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Plugin: bb-Topic-Views

  • bb-Topic-Views keeps track of how many times each topic has been viewed, and then displays the count alongside the title of the topic on the front page, on forums pages, and on tags pages.

    The plugin is written in such a way that it does not double-count views when a visitor browses to a different page in the same topic. If no view count record exists for a specific topic, the plugin will create a record for it. Rather than setting the initial view count to zero, the plugin sets it to the number of posts in the topic, because it has obviously been viewed at least as many times as people have posted in it! This is especially nice for adding the plugin to existing bbpress forums so the view count isn’t zero for every single topic.

    You can download it here: http://blog.wittmania.com/bb-topic-views

    You can see it in action here: http://blog.wittmania.com/bbpress

    By the way, I’ve only tested this plugin in browser environments where cookies were enabled. This plugin doesn’t set any cookies (directly, anyway), but it does use session variables which are usually passed as cookies. So, if anyone runs into any bugs, please let me know!

    I’m also very open to suggestions as to how I could streamline or improve the code. Thanks!

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