Conversation Improvements by Xon

Conversation Improvements by Xon 2.4.6

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.2
Additional requirements
php 7.2+
Standard Library by Xon v1.18.0+
Search Improvements v2.9.0+
MIT Licence
A collection of improvements to the XenForo Conversation system.

For large forums, please see the "Installing for large forums" section

Uninstalling removes all data!
Search Index however will require a full rebuild to delete the old data!

  • Adds conversation search, with options to search by recipient.
  • New Conversation Permissions
  • Conversation Message Edit history
  • Conversation Title Edit history
  • Allow conversations with no-one (default off)
Adds conversation search, with options to search by recipient

Users must be a member of the conversation to see the conversation in search results.

Does not permit moderators/administrators to see another person's conversations in search results.

Adds each conversation, and conversation message to the XenForo Search store (MySQL or Elastic Search), which may result in a larger search index.

New Conversation Permissions

Just takes away a user's "reply" button, no banners.

The reply limit is for the entire conversation, but the limit is per user group. Consider when User A & User B are members of a conversation.

User A can have a reply limit of 5. User B can have a reply limit of 10.

Once the conversation has >5 replies, User A can no longer post. Once the conversation has >10 replies, User A and User B can no longer post

Conversation Message Edit History

Adds edit history for conversation messages.

Conversation Title Edit History

Adds edit history for conversation's title, and implements a new moderator permission "Manage Conversations by anyone" to allow non-conversation starters to edit a conversation.

Allow conversations with no-one

A global option to allow users to send conversations to just themselves.

Known Issues
  • Edit History does not respect/implement any silent editing window.
  • This add-on likely will require a higher memory limit (ie <256mb isn't going to cut it) due to extra search results.
Installing for large forums

For large forums, please try manually adding all the columns in a single step.
This took upto 5 minutes for 1.3 million conversation messages (compressed).

ALTER TABLE `xf_conversation_message`
  ADD COLUMN `edit_count` int unsigned not null default 0,
  ADD COLUMN `last_edit_date` int unsigned not null default 0,
  ADD COLUMN `last_edit_user_id` int unsigned not null default 0;
ALTER TABLE `xf_conversation_master`
  ADD COLUMN `edit_count` int unsigned not null default 0,
  ADD COLUMN `last_edit_date` int unsigned  not null default 0,
  ADD COLUMN `last_edit_user_id` int unsigned not null default 0;

  • Can Reply to Conversation. - Default - If a group can start a conversation, they can reply.
  • Reply Limit for Conversation. - Default - If a group can start a conversation, the reply limit is disabled (ie infinite).
  • Manage Conversations by anyone. - Default - If a group can edit any conversation posts, this permission is set for them.
Manual post-installation steps - Rebuild Search Index

The add-on will report (via server errors) if conversation related content types require re-indexing.

Performance impact
  • 1 extra query per conversation message posted due to indexing, and indexing itself.

Contributing features or bug fixes
Please create a Github Pull request via the "More Information" link.


If you appreciate this addon, please consider a contribution via PayPal. Details will be provide via private conversation.

Please contact me if you wish for different licencing arrangements.
First release
Last update


5.00 star(s) 8 ratings

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Latest updates

  1. 2.4.6 - Minor feature update

    Add "silently edit" feature for editing conversation messages, requires the "edit any message"...
  2. 2.4.5 - Bugfix update

    Fix edited conversation messages lacked the "Last edited:" marker after they had been edited
  3. 2.4.4 - Maintenance update

    Require Search Improvements v2.10.0+ Improve how conversations are filtered out of search...

Latest reviews

..thanks for the always excellent service (monitoring and regular maintenance of own addon's). So it gives a really good feeling to use their applications.
Conversation search makes a huge difference. I find this a very important feature. This is another awesome add-on from Xon and highly recommended.
I've used this for over a year on a large forum with over 20 million posts. It's been working with no problems. I use it for the ability to search conversations, which is pretty important.
The search feature is just something I can't live without as I have tons! It would be awesome if in the future there was a way to "star" a conversation so that it stays on top until you can respond ;) Thanks for another great addon!
Very handy for preventing replies to Conversations instead of just only being able to prevent users from starting new ones. Search is great, too!
Worth it alone for the ability to search conversations.

Incredibly handy on forums that see a large amount of private conversation chatter, or have allowed users sales.

For admins/moderators it's a godsend to be able to search conversations, given you get so many in over time.

NOTE: This does NOT allow you to search conversations unless you are a part of that conversation.
Simply superb. I really appreciate your plugin and all it's components. Conversations is lacking this kind of functionality, for sure. Again, thanks for all your hard work putting this together and sharing it with us non-coders.
Been using this plugin by XON on both my XF1 and XF2 installations since the beginning, simple to use and simply works! Nice work
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