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Old January 23, 2011, 07:22 PM
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I've noticed on some other forums I go on (mainly small ones some friends own/administrate) there's a box at the top of all the boards on the forum homepage where you can chat about off-topic BS or just post a simple question w/o having to make a new thread for it. Could we please have one?
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Old January 23, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Please no.
We already have chatting covered by something better and I do not want to see the forum to get bogged down with crap.
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Old January 23, 2011, 07:36 PM
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The HWC IRC channel is quite good for this.
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Old January 23, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Wats IRC?
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Old January 23, 2011, 08:10 PM
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Wats IRC?
Pfft, kids today! Not even knowing what IRC is!
We have had a thread about our IRC channel going on for a fair while now, actually. Not too had to spot. ;)
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Old January 23, 2011, 08:24 PM
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IRC sucks.

*ducks under table*

The OP wanted something ON THE SITE not fvcking annoying IRC which needs a client downloaded, and is annoying to use. I'd maybe be for it but not on the top of every page on the forums.
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Old January 23, 2011, 08:34 PM
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Previous attempts at this have come up with nothing. We want people helping each other on the forums so that it can be searched for and maybe help another person. If someone asks for help in the chat box, it's gone and only helps the one person.
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Old January 23, 2011, 08:35 PM
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There are browser-based clients you know.

The problem with having a chatbox on the site is that either it is always visible and people spam it with shit and it adds more scripted crap to the page potentially making it slower. Or it is in it's own window/page and nobody uses it because it is not "just right here in front of me".
With the latter you may as well just have a channel on an established IRC network, that way there is zero extra load on the forum itself. (and any big network is comprised of many servers to it is always up.. unless they have DNS issues or something)

I guess myself and the other people in our channel right now are not annoyed by IRC clients. *shrug*

Gav could setup a browser-based client on it's own page if he wanted to. Cept that the IRC channel is not official.(I think braineater started it)


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Previous attempts at this have come up with nothing. We want people helping each other on the forums so that it can be searched for and maybe help another person. If someone asks for help in the chat box, it's gone and only helps the one person.
Thank you for saying this. :D
(I totally forgot about that aspect of the issue)
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Old January 23, 2011, 09:57 PM
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Shoutboxes/Chatboxes take traffic away from the site and focus it on there.

I've seen this happen to many times.

If you want to chat.. irc.
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Old January 24, 2011, 05:54 AM
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Enaberif pretty much summed up the reasons why there most likely will never been shoutbox/chatbox here at hardware canucks.
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