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Forum system - how to track already read vs new messages, per user

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[eluser]TheFuzzy0ne[/eluser]
OK, I've been thinking. Hopefully I'm on the right track here, because the last two pages of this thread have confused the bejesus out of me...

I still think a library should exist for this reason. The only problem I can see, is that the library would have to be aware of the forum structure to some extent, in order to mark child forums as being read.

To facilitate this, I think the library can contain functions that need to be overridden in order to return the data necessary. For example:

Code:
function get_child_forums($forum_id=0)
{
    # The user will override this function, which will return the child forums
    # of the specified forum. It's up to the user how they do this, the overridden
    # method can call the database, or a cached array, a file - anything!
}

And in case it's not already clear, the library will actually be a model, and the forum model should extend this model. Basically, the user is able to describe their forum structure to the library.

Now, I know I need to think this through a lot more, and perhaps have the forum structure represented by an array or something, but I think this is the key to creating a portable library - by bridging the gap between the library and the users' set-up.


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Forum system - how to track already read vs new messages, per user - by El Forum - 04-03-2009, 05:29 AM

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