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James Chartrand
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Jun 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

When accessing sub-forums of a particular forum, the forum appears below the sub-forums.

This display is confusing users - is there a way to remove that bottom forum from appearing in the sub-forum view? Why does it appear below sub-forums? Is there a setting somewhere that I need to click to remove it from displaying?

Screenshot here:

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Sawtry, UK
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Jun 15, 2015 - 10:30 am

Hey James,

This is because the sub forums belong to a parent forum (The Classroom) and because 'The Classroom' is a forum itself, it can have it's own topics and posts. The section at the top is for 'The Classroom' sub forums, and the section at the bottom is for 'The Classroom' topics and posts.

If you wanted to get rid of 'The Classroom' topics display at the bottom, you could probably remove the section from the template - But remember that template would be loaded every time you look at a forum so if you have a forum with no sub forums, you wouldn't be able to post or view topics. In fact I'm not sure how that would work without trying it out!

James Chartrand
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Jun 15, 2015 - 10:54 am

Hm, okay, I think I understand... but that begs the question of how to organize and group topics and posts within the Classroom? I thought sub-forums accomplished that, but if the main Classroom forum still appears, this means users can post anything willy-nilly in there?

Yellow Swordfish
Glinton, England
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Jun 15, 2015 - 11:32 am

A sub-forum - common to most forum applications - is just a sort of sub-subject of the parent forum. It allows, basically, for people to post in the parent forum at the top level and to individual sub-forums for a more granular topic. So - for example - the parent forum might about, say, heavy metal rock generally, and sub-forums (or child forums as they are sometimes called) might be about individual heavy metal bands.

So really - the way things are organised are up to you and always worth planning out at the start. As to posting in forums then each forum (parent or child) can have completely different and separate permission rights.

If you find the organisation confusing then please do tell us what you are wanting and we can advise on the best way to get there,

Robin Mullins
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Dec 25, 2023 - 12:07 am

I am having a problem similar to that described above. It would make more sense if the front end was laid out in the same manner as the backend. Attached are screen shots. The front end should show the same hierarchy. Much simpler for users.

Hmmm, I was going to attach a couple of jpgs but that doesn't seem possible.

Joakim (Simple:Press)
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Jan 2, 2024 - 12:21 pm

Hi Robin!

I just sent you an email regarding the screenshots so that we can see your current setup.

Best regards,
Joakim @ Simple:Press

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