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  • Can forums and sub-forums be copied in bulk?

    Hi gang,

    Here is my scenario:

    I use vBull in a corporate setting. We have a system where each employee has their own forum and they each have sub-forums of the same title, ie:

    Employee A
    -ideas
    -suggestions
    -problems
    -widgets

    Employee B
    -ideas
    -suggestions
    -problems
    -widgets

    Employee C
    -ideas
    -suggestions
    -problems
    -widgets

    Is there a way to bulk copy a forum and sub-forum so that all we would have to do is change the parent forum to the Employee's name?

    Right now our tech guy is creating the forum for each Employee and then creating the sub-forums for each employee wich is wildly time consuming.

    All the permissions are identical, the only change would be in the parent forum where we would have to change the name to the appropriate employee.

    Please tell me there is a faster way to accomplish this rather than having to create each parent and sub forum individually?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    P.S. Running 3.0.5

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    Automating the process would require a custom script. I recommend you post on www.vbulletin.org about this.

    Incidentally, why do you want each employee to have their own forums? If your motivation is to give each employee their own private space, then you can probably accomplish the same thing with one set of forums where the Can View Others' Threads permission is set to No. This will make it so users can only see their own threads.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jake Bunce
      Automating the process would require a custom script. I recommend you post on www.vbulletin.org about this.

      Incidentally, why do you want each employee to have their own forums? If your motivation is to give each employee their own private space, then you can probably accomplish the same thing with one set of forums where the Can View Others' Threads permission is set to No. This will make it so users can only see their own threads.
      I suspected as much. I'll try over there.

      The reasoning behind each one having their own forums is that we are a real estate company and each agent has listings and needs. This was the most effective way to deal with them being able to post their listings and needs and still maintain some degree of order.

      For instance, we have Realtor A with sub forums of Listings and Requirements. Then under Listings we have sub-forums of Office, Retail etc... and under Requirements we have Office, Retail etc.... This pattern repeats for Realtor B - Realtor Z

      To just glom it all into one mega Listings or Needs form is impractical as it would be disorganized and frankly, things would just get lost in the shuffle.

      I know this likely wasn't the intended use for vBull, but we find that it is going to work nicely, just a little cumbersome to set up initially and/or when a new agent joins the firm.

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