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topic order

Post by daveholliday » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:45 pm

Hi, I'm setting up a new forum and wanted to start off with a 'welcome' category featruring a series of topics giving instructions on using the forum, such as registration, navigation, posting etc. If I enter these sequentially then the last topic ends up first in the list whixch isn't what I want obviously. I could write them in opposite order of course but then if something else occurs I'm stuck so is there a way to set topics within a category so that the topic entered first stays first in the order? Thanks DH

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Re: topic order

Post by warmweer » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:54 pm

Have a look at viewtopic.php?f=616&t=2415706&hilit=change+time
With this extension you can change the time of a post (and if it's the first post in a topic, it changes the topic time also).
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Re: topic order

Post by daveholliday » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:58 am

OK thanks, I was hoping for a simpler solution but will try your suggestion.

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Re: topic order

Post by janus_zonstraal » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:33 am

You can make it a "sticky" post or a "announcement" than it stays on the top off the list.
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Re: topic order

Post by daveholliday » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:42 am

Hi, thanks, I tried that but found that when I entered the second sticky it still went to the top of the list. I'll try it again to check and post the result. DH

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Re: topic order

Post by warmweer » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:11 am

daveholliday wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:42 am
Hi, thanks, I tried that but found that when I entered the second sticky it still went to the top of the list. I'll try it again to check and post the result. DH
That's always going to be a problem because it's a new topic and sortorder is usually by datetime. (although users may use a different sortorder).

Let's accept that the sortorder is based on datetime. You could write the different topics, set the order by changing the time, and then close the topics.
If those topics remain open however and users can reply then the order wil change again.

It would be a nice feature if an admin could decide on a fixed sortorder for stickies (perhaps also annoucements) e.g. alphabetic and it would be just a matter of giving a suitable topicname.
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Re: topic order

Post by AmigoJack » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:19 am

Keep in mind that every user is able to sort a forum individually, and as per UCP > Board preferences > Edit display options > Display topics ordering by he can also set an alternative default.

If you want your topics to be read in a given order consider prefixing their titles with an ordinal, i.e.
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