Features / Usability

Features / Usability


posts: 5 Norway

Does the forum have possibility of having sub forums?

Also when adding 2 forums to the same Section, the section name get listed 2 times on the forum list. Wouldnt it be right to list the section name once and list the forums underneath?

Best regards
Using tikiwiki 3.0

posts: 36

This post is 10 years old but the request is still valid.

Tiki appears to be a great CMS - it has lots of features and I am sure I have just scratched the surface of what it can do.

The forum features are slightly underdeveloped however. Any robust forum software must have the flexibility to be able to create sub-forums (i.e. a forum within a forum) if needed.

For example, if I wanted to have a general Wiki forum that lists all the PHP-based Wiki software, that would look like so (example screenshot created in phpBB to illustrate):
Phpbb Subforum Example 01

Under Wiki software (which is a forum in its own right), you can see that there are other sub-forums. The sub-forums are for specific discussions about those technologies, but the more general Wiki software is to discuss

  • Wiki software in general
  • anything not to do with the specific Wiki technologies listed, or
  • a Wiki technology that has not been listed (such as, for example, an emerging one)

So that, by clicking on the Wiki software forum, I would be presented with the underlying Wiki forums, but I would also see a list of topics associated with the general Wiki software forum as described above.

Why is it needed?
Without this functionality forum administrators using Tiki for their forum are forced to use workarounds such as having to add another forum called "Other" that is meant to be a catch-all for anything that is not defined by the existing forums, such as this
Tiki Forum Example 01

Not pretty, especially if you have multiple sections and this concept extends to other sections.

posts: 4642 Japan

I suggest that you go to https://dev.tiki.org/Make%20a%20wish and "make a wish" for this feature enhancement. Most developers working on Tiki and already pretty busy, so if you can or if you know anyone who can write the code for this, that would also move things along faster.

-- Gary

posts: 36

Hi Gary, thank you.

Yes, I considered raising a request for this.

I am really liking Tiki so far, which would make contributing with the code worthwhile down the road. That would imply picking up some PHP skills but most fundamentally understand Tiki's internal structure.

Since at the moment I am evaluating Tiki, I am getting to know the product as much as I can - in the meantime I logged a bug related to phpBB authentication no longer appearing to work in Tiki. I think solving existing bugs should take precedence over new feature requests.

The reason for my post above is to explain why I believe there's value in improving the Forum section with sub-forums and see what the community's long-time residents such as yourself think.

Thanks for the support, much appreciated. smile