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Make it possible to re-configure Talkyard to be for blog comment only

By @stuart2020-05-15 19:18:41.789Z2020-05-21 08:58:06.765Z

[Edit by admin] I changed the title from "How can I configure and use as blog comment system only?",
and changed topic type to Idea, instead of a question. Original question below. [/Edit]

Is there any documentation? I dont know where is de developer documentation, or how i have to configure only for this goal. I think, after configuration, i have to embbed some code in blog, but where is it? Thanks for all.

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  1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-05-17 14:57:08.961Z

    You configure blog comments here: https:// talkyard site address /-/admin/settings/embedded-comments

    Type the URL to your blog, then Save all changes and then you'll see buttons where you can choose blog type, and you'll get HTML to copy-paste.

    You're self hosted? Then, currently, forum related buttons are always visible. However only you see them — not the blog visitors. You can go to the forum, click View categories, then Edit category below the category title, and make the categories "Unlisted" — if you don't want blog visitors to see a list of all discussions at your blog.

    1. BHelge Walter @bewalticus2020-05-20 13:26:07.298Z

      I unlisted all the categories.
      Thanks for the advice.

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      In reply tostuart:
      Helge Walter @bewalticus2020-05-17 13:24:30.722Z

      I found an option to disable the forum features in the admin settings but it is grayed out. It says that this cannot be deactivated once the forum features are used. Unluckily it seems that forum feature use is part of the installation procedure. I also want to use only the blog commenting feature. I have a fresh install of Talkyard.

      Maybe there is someone who can help here.

      1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-05-17 15:00:16.664Z

        I found an option to disable the forum features in the admin settings but it is grayed out

        You're self hosted? Then yes the forum features currently get enabled by default. The blog visitors don't see any of those things though — except that they can see a list of the discussions at your blog, on the forum page. So, you might want to "Unlist" the categories in the forum. See my other reply to Stuart here.

        it is grayed out

        Yes, at least for now, the reason is: "Forum features" include creating categories for Ideas and Questions — and it seemed a bit risky to undo that, because that would include deleting those categories. But deleting things, to disable forum features, seemed a bit risky to me. So I didn't implement that (that's why the button is grayed out).

        But what if one could disable all forum features, except for also deleting those categories? That would be safe. Hmm.

        1. BHelge Walter @bewalticus2020-05-20 13:28:28.842Z

          Maybe you can show a warning that all forum content is deleted and let the user confirm it.

          1. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-05-21 08:49:58.577Z

            Seems like a good idea — also, categories are soft-deleted, so they can be un-deleted.

            I'll change this topic to type Idea and status "Plan to do" — namely plan to soft-delete all forum categories, if one disables forum features.

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      3. @KajMagnus marked this topic as Planned 2020-05-21 08:52:16.333Z.
      4. KajMagnus @KajMagnus2020-05-21 08:55:42.320Z

        Hi Stuart and Helge, I'd like to make it possible to go to the Admin Area, Settings | Features, and disable Forum features
        — and thereby soft-delete all forum-only stuff and reconfigure Talkyard to be for blog comments only.

        It'll take long before this gets implemented (no point in waiting for that).