Search Mask/ option filter with tags

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Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by Andreas_B » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:15 am

Hi,

I am building a forum that has a lot of subforums:
It starts with 4 main forums, and each one has about 3-4 levels of subforums.

I don't want my users to click their way for- and backward, before they find what they are looking for.


So there should be a search mask, that offers keywords (in other words 'search-categories') users can check/uncheck [ ], before they hit the search button.
But these keywords shall automatically represent the subforums...
That means that each subforum is presented in the search mask as a keyword.

Is there an extension for that?!

I also thought about having the topics tagged by their creators, but that would just be a good complement, if users are also able to use them as keywords in the search field (check/uncheck).
A simple search field, where you have to think about the correct expressions you search (and then they have to match the tags) is simply not satisfying enough.

Important to me is, that all subforums (or tags) are presented in the search mask automatically as keywords, that users can actually see and check/uncheck.

Do you know of such a function?!... Or does it has to be created first?

Thanks,
Andreas


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Re: Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by david63 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:34 am

I think that before you go any further you need to clarify the terms that you are using because at the moment some of the above does not make sense.

Board - the entire phpBB installation
Category - a division of the board that contains one, or more, fora
Forum - a division of a category that contains one or more sub fora and topics
Sub Forum - a forum within another forum
Topics - the items within a forum
Posts - the items within a topic
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Re: Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by Andreas_B » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:53 am

Ok, I've rewritten the introduction post.
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Re: Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by Andreas_B » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:31 am

Just to illustrate a little bit what I am searching for:
Illustrate Search Option.jpg

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Re: Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by stevemaury » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:04 pm

This feature already exists. Users can mask or limit searches to a selected category or categories.

Here, a search is to be made only in the Support forums and Extension forums categories and their contained forums.
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But the user could also select fewer than all the forums contained in a category.
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Re: Search Mask/ option filter with tags

Post by Andreas_B » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:46 am

stevemaury wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:04 pm
This feature already exists. Users can mask or limit searches to a selected category or categories.

Here, a search is to be made only in the Support forums and Extension forums categories and their contained forums.

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 9.01.07 AM.jpg

But the user could also select fewer than all the forums contained in a category.
Hi Stevemaury,

thank you very much for your post!

I am starting to build my new forum, and somehow I have a problem here when it comes to use the advanced search option (although I am logged in as admin). Hence I couldn't see, that this option is already build into the default options... which is great.

But my idea actually was, to not have the user to first go to the advanced search field page, but to offer him this kind of search limitation right from the beginning [on the main page].

Do you think there is a possibility to do that?!...

Is there maybe already an extensions for advanced search in phpbb, that lets one customize the search options? - I searched but couldn't find any.

Thanks.

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