Now available! A completely refreshed version of Remository with a brand new interface. All the powerful features of Remository and a few more. New Remository will also function as a Joomla update server.
Please note that this is software under development
You are very welcome to experiment with it, and feedback is much appreciated. There is a lot of work needed to bring this software up to date, as well as make it compatible with Joomla 4. How far we go with it will depend on the level of interest and support. While development is incomplete, the component is a free download - but you do have to register an 'Observer' subscription in order to access it. To do that, please click on "Register" in the main menu and complete registration details. Then log in and come here again, when you will find a prominent "Download" button. When forking, I named the software Beta User Points, but some people thought this made it sound like a beta release. So I've changed to the simpler User Points.
How does Remository work as a Joomla Update Server
You can store your software in the Remository file store. Access can be controlled by setting the groups that can access a container. Remository provides a module to show users their ID string needed to enable updates. The Remository multi-module can help you to construct the download link for the XML. More details can be found at https://docs.black-sheep-research.com/remository:joomlaupdate.
What does "Sorry, your user status does not allow the file to be delivered" mean?
If a Joomla update of Remository fails, and you visit the link shown by Joomla for downloading the software, you are likely to get this failure message. It is followed by more text. If the upgrade fails, attempting to download the link is also likely to fail. What the message is trying to tell you is that you must have a current subscription, and have entered your user token into Remository. The user token can be found on the profile page when you are logged in. It is stored by going to the Remository Options (in the admin interface). The user token is the first item in the options.
Where can Remository store its file repository?
Currently, there are three options:
1. The default is the site database. Uploaded files are always stored in the database prior to approval. Storing files in the database is very secure, as no matter what they contain, they cannot be executed. (Obviously you still need to take care not to host files that could be harmful to your users). The repository can be migrated simply by transferring the database.
2. The file system. Although database is recommended for most uses, you may want to store the file repository in the file system. You can set a default location and also set individual locations for each container. Ideally, you should locate the files outside the web server document root for security. Remository will insert an ID number into the file name if you wish, so as to allow multiple files with the same name. This is not visible to users.
3. Another alternative is Amazon's S3 storage service. That allows for unlimited storage (subject to cost) and high speed delivery of files. The files cannot present any risk to your web site.
and then AFTER particullary rule is already installed use the backend of the MySql database and in the rule table update columns:
isdeductable stepvalue maxmin
with values which fullfil your requirenments.
Lets say you already have the rule enabled for the commenting the article. Rule is set to add the 10 points. Rule also has the reff code to preserve and keep giving same user 10 points next time when he again comment same article. Then you decide to let the same user to get extra 2 points for one more comment. To have the rule ready for that you need to update columns as:
isdeductable = 1 stepvalue = -8 maxmin= 2
Lets say you want to download DocMan document. Rule on downloading is set to take 10 points. Rule also has the document id as ref code to prevent substract of the points for future downloading (so user normally can download multiple times same document without loosing the points). But somehow you decided to 'charge' downloading even next 3 times. Each time 3 points less.To have the rule ready for that you need to update columns as:
isdeductable = 1 stepvalue = 3 maxmin= -1
This is because -10 is the starting points already defined. So step value need to be +3 and maximum value to where rule can apply is -1 (this will be the last amount to charge upon downloading same document - all future downloads will be free).
I hope you understood the logic.
How can I give or remove custom points to/from a specific users
When you give or remove points there come two field "Points" and "Description". If you want to give points, just write the number of points, for example 10. If you want to remove points from the user then use negative value, for example -10. You can also write short reason these custom points in description field if you want to. Last but not least remember Save all this, just press the button Save in the top right corner.
Points:10 Description: Very active role in Community
If you want to check immediately those points what you just give or remove, see above. There you should see those custom points.
Where can I find free Joomla extensions mentioned in the JED?
Look for "Downloads" in the main menu - then select the folder "Free Joomla Extensions" and select the item you are interested in. At present, User Points can be downloaded with a free subscription. You'll find it in the "A Place for User Points" folder. Take out a Remository Observer or Remository Support and Upgrades subscription to be able to download free extensions.