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April 17, 2010
5:24 AM
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Several people have been suggesting that Ashraf put up a chat box to keep "chatter" out of the forums.

But my opinion, is that this "Talk It Up" forum, is for chatter. And also, that we should try to keep the other forums free of chatter--although I've been guilty of that myself :smile:

So what do you think? A chat box or try to keep "chatter" to the Talk It Up forum?

April 17, 2010
5:34 AM
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Chat box. Definitely.

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April 17, 2010
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Interesting question.

A chat box would isolate the wandering topics and hopefully be entertaining enough that people would keep the other topics to the point.

However, I can also see where using the Talk It Up portion of the forum may be more useful because there may not always be someone online to chat with. At least by using Talk It Up, comments can still be left and replied to later when people do log in.

I'd probably ask if a new category could be started that would be titled something more along the lines of "general chat" (not that exact name tho, it's too boring). To me, the Talk It Up title makes me think the category is more for promotion of giveaways than general chat.

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April 17, 2010
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@Wheezer – the subtitle for Talk It Up is "Chat with fellow dotTechies here about anything."

April 17, 2010
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But I don't read subtitles. Duh (bangs self in head with a board)…

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April 17, 2010
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@Wheezer – I suppose you don't read instructions or directions or maps either :wink:

April 17, 2010
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@Karen: What are those things?

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April 17, 2010
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Wheezer said:

But I don't read subtitles.


 

The need for reading specs' precludes the "small-print" (something Phoenix is now getting to know Wink) so you are excused. Laugh

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April 17, 2010
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karen said:

@Wheezer – the subtitle for Talk It Up is "Chat with fellow dotTechies here about anything."


 

SECONDED.

A point I had noticed but not got round to mentioning.

"Talk It UP" it is then – O.K.? Yell

Let those that post here take due note that they should be prepared to accept anything (decent and legal) that ensues.

Just be careful to put really serious posts in the correct Forum category to where they belong. If in doubt, it may be possible Confused for a moderator re-locate any such queries – so long as the poster clearly asks for help on this in their initial post. But that is for them to say – this is only a suggestion. Smile

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April 17, 2010
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karen said:

So what do you think? A chat box or try to keep "chatter" to the Talk It Up forum?


 

There are pros and cons for both

 Pros

1. Just this morning I had a question and you answered it in one sentence.

Had we had a chat box, I could have followed your instructions and given a response in chat.

2. Sometime in real time chat you can get to know people a little better.

Cons

1. If I had not posted my question, that would be one less post for me and you. Thereby creating a missed opportunity for getting closer to next status level for which I notice is important to some poster. ) I did not know that was a criteria for status change until it was brought to my attention recently.)

2. If no one is there, you still have to post your question.

3. You may find good conversation and spend way too much time here.  LaughLaughLaugh

4. Topics that are discussed in chat will only benefit those that are there. (I am not sure how we could share the wealth)

Random thoughts

It would be good if we had a setup where people could see if anyone is in chat when they enter the site, that way they can just come to chat for a quick response.

If we are in chat we could still browse forums and talk in chat at the same time.

I vote chat box and continued posting for info that is worthy of a post which would benefit all. 

Ebony Cool

 

 

April 17, 2010
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ebony said:

3. You may find good conversation and spend way too much time here.  LaughLaughLaugh


 

While all your points are good, #3 is the one that hit home the hardest. And at my typing and thinking speed, folks might get tired of waiting for me.

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April 17, 2010
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ebony said: I vote chat box and continued posting for info that is worthy of a post which would benefit all.


 

Agreed. Let's keep them separate.

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April 17, 2010
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@ Wheezer: Don't worry – you can have an old farts' chat section as well … take 20 minutes to write something and 20 minutes to read it … Wink

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April 17, 2010
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karen said: @Wheezer – I suppose you don't read instructions or directions or maps either Wink


 

I think they've now identified the male gene that causes men to refuse to look at maps and read directions, and pre-programs them, when questioned, to grunt things like: "I don't need to look at a map, I know where I'm going/I have a natural sense of direction/my mind is like a radar."

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April 17, 2010
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Wheezer said: @Karen: What are those things?


 

Soooo funny! Laugh

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April 17, 2010
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One issue with a chat box is that for people like me (and Locutus and ?) who tend to just leave our accounts logged in, it looks like we are available for chat, when we aren't.

April 17, 2010
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karen said:

One issue with a chat box is that for people like me (and Locutus and ?) who tend to just leave our accounts logged in, it looks like we are available for chat, when we aren't.


 

I would think that you would show logged on, but chat box could show ONLY those that are in chat.

Ebony Cool

April 17, 2010
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Ehh, I hate those chatboxes that you have to click to join in.  I propose some small box on the top of the forums.  

The chatbox is for chatter that is not useful enough to be a post and doesn't need to be kept around permanently.  

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April 17, 2010
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@Karen: Did you know that when you leave this site you don't show up as logged in? Even tho you didn't log out.

I wonder if it would work the same way with chat.

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April 17, 2010
11:04 AM
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@Wheezer – did not know that. If that's true, then I like that way better. Impossible to test myself, of course.

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