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Where is the "Discussion" Screen option? (7 posts)

  1. chippper03
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm running into an issue with FTM in that when I add a new Facebook Tab, or edit a new one, I cannot access the "Discussion" screen option. That is, under say, a vanilla post, you can go to the top right of the editing area, click on "Screen Options" and choose to show various content edit options, including "Discussion". This gives you the checkbox for "Allow Comments".

    However, with FTM, when I create a new Facebook page or edit an existing one, the only "Screen Options" I have available are "Options", "Slug" and the number of columns.

    Is there something in the plugin that is disabling those screen options? I've searched through the plugin files and nothing seems to be jumping out at me. Is there a way to re-enable the "Discussion" option?

    The point of all this is that my client wants to create a facebook page that is coming from WordPress, but with comments too. I've been able to turn comments on manually by accessing the post directly in the database, but that obviously isn't ideal.

    [And yes, I have " Allow people to post comments on new articles" checked under Settings>Discussion]

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-tab-manager/

  2. chippper03
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay, a quick follow up with some more information, and a clue:

    The WP version I'm working on is 3.2.1 - it's an environment that hasn't gotten around to updating yet.

    When I first started this project, the plugin was version 2.9.6, and the "Discussion" option was still available. I had updated to version 2.9.8 - and that is when this issue presented itself. Until I had reverted to the state of the project when I had started, I did not realize that it was the update to the plugin that caused my issue.

    I had tried FTM (2.9.8) on a separate install of WP that *was* up to date (3.3.1 as I write this), but it still has this issue.

    So that is the clue: something was introduced in version 2.9.8 that took away the Screen Option for "Discussion". I don't think it's down to the version of WP.

    Any thoughts? For the time being, I'm just staying with version 2.9.6 until this gets sorted. I hope this helps!

  3. davidfcarr
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The plugin does not include a discussion option and never did. Or at least I can't figure out the connection. I think Facebook may have changed the list of apps included by default with Facebook pages, but that has nothing to do with Tab Manager

  4. chippper03
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    David,

    I'm afraid I wasn't very clear. I'm talking about the built-in WordPress comments function. Specifically, access to the comments function. To enable comments on individual posts, from within WordPress, you open the "screen options" drop down (top right of the WP screen), and you are presented with a set of check boxes. One of those is labeled "Discussion". Once that is checked, you get a box below your post body field that gives you the "allow comments" option.

    I should have included a screenshot - you can see what I'm talking about here:

    http://chipcullen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/fbtm_discussion.png

    So it's not something that the plugin ever "included", but as of FBTM 2.9.8, that "Discussion" screen option is gone. Therefore, you can't enable comments on a Facebook Tab. In my case, this was exactly what my client was after - they wanted to embed a FBTM tab into a Facebook page, and have a comment form that they could moderate.

    Does that make any more sense? This is strictly within WordPress that I'm talking about.

  5. cristorb
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    i love this plugin i havent found anything that comes close to it. but not being able to allow comments on its really frustrating.

    is there a way to do this? i tried adding the
    <div class="fbcomments"><?php comments_template(); ?></div>

    inside the index.php of fbtab_theme, but once the page loads it looks like the plugin buries the code somewhere.

    please if someone could give a solution it would be VERY appreciated.

  6. chippper03
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Cristorb -

    Sorry for taking forever to respond - but a coworker of mine found the fix. You have to hack the plugin, though, so be careful about updating the plugin in the future (your hack will be overwritten).

    In the plugin folder, open fbtab.php. Search for this line:

    'supports' => array('title','editor')

    In the version I checked out, it's on line 418. It may be different in other versions, though. Anyway, simply change it to this:

    'supports' => array('title','editor','comments')

    That will allow comments to be enabled. I would suggest that this be modified so it's the default in the plugin, but that is up to the plugin author.

  7. davidfcarr
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I will look at making that change, or maybe making it a configuration choice.

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