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XF 1.4 Merging Threads

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Valhalla, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    When you merge threads, how do the posts appear in the resulting thread?

    I get the impression they merge and are sorted by date. I would expect posts ordered by thread.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    They are ordered by post date.
  3. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    Just to confirm, is it not possible to merge threads correctly if the older thread is being merged into a new thread (With the expectation that the old thread is appended to the new thread)?

    Will the oldest posts always appear first?
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  5. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    They are merged correctly. Posts would be ordered by post dated. It would make no sense to order them otherwise. Discussions, like in real life, happen in a chronological order.
  6. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Sunka and Valhalla like this.
  7. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    +1 : That can be a very useful addon.
  8. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    If you merge threads, you are given the option to choose a "Destination Thread".

    Does this mean the resulting thread title?
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Valhalla likes this.
  10. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    One example of where this would be rather unfortunate would be when obituaries are posted.

    Often, someone will create a thread with the intention of discussing someone who had recently passed away. After time (and after replies had been made), this discussion would be merged with a larger thread containing archived obituaries.

    Discussions happen in chronological order within the original thread, but that order would be lost if posts are ordered by post date.

    Now, I realise this one example doesn't necessitate new functionality. I am highlighting this because it is not always appropriate, especially if you are merging historical discussions in an effort to tidy up one area of a forum.
  11. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    This kind of begs the question of why would you do that? if you have so many obituary threads that you need to archive them, then the obvious thing. To do is. Relate a sub forum for archived obituaries, or several sub forums, e.g. One per year.
    Martok likes this.
  12. Valhalla

    Valhalla Well-Known Member

    I currently have a forum which I am wishing to remove, and my intention was to condense the threads it contains into single thread.

    (I'm changing the granularity - the forum is becoming a thread, and the threads are becoming posts.)

    It would not be possible to do this without an add-on because many of the threads had been posted in concurrently, and the destination thread would be difficult to follow (Much of the time users did not quote the post they are referencing.)

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