View Poll Results: What do you think of the Chatbox?

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  • It's cool. I like it. You should keep it around.

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  • I don't / probably won't use it. But leave it around for others.

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    Default The Chatbox - we'd like your feedback on it.

    In case you weren't aware, we have an instant messaging style chatbox at the homepage of the forum and we'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Do you like it? Do you use it? Is it in the way? Do you know of a better chatbox for vBulletin?

    So let us know.

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    I don't use it, but the fact that it rolls up out of the way means I don't mind it, personally.

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    Since I always enter via 'New Posts', I'll never see it. This is not a bad thing.

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    Well, I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kps View Post
    Since I always enter via 'New Posts', I'll never see it. This is not a bad thing.
    Yeah, that's why I did not see it initially but I have used the chat feature when available. I did notice it early on but no one was ever on until it got moved to the top.
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    I'm just learning how this board works. Haven't yet tried the chat box. Is it similar to ustream where is scrolls, and disappears?
    My only concern with any of this technology is how secure we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tytoalba View Post
    I'm just learning how this board works. Haven't yet tried the chat box. Is it similar to ustream where is scrolls, and disappears?
    My only concern with any of this technology is how secure we are.
    That is correct, it scrolls. If you are worried about security, don't put any information in your profile/posts you don't want to be known. Assume everything is public and you should be safe.
    Last edited by dannzeman; May 3rd, 2013 at 10:39 AM.
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    it is very cool!

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    When I first saw the chat box, yesterday my first thought was that it was in the way. Then, I realized there was a button, where I could roll it up so it would not be distracting.

    I think it's a nifty feature for those who like to meet and chat, but I probably won't use it unless there's a special discussion I'd like to sit in on, kind of like the chat attached to the podcasts.

    On the downside...

    A few minutes ago, I saw that someone had mentioned a pen cleaner. I tried to scroll back to read the discussion and I couldn't get the lines to stay in place for more than a split second. It kept bouncing forward to the new stuff, making it difficult to read. If there is a super chatty discussion, some of us might not read fast enough to read everything.

    My biggest concern would be that wonderful information would go on the chat and not on the forum, where it can "stick" for others to read at a later time or date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa59 View Post
    When I first saw the chat box, yesterday my first thought was that it was in the way. Then, I realized there was a button, where I could roll it up so it would not be distracting.

    I think it's a nifty feature for those who like to meet and chat, but I probably won't use it unless there's a special discussion I'd like to sit in on, kind of like the chat attached to the podcasts.

    On the downside...

    A few minutes ago, I saw that someone had mentioned a pen cleaner. I tried to scroll back to read the discussion and I couldn't get the lines to stay in place for more than a split second. It kept bouncing forward to the new stuff, making it difficult to read. If there is a super chatty discussion, some of us might not read fast enough to read everything.

    My biggest concern would be that wonderful information would go on the chat and not on the forum, where it can "stick" for others to read at a later time or date.
    I noticed the scroll back issue. It is a bit annoying. Does it for me in both IE and Chromium.
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    If a couple people like it, might as well leave it. I'm on at least a dozen forums that have chatboxes, and I never use it. On some forums it gets a lot of use, others the stream dries up. The main thing is that if it takes no maintenance whatsoever, there's no harm to have it for the folks that use it.

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    Wait, where is it again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa59 View Post
    On the downside...

    A few minutes ago, I saw that someone had mentioned a pen cleaner. I tried to scroll back to read the discussion and I couldn't get the lines to stay in place for more than a split second. It kept bouncing forward to the new stuff, making it difficult to read. If there is a super chatty discussion, some of us might not read fast enough to read everything.

    My biggest concern would be that wonderful information would go on the chat and not on the forum, where it can "stick" for others to read at a later time or date.
    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    I noticed the scroll back issue. It is a bit annoying. Does it for me in both IE and Chromium.
    The scrolling issue is due to the chat auto-refreshing. It does keep all the chats for 24 hours (which can be changed if y'all like it extended). To get to the archived chats click on "Chatbox" in the upper left and select "View Chatbox Archive".

    Hope that helps. Thanks for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Wait, where is it again?
    Head to the home page of the forum: fpgeeks.com/forum and the chatbox will be at the top right under the menu bar.

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    I too would feel bad if information ends up there instead of on the forums.

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    Chat feature using archive is good.
    Thanks for the helpful guidance Dan.
    writingrav has a point though, solid pen info ought to be carried over to forum thread.

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    Now it is doing it backwards. It is refreshing and scrolling to the older post and you cant see the newest post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    Now it is doing it backwards. It is refreshing and scrolling to the older post and you cant see the newest post.
    Okay, I changed the text size to 12 pt. and it stabilized it a bit. It does not scroll up or down now but just blinks on refresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    Okay, I changed the text size to 12 pt. and it stabilized it a bit. It does not scroll up or down now but just blinks on refresh.
    Now that I've tried it, I like it.

    But why do I keep getting 'booted' off the forum? (logged out, even when I stay logged in) It's a recent occurrence.

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