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PlasmaHam
September 15th, 2017, 07:29 PM
I noticed that the instant messaging contact list in the User CP is in some serious need of updating. All of the current sites listed (except Skype) have lost a very large percentage of their user base over the years, and have fallen to the wayside. MSN Messager has been discontinued for years now. Also, none of the more recent and more popular messaging sites, like Discord and Facebook Messenger, are listed.

I'm just saying it might be time to update the list for 2017. Honestly, it looks like that list hasn't been updated in a decade, so its likely high-time to do so.

xXl0sth0peXx
September 17th, 2017, 10:44 AM
to be honest i'm not sure if this something that we even have control over. I'm fairly certain that it's not a setting we can change on vt itself, it's vbulletin defaults, and we could remove the field completely but i don't think we can actually change it. it's possible there's a mod for it somewhere, but discord is so new and vbulletin 3.8 is a bit older, so it's unlikely they'd have an addon with discord on it.

Just JT
September 17th, 2017, 12:46 PM
to be honest i'm not sure if this something that we even have control over. I'm fairly certain that it's not a setting we can change on vt itself, it's vbulletin defaults, and we could remove the field completely but i don't think we can actually change it. it's possible there's a mod for it somewhere, but discord is so new and vbulletin 3.8 is a bit older, so it's unlikely they'd have an addon with discord on it.


Is this the reason that VT only allows certain aps we are allowed to show in our profile?

adtse
October 27th, 2017, 07:31 PM
I think that maybe the server could be changed somehow. Like add some more popular messaging systems, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, etc.

Vegas2933
November 1st, 2017, 02:22 PM
There should be spaces for Snapchat and Instagram and so on. More popular apps. :)

Endeavour
November 1st, 2017, 02:28 PM
I think that maybe the server could be changed somehow. Like add some more popular messaging systems, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, etc.

There should be spaces for Snapchat and Instagram and so on. More popular apps. :)

I think we're forgetting here that VT is above all a help and advice site, and it's not a place to share social media. By all means, you can share it over private messaging, but we just can't have it publicly. Also, as Val said above the current contact details system is hard coded into vBulletin, and with this version being relatively old, it's not going to have apps such as Snapchat or Instagram which have only came about in recent years.

Vegas2933
November 1st, 2017, 03:28 PM
I think we're forgetting here that VT is above all a help and advice site, and it's not a place to share social media. By all means, you can share it over private messaging, but we just can't have it publicly. Also, as Val said above the current contact details system is hard coded into vBulletin, and with this version being relatively old, it's not going to have apps such as Snapchat or Instagram which have only came about in recent years.

Ah I understand. :)

adtse
November 1st, 2017, 04:16 PM
I think we're forgetting here that VT is above all a help and advice site, and it's not a place to share social media. By all means, you can share it over private messaging, but we just can't have it publicly. Also, as Val said above the current contact details system is hard coded into vBulletin, and with this version being relatively old, it's not going to have apps such as Snapchat or Instagram which have only came about in recent years.

Ah, I see. I wonder why it can't be changed, though it is a VBulletin default.

topseededamateur
November 4th, 2017, 07:44 AM
there should be info for other messengers too

adtse
November 15th, 2017, 11:55 PM
there should be info for other messengers too

I am kind of thinking that if it could be done, the instant messaging sharing might probably someday get removed. As VT is not a place for sharing social media, it could however be done through private messaging. Except I don't like the fact instant messaging is not allowed if you have less that 100 posts. By my personal preference, I think it should be allowed though. And I am completely fine with it being shown to the public.

xXl0sth0peXx
November 16th, 2017, 10:06 AM
Except I don't like the fact instant messaging is not allowed if you have less that 100 posts.

I will take this to assume that you mean private messaging, and this is to prevent people joining with the sole intent to abuse the PM system. We get enough people as it is with the 100 post restriction.

There is nothing wrong with the instant messaging tabs or anything like that, and I don't know why you think it'd someday get removed. You're right, it's not for sharing social media, but skype =/= social media, and that's why instagram and others aren't on there. You're more than welcome to share what you'd like (smartly) over PM.

adtse
November 16th, 2017, 10:53 PM
Just wondering, does VT use their own server or does it use vBulletin Cloud hosting? I am not sure if this version of vBulletin has cloud hosting. But if it uses its own server, I think maybe you could change the instant messaging system if you know a lot about XML, PHP, etc.