Chat box function with XenForo?

Discussion in 'Communications' started by twowolves, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. twowolves Jedi Master

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    I belong to an alternate site that also uses XenForo (though not sure which version), and they have chat functionality, as in IM boxes like Facebook, plus a general chat room. Figuring this might be a rather nice feature to implement here, and willing to help beta test or anything else if it's ultimately decided to look into this for our site here.

    Spoke to @LAJ_FETT and was told to bring it up here.

    Warning, my coding skills are exactly nil so... lol


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  2. KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus

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    Fifteen years ago, that would have been an interesting feature. In 2017, it seems unnecessary and redundant.
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  3. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Why? I think the feature of near realtime communication will always be useful.

    On the other site, you didn't have to use it. It was just a nice feature to have quick conversations if you didn't want to discuss something publicly.

    inb4 we have pm's for that: yes, but it's just like posting, where as with a chat, you don't have to refresh the page to see if there are responses.

    Also, I am trying to see if I can convince the powers that be to use a plugin for XenForo that will send push notifications to your mobile device from the site itself, which would also be a nice feature, especially if paired with a chat function.

    And again, you don't have to use it if you don't want. And there's a way to turn off chat functionality on the user end, I believe, too.

    Plus, this would bypass the ridiculous amount of bugs that XenForo and Tapatalk seem to generate.




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  4. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Interesting idea, I think.
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  5. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    Tapatalk has one that pops up on all forums. But only through their app.
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  6. twowolves Jedi Master

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    I saw the one on Tapatalk, but XenForo has a chat plugin which would be more accessible to everyone whether they have Tapatalk or not.

    Plus, you know, Tapatalk sucks. Their updates are always terrible and take forever.


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  7. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    I know, but knowing that e.g. nothing has been implemented on here since I joined (for example)...
  8. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Well, that's liable to change sooner rather than later if only because the version of XenForo they are using is going to become obsolete.

    I'm hoping when they update their version of XenForo, they enable the plugin to allow chat. I think for threads like the CCC and the Blue Moon Cantina the chat would be a nice touch and add a bit of immersion. I'm sure @Bardan_Jusik would love to use Mando law as his moderation style on a chat...lol

    I'm hoping @LAJ_FETT will weigh in and let us peer behind the curtain about what is to come...and when...




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  9. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    When we know something it will be announced here in Comms.
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  10. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Very...illuminating. Lol

    What's next for XenForo? What is your impression of the XenForo chat plugin?


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  11. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    Xenforo's handling of permalinks makes me want to shoot people off a church tower, but its BBCode interface looks better than Invision's. Invision removed the basic mode completely. :(
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  12. jcgoble3 Jedi Grand Master

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    And I hate that. Another forum I'm on uses Invision and recently upgraded to the new version, and I hate hate hate that you can't edit in BBCode mode anymore.

    What about XenForo and permalinks annoys you? I'm not familiar with any version of XenForo other than the one we're currently using here, so I'm curious.
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  13. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    The way pagination is included in permalinks. So stupid.
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  14. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Can you give us an example? I'm not familiar with that aspect.


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  15. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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  16. jcgoble3 Jedi Grand Master

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    Ah, that. Yes, it's a tad annoying, but it's easily fixed in about five to ten seconds. You can (and I typically do) clean up post links to a much shorter link that goes to the same place and is independent of both the page and thread. That link would become simply http://boards.theforce.net/posts/54206042 with the number being taken from the end of the anchor in the URL. Just paste the URL, highlight everything from "threads/" to "#post-", and type "posts/". :)
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  17. Ewok Poet Force Ghost

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    I know that. The thing is, that it gives the weird link BY DEFAULT and that it does not have to include the page anywhere else, in any other popular PHP software for boards and comms. :p
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  18. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Any news on chat functionality, @LAJ_FETT?
  19. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    We probably won't look at any add-ons til after the software upgrade seeing as that is what is holding things up now. No sense in adding to the issue!
  20. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Oooh! Tell me more about this software upgrade! When can we expect it? Details! XD

    [IMG]


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  21. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    When we're ready to go there will be a notice here in Comms. We don't have a date yet.
  22. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Can we have a season...? By fall...? Winter...?


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  23. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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    If I did that I'd have to guess a year as well.. :p
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  24. jcgoble3 Jedi Grand Master

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    The software upgrade will be complete somewhere between 1 month from now and ∞ years from now. Be patient.
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  25. twowolves Jedi Master

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    Okay, so will there be a noticeable difference? Like will the UI be different? The color scheme? Any hints...? :p