Display search results as threads by default (not as posts or mixed).

farang

Well-known member
Hi there.

Making a standard search, search results a mixed threads and posts. Most searchers maybe haven't even reflected over that. In an advanced search there is an option "Display results as threads" that is not ticked by default.

I have been using some time today to figure out how build a (free) add-on that alters so that a quick search result displays the results as threads.

I believe that the public function actionSearch() in \library\XenForo\ControllerPublic\Search.php is the place to do the modification. If I insert the following code at line 201 I believe it works as desired.
Code:
$input['group_discussion'] = 1;
$input['type'] = 'post';
But I can't see how I can do the modification without copying the whole function which wouldn't be a nice thing to do of course. I've been looking into altering the public function searchGeneral in \library\XenForo\Search\Searcher.php instead. It's not many lines of code there and by creating a "typeHandler" I believe I can call the public function searchType instead. I had some problem creating a "typeHandler" though... I'm also not sure if it's a good idea or not.

Please if you have the knowledge how to best implement this, give me a hint.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
XF Enhanced Search does something along these lines to default the sort order to relevance. It uses an extended controller class and does this:
Code:
public function actionSearch()
{
   if (
      !$this->_request->getParam('order')
      && XenForo_Application::get('options')->enableElasticsearch
   )
   {
      $this->_request->setParam('order', XenForo_Application::getOptions()->esDefaultSearchOrder);
   }

   return parent::actionSearch();
}
Hopefully that demonstrates the concept of approach.
 

farang

Well-known member
XF Enhanced Search does something along these lines to default the sort order to relevance. It uses an extended controller class and does this:
Hopefully that demonstrates the concept of approach.
Thanks @Mike It sure does! It will help me a lot.
 
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