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Is There An Easy Way To Change "Conversation" To "Private Message"?

Discussion in 'Styling and Customization Questions' started by Deepmartini, May 3, 2013.

  1. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    I want to change the word "conversation" to "private message" as most users already know what a private message is but are confused about conversations. Is there an easy to change this across the whole site? I started manually editing the templates but there were hundreds of instances to change, making it very tedious. How do I do it all at once?
  2. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Good question, I'd love to know if there's a shortcut too, as I'm thinking of doing the same. I am sure there was a thread about this recently though and the verdict was no, no easy way.
  3. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Maybe this is an upcoming feature? Like a simple search and replace. Or how about an option with a tick box: choose private conversations or private messages. Every other forum uses private messages and it's something people already understand. No need to retrain them. Keep it simple.
  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    No easy way.

    You can create a TMS addon and use it to search and replace all references of conversation, concersations, personal conversation, personal conversations etc. I was going to do that and release it in the resource manager but then I saw that it would conflict with syndol's conversation essentials addon and gave up cause then I would have to create two different versions of that addon. Ain't nobody got time for that.
  5. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    If you put "Conversation" in Apperances/ Search Phrases - you get a good list of occurrences. You could then experiment with some changes.
    Best to have a test install for experiments. But small changes made one by one then check to see result shouldn't cause problems.
    Syndol's addon will use the master value of a phrase so editing the phrase output won't conflict. Just check the resulting display in several places - new conversation page, conversation thread page, links in the Inbox.
  6. Nudaii

    Nudaii Well-Known Member

    Its tedious but possible:)

    I have done it at one clients forum, took about 1 hour or less:) just go through each and edit it
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  7. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Syndol's addon has his own phrases too last time I checked.
  8. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    Here is how I would do it:

    - Export your language
    - Open the XML and search for phrases that contain the term conversation
    - Modify them to your liking
    - Import the XML as a child language of your main language

    This means whenever you update xenforo you would retain the modified phrases in the child language.

    Edit: You probably want to use this add-on then.
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  9. Ellie

    Ellie Member

    Yes this has caused some confusion with my test group who all asked if they were private messages or a public conversation. The term private feels quite important to explain it as you could say everything is a conversation.
  10. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Yes .... but the term 'private' is inappropriate to many admins because they don't (can't) run them as private. (This is a whole debate I am not intending to reopen here: there is a thread about it).

    The name Personal Conversation is often used, in this case, as it preserves the acronym PC.
    The admin concerned would usually put a suitable reference in their Terms.
  11. Adrian D.

    Adrian D. Member

    I know that there was no answer for a couple years in this thread but seems to be the only thread where this one is discussed and I really doubt people haven't thinked about an easy way to change "Conversations" to "Private Message" which well, all forum platforms use it except xenforo and it doesn't make sense. Yes, I love how it doesn't create a new message everytime someone replies to your pm but majority of forum users are familiar with the term of private message and not conversation.

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