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  • How do I change when Visiting Members resets?

    How do I change when Visiting Members resets?

    You can switch between the Visiting Members display refreshing every 24 hours or the display resetting at each member’s midnight (the default) . The first means that there will be a single midnight that the board resets at, while the second will refresh depending on the local midnight of the logged in member. To do this, login to the AdminCP and click on the ‘Settings’ header. From there, click on the ‘Options’ menu. A form with a scroll menu will open. In the scrolling menu, select the ‘Forum Home: Visiting Members’ option. ...
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  • How do I enable/disable the display of member names?

    How do I enable/disable the display of member names?

    By default, member names are displayed in the Visiting Member feature. If you just want to keep track of how many members login during the day and not who logs in, you can turn this option off by logging in to to AdminCP. Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘Settings’ header and from there, click on the ‘Options’ menu.

    A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘Forum Home: Visiting Members’ option.

    The page will refresh with another form. From here, select the ‘No’’ radio button beneath the...
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  • How do I disable or enable Visiting Members?

    How do I disable or enable Visiting Members?

    Visiting Members isn’t, by default, turned on with your install. To turn it on, login to the AdminCP. Click on the ‘Settings’ header and from there, click on the ‘Options’ menu. A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘Forum Home: Visiting Members’ option.



    The page will refresh with another form. From here, select the ‘Yes’ radio button beneath the ‘Enable Display’ header and save. Your main site should now contain the Visiting Members feature.

    When you don’t want ...
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  • What is Visiting Members?

    What is Visiting Members?

    Visiting Members is another of the features released with vBulletin 4.2.0 Unlike some of our more obvious updates, this is a feature that is turned off by default. Visiting Members, when it’s turned on, displays all members who’ve visited the forum either today or in the past 24 hours. The feature does not, however, display guests and only applies to members.
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  • How do I change the delay between emails being sent?

    How do I change the delay between emails being sent?

    You can change the delay between each email that’s sent. Please remember that this controls the delay between emails, and not between batches which can slow down your email system dramatically.



    To begin, login to the AdminCP. Click on the ‘Settings’ header and from there, click on the ‘Options’ menu. A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘Email Options’’ option.

    The page will refresh with another form. Scroll down to the ‘Email Send Delay’’ header. You’ll see four ra...
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  • How do I change the number of emails sent per batch?

    How do I change the number of emails sent per batch?

    You can change the number of emails sent out in a batch at any time. First, login to the AdminCP. Click on the ‘Settings’ header and from there, click on the ‘Options’ menu. A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘Email Options’’ option.



    The page will refresh with another form. Scroll down to the ‘Number of Emails to Send Per Batch’ header.

    You’ll see a text field with a number in it. The number represents how many emails you’re sending out per batch. After chang...
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  • What is Cron Based Email Sending?

    What is Cron Based Email Sending?

    vBulletin provides users on your site with the option of subscribing via emails to threads, blogs, and articles. These subscription emails are automatically generated by vBulletin and, by default, are sent out to users in batches to lessen the load on your server. Cron Based Email Sending is new feature released with vBulletin 4.2.0 that allows you to queue batches of these emails. So, instead of having a hundred emails sent out in a batch, you can have batches of 20 emails sent out until the q...
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  • How do I enable/disable Cron Based Email Sending?

    How do I enable/disable Cron Based Email Sending?

    If you want to disable Cron Based Email Sending, login to the AdminCP. Once you’re in, click on the ‘Settings’ header and then click on the ‘Options’ menu. A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘Email Options’’ option.



    The page will refresh with another form. Scroll down to the ‘User Cron Based Sending’’ header. Select the ‘No’ radio button and scroll down to the bottom of the page to click ‘Save’. This will turn the feature off.

    To turn it on, follow the steps a...
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  • How do I turn on notifications for reputation comments?

    How do I turn on notifications for reputation comments?

    When you’re logged in to the AdminCP, click on the ‘Settings’ header. From there, click on the ‘Options’ menu.



    This will open a form with a scroll menu to the right. Select the ‘User Reputation Options’ from the menu.



    The page will reload with another form and the option to turn on user notification for reputation comments will be the second item from the top. Select the ‘Yes’ option and scroll down to click the ‘Save’ button.

    Your users will now receive notifications on any c...
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  • How do I enable the reputation comments tab on my profile?

    How do I enable the reputation comments tab on my profile?

    While logged in to the AdminCP, click on the ‘Settings’ header and from there, click on the ‘Options’ menu.



    A form with a scroll menu will open. From the menu, select the ‘User Profile Options’ option.


    The page will refresh with another form. The option you’re looking for should be at the top of the form under ‘Enabled User Profile Features’. In this menu, simply select the check mark beside the ‘Reputation’ option.

    Now that’s done, click on the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page...
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