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Best Way to Add Metadata to Thread

Discussion in 'XenForo Development Discussions' started by samtheman, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. samtheman

    samtheman New Member

    Let's say I have a forum that discusses Restaurants and I want each thread to be tagged with a name of a Restaurant that the thread is about. Now what's the best way to go about adding this data? I don't want to use prefixes because there will be 2-3 different such fields so prefixes are not an option.

    Basically I believe there are two options:
    1. Edit the thread table by adding the field and then extend its model and controller so that restaurant_id is included in each usage of Thread.
    2. Create a new table such as MyAddon_ThreadMetadata and put thread_id, restaurant_id, etc into that.
    Which will be the preferred way to go about this task? Keep in mind I want to be able to search on threads that are tagged with the restaurant_id also, so basically I want the solution to be as flexible as possible.
  2. Mike Tougeron

    Mike Tougeron Well-Known Member

    I would create a new table for the thread metadata. You could then extend the XenForo_Model_Thread class to have the queries join that table for the data or you could call another method to get that data and assign it to the view.
    esbes likes this.

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