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Tutorial Forum Add-On: Similar Threads

Discussion in 'Forum Rules, Information and Announcements' started by HaloHalo, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. HaloHalo
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    HaloHalo Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,
    A new Add-On has been added to the forum called Similar Threads.

    Creating a thread:
    If you select one of the forums you have the opportunity to create a thread (permissions applicable). When you start to create the thread we start by writing a thread title or subject. With the "similar threads" feature this will intuitively query the database as you type words into the title of the thread. This will allow you to immediately see if there has already been a similar thread posted, this is great to reducing duplicate posts when one user has not read previous content posted by another user. I for one am guilty of doing this :)

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    Reading a thread:
    If you read a particular thread you will now see that the "similar threads" feature display, wait for it… similar threads immediately below the post you are reading. This gives rise to the possibility of a more fluid and intuitive experience when navigating between related posts. Hopefully you will be able to find the exact content you are looking for more quickly.

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    Obviously "common" words are omitted from the "similar thread" process (eg: I, have, and, here, to, will, be, say, see, seen).
  2. graham59
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    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Good idea.

    Some of us are possibly in the early stages of dementia, so need all the help we can get. :confused:
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  3. Dave_E
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    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    [​IMG]

    :D

    Worth noting that when creating a new thread only the titles of existing threads are queried.

    The normal forum search facility also searches the bodies of threads, unless the "Search titles only" box is ticked.

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  4. Dave_E
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    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

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    Yes,

    you have help for your dementia Graham. :lol:
  5. graham59
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    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Sorry... you've lost me there. o_O :p
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  6. KeithAngel
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    KeithAngel trou noir inspector Lifetime Member

  7. HaloHalo
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    HaloHalo Administrator Staff Member

    Me as well :)
  8. HaloHalo
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    HaloHalo Administrator Staff Member

    Yep real convenient.
  9. Timmers
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    Timmers Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Its a good idea, we will soon see how it pans out :)
  10. HaloHalo
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    HaloHalo Administrator Staff Member

    Indeed. It was suggested that when content is more readily available/applicable then users tend to browse the site for longer. The stats will eventually reveal if thats the case or not.
  11. Timmers
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    Timmers Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    I agree with that, I think it could prove extremely helpful.
  12. Bootsonground
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    Bootsonground Well-Known Member

    What do I have to do again????
  13. graham59
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    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Just keep asking the same questions until someone tells you to f off. :p
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