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Virtual Member

Discussion in 'Add-on Requests [Archive]' started by Young, May 23, 2011.

  1. Young

    Young Member

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  2. Weiyan

    Weiyan Well-Known Member

    Good idea. I know some new forum even pay for traffic. Its good for new forums.
     
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  3. User

    User Well-Known Member

    Ghetto virtual member = load up a bunch of virtual machines and script some basic actions in AutoIt including periodic logout and login and have at it.

    May also be easier to just fake the Members Online Now list and not actually deal with virtual machines or virtual member code.
     
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  4. Weiyan

    Weiyan Well-Known Member

    Ooooh. Do you mean edit the Members Online Now template, to include a list a user names?

    Then, in the user card, "XXX was last seen yyyy thread" should be static?
     
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  5. User

    User Well-Known Member

    Honestly I am not sure how exactly you would get the user names in the Members Online Now list, but considering that none of those members will actually be online I don't think it would be necessary to deal with the user card. Who's going to look at the user card anyway.
     
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  6. Weiyan

    Weiyan Well-Known Member

    If the virtual user create a click event on a thread, the views counter will increase. A mod shows who is viewing a thread, virtual user can treat this area too.
     
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  7. User

    User Well-Known Member

    Sure, you can increase the view counter via virtual user. But again, if you are faking it then you could just increase the view counter via an SQL query directly on the database. Heck, you could just cron job that and add X views per day to each thread whether they actually happened or not. ;) That too is probably easier to do than to emulate a virtual user clicking around.

    Really at the end of the day none of this really matters, the true measure of a forum is content and the creation of quality content that is relevant to your forum is difficult if not impossible to automate.
     
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  8. Young

    Young Member

    It seems difficult :cool:
     
  9. Weiyan

    Weiyan Well-Known Member

    Its difficult. When a user online, the total online, users online, recent activity will be updated. Can't just hit the template.
    http://bbs.realchristianities.com/bbs/index.php this discuzz! forum using the virtual users addon. Normally more than hundred users online, but the daily statistics indicates only around 30 visitors.
     
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