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Prefixes Vs Sub-Forums

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by SelfSufficientMe, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

    I'm considering removing several sub-forums by merging them into the one parent forum and using prefixes instead. Do you think this is a good idea in general (ie) using prefixes where possible in instead of sub-forums?
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  2. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Yes, this is exactly what prefixes are for.
  3. The Sandman

    The Sandman Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on how busy the subforums are and how many forums you have. The busier the subforums are the more I would tend to keep them as subforums. If they're not so busy prefixes are a good option. If the forum list is crowded prefixes can help you reduce the clutter by eliminating unneeded subforums. OTOH, if you don't have a lot of forums subforums can help by filling out the forum list and improve organization.

    Prefixes can be a big help but they also have downsides.
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  4. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the helpful feedback guys - I do want to keep some organisation but I guess I also need to balance this with how busy these sub-forums are (and in my case they aren't all that busy).

    So what I'll do (I think) is turn those sub-forums which are more popular into mains and get rid of the rest covering them by prefixes. Hopefully, this will make my site look more focused and a little busier.

    Cheers :)
  5. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    As others have said.. depends. On my Linux site I use the heck out of them
    Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 3.32.04 PM.png Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 3.33.23 PM.png Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 3.37.22 PM.png Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 3.37.42 PM.png
  6. SelfSufficientMe

    SelfSufficientMe Well-Known Member

  7. CNK

    CNK Active Member

  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

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  9. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    Thanks, I have not seen this before ;)

    It works with xF 1.4 :)
  10. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    Yes, it does... those images were from my Linux forum that is on 1.4 (the other forums I have are still on 1.3.5).
  11. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    interesting. that's pretty close to how I want to use thread tags.
  12. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    Is any way to exclude one group of prefix in this list?
  13. meetdilip

    meetdilip Active Member

    I think yes. If the sub board is not supposed to highlighted to the visitors at first glance, prefixes can do the trick.
  14. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    I'd have to look again.. but I think it's set so that if the prefix is available to that node, then it will be shown. The only way to keep it from doing it in anode is to NOT select that node in the ACP -> Options -> Prefix Forum Listing
    Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 7.58.40 PM.png
  15. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    Funny you should post this, we are thinking about doing the same thing on my forum, but the only problem I can think of is the Forum Watch feature. The volume of emails about topics many of my members wouldn't care about worries me.

    That actually led me to post this thread in Add-ons Discussion:

  16. CNK

    CNK Active Member

    I use two groups of prefixes, but I would like to only one group was on the list of prefixes.
    I would like to exclude from a prefix list prefix_group_id = 7.
  17. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    I don't think you can by default.. you may want to inquire with the add-on author about extending it.

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