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ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 03:49 AM
So you guys have been clamoring for a chat feature for a long, long time now, and I haven't been able to oblige due to how difficult it would be to manage. However, I've come across (well, aer0blue initially pointed it out to me, actually) a solution that would be perfect, and would probably foster a lot more "community": CometChat. CometChat is a fantastic, feature-packed site-based chat. It works very much like Facebook Chat does - there's a bar at the bottom of the browser that follows as you scroll. It contains your buddy list (yes, your vBulletin buddy list - not a separate one), any open chat windows (you can have as many as you want), and useful navigation buttons. All of this is customizable based on whether or not a user is logged in or viewing a certain forum, so it's entirely possible for us to add a "New Thread" button when viewing a forum or even a "Search This Forum" button that would allow you to jump right to the search page without having to scroll up and find the button on the page. For more information on the featureset, head here (http://www.cometchat.com/features).

Anyway, here's where we hit a snag: it's $49.00 per site for a lifetime license. We currently don't have the funds to finance it (we've been spending it on prizes for upcoming contests - be patient and you'll soon find out!), so if you guys want it, I need help paying for it. Donating is the way to go, and you'll get some nifty features for doing so. If you think you can wait, we can slowly save up the cash and buy it, but that means it won't arrive as quickly (maybe months, depending on how the cash situation pans out). Now, to be clear, I intend on purchasing two licenses: one for LBPCentral and one for MNRCentral. If you decide to donate but you only want your money to go toward one site or the other, PM me and say so. I will make sure that I spend your donation as you intend it to be spent.

Finally, if you're totally disinterested in this feature, let me know! There's no point in spending so much on it if you guys don't want it.

Whalio Cappuccino
09-17-2009, 03:51 AM
Oh my God, I use this feature on Myspace alll the time. Unfortunately I am as broke as it gets and I would've put in 5 or 10 dollars if I could, sorry CC.

Sunrise_Moon
09-17-2009, 03:58 AM
I'd love this feature, but I have no money to spare right now :(

aer0blue
09-17-2009, 04:06 AM
I'm all-systems-go for this, of course. I have a trip coming up soon, so I gotta save for that. I'll pitch in after that, though!

comphermc
09-17-2009, 04:10 AM
Well, I just donated to the site, and it seems everyone else is being pretty cheap about it.

I'm not very familiar with how useful it'll be compared to now (and I don't want people IM spamming all over the place *glances at younger members*), but if there's site-wide demand, I may pitch in like 5 or 10 extra bucks.

This if $50 total, correct? edit: 100 total, for both sites. Got it.

gofurr360z
09-17-2009, 04:13 AM
ah, wow XD i wasnt expecting that. sounds awesome!
i would gladly donate some money ( i have a little bit of cash on me, actually ) but i dont have any way of getting it to you. i dont have a credit card to use that pay pal thing. i really feel horrible that i can yet i can't help out :[ i apologize.

i probably should have just kept my mouth shut >_>

Memodrix
09-17-2009, 04:21 AM
so just donate to the site, with a message saying where we want it to go?

ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 04:27 AM
so just donate to the site, with a message saying where we want it to go?
If you have a preference, yes. After donating, just PM me with something like "Please use my donation for LBPCentral only - here's the email I used to donate" and I'll make sure that happens. However, if you don't have a preference, that's great too - it benefits both sites instead of just LBPCentral. As I said, it's up you to.


I'm not very familiar with how useful it'll be compared to now (and I don't want people IM spamming all over the place *glances at younger members*), but if there's site-wide demand, I may pitch in like 5 or 10 extra bucks.
Well, remember, only those on your vBulletin Buddy List can IM you, so you ultimately control who can send you an IM.

Zwollie
09-17-2009, 04:45 AM
I kinda kept away from Facebook so I don't know what to expect but it sounds awesome!!

Takelow
09-17-2009, 05:33 AM
It would be a great improvement to the site! I hope you will have the necessary money ;)
However, i think the 50$ are far more justified for a forum that have more than 5000 active memebrs (LBPc) than a forum that have only 100 members (MNRc). Can't you add it first for LBPc and wait to add it to MNRC?

goldenclaw13
09-17-2009, 05:51 AM
I almost have to agree with Takelow, LBPC seems to be in more need of it, seeing as how Mod Nation Racers isn't even out yet, while LBP has already reached over 1,000,000 levels...

If I had the funds, like everyone else here, I would donate, but I've been busy with my money lately, very sorry.

I hope to see this in the future! :D

ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 06:47 AM
Can't you add it first for LBPc and wait to add it to MNRC?
That's a good question. The short answer is "Yes, but no." The long answer goes something like this:

LBPCentral and MNRCentral are run by the same staff, as you guys know. While it makes sense to add it here and wait for it to be added at MNRCentral, I want consistency across both of the sites. If someone visits LBPCentral and sees a feature they like, I want MNRCentral to have the same or a similar feature that they can enjoy (the vBExperience system, for example). If I thought I could buy the first license as soon as I had the money and make enough money to afford the second one soon after, then I would do it that way - however, with the current situation, the gap between upgrading LBPCentral and MNRCentral would be much too large for the standards I uphold for both sites.

However, on that note, at the current rate donations are coming in, we should have enough for both sites very soon (maybe even within a couple of days), so if you can donate, it is much appreciated.

TheJollyRajah
09-17-2009, 07:05 AM
I get my paycheck tomorrow, I'll see if I can slip in $50, ;)

RockSauron
09-17-2009, 10:21 AM
Lik, ZOMG! <_> Yeah, this is more then I ever expected ;o. Can't wait D:

Unfortunately, I kinda can't donate... <_> Ah well... hope someone does ;o. <_>

Snappyguy
09-17-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm broke ='( Sounds like a good feature. But it's not like we don't have a lot of other generous members.

BasketSnake
09-17-2009, 12:13 PM
"Well, I just donated to the site, and it seems everyone else is being pretty cheap about it." - Noone here's cheap. It's money we're discussing wether it's 1 or 10 dollars.

ryryryan
09-17-2009, 12:38 PM
Alright, I've always been meaning to donate to this site and now there's something I feel is truly worthy of donating for, so I've sent you $20. Can't wait to see how it turns out :)

Crashdance22
09-17-2009, 12:54 PM
Sounds like a great idea! I'm sure it will bring many more members to the sites. :)

Morgana25
09-17-2009, 04:58 PM
Sounds cool. When my second donation expires I'll send another :)

comphermc
09-17-2009, 04:59 PM
Do donations stack on top of one another? So, If I donate another $10, does it add months onto my current donation?

v0rtex
09-17-2009, 05:11 PM
Do donations stack on top of one another? So, If I donate another $10, does it add months onto my current donation?Yes. CC extends your "donor period". :)

Morgana25
09-17-2009, 05:13 PM
oh - well, maybe I'll do that sooner rather than later then :)

Powershifter
09-17-2009, 05:37 PM
Maybe someone can explain. How exactly can I donate to LBPC? Do I just contact CC? Also, what is this "donor period" about and can that be checked after I have donated? Sorry, I guess I'm still learning the ropes around here :)

ryryryan
09-17-2009, 05:38 PM
Maybe someone can explain. How exactly can I donate to LBPC? Do I just contact CC? Also, what is this "donor period" about and can that be checked after I have donated? Sorry, I guess I'm still learning the ropes around here :)

Top right next to 'Welcome, Powershifter' is a donate button :)

When you donate, you get given a few little extra things for the forum (one being a green dot next to your username) and you have this for a certain amount of time. This is called the Doner Period. The more you donate, the longer it is. CC PM's you the date of when your doner period expires.

comphermc
09-17-2009, 05:51 PM
Maybe someone can explain. How exactly can I donate to LBPC? Do I just contact CC? Also, what is this "donor period" about and can that be checked after I have donated? Sorry, I guess I'm still learning the ropes around here :)

Ryan covered most of it. Some of the perks are not stated explicitly until you donate, but they are just about everything you could need on this site. The perks are even better if you don't already have some sort of bundle.

:)

ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 07:15 PM
Just checked our balance, and we only need another $10. If someone is able to donate today, I can have the feature up and running by the end of the day. Thanks to everyone who's donated so far!

ryryryan
09-17-2009, 07:19 PM
Just checked our balance, and we only need another $10. If someone is able to donate today, I can have the feature up and running by the end of the day. Thanks to everyone who's donated so far!

Woah, well done LBPC. I'll let someone else do the honours :)

Snrm
09-17-2009, 07:58 PM
I would love this!
And i would donate some money i have but yeh being only 13 i dont have a credit card or anything to do it with.

BassDeluxe
09-17-2009, 08:19 PM
I'm sending some cash your way momentarily - I've been meaning to do so for a while but kept putting it off.

Sunrise_Moon
09-17-2009, 09:05 PM
Hooray! Sounds like you done CC! Can't wait to see the new feature!

SLS10
09-17-2009, 09:15 PM
I'd be happy to give you some moolah. Unfortunately, no credit card yet, so I can't assist you in your noble cause.

Spider-Jew
09-17-2009, 09:32 PM
it appears the site got enough donations as I see the comet chat at the bottom of the screen, but I still plan on donating. Great job to everyone who pitched in!

Snrm
09-17-2009, 09:33 PM
wow it looks awesome

Identical to the Facebook chat bar! it looks real good!

Chump
09-17-2009, 09:34 PM
it appears the site got enough donations as I see the comet chat at the bottom of the screen, but I still plan on donating. Great job to everyone who pitched in!

yeah i just saw that a few mins ago! and what's that water like sound?

BSprague
09-17-2009, 09:34 PM
The feature is up and running, and it looks brilliant! Great job everyone. I've always wanted to donate, but I've never had enough funds in my PayPal Account. I'll definitely get on that soon. :)

comphermc
09-17-2009, 09:42 PM
I also see that it's up and running. I notice that the cometchat bar across the bottom is wider than the frame of the site. I'm a bit obsessive compulsive, so are tweaks still being made?

I'm not going to complain, but just wondering.

Dexiro
09-17-2009, 09:44 PM
Awesome it's like that thing on facebook :p

Once i start getting EMA i'll think about donating, i'd love to see more improvements such as this :)

Spider-Jew
09-17-2009, 09:45 PM
this thing would be even more awesome if I had any friends on here lol...guess I will go on a search for some.

MrsSpookyBuz
09-17-2009, 09:48 PM
This is great - forums, groups and now live chat! Even an old git like me is enjoying it!

Nicely done, CC, and big thanks to everyone who parted with a bit of cash to help fund it.

Listen, folks, ConfusedCartman and the other admins and mods give us this service for nothing: zip, zilch, zero. It's good to know there are people who are willing to give a few quid (or bucks) here and there if they can afford it to help keep the site going.

This is a great community. Thank you :)

Coxy224
09-17-2009, 09:52 PM
Couldn't agree more with Spooky - quality service at a price everyone can afford (and should donate too).
Honestly I wish I could donate but I have no credit card :(

v0rtex
09-17-2009, 10:00 PM
I also see that it's up and running. I notice that the cometchat bar across the bottom is wider than the frame of the site. I'm a bit obsessive compulsive, so are tweaks still being made?

I'm not going to complain, but just wondering.

It's not so much that it's wider than the frame, but just narrower than the window. Change you window size, you'll see what I mean. I imagine it's deliberate, and like not "tweakable".

Gilgamesh
09-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Wow. I leave work, come home, and in between we get a new chat feature. :eek:

Awesome work CC! :)

I've been putting it off for a long time, but I think it's time I did my part. I can't give much, but I'll give what I can.

GruntosUK
09-17-2009, 10:33 PM
Its great, but one more reason to keep on me on the forums 24/7 (not that I need to much) :)

Great job CC, although you already know that through the fine new feature :D

inferedmonkey
09-17-2009, 10:55 PM
even though my friends are on its not showing them.

BSprague
09-17-2009, 11:01 PM
even though my friends are on its not showing them.
I just checked your buddy list, the only person who should be on is divemonkey, everyone else is offline. It's working fine for me. :)

ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 11:02 PM
even though my friends are on its not showing them.
Click the "Options" icon. There should be a link that says "Learn how to add friends". Click that link and read the FAQ entry.

BSprague
09-17-2009, 11:04 PM
A (very minor) issue I've noticed is that if you have the buddy list up and open some new LBPC tabs, they will all open with the buddy list up, but if you close it in one window, the others will stay up still and you have to close them individually. It is hardly an issue at all, I just figured I should mention it. :)

ConfusedCartman
09-17-2009, 11:09 PM
A (very minor) issue I've noticed is that if you have the buddy list up and open some new LBPC tabs, they will all open with the buddy list up, but if you close it in one window, the others will stay up still and you have to close them individually. It is hardly an issue at all, I just figured I should mention it. :)
That's fairly odd, I'm not sure why it does that. I'll report it as a bug - their support team is very active, so they'll help where they can.

Zwollie
10-13-2009, 05:17 AM
I see you updated the chat, I see there is a square on the top left that will probably be able to hold avatars, right?

Kern
10-13-2009, 07:01 AM
i noticed that too

RockSauron
10-13-2009, 10:28 AM
Hm, and now we can make chat rooms... :D Now that'll come in handy... :kz:

Kern
10-13-2009, 02:21 PM
Hm, and now we can make chat rooms... :D Now that'll come in handy... :kz:

how do we do that?

Gilgamesh
10-13-2009, 02:23 PM
how do we do that?

There's a "Chatrooms" icon between the "LBPCentral Home" and "Search LBPCentral" icons.

comphermc
10-13-2009, 02:30 PM
Well, the chat room works! Haha. Is there way to add exclusivity to it, for private chats?

Kern
10-13-2009, 02:34 PM
i have a bug to report. the smileys dont work in the chatroom also some notification that there is a new post would be nice

Gilgamesh
10-13-2009, 02:35 PM
We should be able to toggle the chatrooms list on the right... it takes up way too much room. :eek:

Still, as basic as it is, this is an awesome addition. :)

comphermc
10-13-2009, 02:37 PM
Better report that to cometchat then, lol. This is not something CC made himself.

Kern
10-13-2009, 02:54 PM
Better report that to cometchat then, lol. This is not something CC made himself.

it would be better to tell CC because he is the buyer,

ARD
10-13-2009, 03:55 PM
Anyone else notice how it doesn't actually work any more?
I'm always getting 0 online :S

comphermc
10-13-2009, 10:59 PM
Still getting nobody online? Mine is working fine. Maybe all your friends deleted you, lol...


...naw, I'm kidding. :p

BSprague
10-13-2009, 11:02 PM
I'm reading 0 online as well in Google Chrome. Also, the four icons at the bottom left aren't loading, so they all have generic "picture goes here" icons.

ConfusedCartman
10-13-2009, 11:48 PM
I'm reading 0 online as well in Google Chrome. Also, the four icons at the bottom left aren't loading, so they all have generic "picture goes here" icons.
Anyone else with this issue, please PM me with the browser you're using and a screenshot of the problem. I'll see what I can do about this bug.

Alex™
10-14-2009, 05:41 PM
Safari is fine...

Kern
10-14-2009, 05:55 PM
so's internet explorer

ARD
10-14-2009, 06:27 PM
****** Firefox, pull yourself together >_>

Coxy224
10-14-2009, 08:19 PM
I'm using firefox and I've conversed with Zwollie already today - and the people online is 10 :)
So I don't think it's a FF problem

ConfusedCartman
10-15-2009, 12:11 AM
If you guys are having any issues whatsoever, clear your browser's cache and cookies. That should solve it. :)

chezhead
10-15-2009, 02:14 AM
It didn't... I'm not sure why noones online when they are! If anyone would be kind enough to send a message my way to see if it works... that would be appreciated.

ARD
10-15-2009, 05:56 PM
Same as chez, I deleted all private data and all my add ons are disabled, but I still get 0 online :(

RockSauron
10-16-2009, 12:48 AM
Yeah... is there anyway to get the display picture to display the person's avatar, as opposed to their profile picture?

speaking of which, should we just get rid of the profile picture altogether? :/