How difficult would it be to switch the direction of the flow of information?
So that anything written in the parent group is published in all child groups ?
@hkcharlie – not hard, it would just need the recursion to drill up the tree instead of down. I may include this in the next release, thanks for the suggestion.
hkcharlie, I know it’s been a while but I’ve got a few moments to revisit this plugin and wanted to see if you had any ideas about the best way to implement what you want…
So, currently, there are no options offered by the plugin – it just does what it does. If I do implement an up-down choice, I’ll have to do so with an admin option somewhere. Now, this could be in a number of places. It could be a global option for the entire BuddyPress instance (i.e. all group activity propagates just one way or the other across the whole site) or it could be at the level of an individual group (i.e. each group shows activity either above it or below it in the hierarchy).
Do you see a need to mix propagation directions? Or do you think a global option the most likely use case?
WOW – if you could do it per group within the instance that really would be amazing.
The Parent group could pass information to the child groups and the child groups could report their feedback, but wouldn’t this then cause some kind of loop ?
The instance I was thinking of would use it site-wide, parents to child groups.
eg: school history department to individual classrooms.
To have both directions available per group could get confusing and tricky to administer, but I don’t think it would create recursive loops because each group would just pull in all activity from the direction specified, regardless of the settings of the groups above or below it in the hierarchy. This may, of course, be contrary to the intention of those groups… Think I’ll leave that conundrum for now!
Okay, I’ll start with a global option and see where things go from there.
this will still be VERY fantastic !
It’s a privilege to be able to converse with someone capable of these things and I know I’m pushing it, but how difficult would it be to enable child groups to have more than one parent ?
(and in real terms should have it’s own thread. Sorry, thinking aloud)
As appealing as the idea is, it’s unlikely to happen in the near future. At minimum, you’re talking about re-engineering the BP Group Hierarchy plugin. But it’s a bigger question than that, because what you’re talking about is really a taxonomy of groups – and they’re effectively synonyms. This has been puzzling the BP devs for a while now as well. See:
Sorry about that 🙂
🙂 no worries. It’s nice to know it’s in our collective consciousness, thank you 🙂
(and really, thank you for entertaining my conversation)
@hkcharlie just to let you know that the code has been written, but I am waiting for the next update to BP Group Hierarchy to release the update to this plugin so that the direction switching option gets added to BP Group Hierarchy’s settings screen.
@hkcharlie propagation direction can now be switched – just make sure you have BP Group Hierarchy 1.4.2 installed in order to see the admin option.
Awesome new feature – site wide direction switch. I love it. Thank you.
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