Shoutbox

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Sparky49, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Sparky49

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Jul 16, 2011
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    Hi all,

    This is just a quick suggestion for the forum.

    Would it be possible to include a shoutbox feature on the forum 'homepage'? I have seen it on a couple of other VBulletin forums, so I shouldn't think it would be too hard to implement.

    I know that there's the argument that it could be spammed, bit just set a post limit on it, similar to the flea market. It could be lower, say, 50 posts?

    The advantage of the shoutbox would be that it could allow a little bit of 'live chat' on the forums. It's something for people like me to chat with anyone else whilst I await a reply to my threads, hahaha.;)

    Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work on these forums.

    Sparky
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    I've seen "shout boxes" cause a distinct drop in the number of posts in other forums; as people tend to gravitate towards the most interactive medium available.

    If it's just to chat, that's one thing. However, on a forum like this, conversations would likely evolve into some kind of project; at that point an interactive chat can quickly become counterproductive.

    It's sort of the same thing as why I don't like to help people via PM's or E-mail, as it causes extra work for me trying to keep various peoples' projects in some kind of chronological order.

    Someone did set up an AllAboutCircuits chat room a ways back, but I only went in there a few times, and never saw anyone else in there.
     
  3. KJ6EAD

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    I don't like chat features. I'd just like to be able to post a link without having to log in again each time and post an image without linking in a url.
     
  4. Wendy

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