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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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  #31  
Old 16 Aug 2005, 22:25
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Originally Posted by GilbertZ
I wasn't sure the best way to handle that as the setting is set to "yes" for me.

Are you saying you want the post part of it to quote the title and leave the subject blank?
No, I have no problem with the way that the plugin functions..

However, if the option is set to "No" - it should be grabbing the thread's title and inserting that instead of having nothing. Otherwise you could end up with several threads with "Forked Thread: " as the title - which makes no sense really.
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Old 16 Aug 2005, 22:43
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Originally Posted by Oblivion Knight
No, I have no problem with the way that the plugin functions..

However, if the option is set to "No" - it should be grabbing the thread's title and inserting that instead of having nothing. Otherwise you could end up with several threads with "Forked Thread: " as the title - which makes no sense really.
I was misunderstanding you. Now I think I see what you mean. You're saying that the "No" setting should not apply here since it is a forked thread, rather than a quoted post. Correct?

To fix it change


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

to


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

If that's what you meant I'll fix the original file.

Thanks for the feedback.

Last edited by GilbertZ; 16 Aug 2005 at 22:55.
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Old 17 Aug 2005, 09:13
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I changed this part of code:

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

To this:

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

Now it's working how I wanted.. Thanks
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Old 18 Aug 2005, 00:29
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Best forum idea for a long time! Won't be surprised if it gets incorporated as standard in future.
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Old 18 Aug 2005, 01:48
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Originally Posted by Erwin
Best forum idea for a long time! Won't be surprised if it gets incorporated as standard in future.
Agree with that .. excellent idea.
Clicked install.

Might be a good idea to zip the download.
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Old 18 Aug 2005, 06:17
GilbertZ GilbertZ is offline
 
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Originally Posted by TTG
Agree with that .. excellent idea.
Clicked install.
Thanks.

Might be a good idea to zip the download.
Really?
I don't know the protocol here, but the xml file is only 2.5k. And all images are precompressed and anyway mostly for preview. Would people really find it helpful to have a zip?

Originally Posted by Erwin
Best forum idea for a long time! Won't be surprised if it gets incorporated as standard in future.
Thanks Doc. I've installed some of your awesome hacks, so I appreciate the compliment coming from you

Originally Posted by Oblivion Knight
I changed this part of code:

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

To this:

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

Now it's working how I wanted.. Thanks
Good catch
Now updated


NOTE TO ALL:
If you've installed this already and want to update, just uninstall and reinstall. Even the template you edited will probably not need to be touched.

If the current version is working for you I don't think you need to bother upgrading. It's not a major upgrade. The changes pretty much relate to phrases and if you had the "Quote Title on Reply" set to no.
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Old 23 Aug 2005, 14:50
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I LOVE this mod. A couple of feature suggestions/requests though.

1. Allow forked threads to be posted in a different forum than the one the original thread is in - based on forum permissions of course.
2. Add an admin/mod feature that would allow mods to fork and split a thread at the same time. In other words, I would fork a thread based on post x. Post x would be quoted and carried to the new thread. BUT, I could also select post y,z and q to be split from the original thread and added to the new one.

This is different from a regular split in that post x would stay in the original thread, just as in a regular thread forking.

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Old 23 Aug 2005, 14:58
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Originally Posted by Erwin
Best forum idea for a long time!
Agreed -- I wonder if it's too late to bug the Jelsoft guys about this for vB 3.5......

This has joined "auto-merge doubleposts" on my lists of features that should be stock.
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Old 23 Aug 2005, 19:50
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Originally Posted by amykhar
I LOVE this mod. A couple of feature suggestions/requests though.

1. Allow forked threads to be posted in a different forum than the one the original thread is in - based on forum permissions of course.
2. Add an admin/mod feature that would allow mods to fork and split a thread at the same time. In other words, I would fork a thread based on post x. Post x would be quoted and carried to the new thread. BUT, I could also select post y,z and q to be split from the original thread and added to the new one.

This is different from a regular split in that post x would stay in the original thread, just as in a regular thread forking.

Amy
Thanks Amy. Part 1 is in the wishlist. I know I won't have time for awhile to add it.

I've coded a feature like that for another (private) mod I've done in the 3.0 series, but I haven't seen enough code from 3.50 to be sure how to get the permissions right on that one.

It's probably only a couple of lines, but I need the sql code to popup up a list of forums the current user is allowed to post in. It took awhile to figure out how to do that correctly in 3.0. It also needs the displayorder of the forums. And no parent forums can be in the list unless they are open to new posts. So this is not the same code used in forumjump.

If someone feels like coming up with that sql code, I can probably do the rest pretty quickly.

Suggestion 2 is a great one. I've never modded the split code at all, so not sure what that would entail. Definitely don't have time to work on that one. But I'll add it to the wishlist when I get a chance.
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Old 23 Aug 2005, 20:28
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You may not need to query the forums at all. It might be available in the cache. I used a simple bit of code:


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

to get me all of the forums that a user was allowed to view. You could probably use very similar code to get the ones that they can post in.
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Old 24 Aug 2005, 00:43
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Looks like a good start. Maybe a vb official will provide the other part. Will be cool if we can work off the cache.

BTW, I've seen some of your mods, you are a great asset to vb.
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Old 24 Aug 2005, 03:00
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Old 27 Aug 2005, 17:53
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I don't think there's need for this plug in. Why don't you just split the thread
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Old 27 Aug 2005, 17:57
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Originally Posted by Da Chang Gang
I don't think there's need for this plug in. Why don't you just split the thread
So you don't like the idea of saving yourself work if a user splits the thread themselves?
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Old 27 Aug 2005, 18:31
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Hi! Where do you put the Fork Thread link when you want it to be in the same place as it is in the screenshot?
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