Multiple Folders and Rules

Put simply, phpBB 3.0 will allow you to manage your private messages in the much the same way that you manage your e-mail. The single Savebox is a thing of the past, replaced with the option to create multiple folders to save and organize your private messages, as shown in Figure 9-23.

The new rules feature really makes the private message system shine. With rules, you are able to redirect incoming private messages to a folder of your choice or the trash, mark the message for further action, or mark it as read. Additional message-filtering functionality cannot be ruled out for the final release. Right now, busy phpBB administrators inundated in a deluge of private messages are rejoicing at the thought of automatic organization!

Creating a rule is typically a four-step process, analogous to Microsoft Outlook's Rules and Alerts Wizard, though on a smaller scale:

1. Select an attribute to check, as shown in Figure 9-24.

2. Narrow down the search pattern, as shown in Figure 9-25.

3. Enter the pattern to match, as shown in Figure 9-26.

4. Select an action, as shown in Figure 9-27.

And that's it. You'll see the new rule you defined, as shown in Figure 9-28.

Add new Rule

I Subject 3

Defined Rules

No rules defined

Rename folder

Rename folder:

New folder name:

I Junk (0 from 50 messages stored) I

Add folder

Add folder:

1 1

Add

Remove folder

Remove folder:

| Junk (0 from 50 messages stored)

And

Move messages from removed folder to | Inbox (0 from 50 messages stored)

3

f Delete all messages within removed folder

Remove

Folder Options

If Folder Full:

f Delete Oldest Messages

ft Move to Folder: | Inbox (0 from 50 messages stored)

® Do not accept new messages (New messages will be held back until enough space is

available)

Default Action:

This Action will be triggered if none of the above is applicable

Do not accept new messages (New messages will be held back until enough space is available)

Change

Figure 9-23. Adding a new folder to Private Messaging

Figure 9-24. Selecting an attribute to check

Add new Rule

If:

Subject

Previous

1 Is Like - 1

Next

Figure 9-25. Narrowing down the search pattern

Add new Rule

If:

Subject

Is Like

Previous

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Next

Add new Rule

If:

Subject

Is Like

Free Muffins!

Previous

1 Mark Message I t I

Add Rule

Figure 9-27. Selecting an action

Defined Rules

1

Subject

Like

Free Muffins!

Mark Message

Delete Rule

Figure 9-28. Adding a rule for private messages

Figure 9-28. Adding a rule for private messages

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