[drupal-devel] [feature] New options for forum block

tangent drupal-devel at drupal.org
Tue Feb 8 04:50:51 UTC 2005

 Project:      Drupal
 Version:      cvs
 Component:    forum.module
 Category:     feature requests
 Priority:     normal
 Assigned to:  kbahey
 Reported by:  kbahey
 Updated by:   tangent
 Status:       patch

The patch applies. It does not comply with the style guidelines though.
The spacing and use of tabs is incorrect.
Also, this patch removes the option of having both types of forum links
in the same block in favor of putting them in separate blocks. I think
it makes sense to leave them in the same block and this removes the
temptation to use block titles of the form "Forum: Active topics" which
isn't very consistant or elegant.


Previous comments:

February 5, 2005 - 13:54 : kbahey

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/forum.module-block.patch (2.72 KB)

I have implemented a patch that adds two new features for the forum
module block.
The options provide more granularity for the forum block, when the
admin can select to show only active topics, or new topics, or both. 
Patch is attached.


February 6, 2005 - 00:10 : kbahey

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/forum.module-block-2.patch (3.32 KB)

If only one option is selected, then having two headers is a bit
Hence, this 2nd version of the patch eliminates this, and only displays
two headers if the two checkboxes are selected.


February 6, 2005 - 05:01 : Dries

Your patch is reversed and does not conform our coding standards.  Won't


February 6, 2005 - 07:29 : Bèr Kessels

-1 from me. I am fighting aginat new options :). 
What i would like much better, is when you add two new blocks, then you
(a) Do not need additional options in the settings sections,  and
(b)leave that to the blocks adminstration.


February 6, 2005 - 08:33 : kbahey

Can you explain more what you mean by 'reversed' ? Do you mean that the
patch works the opposit of what it should do? Or you mean 'backed out'?
Also, can you be more specific about how it is not up to coding
I understand your reluctance for new options. Your suggestion of two
blocks is a better solution. I will give it a thought.


February 6, 2005 - 08:45 : Junyor

I was looking at this exact issue last night.  There should be two
separate blocks enabled/disabled through the block administration page.
That leaves one option on the forum settings page about blocks: # of
items to show.  I think that option is something that should be more
integrated into block administration and available for all blocks
(where applicable) rather than just the forums block.  I've had to hack
code just to change the number of items in a block, which isn't
user-friendly at all.


February 6, 2005 - 10:32 : kbahey

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/forum.module-block-3.patch (2.19 KB)

Here is a patch that makes them two blocks, one for active, and one for
The admin can select either or both, and place each in a different
place. Thanks for Ber for his suggestion.
I understand now what Dries meant by reversed. It is corrected now.


February 6, 2005 - 13:57 : Junyor

Don't forgot to remove the settings from the forum settings.  And set
this issue to patch. :)


February 6, 2005 - 15:44 : kbahey

Changing to patch.
There are no settings in this one.


February 6, 2005 - 16:19 : Junyor

Right.  I meant remove the current settings.


February 6, 2005 - 17:52 : Junyor

Nevermind, I see that the settings are removed.  +1 for this patch. 
Applies cleanly to 4.5.2, too.


February 7, 2005 - 14:10 : drumm

However, I think this patch was made against 4.5.x and not CVS. There
are some changes to the block hook which move the settings which I see
are not properly handled by this code. I would guess that it does not


February 7, 2005 - 21:26 : kbahey

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/forum.module-block-cvs.patch (2.59 KB)

Here is the patch against CVS HEAD.
I have no CVS installation at present, so this is not tested. 
Can someone please test it and report here?

View: http://drupal.org/node/16829
Edit: http://drupal.org/project/comments/add/16829

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