When I completed reinstall over the files that were left, I used the latest stable version which insisted that Hot Potatoes was not up-to-date and therefore didn't create the correct entries. Since then I have downloaded the latest version of the module and installed it and everything worked as it should - the tables were all created successfully and Moodle is happily reading already uploaded Hot Potato files in the courses I restored.
The problem I have now is that the module is not appearing in the "Add an Activity" menu. It's just not there so we can't add any more Hot Potatoes. Has anyone got any ideas?
sorry to hear about your server crash. Sounds like your database wasn't too badly damaged though. Phew!
The HotPot module is initially disabled in Moodle 1.5 and 1.6. You can enable it on the "Adminstration -> Configuration -> Modules" page
For more details, please click the following link:
all the best!
Thanks Gordon. I should have known that! It's always easier to find out the difficult solutions if you know what I mean!
Any idea why the HotPot module is disabled by default in Moodle 1.5 & 1.6? Should it not rather be enabled? Who made that decision which causes problems to would-be HP users?
my understanding is that certain Moodle modules are disabled by default so as to simplify the initial user interface.
Also, as you know, the HotPot module was originally not part of the core Moodle system, so there may be "legacy" reasons why it is currently "in" but initially hidden.
There is also one further reason why it may in fact be a good idea to make the availability of the HotPot module a deliberate act.
Earlier this year, I had some discussions with Martin Holmes, one of the co-creators of Hot Potatoes. We were talking about the issues of copyright when administering Hot Potatoes via Moodle. As a result of those discussions, it will probably be necessary to remove the Hot Potatoes templates from the Moodle download at some time in the near future. Instead, Moodle site administators will need to download the templates from the Hot Potatoes website themsleves and then upload them to their Moodle site - if they have the necessary license.
I haven't figured out yet how to make this new installation process as painless as possible for Moodle admins, especially those who are encountering Moodle for the first time. Any ideas would be very welcome
Thanks for answering my message and for giving the full arguments for not making the HP module enabled by default in Moodle installations. I quite agree with all you say here.
And many thanks for all your hard work for making the integrating of HP into Moodle so user-friendly.
All the best,
Incidentally however, if the course is open to guests then using the hot potatoes module without a licence should be acceptable, under my understanding (perhaps "open to google" might also be a requirement??). So if Martin Holmes were very trusting and cooperative the module might be taylored such that it would not allow the addition of intances to courses that are not open to guests (and perhaps google too). I think that the addition of HP modules to moodle sites which are open to guests will only further the goals of Martin Holmes, so, you never know.
I like this idea alot. I will suggest it to Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil - the wonderful creators of Hot Potatoes.
There is a chance I will be going to meet with Martin and Stewart in February in Victoria, Canada. I am really looking forward to that