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[Suggestion] Similar Threads

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Neutral Singh, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. Neutral Singh

    Neutral Singh Well-Known Member

    I do not see similar threads showing up in topic on xF... i think it is a very important feature to get back some very old yet interesting debates. The similar threads in vB are very basic. You can not show them except in showthreads and you can not even configure the number of threads you want to be shown in each thread. You can either show them below the navbar or at the bottom of the topics so if there are replies to the thread then similar threads go down at the end of the topic.

    I am still no sure of xF template system but I would like to have Similar Threads, which i can show anywhere like in the postbit right alongwith the first post of the topic on all pages or at the bottom of first post or even a right side-bar...

    empire, AL-Fareed, Mijo and 39 others like this.
  2. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    It's XF. :) I do not have that feature enabled in vB. Don't really like it, since it's an invitation to bump old threads. It also creates clutter on the thread page and I don't think it is even liked that much by most people.
  3. TrixieTang

    TrixieTang Well-Known Member

    I've never seen similar threads actually show similar threads on any forum I've seen it on. Why add a feature that can't even do what it's supposed to do?
    Softlineck, Kim and Moses like this.
  4. Moses

    Moses Well-Known Member

    I'm sure someone will create a hack if it's wanted, I never saw the point of it though..
    Abomination likes this.
  5. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    It's hard to get a very accurate algorithm to pick similar threads automatically, this is why the vBulletin similar threads feature often returned non-similar threads that contained the same keywords.

    Instead of adding a mostly broken automatic similar threads feature, I'd consider adding some sort of thread linking feature where users/mods/admins can manually enter thread links in an interface at the bottom of a thread. These would not necessarily be similar threads, but they would basically be "threads you might be interested in if you are interested in this thread".
    Morgain and Forsaken like this.
  6. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    well the best place to have it is while composing the post... so that the user can see if a similar thread exists in the forum already.

    several helpdesk software products offer a functionality like this. based on i am not sure what criteria. if tags are integrated properly, they can be used for obvious reasons.
    Softlineck likes this.
  7. Neutral Singh

    Neutral Singh Well-Known Member

    Ok! Ok!! Its XF! :D

    Well, its all about getting used to it and it depends on the type of forums you have. In a forum where each topic may become a kind of knowledge base, similar topics play an important part in making available those great discussions which the interested reader would be greateful to read. The other day i closed this option and i got a lot of stick from my members and had to put that option back. :(
  8. Nonstopname

    Nonstopname Member

    Similar threads is very important feature, must have :)
    Neutral Singh likes this.
  9. silendreamer

    silendreamer Active Member

    Yes, +1 from me too. I am just surprised that it is not present in Xenforo yet.

    Also I would like to suggest to put the Similar Threads box right after the first post, rather than at the end of the page :)

    Would greatly help users to decide right-away whether that is the right page for them to look at or if there is some other page that is more interesting.
    Morgain and Neutral Singh like this.
  10. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    it would be nice to have this
    Neutral Singh likes this.
  11. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I have just merged the 2 threads suggesting the same feature.
    Moses likes this.
  12. Adam Carem

    Adam Carem New Member

    Did this get anywhere? Was there ever an add-on made for this?

    Similar Threads

    Related Threads

    I believe the option, atleast, should be available even if its not seen as necessary by some.
  13. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This is a suggestion for the core software.

    If you want an add-on creating, you will need to post in the add-on requests forum.
    Gustavo Fernandez likes this.
  14. Gaetan Hercé

    Gaetan Hercé New Member

  15. souvikroy1111

    souvikroy1111 New Member

    i really need this feature..i am currently in vbulletin and i would surely convert in the coming months...hope this feature is implemented
  16. NURV

    NURV Member

    I agree that this is an important feature. I'm considering purchasing xF and was surprised to see that this feature didn't exist. Would love to see some options and configuration settings for it as well if it is created!
    TheComputerGuy and Adam Carem like this.
  17. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    I'm also holding out for this feature - it's been a huge bonus in extra traffic since we enabled it on vBulletin, so I hope it makes it to XF so I can convert.
  18. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Explain how you feel the similar threads mod increased your traffic.
    Thanks in advance.
  19. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Several ways, but I run a technical support forum which gets lots of visitors from google looking to solve a specific problem. Quite often, the thread they are looking at is useful but when they get to the bottom of the page they see other threads along a similar line and click on them to read. Also, I presume there is a search engine boost by having relevent interlinking to your own content. When I enabled the similar threads feature I got a noticable boost in page views.
  20. Neutral Singh

    Neutral Singh Well-Known Member

    I agree!

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