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Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

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Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by TheListener_ on February 21st 2011, 10:47 pm

This seems to be the only way we'll be ever listened to.

Forumotion has recently launched a beta feature called Traffic Exchange, currently available for English forums only. This new option on the AP displays a block of 6 links at the bottom of each topic if it's activated; these links lead to other website's topics (and topics in the same forum as well) that are considered similar because they have 1 or 2 similar keywords (even if they have nothing to do with it... just have a look below).

What I propose is to have a setting on the AP to disable off-site links (the ones that lead to external websites) and then, leave only the ones that link inside your forum. This is a great setting many softwares such as vBulletin and IPB have. It's quite helpful; it would reduce the number of people who post the same topic over and over again, it would enhance our SEO and help us, somehow, improve the crappy phpBB2 search we're currently tied up to.

It's simple... if you want (a maximum of) 2 or 3 spammers and rippers (aka the referrals this thing generates) to go over your site, your members to leave your site and move to a similar one and topics that teach you how to hack bank accounts, f*ck the member above, etc., vote no. If you care about your site's growth, professionalism, success and, more importantly, your members, vote yes.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Guest on February 21st 2011, 10:59 pm

Yes (:

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by lalalamda22 on February 22nd 2011, 5:03 am

I certainly agree that you should be able to do this. It is hard to have to add a filter to every offsite link you don't want.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Behaviour??? on February 22nd 2011, 7:29 pm

I have voted in favour!

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Arcknight on February 22nd 2011, 8:10 pm

Yes I this is a perfect idea. I would turn it on if they did that.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by lalalamda22 on February 22nd 2011, 8:17 pm

I thought there was a tutorial about how to do that.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by TheListener_ on February 22nd 2011, 8:29 pm

Thank you all for your votes. Keep them coming.

@lalalamda22 wrote:I thought there was a tutorial about how to do that.
There isn't. Doing this would require having access to our databases, which we don't. According to what I've read, this is done through MySQL. The code was recently updated (yesterday) in order to be improved, appereantely. All the links suddenly changed to "0" and the address for all of them started with "0.0.0.0"... I don't think anybody noticed. It was like that for 5 minutes, moreless. After that, the number of links was changed from 5 to 6 and it seems now words inside the topic (the body of each message, I mean) are being used as keywords as well. Which is great. Some of the 'I have nothing to do with this' links disappeared, but it's still a little buggy.

This feature seems to be using a similar method than this page => http://www.skytopic.org/ which is known as 'Forumotion's Search Engine', which was never formally introduced, even though you can find the link on your APs. That website indexes the posts database of all Forumotion websites, just like the Similar Topics thing.

Turning off offsite links would require only indexing our forum's database, if I'm not mistaken. That could be easily done since each of our databases has a unique ID, which is used for backups too. I don't know MySQL nor I'm a coding expert, but I believe that shouldn't long to be done.

I'll keep my fingers crossed. In the meantime, please keep on voting if you agree with this suggestion.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by TheListener_ on February 25th 2011, 1:49 am

Bump. Please vote before this feature gets out of beta. Smile

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Brad38 on February 25th 2011, 3:34 am

Voted yes of course! Smile

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Aspheric on February 25th 2011, 7:35 pm

I think this is a great idea!

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Post by Saxaca on February 25th 2011, 9:04 pm

I voted yes!

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Post by Social_King on February 26th 2011, 9:45 pm

Yes Yes Yes!!!!

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Post by DustyBones on February 26th 2011, 10:03 pm

Absolutely yes!
I don't use this feature because of this. I would use it if it only referred to topics in my forum.

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Post by musket on February 26th 2011, 10:08 pm

I voted Yes

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by YoshiGM on February 26th 2011, 10:28 pm

Of course !!

This a great idea Very Happy

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by TheListener_ on March 5th 2011, 6:55 pm

Bump. Anyone else would like to vote?

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by !_NICK_! on March 5th 2011, 10:05 pm

Not sure. I will wait a while before I vote.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Cl/ass\iC on March 24th 2011, 5:20 pm

VOTE YES! This new feature stink

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by ToTheFuture on March 27th 2011, 8:56 pm

Yup! The new feature is sucky.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by ASOF on April 17th 2011, 12:16 am

Totally agree, should have the option to just enable topics within your own forum not external links that have no relevance to your forums content!

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Abhi09 on April 17th 2011, 12:35 am

Voted... YES! XD

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Keepher on April 17th 2011, 5:13 pm

voted yes - i agree 100%. I dont need my users going to other sites thinking that it links to a similar on my site and getting all confused lol

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by E-Mark on April 20th 2011, 8:50 am

Vote Yes .

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Post by Darkel on April 20th 2011, 9:53 am

Vote Yes

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Social_King on April 22nd 2011, 7:16 pm

Bump! People vote for this! We need this option!

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Alvega on May 3rd 2011, 9:26 pm

Keep voting. We need this feature.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by ORANG DESA on May 17th 2011, 4:24 am

VOTE YES

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by ToTheFuture on September 5th 2011, 3:50 am

PLEASE NOTE:
I saw this topic, and thought I would be helpful to mention:
Some CSS fixes everything! Very Happy
Code:
#ptrafic_open,#ptrafic_close {display:none;}
Paste in CSS and your traffic exchange is gone! Very Happy But it should be made easy for most, yes.

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Re: Option to disable off-site links from Traffic Exchange/Similar Topics

Post by Jophy on April 14th 2014, 5:35 am

Already possible.

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