Hello, could anyone point me towards some general information about the following?
(Background: My Discourse experience is mostly as a user, and just starting to barely dip my toe in as an admin/mod. I’m also not from a programming/IT background, but literate enough that some people think I know what I’m doing I guess? I tried my friend Google and I can’t tell if what I’m picturing doesn’t exist, or if I’m just not using the best keywords to search. If I can get a general notion of whether this is even worth exploring, I can call in some IT cavalry for further research & execution.)
I’ve seen examples in a community I participate in, where there are index threads made just to hold links to other threads about a particular topic, organized by date, for example. This allows them to be collected in a tidier list format like a table of contents, rather than how they would appear in the normal forum view. It looks like the creation & maintenance is entirely manual, though.
I have 2 questions about this:
Is it possible to set up an automated action where some posts are collected into an index like this, based on certain criteria?
If I wanted to have this collector-bot seek out & index all attachments that users have uploaded, might that be doable?
2.5) I’ve seen that it’s possible to have all the links that get posted in a thread automatically collected in a box at the top of that thread. Could that be done with file attachments instead of links?
Thanks for any help, & apologies if I’ve posted in the wrong place!
So in addition to wondering about a way to make a separate auto-index, I’m wondering if there’s a way to have a similar widget at the beginning of topics, that harvests uploaded files within the topic instead of links that are posted within the topic.
*edit again: oops, nope, I’m realizing now that “Popular Links” is not restricted to only links within that topic. But I’ve seen a version of it that seems to do that.
Here’s what the thread that is an index of threads looks like. The top post in it says it’s a wiki & anyone can edit the posts. I wouldn’t need that feature for what I want to index, though. I’m more interested on whether I can make all uploaded files in a CATEGORY get automatically indexed someplace, on an ongoing basis.
*edit–want to index files in a category, not topic.