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New feature: Shoutbox

Post by Sascha (sab) » Jul 31st 2004, 7:54 am

You may have noticed the so-called "shoutbox" on our forum mainpage - it's a replacement for our old Java Chat tool which was only rarely used. The shoutbox allows registered users to exchange messages in a chat-like style. All messages are automatically deleted after two days.

If it turns out to be a useful addition to our forum, then we'll keep it. :-)
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Post by Nostradamus » Aug 3rd 2004, 10:30 pm

That's cool, but what does the little "censor" button do?
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Post by Sascha (sab) » Aug 4th 2004, 4:27 am

Nostradamus wrote:That's cool, but what does the little "censor" button do?
It allows us to remove certain messages without deleting it. I don't know whether it also works for non-moderators.
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Post by Nostradamus » Aug 5th 2004, 1:18 am

I tried it; I am only allowed to use it on my own text; it replaces the original text with "shout removed !"

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Post by Jody Barsch* » Aug 5th 2004, 2:28 am

That option doesn't show up for us lowly regulars :cry: Totally just kidding! I mean, yeah, we don't have that function, but I 'don't have a complex about it or anything :| ... :mrgreen:
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Post by grim4746 » Aug 5th 2004, 2:31 am

no it's there for us too Jody. if you click on "shoutbox" to view the larger version it appears as a slash in the top right corner of your own posts.

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Post by Jody Barsch* » Aug 7th 2004, 11:52 am

I feel like the shout posts used to get counted in the post count in the upper right corner and that now it is not ... is this right or am I just on crack? (Not mutally exclusive)
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Post by Sascha (sab) » Aug 7th 2004, 4:02 pm

You mean that "xy posts since last visit" figure? No, the Shoutbox posts were never counted in that post count.

But sometimes the number of posts since last visit differs from the number of updated topics, which may be a bit confusing. The forum frontpage reports the number of new posts, but if you click on that link, it reports the number of updated topics. So if there was heavy traffic in one topic (eg "Name That Character"), the posts figure on the frontpage is high, while the search link only reports "1 topic found".
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