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Request for Activity Feed plugin review



    • Type: Task
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Inactive
    • Affects Version/s: 2.6.4
    • Fix Version/s: None
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      Documentation for CUL Activity Stream Set
      The feature set includes the following plugins:
      Message Output
      Local Plugin

      Message Output Plugin
      This plugin is a message processor that stores all sent messages in table


      The block has a dependency on moodle-message_culactivity_stream which creates and populates the table it uses.

      The block selects and displays a list of the users messages from the table {message_culactivity_stream}

      . Each message includes a link to view the notification subject and one to remove the message from the users feed. With JS enabled, the block checks for new notifications every 5 mins. It also appends older messages as the users scrolls down the list. If the block is displayed on the site page then all course messages are included. If the block is displayed on a course page then only course messages for the containing course are displayed.

      The block identifies course messages by displaying a course image (the first image file uploaded to the course summary files area) or a gravatar (if the course has no course image). The messages are required to include the course id for this to work. The event data sent to the message lib does not always include the course id or any useful/consistent way of identifying the course that the message originated from. If the mesage cannot be linked to a course id, the avatar will be the user from picture or a gravatar if none exists.

      The block has a setting to choose a gravatar type but this will only work if the core code setting 'enablegravatar' is enabled. So in summary, the avatar for a message defaults in the following order:

      Requirement - course id and image uploaded to course summary files.
      1. Course image centred horizontally and vertically
      Requirement - course id and 'enablegravatar' is enabled
      2. Course gravatar
      Requirement - course id
      3. Moodle image /pix/u/f2
      Requirement - user from image uploaded
      4. User image
      Requirement - 'enablegravatar' is enabled
      5. User gravatar
      6. Moodle image /pix/u/f2

      Local Plugin
      This plugin catches course content creation and update events (\core\event\course_module_created, \core\event\course_module_updated) and sends new messages about the events. It does this by queueing a master message for each event in table


      in real time. A cron job then runs every 5 mins and loops through unsent messages in the queue. It sends individual messages to users and updates the status of the queued master message.

      It checks first if the update is currently visible to the user and does not send a message if it is not.


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              mudrd8mz David Mudrák (@mudrd8mz)
              amanda.doughty Amanda Doughty
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              Anthony Borrow
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