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#1 TiM

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:24 AM

Hey guys,

I received a PM last night from somebody, suggesting we add a shoutbox feature to the forums.

I don't really know much about shoutboxes though, so I thought I'd put it here and see what other people think.

On vBulletin.org, there are like 3 different shoutbox plugins for vB, so adding one would be really easy. But would lots of people think about using it? :)

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#2 Gregory House

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:58 AM

I'd use it :)

Shoutboxes are generally awesome.

#3 USS Enterprise Server

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:25 AM

I don't know what a shoutbox is... Could someone please explain it to me please?

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#4 Scooter

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:13 AM

I don't see the point of them.

#5 Alex H

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:35 AM

1. I would like to see one... :P
2. www.freeshoutbox.net
3. A Shoutbox is like an IM client but on a forum

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#6 Apprentice

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:37 AM

I don't see the point of them.

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#7 Ryan

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:01 AM

You could always have like a little trial...if lots of people use it keep it, if not scrap and if anyway mentions it again "We tried it, it FAIL!"...lol?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:25 PM

Or do what ST-O-RP does and take it from public view... only if the person actually wants to get to it is it shown, a link at the top might work well

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#9 RJay45

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:17 PM

I've had clients use them before. Some were OK but others got misused. It may be very uncontrollable in terms of moderation. I don't know if any of those plug ins have a profanity filter on them?

Also what if Spam Bots get wind of it? Might be nicer just to have a dedicated IRC channel with some volunteer channel admins. Of course with a client hosted on UG.
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:16 PM

In my opinion shoutboxes are made of disaster.

In some rare cases they seem to work and everyone really enjoys dropping a good morning or what ever, but I would say 7 out of 10 times; they get severely abused.

That said though, with the people that are here, I think it could work.

#11 TiM

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:21 PM

Hmm wow okay... pretty mixed response here lol.

Yeah... mis-use and spambots are probably the biggest threats to this. But thankfully, if the spam filters are in place, and most naughty words are indeed censored, then the potential damage should be minimal.

At the very least... maybe a trial run? :)

#12 khamseen

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:38 PM

Worth a trial run I'd say. Personally I've never seen much point in shoutboxes as I tend not to use them when the forums are a much easier means of communication for problems and things but it may prove useful to some people.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:53 PM

We've been using a shoutbox in the New Hope forums, its quite useful for us (especially if you want to check if a discussion about something is worth an own topic or if plottime changes suddenly / maps were switched on the server and some people can't find them anywhere and can't connect etc.) and it hasn't been mis-used by anyone yet.

I'm in favour of a shoutbox, you should give it a try at least. :)
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#14 Scooter

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:20 AM

I'm still curious to hear what we need one for. What are we lacking that a Shoutbox can fulfil?

#15 USS Enterprise Server

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:20 AM

A instant messenger type of thing right on the forum for discussion live...

Its whatever.. I don't think that we need it here.

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#16 RJay45

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:02 PM

Maybe a web IRC client built right in with some volunteers to police it might be better? That's assuming there was enough demand for a live chat sort of feature.
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#17 TiM

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:49 PM

Hmmm.... I dunno... that becomes a chat room more than a shoutbox then.

It sounds like a shoutbox may be a pretty nice idea... there definitely are people here who would want to use it. :)

It may be worth a test. I'll see if there actually is a place on these forums where one would fit and would be non-intrusive... XD

#18 Apprentice

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:00 PM

It sounds like a shoutbox may be a pretty nice idea... there definitely are people here who would want to use it. :)

It may be worth a test. I'll see if there actually is a place on these forums where one would fit and would be non-intrusive... XD

As long as people are able to de-activate it. I don't need all those bells & whistles and only causes unforseen problems . . .

#19 TiM

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:43 PM

Lol along with the IM icons and gamer cards too... got it hehe.

I saw a cool looking one today where the shoutbox itself was a popup window that would automatically refresh itself. That sounds mighty like a chat room though.

Either way... I'll try it this weekend if I get the time... :P

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:59 PM

Saps bandwidth and is usually a waste of time/spammed to death.






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