Support » Requests and Feedback » WordPress.org – forum topic view – “In (icon)” could have a”change forum”feature

  • When a new topic is created within a forum, the “In” icon at the top right menu, shows which forum it is listed in.

    This is useful information.
    But this could be “not just information presentation”, but could also be used for a “process”.

      Concept :

    A clock icon, similar to the one used for “Last Activity”, could be placed to the right of the forum name that is to the right of the “In” icon.
    One the right side of this clock icon could be a down arrow icon.

    The function would be similar to the following;
    The down arrow to the right of the clock, shows a drop down list of all the forum names (and if subcategories exist, then maybe those names too).
    The user, or moderator, can then select a forum that the topic is better suited for.
    The clock icon, when clicked, will show a drop down list, of previous forums that the topic has previously been located at, and then moved out of.

    This functionality is very useful for situations where a topic has been created, and consequently considered to be better situated in some other forum.
    Rather than a topic creator being told to go somewhere, and therefore having to repeat their effort at that location, the topic can be reallocated the correct forum location, and proceed to engage others within the correct arena.

    This performs the function of a friendly receptionist, helping direct visitors to the right place.

    The clock icon listing of the history of the topic’s forum locations would be useful for seeing what is being moved around but not handled, and what is being moved around to cover the topic which may involve input and considerations from experts from a diversity of forums.

    Aside additional benefit
    In relation to a suggestion for improved search feature(s),
    this parameter could be used to specify a search to be limited to topics that only match this parameter, or selected items on the list of this parameter.

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  • Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    Moderators already have this capability, and there are no plans to open up that capability to everyone.

    Hi James,
    Q) by “that capability” (since I mentioned several functions),
    do you mean the abilility to change/alter (I imagine this is what you probably do mean)?
    but do you mean that ability to “view” the information also (which means it would not be viewable)?

    the reason I ask is –
    I noticed that the Forum Topic List when viewed from within a user’s profile, does include the name of the forum that the Topic is in or was started in (I am not sure if the list view can tell the difference).
    So this information is available to be “viewed”, at least by the topic starter, within their profile.
    It may also already able to be viewed by repliers to the topic, in their profile view of Topic Lists.
    The only thing new, is that the information could be viewed by anybody viewing the topic from within the forum (which would probably be of the same name anyway), but would show the route that the topic took to arrive at that forum.

    Thanks for your help.
    Anyway – not a big problem – sounds like the function is already available and being used by those who need it most.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    Anyone can view what forum a topic currently is in.

    Only moderators can move a topic to a different forum.

    No one can view what forum a topic was previously in (unless the moderator makes a public note about the move).

    Hi James,

    Is it possible for a non-moderator to request a topic be moved to another forum by a moderator?

    Thanks

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    Yes, see under “Reporting Threads (Modlook)” at https://wordpress.org/support/guidelines/

    MKSnMKS

    (@mksnmks)

    Hi James,

    The uses for modlook there to contact a moderator, seem to be for more drastic reasons, than just suggesting that a topic might be better relocated to another forum.
    Is there some way to qualify the request/suggest relocation, so that it is not treated like a situation of some concern.

    The aim of this is to try to help the topic author connect with the people (readers, writers, searchers, moderators, etc) who are interested in the similar topic, and to help them know where they can continue on that line of topics.

    examples of concept of modlook qualifiers modlook-nonurgent, modlook-moveforum, modlook-review .

    Thanks

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    No, we don’t want more modlook variations. We’ve been doing this for a very long time, we have the system finely tuned to what we need and want.

    If a topic needs a moderator’s attention, even for something as trivial as moving it to another forum, add the modlook tag.

    MKSnMKS

    (@mksnmks)

    Hi James,
    Thanks for explaining the acceptable use of modlook for moving a topic.
    It feels a bit like ringing emergency, about a cat stuck up a tree.
    But that’s ok if everybody is happy with it.

    Is it possible to add mention to the info page, that modlook is the way how to request/suggest a Topic move to another Forum?

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator 🚀

    I’ll bring it up at the next meeting, or you can if you want to.

    The Support Team meetings are every Thursday at 16:00 UTC in the #forums channel on Slack, with the agendas posted prior at https://make.wordpress.org/support/

    MKSnMKS

    (@mksnmks)

    Hi James,

    If you think the idea is a good one, then do with it as you see fit.

    But just to be clear;
    the emphasis is on “how to have a smooth flow through the Forum Topic process”, like the friendly receptionist, so things end up at a suitable location, by whatever method (which sounds like modlook is the method).

    Thanks

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