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Multiple Authors

  1. kohaku
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    Some sites use WordPress as a multiple author resource. As an example, the student newspaper I work for uses WP to present the online version of the paper.

    Is there a way to allow for multiple authors to be chosen?

    Some articles are written by two or three authors in a collaboration-type effort and it's a pain to figure out a way to get all the authors included.

    Can WP be changed to either have a checkbox listing for authors or allow CTRL to be used to select more authors?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. flick
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    This would be a brilliant function!

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. m0n5t3r
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    sounds like a (neat) plugin idea (hint: custom fields), not really core functionality

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. neuroticaudit
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    great plugin idea. so many other programs have this - it would be nice to see WP up to par on this tiny detail as well.

    great for workplace blogs and those shared by friends. if someone develops this, i'll vow a blogroll link to your site (and we all should as a form of thanks/pennance to those crafty bastards who give us such pleasures)

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. furizu
    Member

    please someone write the plugin. I'm looking forward to it as well.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. wildeep
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    I'd love this functionality too, ideally it'd take the form of a scrollable list of authors with checkboxes to tick next to their names. (Essentially identical to how large lists of categories are handled.)

    I've researched what it would take to write the plugin. A CMS that I wrote about 5 years ago had this capability (a basic lookup table separates the posts from the authors, the same way posts&categories are handled now). My current brick wall is determining how to update the admin via a plugin. Can I even *do* that?

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  7. wildeep
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    I should add, there *are* plugins that *attempt* to deliver the true functionality that we want, but they do it in a completely sub-optimal way.

    You know those 'meta' fields below every post? These plugins make you create a field called 'other_author' and then fill in the name of the author in the 'value' box. This is clearly an opportunity for typos, typing the author's login name, or their last name, or any other value that the plugin won't work with.

    And let's say that you get the fields filled in appropriately. If a visitor wants to see what other posts a particular author is responsible for, they will get varying results.

    An example: If Wendy and Rob co-author a post, and 'Wendy' is the author that WordPress knows as the main author, while Rob is relegated to 'other_author' status, searching for Rob's other works will return an empty set. Searching for Wendy produces the results you'd expect. These types of inconsistencies aren't acceptable.

    Clearly, in order to do this properly, we have to create a many-to-many relationship between posts and authors. The current relationship is a single author-to-many posts relationship, which just doesn't meet our needs.

    If someone can tell me how to override the author-popup and substitute a scrollable list of authors with checkboxes, *without* having to hack the core files, I'm all ears. I'm subscribed to the RSS feed for this thread, so post away.

    Or, if there are other CMSes out there that support this functionality, please email me at dwurster@gmail.com and tell me about them.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  8. wildeep
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    Someone submitted this idea as a bug here and was promptly shot down.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  9. chrisfmasse
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    Your idea should be applied for both posts and pages ---me thinks.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. coolgates
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    I'd like to put in a vote for this again. We're using WordPress for the NYCity News Service and it would be great to be able to display multiple authors on a story. Right now we're having to hack it together with custom fields and it's not as clean or functional as it could be. Hope to see it implemented!

    Posted: 5 years ago #

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    This is plugin territory