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Is it possible to set our entire forum to show all category boards in the toggled mode? Currently, they look like this:

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Each user can click the toggle close arrow on the right and make the category appear this way:

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I'd like the forum front page to keep all categories permanently toggled, showing a description for each category. To access the sub-boards, I'd like members to have to click into the category to see only the sub-boards in there. Is that possible? Thanks!

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Edit forums -> front -> index -> index

Find:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull'>

Change it to:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull cForumRow_hidden' data-hidden="true">

 

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On 7/17/2021 at 9:16 AM, Nathan Explosion said:

Edit forums -> front -> index -> index

Find:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull'>

Change it to:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull cForumRow_hidden' data-hidden="true">

 

Thank you for this. Works perfectly!

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Asked via another topic - how to do the above for 'some' categories. Do the following:

Identify the IDs of the categories you wish to have collapsed - the ID is in the URL for the category when you hover the mouse of the link for the category. Then...

Edit forums -> front -> index -> index

Find:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull'>

Change to:

{{$collapseThese = array();}}
<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull {{if \in_array($category->_id,$collapseThese)}}cForumRow_hidden' data-hidden="true"{{endif}}'>

Then populate the array() with the IDs of the categories:

{{$collapseThese = array(1,3,5,9,11);}}

Save the template.

User action of toggling the category open/closed will override this

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@Nathan Explosion

Nice solution - there's just a misplaced apostrophe with your code. The <li> line should be:

<li data-categoryID='{$category->_id}' class='cForumRow ipsBox ipsSpacer_bottom ipsResponsive_pull {{if \in_array($category->_id,$collapseThese)}}cForumRow_hidden' data-hidden="true"{{else}}'{{endif}}>

 

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In the absence of a link to the site, here's my suggestions:

  1. Ensure that 3,4,5 are the IDs of the categories you want to have collapsed, and not the IDs of forums within a  category
  2. You test this as a new user, and not someone who may or may not have already toggled open/closed the categories at some point - open a private/incognito window to avoid using locally cached cookies/storage that would contain the references to what you have done in that area.
     
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