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XF 1.2 Conversation Management Improvements

Discussion in 'Have You Seen...?' started by Mike, May 30, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    While the conversation concept in XenForo works well, there have been some challenges managing your conversations, particularly if you have a lot. XenForo 1.2 makes some changes to improve this.

    Most of the changes can be seen in this one screen shot:


    So the first thing to note is that conversations now have their own tab, which allows us to give a few additional navigation links to specific lists.

    From there, you'll note that conversations can be starred. You can see the conversation listed there is starred. Starring works like you're probably used to in emails; it's mostly to allow filtering.

    You can also bulk manage your conversations (over multiple pages) using the inline moderation-style check box. You can star/unstar conversations, mark conversations as read/unread, or leave conversations with this.

    Finally, you'll note that all participants are listed on the conversation list. They are also listed on the conversation popup. (Note that to enable this for existing conversations, you will need to use the conversation cache rebuild option after upgrading.)

    Oh, and it's been there for a long time, but did you know that you can filter conversations by starter or participant? Click the "conversation display options" button. Go ahead, try it here now. :)

    This is by no means the end of the line for conversations and we still have plenty of ideas to look into for future versions.
    Eagle, DeltaHF, DFI and 81 others like this.
  2. Teapot

    Teapot Well-Known Member

    Oh wow, this is cool! :D
  3. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

  4. M@rc

    M@rc Well-Known Member

  5. yavuz

    yavuz Well-Known Member

    I got my daily HYS thread fix :D (y)
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  6. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Excellent :)
    DarkGizmo likes this.
  7. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Being able to see all participants from the conversation list is going to make a lot of my members happy. (y)
  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Starred Conversations (and marking read/unread) is a bit of a game changer for me. I'm absolutely awful at managing my Conversations and I get loads so this is a huge help :) Thanks Mike.
    MattW, Janmaat and Alien like this.
  9. IcEWoLF

    IcEWoLF Well-Known Member

    Very good update Mike!
    An option to clear all conversions for all users might be useful for a website admin.
  10. xf_phantom

    xf_phantom Well-Known Member

    Starred conversations make IMO no sense.
    Labels / tags / folders would be useful because they allow better filtering and organizing, but not a "starred/not starred" flag.

    A searchfeature would also help;)
    But, let's be optimistic => yeaaaaaa, at least some improvements..:p
    Alluidh and erich37 like this.
  11. Eagle

    Eagle Well-Known Member

    Great. ^^
  12. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    They're not mutually exclusive.
    Tracy Perry likes this.
  13. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

    Neat! Tags or labels would be nice, too. Some future version perhaps. Folders I stopped using ever since Gmail took over my email correspondence. :)
    twhiting9275 likes this.
  14. twhiting9275

    twhiting9275 Active Member

    Once again, an awesome update. This is looking more and more sweet!

    Agreed, this would be good, but I would think this might be a bit larger task than we might expect
    gldtn likes this.
  15. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Is it June yet?
    Janmaat likes this.
  16. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    I used that filter many times, but it is still difficult to find conversations from there.
    - it does not pull the username if you start typing a certain username, as it already does fine at the "Find Member Searchfield" here: http://xenforo.com/community/members/
    - the "Received by" and "Started by" works strange sometimes or does not give any results. The "Started by" is mostly myself, so I never search for my own username to find a Conversation.
    - I have no idea what "starred" means or what it is doing. Is it some sort of bookmarking ?

    The Dropdown for "Thread Display Options" and "Coversation Display Options" is a very nice design and funny to see how it pops-out and pops-in, but it is too much hidden... even experienced Forum-webmasters have troubles to find stuff in there:


    It seems the "own Tab" does include Breadcrumbs, which is a great improvement (y)

    Maybe that would be an additional help in order to "organize" Conversations:

  17. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    Hm.. does this mean there won't be more new features to the conversation system for 1.2.0?
  18. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Sounds like it.
  19. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    This is great! Awesome work Mike! Keep it at!
  20. Renegade

    Renegade Well-Known Member

    Was it yesterday or day before when I posted I need this to be in core... and another add-on to be uninstalled.

    BTW a thank you to the add-on author. You guys make it easier to work with XF till such much needed functionality get built in.

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