This modification will make quite a few changes to your SMF installation to enable management of characters. This works more in favour of role-plays than SlammedDime's SubAccounts mod, intended to better streamline and simplify the use of subaccounts on SMF. This mod also comes with a conversion tool, which will transfer subaccounts over to characters. The screencaps are all from a live board using it, to demonstrate vaguely what it looks like in use, not just testing setup.
THIS MOD CANNOT OPERATE ON PHP 7+ AT THIS TIME. I AM WORKING ON UPDATING IT SO THAT IT CAN, THAT WILL COME WITH 1.0.1'S RELEASE.
Create and manage characters from user account. Never switch accounts again. Ever. For anything.
Edit and delete override functions for staff; edit and delete characters across your site.
Optional character approval queue, new characters can be set to not be available for use until approved by an admin.
Edit a character as many times as you like, until you're done, and then tick Complete to ship it to the staff for vetting.
Permission-based character approval override, for those times when you're approving yourself anyway, and it's tedious.
Approve or reject characters, rejection simply sends them back into the in-progress status.
Set up a character biography however you like, right in the character management screens. Fields can be text inputs, large text areas, select boxes, or image uploads (!!!).
Biography fields can be arranged to your liking. Set display position numbers, which it will order by for display in character management and profiles.
Decide whether a field displays beside the avatar in profiles, or under it, if you're using the auto-field list, up to you.
Character groups can be given their own badges and colours. Anywhere a character name link appears, it will be coloured. Badges can be uploaded directly in the ACP.
Characters have their own title, blurb, and signature (at this time, character signatures appear even if signatures are turned off, but will not display in threads if it is off).
Posting selector drop-downs in quick reply and on posting screens.
Posts go to the character, and swapping between poster will transfer that post in and out of post counts as required.
Separate character count, apart from the member count, for display in board stats.
Allow unlimited characters, or put a soft cap, or hard cap, on character numbers. (Hard cap does not have an override; if you set a hard cap, mean it).
Freely edit any post made by a character that you own.
Characters display online/offline status markers, all of them will say they're online if their player is.
Characters will have post groups, based on their post count, if such are set up; not the permissions, but the title.
Basically, characters look virtually indistinguishable from regular accounts, despite not being an account.
Literally automatic thread tracker. Threads that a character posts to will automatically be added to their thread tracker.
Tracked threads can be removed, if added by accident (mis-post...), or notes added to the entry, for thread summaries and notes.
Semantically speaking, templates can be restructured to display different poster info based on whether it's a character or not.
You can use BBCode in basically everything in this mod that's a large text area. Yep, bio fields, too.
The SubAccount converter is hidden. Visit admin;area=characters;sa=convert to access it.
The SubAccount converter is not supported officially. There are too many ways that it can go sour and lose data. Take backups. Pray. Unless I'm doing it for you, I will not be helping with conversion problems.
If it makes you feel better, it's converted two boards over for me flawlessly.
Some other mods may conflict with this one. I do know already, it will conflict with most Avatar On Board Index-type mods.
Anything that goes through a different means to post topics and posts to the board besides the posting screen, will not be capable of flagging for character display, so that's a thing, too.
Several other features are planned in future, those will come in versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2, I don't have a time-line for that as of now.
Some things are not pretty, and may be later. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I could've done the templates better, but, here we are. C'est la vie.
By default, this mod will be made to support SMF 2.1 when it reaches RC. It was originally built on 2.1 Beta 3, I just back-ported it because 2.1 RC is a ways away.
If you are afraid of doing so yourself, I will install this mod for you, and or run the SubAccount converter, for a fee. I will need access to your files and database.
If you have any suggestions for, or comments about, this mod, keep them to the comment section here. If you need help with it, post on the board. If you get an error doing anything, I need what you were doing, or trying to do, where in the mod you were (URL is great), and the exact error you got, copy-pasta it for me.
(Yay, my first public mod release, yay...)