the 2 extra sort order this brings is via topic time eg blog post and alphabetic eg library but its use in setting it in ACP is invaluable
Its an awesome and powerful little "extension" that allowed you to set the forum sort order of ANY forum in the ACP
for example (our most used) was --> sort by Topic time ... which allowed forums to be moe "blog" like and replies would not bounce a topic to the to ..... very useful if you have a high traffic forum.
Now tumba25 was great ..... he listened to others and also added a sort option of Alphabetical ....... you could have your own library in a section
The great tumba25 thought even deeper and allowed users to set their default order in UCP or on the fly by say checking "topic time" at the bottom of the forum
By far the most powerful feature is setting the forum sort per forum in the ACP. I could not get this across to the folk at area51 when i tried getting it added as a feature
I also had a discussion at phpbb when 3.1 was still young and they liked it enough to recommend it at area51 for a rfc
I don't think they would ever make this core functionality but 7177 downloaders cant be wrong that this function is needed.
The original Mod called "Forum Sort Order" by tumba25
Mods database link ---> https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/ ... ort_order/
Here is a forum with a default listing of Topic TimeDescription
Adds topic time in UCP > Board preferences and viewtopic > Sort by.
Also adds Forum default to UCP > Board preferences and makes this default for all users.
**important bit** Adds "Default topic list order:" to ACP > Forums > Edit forum, this might be overridden by the settings in UCP.
Adds possibility to override user sort settings in some forums.
Here is the same forum with a default list of Post Time we are all used to. It is a real mess compared to Topic Time.
The most important place it needs to be is ACP---> Forums
ACP - Forum
The other places it needs to appear are ModCP. We found the moderators could not find topics to delete if the forum was default Topic Time
Topic Time ModCP
Post Time ModCP
And last but not least Advanced Search (Thanks for reminding me keith10456 )
And last last but not least UCP + ACP Topic Time setting ... letting the User/Admin choose their own default (thanks Pony99CA)
I hope that shows the visual impact to a forum of having everything ordered by when the topic was posted without replies making a real mess of things. Most blogs list this way .... why not phpBB???
Any help thoughts or direction very much appreciated
I am willing to donate to the cause of whoever succeeds in memory of the 7000+ people who use it now