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xF2 Add-on
Description:

Shows a list of similar threads when a user is creating or viewing a thread.

The Similar threads add-on will do the following:

  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is creating a new thread.
  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is viewing a thread.
(Example of Similar threads shown during thread creation)

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Features:

  • Forum view permissions honored. If a member doesn't have permission to view certain forums, similar threads will not be shown from those forums.
  • Supports Enhanced search.
  • All phrases start with similarthreads_ for your convenience.
Installation:

  1. Download Andy-SimilarThreads-1.9.zip and unzip it.
  2. Copy the src/addons/Andy/SimilarThreads directory to your server.
  3. From the Admin Control Panel Install the add-on.
User group permissions:

Normally you will want to set "Allow" for the following two user groups:

Unregistered / Unconfirmed
Registered

Creating optional widget:

This widget is used to display a similar threads block in the thread view sidebar.

  1. Admin Control Panel -> Appearance -> Widgets
  2. Widget definition = Similar threads
  3. Widget key = similar_threads
  4. Title = (leave blank)
  5. Display in positions = Thread view: Sidebar
  6. Click Save.
(Example of Similar threads widget)
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Enhanced search:

To enable Enhanced search, select in the Options page. Make sure you have ElasticSearch 6.x installed on your server.

Enhanced search gives better similar thread results because it uses stemming.

Question and answers:

Q: Do I ever have to rebuild the search or thread indexes to use this add-on?
A: No.

Q: Are thread titles and posts searched?
A: Only thread titles are searched.

Q: Is the "View threads by others" set to No or Never honored?
A: No.


Latest updates

  1. See description

    Removed similar threads results scroll bar, now shows fixed results. If you have a previous...
  2. Similar threads 7.8

    Similar threads v7.8 changes: Now works with MySQL 8.0 and newer.
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