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    Posted: 16 October 2017 at 11:36am
Good morning

I have a forum setup something like


                Forum 1

                Forum 2

                                Sub Forum 1

                                Sub Forum 2


                                Sub Forum 20

I want to add Sub Forums frequently but I want them to show in alphabetic order.

Unless I am missing something I can’t drag and drop the sub forum in the page admin_view_forums.asp.

If I were to add a new sub forum that is to go before Sub Forum 2 for example I wanted to avoid having to update the order combo box for Sub Forum 3 -20 or possibly higher?

I did knock up the following query and it seems to work, but an official button would be nicer. J


DECLARE @ParentForumOrder INT

-- Find the Forum ID for the forum that I want to order the sub forums for
SELECT @ParentForumID = Forum_ID,
       @ParentForumOrder = Forum_order
  FROM dbo.tblForum
 WHERE Forum_Name = Forum 2';
-- Make the forum order 1,2,3 etc based on the alphabetical order plus the forum_order of the parent
WITH NewValues AS
 SELECT Forum_ID, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY Forum_Name ASC) + @ParentForumOrder AS NewForumOrder
  FROM dbo.tblForum
 WHERE Sub_id = @ParentForumID
UPDATE dbo.tblForum
   SET Forum_Order = NewValues.NewForumOrder
  FROM NewValues
  JOIN dbo.tblForum
ON NewValues.Forum_ID = dbo.tblForum.Forum_ID;

I realise that if I had a Forum 3 the above would make the last Sub Forum Forum_Order the same as the Forum Order for Forum 3, but I don’t have a forum 3 so am willing to accept it.

 Does anyone know of a reason why I shouldn’t do this?

Kind regards

Ian Smith


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