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dwhoban

Selecting author in Flipper metadata

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dwhoban

I know you can use custom fields but that seems counter-intuitive to double up on existing metadata.  Am I missing something?  Is there a way to select the Author without a custom field?  

 

If not I will create an Idea in the forum.

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Danny

Hi,

 

I don't think we will add the select by author as an option to be honest, this is where the custom fields option comes into play. 


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dwhoban

To be honest it is bad design to have to create data set that references something that already exists.  It doesn't have to be a drop down, it would be sufficient to be able to reference the author via the meta key section.

 

Custom fields are fine for advanced users of Wordpress however the average user will not do this properly - especially as the custom fields section does not appear by default.

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Danny

Its only a bad design because it doesn't have an option you want, there are hundreds of users who wouldn't require the author option. This is why the meta options are the best method.

We do not want to add option after option, as the section will soon become bloated and will become confusing.

Custom fields are not for advanced users, the options are quite clear, if you create a custom field on your post/page/custom post type, then add the meta and value to the Flipper section those posts/pages/cpts with that custom field used will display in flipper.


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dwhoban

Danny, tI am really disappointed by your response.  I have always been happy with the support that you have provided but that is needlessly aggressive and does nothing to foster discussion.

 

Just because it may not be useful to every one does not make it an inherently bad idea.  At no point have I said "lets build an author dropdown".  All I had said is if there was no way to do it other than custom fields I would submit my idea in the correct forum.  

 

All I would like to see is that post meta-data like the author is able to be called upon in the same way custom fields can be.  No new options, now bloated interface. nothing.

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Danny

I apologise, but my response was not intended to be aggressive in anyway and nor did I mean to say your suggestion was a bad idea, its actually a good idea. The point I was trying to make was that even though it's a good idea to filter by author, the majority of users will have no need for such an option.

 

If we were to add this functionality, it would most likely be a new option, if we did it for you idea, other user may say well I need to filter via taxonomy, by date, by comments, by trending etc.. this is the problem.

 

Therefore, the custom fields meta option is the best method for ease of user as it covers a vast amount of options with just two fields. You're more than welcome to add this functionality yourself.


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