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Started by Arantor, February 15, 2022, 05:50:00 AM

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Arantor

So the future is upon us, and it's time to talk about 2.2 or 3.0 or whatever you want to call it.

The first feature I'd like to see is topic prefixes. I've talked about it before but I really think it needs to become core.

What are topic prefixes? They're a way of tagging a topic in admin-configured ways where you can mark topics in broad categories. For example, XenForo uses them in its fixed bugs board - https://xenforo.com/community/forums/resolved-bugs/ - to mark which items are fixed, which are duplicates, which are "not a bug". For people browsing the board after, it's super helpful.

Here's the other compelling argument: you can use this as a topic filter, to find things later. For all the arguments about "social media is killing forums", our strength always has been that you can categorise and organise discussions to find them again. This is another stellar argument in the camp for it.

For all the people who fret about bloat, I really don't think so. See, I used to think they weren't necessary, until I realised that for relative cheap you get access to giving people all kinds of useful features.

What I'm getting at is that this is one of those features that some people immediately see the benefits of, and some people won't - but over time it will likely occur to do things with it.

I'd even support going beyond where XF did by default and supporting multiple prefixes per topic by default just because it actually turned out to be really helpful in practice.
No good deed goes unpunished / All helpful urges should be circumvented

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Doug Heffernan

I second this. Topic prefixes will be indeed a very useful feature to have.

Arantor

I actually made it a core feature in StoryBB but the code isn't really portable at this stage. Not least you'd need to retool all the templates, the database queries and the all the CSS...

What is also a thing to note is that people do the most interesting things if you remember to let them/tell them they can use emoji.
No good deed goes unpunished / All helpful urges should be circumvented

I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away. There can be only one.

Antes

New button already has background for those type of actions... so customizeable background/color options with support to emoji can be really good feature for future release.

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