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suggestions for the chatbox

Post by psykotos on December 14th 2006, 11:58 am

Hi everybody!

I was already using a chatbox the update add it to the forum. my probem was that it was in french and was not secure...
For this two reasons I choose to use the forum chatbox but I regret the absence of option in the chatbox administration. So what do you think about add more options like :

- size of the box
- the possibility of change the order of the messages (put the most recent on the top)
- choose the display of messages (if we want to disply the date for example)
- give the possibility for the user to delete his message during one minute for example
- choose the refresh time
- the possibility to had a moderator to the chatbox (that is very important!)
- possibility to insert smyleys throuth a panel like the colour one (I know we can insert smyleys but we can not know all the smyleys codes)
- only display the scrollbar when it is necessary and give the choice to activate or not activate it in the message panel (in the case it is not activated, the words too long are cut and the end is paste in the other line)
- add the censoring options to the chatbox (I made the test, it does not work)
- the choice of display the images or only the link (if we do not want to display them, it replace [ img] by [ url] automaticaly)


this a list of possibilities. Someones are essentials others less. Perhaps I forgot some importants things. Now it is your turn to give ideas or opinions.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Petal on December 14th 2006, 12:47 pm

Psykotos, you have basically listed all the options that I wish were available except for 1 more: the ability to change the background of the chatbox itself. Currently, the chatbox shares the site's own background. It is not very presentable for those sites whose background images look "busy" or "loud" to the eyes (i.e. animated and tiled site backgrounds). Maybe have it so that the chatbox has its own background, not one shared with the site? Perhaps by default, the chatbox's background could just be 1 (one) solid color? If we want to go further with that idea, maybe we can customize that color?

Just my thoughts.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 14th 2006, 12:53 pm

I don't think it's essential but it's true that (at least I find) the Chatbox very basic and lacking many options

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Wiegraf on December 14th 2006, 1:13 pm

I agree, the chatbox needs to be more customizable (don't know if that's the word Razz ) Smile

I find) the Chatbox very basic and lacking many options
yes, that's true, but the chatbox has just been installed, now taht the technicians installed it and corrected the bugs, they will be able to start working on the missing options I guess Smile

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by xaphania on December 14th 2006, 2:08 pm

Yes, I agree. All of the things psykotos mentioned are needed, I think. The option to add moderators is very important, in my opinion. I would like to add one more idea:

-the option to be able to kick someone from the chatbox

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 14th 2006, 2:14 pm

It's already possible xaphania Cool

Use the following command
Code:
/ban X
(where X is the user's name ofcourse)

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by psykotos on December 14th 2006, 2:29 pm

I'am happy to see that you are agree with me ^^

I have two more ideas :
- an individual option that activate or not activate each kind of messages like "PsykoTos has been disconnected the Thu 14 Dec 2006 - 11:22 (session timeout)" for example

- the possibility to display the last messages automatiquely, without clicking on "archives". personaly I think it is better to arrive in a forum and see there is some movement because the box is full than arrive and see an empty box and think if there is any life in the forum

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by xaphania on December 14th 2006, 2:44 pm

@Caihlem wrote:It's already possible xaphania Cool

Use the following command
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/ban X
(where X is the user's name ofcourse)

Kicking is different from banning. Banning is permanant, but by kicking I mean they are temporarily disconnected.

Say they violate the chatbox rules by writing a swearword, and you don't want to ban them, just let them know that you won't stand for such actions - you could kick them.

It's a feature that's used on chatrooms, and I just thought it would be good for the chatbox.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 14th 2006, 3:42 pm

Code:
/unban X

User unbanned Rolling Eyes

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by xaphania on December 14th 2006, 3:53 pm

Lol, I know that - but still, kicking is different from banning in that a moderater can perform the action, not just an admin.

But I don't want to spam up this suggestion, so I'll once again say that I agree with everything that's been suggested for the chatbox additions!

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 14th 2006, 4:01 pm

Ah ok, now I get your point
(Sorry, Im slow sometimes and this isn't one of my lucky days -_- )

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by SLJ on December 14th 2006, 5:33 pm

Great idea, and how about the correcting the misspelling of "Whitout Archives" should be Without archives.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by lockelymarkets on December 15th 2006, 12:43 pm

I wish we could delete posts on the ChatBox. I also wish I could make it "invisible" to members, and also be able to have more than one Smile

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 15th 2006, 12:56 pm

delete messages as in all or just some?

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by psykotos on December 15th 2006, 7:35 pm

If you want to delete all the messages, you can write : /clear
but I think that what friskybear want to do is to delete only the post that she want.
If someone spam or write a racist message or anything else that is not normal in th box, it would be good to can delete it quickly througth a moderating system.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 15th 2006, 7:47 pm

Ok, then in that case yes, that would be a good idea Razz

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by lockelymarkets on December 18th 2006, 10:49 pm

@Caihlem wrote:delete messages as in all or just some?

As in just some.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by rusty9 on December 18th 2006, 11:37 pm

yes more options would be good caz i have a wacko just postin retarded crap there and i would like to delete em

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by lockelymarkets on December 19th 2006, 3:03 am

I think you can delete all posts in the ChatBox. See above.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by rusty9 on December 19th 2006, 1:50 pm

friskybear wrote:I think you can delete all posts in the ChatBox. See above.
i can't

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Tristou on December 19th 2006, 2:00 pm

An admin can with this command : /clear or /cls

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 19th 2006, 2:03 pm

http://help.forumotion.com/viewtopic.forum?t=1618

May people read this before posting Razz

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by skorpy on December 20th 2006, 8:32 pm

@Petal wrote:Psykotos, you have basically listed all the options that I wish were available except for 1 more: the ability to change the background of the chatbox itself. Currently, the chatbox shares the site's own background. It is not very presentable for those sites whose background images look "busy" or "loud" to the eyes (i.e. animated and tiled site backgrounds). Maybe have it so that the chatbox has its own background, not one shared with the site? Perhaps by default, the chatbox's background could just be 1 (one) solid color? If we want to go further with that idea, maybe we can customize that color?

Just my thoughts.

I was just thinking the same thing before I read this.My back ground looks terrible in the chatbox and because of my colour scheme, The log in etc just above it,I cant see very well

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by twi4yogi on December 21st 2006, 4:51 pm

i agree wid all the suggestions so voted...

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by .:Who:. on December 30th 2006, 7:55 am

I just don't really like how messages disapeer over 10 minutes..... I think they should only go when the admin does a /clear, or maybe have it optional. Not all people check the cbox ever 10 mins... Some not even every day lmfao

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Petal on December 30th 2006, 6:31 pm

.:Who:., are you referring to a shout box instead? Because the chatboxes that I have been using are used for real time conversations such as conferences and meetings. I would never want a meeting to last more than 30 minutes, let us not mention a day!

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by Caihlem on December 30th 2006, 6:33 pm

The chatbox intalled by defaulton the EditBoards don't delete all messages every 10 minutes, are you sure you're talking about the actual EB chatbox?

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by xaphania on December 30th 2006, 7:24 pm

I have a suggestion for the chatbox: the ability for the admin to read the archives over a longer period in the admin panel.

Presently, everyone can access the archives for a short amount of time back, but it would be good if in the admin panel, the admin can see the chat transcripts for perhaps the past 24 or 48 hours.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by xaphania on January 6th 2007, 7:36 pm

Hi Smile Sorry for the double post but it has been several days since my last one and I wanted this to be seen.

I really, really want to push for mod-kicking options in the chatbox. We had some trouble last night with one member - swearing and disrespecting other members. There were only mods around, not the admin, and so nothing could be done at that moment.

I really think it is something that we need to have - one member was ruining the chatbox for everyone and the admin can't be on all the time - this is why we have mods, to "moderate". Yet they have no powers in the chatbox.

However, I believe that any kicking powers should NOT be universal to all mods, but assigned by the admin to the ones they deem most trustworthy.

Please, please consider this suggestion so we can continue to keep our board a safe and happy place for people of all ages.

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Re: suggestions for the chatbox

Post by elfie on January 6th 2007, 9:51 pm

I feel that everything Xaphy has stated above is something that needs consideration. As admin, I am not always around and I have some fully trusted moderators who I feel would benifit the site and members if they were able to have the ability to ban and also the ability to kick a member for short periods (as the kick option is not there).

We do have a chat room on our site which holds all of these options and works extremely well, benifitting moderators and members in both happiness and safety and I believe that these options on the chat box would benifit in the same way

I would prefer not to have to remove the cbox from the site as it has proved to be a welcoming aspect, though I feel that further options would be best.

Also with regards to moderators having the ability to kick and ban, i would be better to be able to select only a few. As my site is quite big, I have a few moderators, yet only a select few would I be comfortable enough to trust with these options

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