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Similar threads

Similar threads 3.7

No permission to buy ($25.00)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
2.0
Premium upgrade:

This XF2 add-on along with the entire collection can be purchased for $25.00 USD. Your Premium upgrade will allow you to download as many XF2 add-ons as you like for one year. Please see the entire collection located in the Resources area at this URL:

https://www.xf2addons.com/

Note: all my XF1 add-ons are still 100% free and are supported by donations.

Description:

Shows a list of similar threads when a user is creating or viewing a thread.

The Similar threads add-on will do the following:
  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is creating a new thread.
  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is viewing a thread.
(Example of Similar threads shown during thread creation)

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(Example of Similar threads shown in thread view)

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(Example of Options page)

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(Example of User group permissions)

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Features:
  • Forum view permissions honored. If a member doesn't have permission to view certain forums, similar threads will not be shown from those forums.
  • Supports Enhanced search.
  • All phrases start with similarthreads_ for your convenience.
Installation:
  1. Download Andy-SimilarThreads-3.7.zip and unzip it.
  2. Copy the src/addons/Andy/SimilarThreads directory to your server.
  3. From the Admin Control Panel Install the add-on.
User group permissions:

Normally you will want to set "Allow" for the following two user groups:

Unregistered / Unconfirmed
Registered

Creating optional widget:

This widget is used to display a similar threads block in the thread view sidebar.
  1. Admin Control Panel -> Appearance -> Widgets
  2. Widget definition = Similar threads
  3. Widget key = similar_threads
  4. Title = (leave blank)
  5. Display in positions = Thread view: Sidebar
  6. Click Save.
(Example of Similar threads widget)

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Enhanced search:

To enable Enhanced search, select in the Options page. Make sure you have ElasticSearch 6.x installed on your server.

Enhanced search gives better similar thread results because it uses stemming.

Question and answers:

Q: Do I ever have to rebuild the search or thread indexes to use this add-on?
A: No.

Q: Are thread titles and posts searched?
A: Only thread titles are searched.

Q: Is the "View threads by others" set to No or Never honored?
A: No. You will need to exclude those forums in the options page.

Q: In order to use Enhanced search option, which version of Elasticsearch and Enhanced search will I need?
A: You will need Elasticsearch 6.0.0 (or newer) and Enhanced search 1.1.7 (or newer).
Author
AndyB
First release
Last update
Rating
5.00 star(s) 2 ratings

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Latest reviews

Loved this on XF 1.5 and love it now on XF2. It was one of those addon's I knew I had to keep around after the upgrade, because people would definitely complain about it being gone. In fact, it WAS missing for the first day after upgrading, and people already WERE asking about it. Essential, as far as I'm concerned.
Great Addon! I paid for this one, but get a lot more. All addons from AndyB are available within this payment. Andy also gives a very good costumer service, he's been bussy for a few days with my website, and I don't even know this nice guy. This 25,- USD is the best investment I did for XF2.