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  1. Moodle Community Sites
  2. MDLSITE-2837

Partners block needs to not interfere with forum discussions on moodle.org

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    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Component/s: moodle.org
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      OK, so the partners pay for this site, so they deserve some advertising, but adding the partners block everywhere without making it docakble is horrible. Once you get into the forums, it is nice to be able to doc all the blocks, so that all the screen-space is available for reading the discussions. This makes the biggest difference with deeply nested threads.

      Please can we go back to only showing the partners block on the main course page, until such time as it has been changed to be dockable. Thanks.

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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment -
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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment - Forum thread: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=255577
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            tsala Helen Foster added a comment -

            The Moodle Partner block has never been dockable and considering its purpose, it doesn't seem to make sense to make it so. For small screen sizes, it's positioned below any other page content... at least it should be, though as you point out Tim, it gets in the way when viewing forum threads. Thus I have set it now to only display on course pages.

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            tsala Helen Foster added a comment - The Moodle Partner block has never been dockable and considering its purpose, it doesn't seem to make sense to make it so. For small screen sizes, it's positioned below any other page content... at least it should be, though as you point out Tim, it gets in the way when viewing forum threads. Thus I have set it now to only display on course pages.
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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment -

            Thanks Helen. That is how it always was and is a reasonable trade-off between publicising partners, and not getting in the way of community discussion.

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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment - Thanks Helen. That is how it always was and is a reasonable trade-off between publicising partners, and not getting in the way of community discussion.
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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment -

            Well, no.

            Those ads are more than a mere inconvenience, they are essential to the running of this project that gives away it's software for FREE. We would be justified in putting partner stuff all over the front page or combining moodle.org/moodle.com or putting Google ads all over the site but we haven't done that. We can't just additionally take these one set of relevant ads off 90% of moodle.org pages on the basis of a few people complaining.

            Yes, I agree that they don't look good on long forum discussions. We do need a good solution to that, perhaps docking for the current session only, or some HTML trick to make them float. We also had a plan for smarter indenting on long discussions to avoid them nesting too deep.

            For the immediate future, a better workaround would be to hide the blocks JUST on forum discussion pages. You do this by visiting any discussion in each forum and then hiding the block there. It will be applied to all the discussions in that forum, but won't affect the discussion list or any other modules. I've done this on https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=28 as an example.

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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment - Well, no. Those ads are more than a mere inconvenience, they are essential to the running of this project that gives away it's software for FREE. We would be justified in putting partner stuff all over the front page or combining moodle.org/moodle.com or putting Google ads all over the site but we haven't done that. We can't just additionally take these one set of relevant ads off 90% of moodle.org pages on the basis of a few people complaining. Yes, I agree that they don't look good on long forum discussions. We do need a good solution to that, perhaps docking for the current session only, or some HTML trick to make them float. We also had a plan for smarter indenting on long discussions to avoid them nesting too deep. For the immediate future, a better workaround would be to hide the blocks JUST on forum discussion pages. You do this by visiting any discussion in each forum and then hiding the block there. It will be applied to all the discussions in that forum, but won't affect the discussion list or any other modules. I've done this on https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=28 as an example.
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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment -

            Martin, I never said remove the ads.

            There is a converse point of view, which is that moodle.org is where the community comes together to give stuff to Moodle for free. The priority should be making that a space that welcomes Moodlers, and lets them get on with that.

            All I was saying is that it was premature to add the block to every page before you had sorted out a way to stop it getting in the way of community discussions.

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            timhunt Tim Hunt added a comment - Martin, I never said remove the ads. There is a converse point of view, which is that moodle.org is where the community comes together to give stuff to Moodle for free. The priority should be making that a space that welcomes Moodlers, and lets them get on with that. All I was saying is that it was premature to add the block to every page before you had sorted out a way to stop it getting in the way of community discussions.
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            tsala Helen Foster added a comment -

            Linking to smarter indenting issue - MDLSITE-2737.

            Just noting that I have applied the workaround to all forum discussion pages in Moodle in English. Thanks Martin.

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            tsala Helen Foster added a comment - Linking to smarter indenting issue - MDLSITE-2737 . Just noting that I have applied the workaround to all forum discussion pages in Moodle in English. Thanks Martin.

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