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short "list of discussions" inside "discussion view"

edited August 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
hi, we are a small group of girls and we are mostly talking in a single discussion. because of this, i'd like to set up vanilla on the main page with this "general" discussion and a list of the five recent topics above. do you know what i mean? i hope it is'nt complicated and you can help. greetings from denmak nora

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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    I'd say the easiest thing to do would be to:

    create a new extension that lists the latest five topics on all discussion pages. I'd suggest making it a control like I did with the banner on this forum - you'll just need to put it in a different place further down the page.

    Then I'd make a php page on your homepage where you can give it a url and it loads the contents of that url directly into the page. I've seen that done before and it can be kind of slick. That way you can give it the url of the discussion you want and it will display it on the homepage straight from Vanilla.
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    thanks for your quick reply, mark. i think i'm undestanding what you mean but i have no idea how to realize it. how to define a bunch of topics and put them into a new extension. the possibility is sexy, sure. but i'm more familiar with html & css. is it really that simple that it sounds?
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    finally after marks 24th extension he finally pulls :P
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    I think what you want to do is to select the General category. Look at the url. It should be something like: http://localhost/Vanilla.1/?CategoryID=1 If you would pick a different Category, the ID would change. Use the PageManagement extension to build a Page and call it what you want. Then, put this url in the Page tab url. You will get a new tab at the top of your forum. When you select it, you'll go to you category. Or, you could use the CategoryJumper extension which gives you a list of your categories from which to choose. In either case, you have to select something. This may not have been what Mark suggested, but I think it will work for you. The other possibility is to take the CategoryJumper extension and modify to automatically select the Category you want to display when you sign in to the forum. I looked at the code in the CategoryJumper extension, but I am not that good at php and how Vanilla works.
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