This mod is in submitted status, but maybe you want to discuss it here to find slight problems (I hope only these).
ForumSpy was originally created by Mike Dogan, www.x-pressive.com
It was copyrighted by him, but for free use, if copyright statement icluded.
Because he stopped the support and updates to this mod, I asked him if I may develp it further and he gave me the right to improve and add features to his mod, as long as
- I include his name and site in the credits: Mike Dogan, www.x-pressive.com
- it should be apparent, what chnages I made.
The original ForumSpy was never realesed here on phpbb.com and only known in German speaking countries, as far as I know.
There is also code of two other person I'd like to mention:
The code for the counter is based on a snippet posted by R4bbit and
the code for (optional support) for ShowBotsInOnlineList - Mod was posted by FatFreddy.
Download Version 3.0.1:
Demo of the Online-Viewer: http://www.game-multimedia.com
- Click on the logo in the left side menu
The online viewer is slightly different from the ForumSpy-Viewer, but the impression is similar.
The ForumSpy is a kind of mini browser to show a condensed version of your index page. The download pack consists of a viewer (exe file), a mod and a list of some Geman websites supporting ForumSpy.
Here you can add/remove sites in the ForumSpy-Viewer
What is the ForumSpy?
The ForumSpy is a small and useful desktop-tool, with which you can see at any time, who is currently using your board, which contribution are mad (including preview) and more. Who doesn't want to spend the time to visit his/hers board every few minutes, can oboserve all the activities on the board at any time using the ForumSpy - even if you are currently using your broser to surf on other sites or haven't started your browser at all.
How does the ForumSpy work?
The Tool consists of two components: a Mod, which the admin has to upload to his server (simple uploading, nothing has to be changed in the board) and a Desktop Viewer, which the Admin can pass on to its members. The Viewer is a simple .exe file (no installation necessarily), which displays all information on the user's desktop.
How secure is the ForumSpy?
So that anybody can use the ForumSpy on a certain board, the admin of this board has at first to uplaod the mod to his website - Nobody can use the ForumSpy, to get information about a bord, if the admin of this board doesn't want it. if the Admin did not like that at all. The ForumSpy actually doesn't show any 'secret' information, but all those information, your user can see on the index page of your board - only in a more comfortably way and without having to access up your site each time with a browser.
In addition no data will be transfered to the user. The Viewer is only a kind of mini browser, which displays the forumspy.php on your server. That is approximately exactly the same, as if someone would watch the index page of your board in a standard browser, no more, not less.
Can the ForumSpy be configuered?
Everything that can be seen in the Viewer on the desktop, can be configureed by the admin, by changing the images and style sheets in the 'forumspy'-folder on your server. Thus you can adapt the design to that of your board. If you open the file forumspy.php, there are still some further possibilities, so e.g. whether you want to show also the number of your members (deactivated as default) or to display a posting preview.
In Addition, the Viewer contains a small manager, with which you may add ForumSpy boards, and you can then easily switch from one ForumSpy board to another at your will.
The improvements I incorporated:
- added date to the time showing,
- added 'Yesterday' and colours for 'Today' and 'Yesterday',
- changed time from local sever time to GMT, whith possiblity for timezone setting,
- added tooltip 'Show Profile',
- some recoding for an improved code,
- and as mention before, the codes posted by R4bbit for the refreshing counter and by FatFreddy for showing bots online, if ShowBotsInOnlineList-Mod is installed.