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Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:42 pm
by Helios7
If we can add a new policy which can prevent users to view or read topics created by other users will help enable create a private resolution/ticketing system where users can privately raise trouble tickets to a moderator or a group of moderators.

I've tried all options and plugins but this seems impossible under current system whereas private messenger is limited to only one moderator/admin inbox which can stay unopened forever if there is an absence.

Thanks,
Helios

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:03 pm
by david63
Ideas Bot wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:42 pm
prevent users to view or read topics created by other users
There is already at least one extension that will do that.
Ideas Bot wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:42 pm
private messenger is limited to only one moderator/admin inbox which can stay unopened forever
Untrue - you can PM a group so that they can all receive it.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:35 pm
by warmweer
If we can add a new policy which can prevent users to view or read topics created by other users will help enable create a private resolution/ticketing system where users can privately raise trouble tickets to a moderator or a group of moderators.
That part can be done already with the Report feature.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:56 pm
by Helios7
david63 wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:03 pm
There is already at least one extension that will do that.
Please post the URL to such extensions which can help enable a ticketing system.
warmweer wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:35 pm
That part can be done already with the Report feature.
Can we retain these reports so both users and mods/admins can view them later and see the discussion later?

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phpBB being a user discussion forum should have a ticketing system which will help users to report about other users or topics etc, last time i checked, current reporting system has just two options "Close/Delete" which just fails to retain these reports for future viewing.

Both user who reports and the admin/mod who attends this report have no option to check what happened with the reported at a later stage.

Thanks.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:01 pm
by david63
Helios7 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Please post the URL to such extensions which can help enable a ticketing system.
A search would have found this in 10 seconds - viewtopic.php?f=456&t=2461636

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:52 am
by AmigoJack
Helios7 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:56 pm
current reporting system has just two options "Close/Delete" which just fails to retain these reports for future viewing.
No - you even have a separate module for viewing closed reports. Yes, it's no full ticket system, but it's not a failure either.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:12 am
by Helios7
david63 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Helios7 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:56 pm
Please post the URL to such extensions which can help enable a ticketing system.
A search would have found this in 10 seconds - viewtopic.php?f=456&t=2461636
Yes, but unfortunately its still under development and the ETA is unknown. But the idea of the extension developer is awesome, hope he succeeds in finishing that soon. If i can understand the technique behind creation of extensions, i can try on my own so both myself and others could get benefited. :)

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I just want an option to have a support section where any user can create a support thread where only the admin and mod can view and reply to threads whereas the users can view only their threads and not others. A thread can be retained for indefinite period so both the user and admin/mod can access the same in future whereas a private message can get archived or deleted on a long run.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:15 am
by Helios7
AmigoJack wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:52 am
Helios7 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:56 pm
current reporting system has just two options "Close/Delete" which just fails to retain these reports for future viewing.
No - you even have a separate module for viewing closed reports. Yes, it's no full ticket system, but it's not a failure either.
Yes. I wish there is an option for a basic one to one user private discussion with a mod/admin. Private message gets deleted over time whereas threads tend to stay indefinitely. :)

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 am
by david63
Helios7 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:12 am
I just want an option to have a support section where any user can create a support thread where only the admin and mod can view and reply to threads whereas the users can view only their threads and not others.
I believe that this will do what you want - https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... erstopics/
Helios7 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:15 am
Private message gets deleted over time
Only if the user actually deletes them.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:40 am
by AmigoJack
david63 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 am
Helios7 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:15 am
Private message gets deleted over time
Only if the user actually deletes them.
I think he refers to the option "if folder is full" set to "delete oldest". But then again I see no disadvantage in setting the maximum of PMs per folders to i.e. 10000 which would push this problem away for years - managing your PMs every 6 months to sort them all in more meaningful folders is an achievable task.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:43 pm
by Helios7
david63 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 am
I believe that this will do what you want - https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... erstopics/
Yes, i tried this but didn't work. Probably i need to test better. Will start testing again tonight as this seems to be the only as-of-now.
david63 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 am
Only if the user actually deletes them.
AmigoJack wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:40 am
I think he refers to the option "if folder is full" set to "delete oldest". But then again I see no disadvantage in setting the maximum of PMs per folders to i.e. 10000 which would push this problem away for years - managing your PMs every 6 months to sort them all in more meaningful folders is an achievable task.
Yes. Since all the moderators are volunteers i thought it would be nice for the Admins to quality check the resolution which is not possible via PM as monitoring PM is forbidden on phpbb which is why im more interested on thread based support section only addition would be users shouldn't read what another user writes. :)

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:55 am
by Helios7
david63 wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 am
I believe that this will do what you want - https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... erstopics/
Last time it failed but this time works like charm. Hope this should do the task for now. If in future the extension developer fails to update, will it start to malfunction? Hope phpBB inherits this extension or permission settings so its easy to carry-on this option for the future.

Thanks.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:05 am
by david63
Helios7 wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:55 am
f in future the extension developer fails to update, will it start to malfunction?
Possibly - but nobody can see into the future.

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:15 pm
by Helios7
This is why i wish there is an inbuilt option on phpBB for private discussion where users cant read topics created by other users and this can help create a simply support section where users can raise queries and gets issues resolved from mods and admins in private without the interference of other users.

Private messages can help a little but a centralized monitoring by admin is not possible on others private messages and private messages can be deleted by either party which leaves no trace so a thread system within a selected forum helps in many ways to setup a simple & non-complex private discussions forum.

Best regards,
Helios

Re: Private Discussion - Inbuilt Ticketing System.

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:56 pm
by Helios7
When forums grow large the requirement for a support desk increases, external paid support systems are both too costly and unnecessary as each support member login there is a separate fee irrespective of the members active status which is not affordable for paid boards and too many tracking metrics etc are unnecessary.

A built in option for a simple permission option restricting users to read topics/threads started by others so users can raise a new topic and any available member from the moderators team can reply to those queries and these threads/topics can be accessed by both the same user or the moderator or an admin forever.

I tried an extension called "Allow viewing topics started by others" which does work but once enabled it immediately denies search option for users. Hope oneday phpbb has this option. :)

Thanks & regards,
Helios