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Sort categorie layout by date newest post in categorie

Hey,

I'm running vanilla 2.0.18.8 and I've got a question regarding the categorie layout. I use that layout but I would like that te top categorie is the categorie with the newest post in it, and right now it is alphabetically. Is there anyway to do this or would I have to make the code for it myself? Thanks!

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  • phreakphreak Vanilla*APP (White Label) & Vanilla*Skins Shop MVP

    Hi @thomas_tim: This feature is not implemented and i guess that it will not be on the list of the Vanilla Team. This is something that needs to be coded, maybe some DEVs here can give you a glimpse into how much work this could get.

    Btw.: What aspect are you trying to achieve, how will this interact with your community?

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  • Thank @phreak for you answer. I'm making a forum for students during the finals so they can post questions and discuss answers. But because there are over 20 categories in the categories/discussions (I think this gives a quick, but structured layout) it some times requires a lot of scrolling.

    I think I will code it myself then, what is the best way to make this mergeable in the project? Create a new layout, or something else?

  • R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    @thomas_tim: I'd really like to see how this can be achieved with either a plugin or a custom view (not that I'd use it, but I'm interested in how this technically can be achieved)

    You can use this as a workaround:

    body#vanilla_categories_discussions.Vanilla div#Frame div#Body div#Content div.Categories div.CategoryBox ul.DataList li.Item {
      display: none;
    }
    body#vanilla_categories_discussions.Vanilla div#Frame div#Body div#Content div.Categories div.CategoryBox ul.DataList li.New {
      display: block;
    }
    

    Add this CSS to your theme and only new discussions are displayed in categories/discussions. But it is only an ugly workaround...

  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Are you looking to modify the /categories/all page or the /categories/discussions page?

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  • aeryaery Gtricks Forum in 2.2 :) ✭✭✭

    @R_J When I was setting up my community, I though it would be cool to sort categories by freshness.

    But believe me, it would be hell for user. Its a bad UX practice to keep shuffling blocks.

    For your community, I would suggest categories in hierarchical order with root categories as headings

    peregrinebusinessdadUnderDog
  • @aery said:
    R_J When I was setting up my community, I though it would be cool to sort categories by freshness.

    But believe me, it would be hell for user. Its a bad UX practice to keep shuffling blocks.

    Exactly what I was thinking. One minute the category is at the bottom of the page the next minute it is at the top. It would be a nightmare to navigate.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

  • R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    @aery: thanks and I'm sure you're right with your suggestion. If I will ever start my own community, I'll go with just 4 categories. Having to scroll up and down all the time doesn't sound as if it could

    But I'm really interested at the technical aspect of a solution for the question. I've taken a look at the categories views and controllers and I can only think of

    • either overriding a function (because I've seen no event where a hook could be helpful)
    • using a hook but need to change the $Sender of the function calling FireEvent itself
    • creating a new view. Existing views are subcalls to other views and I might have learned how to use as much of the existing ones as possible

    I do not know how to do any of this three and I could have learned something ;-)

  • aeryaery Gtricks Forum in 2.2 :) ✭✭✭

    I think it can be easily done with javascript.

    UnderDog
  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    What follows are my thoughts on how I would approach modifying the categories/all view to sort by the most recent.

    Since we don't care about the existing hierarchy inherent in the category model, I would get a list of the categories, iterate through it, request the latest discussion in that category, pop the entire category and discussion onto a list, then sort by the insert/update date on the discussion.

    You could probably just change the category structure right before rendering the view if you were clever about it.

    I agree with others that this sounds like a bad idea.

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  • Because this forum is used during the finals to discuss topics there are usually only three topics active at the time, and it's really annoying if they are the ones at the bottom. I just want to try and see how it goes, because at the moment it is far from ideal as well, and I think this makes it easier to see what topics are "fresh".

    We really like the categories view, so we don't want to lose that but we would like it to make it easier to see which categories are active. Maybe a average insert date of the latest 5 posts in that categorie? That would make it shift around a lot less and still have the fresh categories on top.

  • R_JR_J Ex-Fanboy Munich Admin

    The monster below gives you the sort order you've thought of. You'll have to test it though, because my test installation hasn't got enough categories ;-)

    SELECT
      DISTINCT *
    FROM
      (
        SELECT
          `CategoryID`
        FROM
          (
            SELECT
              d1.`CategoryID`
              , d1.`DiscussionID`
              , d1.`DateInserted`
            FROM
              `GDN_Discussion` d1
            WHERE
              (
                SELECT
                  COUNT(*)
                FROM
                  `GDN_Discussion` d2
                WHERE
                  d1.`CategoryID` = d2.`CategoryID`
                  AND d1.`DateInserted` <= d2.`DateInserted`
              ) <= 5
          ) avg_table
        GROUP BY
          `CategoryID`
        ORDER BY
          AVG(`DateInserted`) DESC
      ) cat_table
    

    You'd have to copy the view /vanilla/views/categories/all.php to /themes/yourtheme/views/categories/all.php and before line 23 foreach ($this->CategoryData->Result() as $Category) { you'd have to either change the sort order or use another syntax for the loop in order to change the view according to your needs.

    From performance aspects, this SQL is a nightmare. I do not know how caching is done in the Garden framework, but if this SQL is executed everytime someone calls the view, I'd say you will have to face complains from your users...
    You can think of writing a plugin which updates a yet-to-be-created-category-order-info-field after each new discussion, so that this query only has to be called one time per new discussion and not one time per view.

    I still wouldn't do it:
    1. if the categories of interest are everytime the same, you should thinking about changing their general order so that they are always displayed at the top
    2. you could even change the sort order manually just for the playoffs
    3. also subgrouping them as aery suggested is still an option.

    Categories aren't sorted alphabetically, as far as I know. You can change their order manually under http://www.yourforum.com/vanilla/settings/managecategories simply by drag'n'drop

  • x00x00 MVP
    edited July 2013

    views are not the place to put complicated logic or queries.

    How to find the latest comment or discussion? the categories module, categories/all and categories/discussions all use CategoryModel->GetFull(), which mean it is already joined (via denormalised LastDiscussionID, and LastCommentID), you could use CategoryModel_AfterGetFullQuery_Handler to specify the order.

    grep is your friend.

    UnderDog
  • x00x00 MVP
    edited July 2013

    note the above won't work becuase OrderBy is already employed after this point.

    $CategoryData = $this->SQL->OrderBy('TreeLeft', 'asc')->Get();

    meaning according the the query builder the order by clause would be something like

    ORDER BY d.DateInserted DESC, co.DateInserted DESC, TreeLeft ASC

    However TreeLeft needs to be your primary sort to respect hierarchy.

    As a hack you might think to implement TreeLeft first, even though duplicated the final TreeLeft will have little order prevalence. However TreeLeft is always unique, so therefore secondary sorts are irrelevant (categories use the nested set model).

    This means you have to abandon this idea. Instead of modifying the query, your strategy would be to modify the result. Which mean you have to catch the respective object before they are processed by views, and modules, and then reorder them, respecting hierarchy, then return them as a DataSet.

    grep is your friend.

    UnderDog
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