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[resolved] Can BPGES send digest emails on comments/replies to posts? (9 posts)

  1. MatthewByrom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello there.

    We have a website where users create posts that are grouped by category.

    BPGES has been modified with an additional plugin so that users are emailed these posts as they would forum posts etc. The plugin basically modifies the Activity Stream.

    Users have asked if Comments/Replies can be added to digest emails as well.

    Is there a setting or function we can tweak to allow for this?

    Any advice appreciated.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-group-email-subscription/

  2. r-a-y
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    You'll need to ask your developer to add these comments / replies to the group activity stream.

    That's the only way that it could be added to daily digests.

    For weekly digests, tell your developer to look at the 'ass_this_activity_is_important' filter :
    https://github.com/boonebgorges/buddypress-group-email-subscription/blob/master/bp-activity-subscription-functions.php#L424

  3. MatthewByrom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll pass it on.

    Comments currently appear to be added to the Activity Stream, just not in the digest. There must be some additinal information required to put them in the correct group.

    Thanks for the pointers.

  4. r-a-y
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    A very important distinction to ask is what are "comments"? Are these blog post comments or activity replies?

    If they are activity replies, then this will not work without a lot more logic. Currently, GES doesn't record activity replies in groups into the digest.

    If they are blog post comments, then GES should pick it up just fine.

  5. MatthewByrom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The comments are replies to regular posts, but not Blog Posts.

    Is there a filter anywhere that identifies Blog posts, by any chance? or perhaps Forum Comments?

  6. MatthewByrom
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Right, we had a developer do some functionality for us, but then ceased to exist.

    The Developer added created some code in the file bp-activity-subscription-digest.php to pull the associated comments & present them with a post:


    $post_id = $item->secondary_item_id;
    $args = array(
    'post_id' => $post_id, // use post_id, not post_ID
    'count' => true
    );

    $count_comments = get_comments($args);

    if($count_comments > 0):

    $item_message .= "<div style=font-weight:bold;'>Follow Ups To Post</div>";

    $args = array(
    'post_id' => $post_id // use post_id, not post_ID
    );

    $comments = get_comments($args);

    foreach($comments as $comment) :
    $item_message .= "Comment by: " . $comment->comment_author . ' ' . $comment->comment_content . "<div style='padding: 10px; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-color: rgb(238, 238, 238); border-top-style: dotted; margin-top:10px;'></div>";
    endforeach;

    endif;

    Initially, this looks fine.

    The issue with the above solution is of course that, once a digest fires, that post is no longer logged in wp_usermeta & so therefore if anyone posts a comment to that post after the digest, it will not be added to the next Digest.

    Looking in wp_bp_activity, I can see that comments are being recorded as type "new_blog_comment", so the Posts being made must be Blog Posts (apologies for the confusion, I'm having to hunt this stuff out myself & there's lots to this website that I wasn't involved in)

    Also the component is listed as Blogs, not Groups - So that's got to change, according you your response earlier. The Developer we hired didn't do anything with that, it seems.

    The comments are being recorded by a plugin called Pods. I'm guessing that plugin changes what is added to the activity stream.

    Looks like we've got to find a new developer to help.

    Is anyone on these forums aware of a firm or developer that can be employed to add functionality to BPGES?

  7. Scott Kingsley Clark
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Anything added by Pods uses the WP API, so comments should still be hooking into the activity stream if the stream monitors the API actions like I assume it does.

  8. r-a-y
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Matthew, I'm just going to go through your post point-by-point:

    The Developer added created some code in the file bp-activity-subscription-digest.php

    Preferably, your developer should create a separate plugin to record the comments into the group activity stream because your code could get wiped out on the next version of GES.

    The issue with the above solution is of course that, once a digest fires, that post is no longer logged in wp_usermeta & so therefore if anyone posts a comment to that post after the digest, it will not be added to the next Digest.

    Like I mentioned in an earlier post, weekly digests do not record everything because weekly digests could get potentially very long.

    Also the component is listed as Blogs, not Groups - So that's got to change, according you your response earlier. The Developer we hired didn't do anything with that, it seems.

    Also the component is listed as Blogs, not Groups - So that's got to change, according you your response earlier.

    GES requires that activity entries are added into the group activity stream as you eluded to.

    Both yourself and Scott are correct. This is not really a Pods problem per se.

    What you or your developer need to do is modify the activity stream item when it is a blog comment and to check whether that blog comment should belong to a group. If it does, alter it to change the component to "groups" and making sure the item_id matches the group ID.

    For a pointer, see how the Groupblog plugin does this for group blog posts:
    https://github.com/boonebgorges/bp-groupblog/blob/1.8.x/bp-groupblog.php#L1027

    Hope that helps.

  9. MatthewByrom
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for all your advice guys. I've managed to make some progress.

    The Client basically said she wants to be notified about everything, so I changed BPGES to record groups & blogs. I know I've now broken BPGES for updates, so I'm going to learn how to write a plugin & then add my changes in there/reinstall BPGES to make sure it's OK.

    BPGES now displays a Comment which links back to the Post beautifully.

    I also had to add some code myself to get the Group to match correctly for the comments. As you say, the item_id was always being set to 1, which didn't help.

    We're not finished, as I need to sort this plugin aspect out. I'm going to have a go myself before getting someone else in again.

    I can't tell you how much you have helped. Our developer guy just vanished & I honestly thought we'd be left with a broken plugin. Thank God for these forums!

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