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June 12, 2003 at 10:35 am #5014
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Stefan

Hi people,

As you may have noticed, I have to create a chat room for school, and thought I could just as well extend it to something we can use.

This thread (which I hope RevMen doesn’t mind being in here) will be used to keep you informed of the progress.

Current estimation of time needed until completion: 2 months.

Features likely to get added:
* Login only possible with username from messageboard[1]
* List of all users currently in chat
* Private messages possible
* Ignore function possible
* Bluntman’s smileys (in a list extendable by the site owner)
* Clickable hyperlinks
* All text in a session is kept (unless you empty the list)
* Text can be copied to the clipboard, for logging purposes
* Time stamps included with each message. Handy for the not-so-busy moments!
* Audio alerts

[1] This will be the trickiest part, but I think I have an idea that will work.

If you have requests for features, name them here! But before you do, be aware that I have only limited time on hand (having stop-motion animation as a hobby doesn’t help there), and we want to have this thing working pretty soon. If I think a feature is feasible, it will be added to the list above.

Stefan.

June 12, 2003 at 11:36 am #5017
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Yolegoman

Sounds great to me.

Keep it up. :P

Yolegoman

June 12, 2003 at 1:02 pm #5023
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Bump500

*Cheers Wandrer2 On*

Perhaps a feature that will limit the number of messages you can type consecutivly in a certain time frame (to help prevent spamming in the chat room)
ex:
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!
holy cow!

See how annoying that is? It would be great If there was a limiter.

June 12, 2003 at 1:32 pm #5025
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thedarksideoflego

we need some sort of edit button to edit are posts right in there that would be cool, and we need a built in bsol so we can get our editing done while chatting. jk

June 12, 2003 at 6:08 pm #5047
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Stefan

* No editing. Way too complicated.
* No post limit. Way too complicated. Possible compensations: kick function (who should be able to kick? Suggestions are welcome. But I’m not yet sure if this is feasible). Ignore function is easy, that will be implemented.

Stefan.

June 12, 2003 at 6:14 pm #5050
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strongest of the weak

I should be able to kick every all and everyone…hehehe. Seriously though, I think (if you could do it) if everyone could vote someone out. Like they could click on their name and check a “vote box” or sumthin. And if the number of checks exceeds the 50% of people in there….away they go. But that would be pretty complicated.

June 12, 2003 at 6:36 pm #5058
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RevMen

Since you’re going to have to be a registered member of the forum to even get into the chat, a kick function might be more trouble than it’s worth. BUT, if you did want to put one in, phpBB2 stores what groups a member is in as a simple integer in the main user table, so it would be pretty simple to check whether someone was a moderator. I would think moderators in the forums would have their jurisdiction extended to the chat room.

June 12, 2003 at 10:30 pm #5085
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i agree with SOTW
we could have an honors system that would keep a person out of chat that had posted somthing offensive in the forums so that we could keep a nastyness out of the chat and confined to the moderated forums where he could earn back his ability to use the chat

justa suggestion…… :twisted:

June 13, 2003 at 8:07 pm #5155
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Brian of Gep

Good ideas, Wandrer, and good luck!

I don’t have any more features that I’d like to see,
(Other than possibly being able to save logs as a “.txt” file, but that’d probably be more trouble than it’s worth, especially since you can just copy them to a clipboard)

But I would like to speak out against “kick” or “ban” or limited access.
And if someone is saying “holy cow”x64, then use the ignore button.

I don’t know why people hesitate to use this so much…
But you shouldn’t have a problem with it. It’s not the end of the world,
and (hopefully), there will be an “unignore” function.

If not, oh well… use it sparingly..

July 17, 2003 at 6:36 pm #8822
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Stefan

I’m starting work on the chat now. I hope to have an initial interface done tonight. That means you can see how it looks, but it won’t work.

“Brian of Gep” wrote: Good ideas, Wandrer, and good luck!

I don’t have any more features that I’d like to see,
(Other than possibly being able to save logs as a “.txt” file, but that’d probably be more trouble than it’s worth, especially since you can just copy them to a clipboard)

Brian, it will be possible to copy the text to the clipboard. That should be enough for logging purposes. Java applets are not allowed to access your hard disk, for security reasons.

Stefan.

July 17, 2003 at 7:54 pm #8832
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Banjo

Nice idea :) You might want to check out an IRC chat as theres ops ect which would be like mods ect.. oh whatever lol :) But Rev told me this, also.. PHP chats have to blink alot cuz php only displays whats on the page (duh lol), so its gotta keep refreshing to display whats new and all :-/ the blinking used to annoy me but it doesnt anymore. :)

But wandrer, if someone is banned, you can use the phpbb_ban_list i think its called, and you can add it to that, or if someones banned from the forum you can have it look there to see if they’re banned.. lol then phpbb_auth_list i think it is lol, that if i remember correctly says whos admin, mod, ect so the forum knows what powers to give who, so.. lol

July 17, 2003 at 8:10 pm #8843
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Stefan

Hi Banjo,

My chat isn’t going to be a PHP chat, because of the blinking, and because we already got one.

Mine is going to be a Java client, much like the one in the old forums, but hopefully better.

Banning is not on the list of things to do right now. If possible, I want to avoid communication with the database. But I fear this has to happen anyway: I see no other way of keeping the online user list up to date.

*sigh* after Swing, there’s JDBC to delve into. :shrug:

Stefan.

July 17, 2003 at 8:17 pm #8853
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Banjo

Yes, a java chat.. But if you want the members in there, mods, ect, you will need to play with it including the database.

July 21, 2003 at 3:06 am #9354
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X

JAVA!!!!!
Good choice wanderer…
not only is it alot more secure(no “bluntwho-ever” wars)
but it also supports live console updating!!!!
(that is no flashing….EVER….)
it also keeps a running log of EVERYTHING…
(ips, static and rollover, chats, keylogs, script detection, loophole killers……just to name a few.)
NO MORE EXPLOITING
(unless u REALLY REALLY know your way around JAVA.)

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