ocPortal Tutorial: Running a discussion-forum-based helpdesk
Written by Philip Withnall, ocProductsRunning an online helpdesk is something many companies will want to do. It allows customers to easily communicate via a website, suggesting new features, reporting bugs, or otherwise asking for support. This tutorial describes the facilities for this available in OCF .
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Adding a multi-moderation
For example, a multi-moderation could be set to allow a developer to automatically mark a bug-report as fixed with a 'Thank you, confirmed' message, that closes the topic.
Adding a multi-moderationTo add a multi-moderation, go to the 'Add multi-moderation' screen (Go to the Structure section of the Admin Zone, then the Forums icon, then the Multi-moderations icon). Fill out all the fields on the form as required. Try to make the post sound as professional as possible (if the multi-moderation is for making a formal response). Submit the form, and the multi-moderation will be available for use in all the specified forums (from the drop down list of topic actions that you see when viewing a topic).
Using a multi-moderation
Applying a multi-moderation
You may also use multi-moderations from the forum view screen, by selecting topics you want to multi-moderate and using a multi-moderation from the 'Topic actions' drop-down list.
Mass-moderationOn forum and topic view screens, you may select topics/posts with a tickbox (checkbox), and execute actions upon them.
For forum view screens the actions are available in the 'Topic actions' drop-down list.
For topic view screens the actions are available in the 'Actions upon marked posts' drop-down list.
Adding a post template
Adding a post templateTo add a post template, just open up the 'Add post template' screen in the Admin Zone (Go to the Structure section of the Admin Zone, then Forums, then the Post Templates icon), and fill in the forms. ocPortal provides useful features such as limiting the use of the post template to certain forums, making the post template the default post in the specified forums, and limiting use of the template to members of a certain minimum status.
Using a post template
The interface to select post templates for use in a post