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Chat Box Opinions

Discussion in 'Site News, Bug Reports and Questions' started by Coach, Dec 13, 2018.

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Chat Box Use

  1. I use it all the time on the home page and would miss it.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. I use it all the time on the separate chat box only page

    0 vote(s)
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  3. I use it occasionally but would like it to remain

    5 vote(s)
    23.8%
  4. I use it occasionally but wouldn't miss it much

    9 vote(s)
    42.9%
  5. I use dischord (or similar) and wouldn't miss it

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  6. I never use it and wouldn't miss it.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Coach

    Coach Administrator Head Coach

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    I received an email yesterday notifying me that the forum software (version 1) that the website is currently using will become end of life at the end of 2019.

    Version 2 of the forum software came out last year, however not all the additions that I've put on the forum are available for v2. It's been a while since I checked into upgrading to v2 so I'm hoping more functionality can be carried over when I finally do make the switch.

    So I just wanted to gauge the opinions on the chat box to find out if it's worth the extra server resources to keep it in place or not. Times have changed a bit since it was first installed as I understand players are using services like dischord or similar. If I did remove the chat box then I'd be happy to set up a link or some way to point to dischord (or whatever).

    I welcome any comments and feedback below and please vote in the poll.
     
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  2. TravelScrabble

    TravelScrabble Well-Known Member

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    Honestly the chat gets very little use these days. Not every coach is on discord but enough that the chat gets neglected.
     
  3. Street

    Street Well-Known Member

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    Yea, I voted I use it occasionally as I do but I also use discord.
     
  4. Sataric

    Sataric Well-Known Member

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    Same as above. Primarily I tend to only use the chat if the coach I am trying to communicate with isn't on Discord yet. If they are, I reach out to them there instead.

    And I want to say, @Coach , that I think you deserve a ton of credit for actually asking your community what they feel and think about these kind of matters. You are a paragon among men.
     
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  5. mamutas

    mamutas Super Moderator Moderator

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    Agree with what was said. I don't think chat is getting much use now with Discord, so idea of Discord reference or integration into the website is a good one in my opinion.
    And, of course, thanks very much coach for keeping the site up for all of us.
     
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  6. Veggente85

    Veggente85 Well-Known Member

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    I use it a lot to boast. But there are a lot of seasons between now and my glorious return in Altdwarf, so I can live without it.
     
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  7. Ilgoth

    Ilgoth Courier Staff

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    I use it occasionally but would it to remain

    That's my vote. It has been useful for announcing streams, and when I create important threads. But it isn't matter of life and death. We got Discord.
     
  8. tys123

    tys123 Courier Staff

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    It is a "nice to have" but I can live without it.
     
  9. Netsmurf

    Netsmurf Well-Known Member

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    I do not have reliable internet 9 months of the year as I work in northern Greenland - at best it is like a 56k modem connection. I would like for the chat to remain as I would be free from having another tab open.
     
  10. Ravers

    Ravers Well-Known Member

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    @Coach I seem to recall donating for the chatbox when you switched the website to its current format. I am sure myself or/and other could do the same again if it helps.
     
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