Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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In 3.0.X, MODs with substantial ACP panels used the .MODS panel/module, aka ACP_CAT_DOT_MODS.

In 3.1, with Extensions, should authors still put their ACP panel/modules into the .MODS, or should they integrate them into the core modules, i.e.: Board Configuration, or the Posting Panel, etc.

What's the consensus or guideline on the best practice for this in 3.1?
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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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Should use .MODs I guess
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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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It's really up to you. If you want to integrate with the core modules, that's fine. I'm not sure if there's an event for that yet, but if you want one, feel free to request it. Otherwise, you can add your own modules, either under the .MODs tab (which is still present for use) or create your own tab.
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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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The thing about .MODs, is Extensions are not MODs anymore...right? So isn't it a little weird, semantically, to be putting extension controls under the older .MODs tab?

Maybe there should be an EXTENSIONS tab to take the place of the old .MODs tab, and coding guidelines say extensions can either put their controls into the core modules, create their own tab (only if their ACP panel is really huge and warrants its own tab) otherwise, use EXTENSIONS (ACP_CAT_EXTENSIONS)
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Wasn't a 'Customisations' category going to be added? It should/could go under there?
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My clients expect their (custom) mods either in Quick Access because they want to use them much often or in a section best fit like user and groups or Email, whatever the mod will do. Until now I never used the .MODS section for them.

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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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MichaelC wrote:Wasn't a 'Customisations' category going to be added? It should/could go under there?
There is a "Customise" Tab, but that is for the install/uninstall of language packs, styles, and extensions.
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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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VSE+ wrote:
MichaelC wrote:Wasn't a 'Customisations' category going to be added? It should/could go under there?
There is a "Customise" Tab, but that is for the install/uninstall of language packs, styles, and extensions.
Whats wrong with putting extensions in there? They customise your board no?
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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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VSE+ wrote:The thing about .MODs, is Extensions are not MODs anymore...right? So isn't it a little weird, semantically, to be putting extension controls under the older .MODs tab?

Maybe there should be an EXTENSIONS tab to take the place of the old .MODs tab, and coding guidelines say extensions can either put their controls into the core modules, create their own tab (only if their ACP panel is really huge and warrants its own tab) otherwise, use EXTENSIONS (ACP_CAT_EXTENSIONS)
Or just rename the lang for the category and name it .Extensions or something.

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Re: Where Should Extensions ACP Panels Go?

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paulus wrote:Or just rename the lang for the category and name it .Extensions or something.
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