Add support for
external_id to be used when creating and fetching topics. This is an API-only change
I have several (experimental at this point) api-based bots which link topics to external resources (like related bug or issue trackers relating to a conversion). https://docs.discourse.org tells me what this is but not a lot of details of how this is meant to be used. Is there a longer explanation? It seems like this could be really useful!
What drove this feature is that a lot of sites need to interact with discourse via some other external application but they often don’t have a good way of keeping track of all the internal discourse id’s for things to keep things in sync. Now that you can create a topic with an
external_id it can become a lot easier to match up a specific discourse topic with a resource in your own application.
Just to clarify this new
external_id feature is only for topics, not posts. So a topic can store an
external_id, but a post cannot.
Thanks @blake. So, “external_id” can be arbitrary from my side? For Common Issues - Ask Fedora, I’ve been doing something fairly horrible — getting the top post and then scanning the
link_counts list for URLs which match the pattern of the external resource.
Yes, as long as it falls under the format of a 50 character string including
Ah, good to know. So, bug numbers, not full URLs.