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autodelete feature [message #28261] Sat, 15 October 2005 08:39 Go to next message
JanRei is currently offline  JanRei   Germany
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I want to suggest an "autodelete" feature that deletes topics, when the last message is a certain period ago. (similiar to "topic prunning" just automatically)

I would appreciate if that
* wouldn't affect the post count
* could be limited to certain forums, specified by the admin
Re: autodelete feature [message #28281 is a reply to message #28261] Sat, 15 October 2005 13:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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What you are trying to do would be best done via a separate script running via cron. I suggest taking the code from admprune.php for this purpose.

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Re: autodelete feature [message #28300 is a reply to message #28261] Sun, 16 October 2005 12:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh, I didn't expect a “technical” answer...

I'm a member of a forum, where we have the following problem: The old forum had an autodelete feature, but since the switch to FUDforum the mods have to delete the topics from the "play area" manually, which results in losses in the post count.

Before I make a suggestion to the admin of the forum, I want to know whether your suggestion considers the wishes I expressed in the post above.


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Re: autodelete feature [message #28303 is a reply to message #28300] Sun, 16 October 2005 23:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If you want a message/topic to be removed and your post count to remain as before, then this is not possible.

I'd suggest your admins move old messages to a separate read-only archive forum, thus retaining old messages while speeding up main forums. This would also allow retaining of post counts.


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Re: autodelete feature [message #28360 is a reply to message #28261] Wed, 19 October 2005 13:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Is it possible to store the post count for each user in the database?

If a mod / admin deletes a topic by clicking on "delete" reduce the post count.
If a user submits a message increase the post count.
But if a topic is deleted by autodelete or topic prunning simply don't touch the post count.

Re: autodelete feature [message #28361 is a reply to message #28360] Wed, 19 October 2005 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The forum already stores the user's post count in the users table on a per-user basis. But, when someone removes a message this value is update to reflect the reduced message count. You can adjust the message delete code to not touch this value.

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Re: autodelete feature [message #28363 is a reply to message #28261] Thu, 20 October 2005 01:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wouldn't it be possible then to build a "autodelete feature" that doesn't affect the post count?

Do you have writen the message delete code only once for the whole forum?
Or can I find it in the topic prunning code (admprune.php) too?
Re: autodelete feature [message #28370 is a reply to message #28363] Thu, 20 October 2005 10:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The admprune.php script cheats it just deletes the messages and topic and relies on consistency checker to "fix-up" the rest. Otherwise it would be way too slow when deleting many messages.

If you wanted to prevent post count from being reduced on normal delete (not via prunning) you'd need to modify the delete() method inside imsg_edt.inc.t


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Re: autodelete feature [message #28377 is a reply to message #28261] Thu, 20 October 2005 15:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think modifications to the imsg_edt.inc.t would affect all kinds of deleting a message (that includes clicking on the "delete" button). Am I right?

I don't want to delete many messages at a time, maybe 1-5 topics.
And I want to run this script once a day, this shouldn't slow down the forum.
Would it possible to rewrite the topic prunning code so that it considers the following:
  • really delete the messages with a own message delete code, without post count modifications
  • limitation for the prunning (only one forum)


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Re: autodelete feature [message #28378 is a reply to message #28377] Thu, 20 October 2005 15:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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JanRei wrote on Thu, 20 October 2005 15:35

I think modifications to the imsg_edt.inc.t would affect all kinds of deleting a message (that includes clicking on the "delete" button). Am I right?



Correct, it will affect all message removal operations.

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I don't want to delete many messages at a time, maybe 1-5 topics.
And I want to run this script once a day, this shouldn't slow down the forum.
Would it possible to rewrite the topic prunning code so that it considers the following:
  • really delete the messages with a own message delete code, without post count modifications
  • limitation for the prunning (only one forum)


Thank you


Topic prunning control panel already allows you to delete messages in just the specified forum and/or category. It also does not update counts as it stands now.


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Re: autodelete feature [message #28381 is a reply to message #28378] Thu, 20 October 2005 15:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ilia wrote on Thu, 20 October 2005 21:43


Topic prunning control panel already allows you to delete messages in just the specified forum and/or category. It also does not update counts as it stands now.


That simplifies the thing. I was confused, because of your answer, that deleting messages can't be done without updating the post counts.

So the only thing to be done is to schedule the running of the script.

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Re: autodelete feature [message #28383 is a reply to message #28261] Thu, 20 October 2005 16:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Is it possible to integrate that schedule in the forum:
The admin can specify after what period the topic prunning should be run (with the specified settings).


Re: autodelete feature [message #28386 is a reply to message #28383] Thu, 20 October 2005 17:18 Go to previous message
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Not really, since schedualing requires access to system tools like cron etc...

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