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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 6:34pm

shoutbox?

I was thinking a shoutbox would be a cool idea for the forums... yes?

It would let the regulars say hello when they're on the forums at the same time, and it would let newcomers get to know the oldsters too.

There could be one for the German side, and one for the English side, just so it doesn't get confusing.

Yes?

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 6:38pm

Well, while I think a shoutbox would be nice, I doubt that it is going to be very easy to create one for each forum part and it is going to be a lot of work for our admin team.
Besides, it would not fit into the site's looks very well and slow it down.
But if the admins don't mind, I'm for a shoutbox as long as it can be accessed only by clicking on a button or link for the reasons mentioned.
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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 6:44pm

An SB could be fun... although it can also be used to fuel WWIII.

And, as with MoD, I don't know how two SB's would work...

But a Shoutbox here would be cool indeed :)
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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 6:46pm

True, the admins probably have a lot on their plate at the moment, especially with the new site format going up.. so it might not have been the best time to suggest it lol :whistling:

But if the admins don't mind, I'm for a shoutbox as long as it can be accessed only by clicking on a button or link for the reasons mentioned.
Well I think usually it's a band about 150px high at the top of the front page of the forum, but it is showing by default. Maybe there could be a button to hide it, otherwise people might not see it first time.. and a cooke could remember your setting (whether open or closed).

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 6:48pm

As for the two SBs, you would just have one at the top of the English section, and one at the top of the German section. Then, those people who only see one or the other part of the forum will only see the relevant shoutbox, but if you see both parts of the forum you will see both shoutboxes next to the rest of the content for that language and you can talk in either.


These are just my ideas for how it might work.. there might be a better way to do it on a bilingual forum :)

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 7:14pm

Grape, there no longer are two sections. You can now pick what type of content you want to see (English, German or both) and in what language you want your user interface. There is only one version of the forum now.
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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 7:40pm

ah yes ok, now I see what you mean... I had it set only on English xP

so... maybe have them side-by-side at the top if someone has both languages showing? I just thought it might be a little chaotic having just one shoutbox to serve both sets of users.

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Friday, May 23rd 2008, 9:08pm

I am not sure if there is a shoutbox plugin for the forum. I do not have the time to write one myself as long as there is stuff to do on the website. (Fan Fic Reviews, Image Upload and Poll are my current things-to-do there.)

And if there is, where would I place it? This forum is not using a portal and just putting it on the index page messes things up a bit. Then there is the problem with allowing guests (unregistered posters) as lately everything turns into a viagra spam area if open.

I will look into it, but I cannot promise anything.