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Mod Version: 1.0.1, by GilbertZ (Member) GilbertZ is offline
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vB Version: 3.5.0 RC2 Rating: (2 votes - 5.00 average) Installs: 49
Released: 16 Aug 2005 Last Update: 09 Oct 2005 Downloads: 105
Not Supported Uses Plugins Template Edits Additional Files Is in Beta Stage  

Boring Preamble
Sometimes a thread gets really long or some posts generate interesting but off topic conversation. I wanted to test the new cool product manager system and thought of this very simple mod to add Fork Thread functionality to the end user.

What it does
Allows the end user to divert off-topic tangents into a new thread, while automatically quoting the original thread.

Specs
Plugin: Included

Phrases added automatically: 2
fork_prefix and fork_this_post

Templates added automatically: 1
newpost_fork

Templates to edit: 1
postbit or postbit_legacy

Images to upload: 1 (optional)
fork.gif

How to Install

This is a full blown plugin. Follow the usual instructions for a plugin. Then you have to edit the postbit or postbit_legacy template.

For the graphical version you have to insert these lines where you want the link to appear:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

For the text version use this code:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

You may want to place it in an "if" conditional so that only users who can post New Threads will see the image. Just use the same code as what's embedded in the "quote" image.

Updated to version 1.0.1 on 08/18/2005

*Modified to use the phrase manager.
*Fixed minor bug when "Automatically Quote Post / Thread Title" was set to "no".
*Fixed minor bug where after processing the title I pointed to the wrong variable

Preview and Live Demo

Preview attached. Or you can Register and try to fork the posts in the fork me thread.

Graphics help solicited

The quickie image I put together of a fork sucks
If someone comes up with an edited image of the .psd file vb comes with I will edit this post.

Wishlist for this mod

1. I doubt I will have the time to put this together, but it would be nice if there was a dropdown with forums the user has permission to post in so that the user can fork the thread to a different forum.
2. Adding a post to the original thread stating it had been forked and a link to the new thread

Final note

Oblivion Knight donated an image you can use of a fork (Thanks). It is attached to this post.

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  #61  
Old 22 Oct 2005, 16:32
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QUESTION:

I don't know if this is possible, but, I've noticed that when you fork a post, it will end up in the wrong forum considering the topic. E.G:

In my welcome forum, some new guy starts a thread saying hi, so then we slowly start going off topic, say someone decides to fork a post so that we can discuss the off-topic-stuff in a new thread, it will go to the same forum it was forked from, in my case, introdouction forum.

Is there a way that you can ask the person who forked the post where he/she thinks the thread should be put in? I don't know if this might require moving permissions though.

It's not a bug, because it's working as designed, but it is a suggestion.

Do you think you can do that?
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Old 22 Oct 2005, 19:42
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Originally Posted by illusions
I want to know where in postbit would be the best place to add this coding ??
This is great, thanks so much for your work on it.

I look forward to your next update with the forum selection ability!
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Old 23 Oct 2005, 00:49
silurius silurius is offline
 
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Hey Gilbert - any updates on the next release? My membership is going to grow pretty soon and it'd be great to let people control the forking destinations.
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Old 23 Oct 2005, 11:03
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Originally Posted by jesus likes pie
Is there a way that you can ask the person who forked the post where he/she thinks the thread should be put in? I don't know if this might require moving permissions though.

It's not a bug, because it's working as designed, but it is a suggestion.

Do you think you can do that?
YES! That would be fantastic! :nervous:
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Old 25 Jan 2006, 21:06
ambumann ambumann is offline
 
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Would also very much like to see the user-selectable-posting-forum ability!
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Old 19 Feb 2006, 11:15
El Barto El Barto is offline
 
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This one is great, thank you!

Last edited by El Barto; 19 Feb 2006 at 21:55.
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Old 21 Feb 2006, 23:17
Strat Strat is offline
 
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How about a way to restrict "forking" to the admin?
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Old 15 Mar 2006, 17:53
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just installed it-i'm loving it and so are my members. thanks so much

ps-for the next version, choosing fork destination would be great
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Old 31 Mar 2006, 09:03
ambumann ambumann is offline
 
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Any updates on the extended version?
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Old 08 Jun 2006, 22:37
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no updates? i would love also to see the user-selectable-posting-forum ability!... it would be really good
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Old 23 Sep 2006, 18:52
silurius silurius is offline
 
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Anyone get this working under 3.6.1?

Edit: it's working. I also formally requested formal support in another thread.

Last edited by silurius; 06 Oct 2006 at 19:22.
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Old 06 Oct 2006, 19:26
silurius silurius is offline
 
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Here's the formal request I created. The main feature addition I'm looking for is picking the destination forum.
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Old 15 Nov 2006, 09:45
kafi kafi is offline
 
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Re: Fork Threads

Thousands of suggestion to have "fork destination feature" is SO NATURAL for this add-on, that I vote for this idea with all my hands .-)


The second very natural feature would be to have link (or at least note) in original post that it has been forked. Otherwise it will go to uncontrolled number of forked threads from one post which makes this GREAT Addon dangerous and then unusefull.

Third suggestion: maybe owner should remain the same without forker to be able change the text; this will be the same as moderator copy post to new thread (without editing the post - maybe only title).

Plus - Great hack - installed - thank you GilbertZ

Edit: have to uninstalled because I am afraid of uncontrolled number of per-post forks.
P.S.: two requested features and you will make this hack of the month .-) and hundreds of users

Last edited by kafi; 15 Nov 2006 at 10:30.
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Old 26 Jul 2007, 11:53
Domenico Domenico is offline
 
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This hack needs to be updated for 3.6.x. Can someone please pick up this cool hack?
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Old 26 Jul 2007, 18:47
GilbertZ GilbertZ is offline
 
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Hello

Hey Guys,

Been very busy and haven't upgraded main site to latest vb. Working on it though then I'll update this hack and check out the requests
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