[buddypress-trac] [BuddyPress Trac] #6629: Accept array for the parameter item_id for bp_activity_add() function

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#6629: Accept array for the parameter  item_id for bp_activity_add() function
 Reporter:  Tafmakura    |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  closed
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:
Component:  API          |     Version:
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:  wontfix
 Keywords:               |
Changes (by boonebgorges):

 * status:  new => closed
 * resolution:   => wontfix
 * milestone:  Awaiting Review =>


 Hi Tafmakura - Thanks for the ticket request.

 The reason why `item_id` and `secondary_item_id` accept only integers is
 that the `wp_bp_activity` database table only accepts integer values in
 this column. This fact about the database schema is part of what allows
 the activity component to scale as well as it does. So I'm afraid that
 it's not something we can change directly.

 For your purposes, I'd consider using activity metadata instead of
 `secondary_item_id`. It'd look something like this:

 // When creating the activity item:
 $activity_id = bp_activity_add( $args );

 bp_activity_add_meta( $activity_id, 'wp_post_id', $post_1 );
 bp_activity_add_meta( $activity_id, 'wp_post_id', $post_2 );
 // etc

 // Then, when rendering the dynamic content:
 $wp_post_ids = bp_activity_get_meta( $activity_id, 'wp_post_id', false );
 foreach ( $wp_post_ids as $wp_post_id ) {
     // get the content of $wp_post_id

 If you ever need to query activity items that match a specific post ID,
 use `'meta_query'`:

 $activities = bp_activity_get( array(
     // ...
     'meta_query' => array(
             'key' => 'wp_post_id',
             'value' => $wp_post_id,
     // ...
 ) );

 This way you can do it without resorting to ugly stuff like comma-
 separated lists :)

Ticket URL: <https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/6629#comment:1>
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