PCGUY wrote:This question is for all of SpudFiles
What exactly are you looking for in a chat room? I have 2 main things to decide between...
-Do we want a chat that acts like a dedicated chatroom? You click the "chat" button, it opens a new window that is specific for the chatroom. Mainly useful when there are multiple people on that want to chat at the same time. Mainly useless when no one else wants to chat. Refresh times on the chat however can only be so fast, maybe 5 seconds at best so it's not quite like an IRC chat or AIM chatroom.
Pros - More like a dedicated chatroom. Can have large conversations.
Cons - Only useful when people are online at the same time & want to chat with eachother.
-Do we want a chat that acts like a "shoutbox"? This would mean that registered users would have a little box on 1 specific page, probably the main forum page. forum.html The box would be near the top and fit directly into the layout. This would allow someone to "shout" basically at others, regardless if anyone is on SpudFiles at the time or not. All users on this page would be able to see this, and it would refresh once every so many seconds only on that page/in that box. Someone could come online, and ask/reply to anything posted in there at any time regardless if there are people online or not.
Pros - Less like a dedicated chatroom, people can "chat" to eachother over much longer periods of time. Does not require others to be online/participating at that time. Easy way to ask quick questions and have someone come respond later, for all to see.
Cons - Not very realistic if you had say 20 people trying to have an active conversation at once. Could entice people to shout "junk" but mods can handle that by removing people from it/warning/banning/etc whatever is needed.
so what you mean is like a comment box?