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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Thanks for your fantastic feedback thus far. It's clear that everyone is very excited for chat improvements! So are we, and so I'm asking one more question that I'd love feedback on.
Your feedback has made it clear that popping out chat into a new window is very important. We are working to figure out how popping out chat will work with this new chat design, where instead of being a single rectangular module, chat is now divided into "panes", one for the list of people in chat, one for the network chat room and a pane for every private conversation.
As a reminder, here's what I'm talking about:
So, "popping out" chat isn't quite as simple as before, because you're not just popping out the same rectangular chat feature into a new window. There are two main ways that this new pop out experience could work:
I welcome your feedback!
I should add — please keep your comments focused on the questions being posed, not other feature requests. I may start to delete those.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!