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Multiple category filter?

ceilingcat 20 10 December 14, 2015 at 07:27 PM
Hi all, is there a way to see only, or filter out, some of the categories? More specifically, I usually use this link when visiting SD:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9&daysprune=2&icon=0&tagid=0&order=desc&sort=voteavg&perpage=50

I'd like to filter out categories like Video Games, Children, etc. Alternately, if there is a way to allow allow categories Computers, Restaurants, etc. it would work for me too.

Thanks!

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Hi all, is there a way to see only, or filter out, some of the categories? More specifically, I usually use this link when visiting SD:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=9&daysprune=2&icon=0&tagid=0&order=desc&sort=voteavg&perpage=50

I'd like to filter out categories like Video Games, Children, etc. Alternately, if there is a way to allow allow categories Computers, Restaurants, etc. it would work for me too.

Thanks!
Hi ceilingcat Smilie Yes, you can filter out categories or include only certain ones, etc Smilie

On the top left of the Hot Deals forum page, you'll see the Filtering Options tab.
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Click that, and it'll open up the forum filtering options. Click on the edit link by the Categories. That will open up the list of categories and sub-categories for you to choose from.

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From that list you can choose which categories to exclude and/or include. You can also choose sub-categories instead of a whole category. Such as if you wanted Xbox One games but not Xbox 360 games. (be aware that one like that may filter out threads that mention both, though I think the 'include' one will override the 'exclude' if both items are in the OP)

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Just select the ones you don't want, then click on Exclude on the pop up that comes up. It will add that one to the excluded list at the bottom. Do the same for the ones that you do want but instead you'd click on the Include button for those. Once you've finished choosing the ones you do or don't want, click on the Apply button at the bottom of the list.

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Once you've done that, you can save your filter at the bottom of the filtering sidebar, or even set it as your default. If you don't clear cookies, then it will remember that default for your next visit. But if you save it first/also, then it will add it to your 'saved filters' area (the Load from Preferences list) so that you can select it again at any time (such as if you do clear cookies and lose it as a default setting)

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If you decide you don't like that filter, you can delete it and create another. You can save more than one filtering option/setting, so you don't have to delete it if you don't want to, you can just switch to another one. Or if you don't want any filters, then you can click the Reset button and it will reset it to the site's forum defaults. (And your saved filters will still be available to use later)
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Awesome. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions!
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You're very welcome, I hope it helps Smilie

It may miss some, if an OP did not add the right category, or if they added the wrong one, etc. So just be aware that it may not be perfect but should hopefully catch most of what you do or don't want.
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I played with this a little more. I think one *probably unintended* feature is that if there is any "include" categories, then any non-included categories would not be shown.

One consequence is that you can't have "include" sub-categories under "exclude" categories. e.g., if I exclude "Video Games" but include "Video Games > 3DS" then the page would show nothing at all, except stickied (instead of only showing 3DS games but not other games, plus posts in all other categories).

Including a higher-level category of an excluded category works as expected though.
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I played with this a little more. I think one *probably unintended* feature is that if there is any "include" categories, then any non-included categories would not be shown.
That is the correct, intended behavior Smilie
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