an infraction
XF doesn't have an infraction system yet (please make one, essential, we must be able to import infractions from vB!!) but when it does, please make it possible to delete a thread or post when giving the infraction. For example if the posts contains child pornography, you have to be able to remove this quickly while giving the infraction (or in this case a perm ban).