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Feature #9224

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attachments to forum posts clutter up Files area

Added by Marilyn Weber over 4 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

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Resolved
Priority name:
Normal
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Category name:
Group Files
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Start date:
2018-02-16
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User Kate Wildson writes: "I'm using the Commons site for a course. When I post notices (for HW, etc), they appear in the files section, under unrelated files. How can I configure that Forum posts stay only in forum posts, and don't clutter the files?"

Boone, Matt asked me to raise this issue with you - "I think we had attachments to forum posts show up in the files section as a way of making it easier to find any files associated with the group; I think this issue is an unintended consequence of that. Maybe we can/should have forum files automatically added to an automatically created "Forum" folder in the files section or give group admins the ability to turn off the functionality that auto-adds forum file attachments to the files section."

What do you think?


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Actions #1

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

  • Subject changed from attachments to forum posts to attachments to forum posts clutter up Files area
  • Status changed from New to Reporter Feedback
  • Target version set to Future release

I think we had attachments to forum posts show up in the files section as a way of making it easier to find any files associated with the group

Correct. See #5732. I wouldn't call this "an unintended consequence" - this is the feature itself, not a consequence of the feature, and the user happens not to like the feature.

We could build a toggle, though it seems non-obvious to add this kind of admin setting, which I'd bet few would ever find and fewer would ever use. Automatically putting everything into a Forum Attachments folder or something like that - and doing it for everyone, with no setting for changing the behavior - seems better to me.

Actions #2

Updated by Matt Gold over 4 years ago

I do think that putting forum attachments in a specific "Forum Attachments" or "Forum" folder in the Files section would be a good solution for now.

Actions #3

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from Future release to 1.13

OK - can you let me know how you'd like it named? This should be pretty straightforward.

Actions #4

Updated by Matt Gold over 4 years ago

"Forum Attachments" seems good to me, unless you have a better idea

Actions #5

Updated by Matt Gold over 4 years ago

(and thank you)

Actions #6

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

  • Category name set to Group Files
  • Status changed from Reporter Feedback to Assigned
  • Assignee set to Boone Gorges
Actions #7

Updated by Boone Gorges over 4 years ago

I've made the change. Screenshots attached.

'Forum Attachments' always appears at the top of the list, except when the group doesn't have any forum attachments, in which case it doesn't appear at all.

https://github.com/cuny-academic-commons/cac/commit/3123b456412f1d7a4f94adcf7a5d0cb43ba38a32

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