Should we keep the shoutbox?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Costello, Feb 28, 2007.

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Should we keep the shoutbox?

  1. Yes, on the portal

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  2. Yes, but not on the portal

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  3. No we shouldn't

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  1. Costello
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    For those who weren't there on the night of V3 release, we put up this page:
    http://gbatemp.net/teaser.html - as you can see there is a shoutbox at the bottom of the page.

    Do you like shoutboxes?
    If we had one on GBAtemp (a permanent one), it would of course be controlled, regulated, and limited to members only - not Newcomers, I said only Members.
    What do you think of the idea?

    I personally think it could be a good idea... it could be a way to gather the spam/short/useless posts so our forums do not turn into chatrooms.

    Let us know your opinion on this!
     
  2. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    yes

    i cant cove for some reason, there's no box 2 check
     
  3. Costello
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    [​IMG] thats right! with IE the radio buttons do not appear...
    weird! I'll fix it.

    sorry about the inconvenience (here we normally use Firefox [​IMG] )

    edit: fixed
     
  4. Pedro UK

    Pedro UK GBAtemp Regular

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    I think a shoutbox is good way for the more impetuous members of the site to air their 'views' without the forums being polluted with kneejerk nonsense.

    It's maybe also a good way to get a quick answer to a small query rather than waiting fro someone to notice your thread in the forum. [​IMG]
     
  5. dafatkid27

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    Meh, shoutboxes get really annoying. And even if you limited it to members only, spammers will not give up, and will create fake names to spam up the box.

    Maybe instead, have a Java-powered IRC box that autoconnects to an GBATemp chat channel. That would be cool.
     
  6. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    i was using opera thank u very much!
     
  7. elfgirl_45

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    Shoutboxes are web pollution! [​IMG] I agree with dafatkid, they're annoying and I can see spammers taking advantage of them, or little obnoxious kids.
     
  8. Kyoji

    Kyoji ウッーウッーウマ

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    Shoutboxes do nothing but provide a way for people to be even more obnoxious than they already are. I haven't seen one website on the internet yet that has used shoutboxes in way that enhances the overall experience at all.
     
  9. shadowboy

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    Keep it!
    Shoutboxes are fun for random discussions and great when you don't have time for IRC/ posting.
     
  10. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

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    What about keeping the shoutbox and letting people turn it off in their profile if they don't want to see it? That should make everyone happy. It won't, but it should.
     
  11. Costello
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    Members Newcomers.

    Members are those who have access to the trading forums (those who have > 100 posts or are long time members and > 50 posts). So, no spam in theory... well, you can't prevent short messages or "lol"-like messages but that's the point of a shoutbox. Better have them in the shoutbox than on the forums [​IMG]

    Plus if we have a shoutbox, it won't be very obvious (ie. not on top of the portal) so as to not bother those who do not want to see it. I can also make it a profile setting: show/hide shoutbox.

    edit:
    looks like we had the same idea [​IMG]
     
  12. shadowboy

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    If it is a profile setting can we choose whether it is on top or bottom of the screen? I personally prefer my shoutboxes on top, but top or bottom is fine I guess. ;D
     
  13. Gaisuto

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    Put the Shoutbox under the Poll on the right side, that seems like a decent spot.
     
  14. Costello
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    yea that was my idea originally.
     
  15. Destructobot

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    At first I thought it should go on top, but now that I think about it, it should always be somewhere where you have to scroll to see it. That way people will just refresh the shoutbox instead of refreshing the whole page, so it won't be as big of a performance hit on the server.
     
  16. Nevin007

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    Why not just give it a shot? If it doesn't work out and people don't like it then get rid of it.
     
  17. shadowboy

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    If its under the poll tho it will suck for people with small screens. They'd have to scroll right to see it.

    >_> of course, that wouldn't matter for me, but still... Hmm... to save bandwidth... I vote bottom of teh screen. But I still like top best, just bottom will *probably* cause less problems than side.
     
  18. Opium

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    I'm with Costello on this. A shoutbox undernearth the poll question on the portal. Which can be turned off in a user's profile.
     
  19. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

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    Yeah, this was the first time I've monkeyed with one of them things...
    .. a little disorienting, but fun. I'm for trying it.
     
  20. phoood

    phoood taking it to a whole new level.

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    shoutbox=web .001
    Unless you use ajax. But even that's not funny to me anymore.

    Might as well get on irc.