Update: Please provide feedback on how popping out chat should work, asked here.
If you've looked at the Ning product roadmap recently, you've noticed that some Chat improvements are on the way. We've started to work on Chat, and wanted to share what we have in mind and get Network Creators an early chance to share their feedback.
The biggest changes we have planned are:
Here is today's Flash-based chat:
And here's what Chat might look like (click on the image to see it bigger):
There's a lot to process in looking at this new design, and there have been a ton of discussions on Creators about Chat. We want your feedback, though, about the overall design and functionality.
A few of big questions have come up that we want to pose to you:
We'd love your feedback on these issues, as we start to develop chat. Down the road, we'll get into more specific feature additions, but for now, I'd like to keep this discussion focused on the big design/behavior issues I've raised above.
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i'm not prepared to answer for all my members and i see advantages to both personaly im leaning towards option 2
but i'll post the question to my members b4 giving a responce cause at least to me what they wants more important then what i want
so let me gather opinions and get back to u in a couple days
Tough decision between those two options. I think as long as you can stretch either window to any desired size, both options are feasible. I think I'd prefer option 2 most though, so that you can browse away from your network or close it completely and still chat and receive private chats. Also, I hope that either option remains HTML based and not Flash based as iPad/iPod/iPhone compatibility is very important.
Option 2 seems to make the most sense to us. We find that our members like to have only the single chatroom window open at work, not even sitting on the network itself but still available to the community. Multiple windows may be overkill.
ok input ive received they would prefer a hybrid
option 2 but resizable to allow mukltiple panes visable at once
in other words option 1 u have each pane in a new window
option 2 in tabs
the prefference so far woukld be a hybrid
3 or so side by side panes in the same window
as if you took the multiple panes here
and pop that out into a new window exactly as is
edit to add
what id lidke if this was implimented would be
pop up full page the members list as high as the page the chat as wide as it gets when a 1-1 pops up each split the available space so 2 wide 1 narrow (members list)
when a 3rd pops up u have 3 wide 1 narrow 2 1-1 chats 1 network
ofcourse once your getting past like 6 or so they are getting kinda narrow
so maybe at that point you can pop out of the popoutt
by that i mean
from the main page the popout pops to the full pafge multipane chat
from there if desired you can pop out individual chats into seperate windows
Glad to hear some improvements to chat are on their way. We run a weekly chat discussion with our members and would like to request:
when can we see this when i am waiting i thought it would be Sunday but i guess not , When!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#1 it looks like it could work better already, just from a screenshot.
#2 I personally would be fine with it just in the footer, as long as it is more noticeable than the current chat. People not familiar with the chat can have a hard time finding it at times.
#3 I am generally fine with the size of the chat window, but would prefer the option to pop it out.
#4 I'm fine with sounds, but the current sound is HIGHLY irritating when chat is busy, and you are looking at other things and have it popped down. A more "subtle" sound, i dunno, like maybe the sound of the second or third string of a bass, something subtle and not so loud shocking and intrusive. Also, maybe a different pitch of a similar sound (like the 4th string of a bass, for example) for private chat notifiers. If you are on another tab with your chat running, you have no idea you got a private chat message, because it currently sounds EXACTLY the same as the main chat notifier.
I personally would like the ability for myself and admins to SEE the chat activity without being logged into chat (yes, i want to retain the ability to be logged into or out of chat while being logged into the site. Sometimes i have work to do on the site and don't want to/cannot chat, but I would like the ability to monitor it for unacceptable activity without people seeing me or admins there. As the NC I WOULD, however, like to be able to easily see that my admins are on the site, whether they are logged into chat as available or not.)
This would be great! I used to log out of the chat and watch it all the time, but then the feature changed and logging out meant you couldn't see the chat at all.. bringing that back for moderation purposes would be awesome! Because they all behave when they see you login..