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Member's Time Zone

rdilaurordilauro New Milford, CT New

We recently migrated from Drupal to Vanilla 2.2 In Drupal, from the member's profile they could set their own time zone. Is there a way in Vanilla that allows each member to do this?


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    Unfortunately I can't find an obvious way of setting your own timezone by default, but:

    User timezone is recorded by default, so a simple plugin (or a default function I'm missing) could change this. Though I'd test to see if users could get around time-gated functions - like post editing - by changing their timezone or anything strange like that

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    R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    You would have to add a new option to the profile. Using the profile extender is quite easy, but it wouldn't be possible in this case... More on that later.

    The field that is responsible for the users time is in table User: HourOffset.
    Every time the user signs in, the clients hour offset is compared with User->HourOffset. If they are not the same, HourOffset is updated.

    So you would have to take care for 2 changes:
    1. changing the offset after a signin. Do this by creating a method public function userModel_afterSignIn_handler($sender, $args) {} in your plugin
    2. after a user has changed his settings, the HourOffset has to be changed, too

    The ProfileExtender plugin doesn't expose an option to react on changes (please correct me if I'm wron, @Linc). It uses UserModels setMeta which also doesn't have an option to react on a change. That's why you would have to create your custom field without the profile extender.

    There's also a seldom used function "setClientHour" and in order to avoid any changes on the HourOffset field, you would have to create a userModel_afterSetField_handler($sender, $args)

    Although it doesn't sound like that, I'd guess it is a quite easy plugin to write...

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    hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    The client hour offset is updated via JS, so you would need to disable/override that setting as well.

    That gets executed on document ready.

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