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Uranus
October 5th, 2014, 08:08 AM
I had an idea. To have an area in VT where people can post pretty much anything, without it being in a thread, VM, pm, or diary, or blog. Something like fb that every VT user can see and post all the time like FB. And anyone can comment and like a post. I'm not saying I want to make fb look like crap. Bit something like it here on vt. Something similar to the chat room but some people can't enter it. And we would be able to post if we have 100+ posts to keep from having spam. And if a friend from our friends list posts there. We get a notification. And if we get a comment or like on our post, we get a notification.

Hope you understand what I'm tryna say

Living For Love
October 5th, 2014, 08:12 AM
I don't think that's really necessary right now. VT is not a social network, we would have to moderate that area as well, and you already have this (http://www.virtualteen.org/forums/showthread.php?t=71295) thread where you can post anything you want, like a status, apart from your blog or diary.

Uranus
October 5th, 2014, 08:18 AM
Thats how we feel. Not where we can say goodnight vt and have to switch to a completely different thread. And that's why we have more mods. Doesn't hurt. Except when you guys don't let me win on count to 25. But that's besides the point.

If we want vt to grow we should be more social..
I think it would be good for us. And yea we could use fb straight up. But this way we can use a vt type of fb so we can talk with teens without random strangers.

phuckphace
October 5th, 2014, 08:29 AM
anything "social networking" or FB-like needs to stay away from vBulletin imho. we're still rocking the superior, simpler and less cluttered Web 1.0 format (2legit2quit yo) and since it isn't broken, let's not fix it.

I wouldn't be opposed to the addition of an upvote/downvote function, but that's as far as it should go.

Typhlosion
October 5th, 2014, 08:32 AM
To be honest, I've also thought a few times about some sort of VT Twitter.

As Tiago said, we've got loads of threads where you can post stuff. And, you always have diaries and blogs that are topic-less so you may be free to post w/e in them. The suggestion, in my view, albeit interesting, doesn't really fit VT.

CassnovA
October 5th, 2014, 10:15 AM
Why cant there just be a free text thread in the arcade section. Along the lines of a chat box, but within vt rules

Uranus
October 5th, 2014, 10:17 AM
To be honest, I've also thought a few times about some sort of VT Twitter.

As Tiago said, we've got loads of threads where you can post stuff. And, you always have diaries and blogs that are topic-less so you may be free to post w/e in them. The suggestion, in my view, albeit interesting, doesn't really fit VT.

Yes. I understand there are tons of threads, blogs, diaries, ECT. But you have to switch between one to the other all the time. And instead of visiting a blog/diary you can just go to one link in vt and posts literally whatever you want as long as it's appreciate like twitter or fb and whatnot. And people can like and comment on that. And this way we can all get more connected and grow in VT. And I know the chat room has some members who can't use it. Plus VM isn't the same thing as what I'm saying. Plus you can hire some mods. Which isn't a bad thing.

ImagineRepublicCity
October 5th, 2014, 11:00 AM
Yes. I understand there are tons of threads, blogs, diaries, ECT. But you have to switch between one to the other all the time. And instead of visiting a blog/diary you can just go to one link in vt and posts literally whatever you want as long as it's appreciate like twitter or fb and whatnot. And people can like and comment on that. And this way we can all get more connected and grow in VT. And I know the chat room has some members who can't use it. Plus VM isn't the same thing as what I'm saying. Plus you can hire some mods. Which isn't a bad thing.

Yeah but see, considering we can see all 5,000 active members posts when on Facebook you only see about let's say 40 peoples posts, it does make a large difference, with clattering and jumbling. Forums do tend to be this way, they're not a instant response kind of thing, whereas Facebook is. I think if it did go more instant as well, yeah, you could get more mods, but I still think it'll be very explosive and overwhelming.

For now anyway, I think it's better to stay as it is.

JamesSuperBoy
October 5th, 2014, 11:42 AM
a good thought but would it fit with VT - I dont think so.

ImCoolBeans
October 5th, 2014, 01:52 PM
You're asking us to turn a forum/message board into a social networking site. The two are very different.

We used to have a feature called the shout box, which was awesome and a lot of people really enjoyed. I guess you could call it a "twitter-like" feed, where you could just say things, but not a place to carry out conversation. It was at the bottom of the forum index. Personally I would love to bring the shout box back, but it will inevitably get attacked by spammers, and crash the site?

Miserabilia
October 5th, 2014, 01:54 PM
Trying asking us to turn a forum/message board into a social networking site. The two are very different.

We used to have a feature called the shout box, which was awesome and a lot of people really enjoyed. I guess you could call it a "twitter-like" feed, where you could just say things, but not a place to carry out conversation. It was at the bottom of the forum index. Personally I would love to bring the shout box back, but it will inevitably get attacked by spammers, and crash the site?

If there is a way I'd love to see this return

ImCoolBeans
October 5th, 2014, 02:07 PM
If there is a way I'd love to see this return

I'd be open to possibly bringing it back, but if it comes back this is fair warning that eventually it will get spammed big time. I always really liked the shout box. It automatically announces when people reach 1000 posts, 2500, 5000

lyhom
October 5th, 2014, 02:20 PM
I'm going to say no to the suggestion, I have no idea what this would do to the site that making a thread or a VM/PM would do better.

Perfectly Flawed
October 5th, 2014, 02:40 PM
I had an idea. To have an area in VT where people can post pretty much anything, without it being in a thread, VM, pm, or diary, or blog. Something like fb that every VT user can see and post all the time like FB. And anyone can comment and like a post. I'm not saying I want to make fb look like crap. Bit something like it here on vt. Something similar to the chat room but some people can't enter it. And we would be able to post if we have 100+ posts to keep from having spam. And if a friend from our friends list posts there. We get a notification. And if we get a comment or like on our post, we get a notification.

Hope you understand what I'm tryna say

I really don't like the idea of this. Forums aren't designed to have tons of minor status updates. If you really want to share that kind of stuff feel free to start a blog, but past that it just seems unreasonable. While a social networking aspect could potentially make the site more popular, the people it would attract would likely be a negative influence on the community.

anything "social networking" or FB-like needs to stay away from vBulletin imho. we're still rocking the superior, simpler and less cluttered Web 1.0 format (2legit2quit yo) and since it isn't broken, let's not fix it.

I wouldn't be opposed to the addition of an upvote/downvote function, but that's as far as it should go.

We had a similar thing called reputation a while back and honestly I felt like it made the community less equal and added a bit of conflict. People with more rep always seemed to have more influence on people even if their advice was less sound. I'm glad it was removed.

You're asking us to turn a forum/message board into a social networking site. The two are very different.

We used to have a feature called the shout box, which was awesome and a lot of people really enjoyed. I guess you could call it a "twitter-like" feed, where you could just say things, but not a place to carry out conversation. It was at the bottom of the forum index. Personally I would love to bring the shout box back, but it will inevitably get attacked by spammers, and crash the site?

The shout box was really cool when it wasn't spammed. I'd say it's worth trying again, at least as a test.

Ben_Frost
October 5th, 2014, 09:26 PM
No, VT isn't fit for a social networking format. Liking and status posting would undoubtedly be spammed.

I'd be open to possibly bringing it back, but if it comes back this is fair warning that eventually it will get spammed big time. I always really liked the shout box. It automatically announces when people reach 1000 posts, 2500, 5000

Definitely bring it back, it would mean less threads about how someone got to X amount of posts...

ImCoolBeans
October 5th, 2014, 09:28 PM
Definitely bring it back, it would mean less threads about how someone got to X amount of posts...

No, it won't really decrease the number of threads, people always still made those :P

Horatio Nelson
October 5th, 2014, 09:39 PM
I really like the idea of a shout box. :D

Pacaveli
October 14th, 2014, 07:00 PM
I really like the idea of a shout box. :D

Yes, the shout box is a fantastic idea!

ComfortableInChaos
November 20th, 2014, 09:27 AM
You're asking us to turn a forum/message board into a social networking site. The two are very different.

We used to have a feature called the shout box, which was awesome and a lot of people really enjoyed. I guess you could call it a "twitter-like" feed, where you could just say things, but not a place to carry out conversation. It was at the bottom of the forum index. Personally I would love to bring the shout box back, but it will inevitably get attacked by spammers, and crash the site?

Just saw this and was thinking... I'm on a music forum (MarinaBoards and LanaBoards) and we have on there a status system where we ask questions, talk about what's going on, and it's a central place where we can bring up an idea that doesn't need to have a thread made for it and we can comment and talk about it there. I know we have a ton of people on VT, but there's a lot of people there too and it doesn't get very spammy or mis/overused. Maybe this would be a good idea?

lanaboards.com
marinaboards.com

NeuroTiger
November 28th, 2014, 11:11 AM
I'd be open to possibly bringing it back, but if it comes back this is fair warning that eventually it will get spammed big time. I always really liked the shout box. It automatically announces when people reach 1000 posts, 2500, 5000

Want it back ;)

xXl0sth0peXx
November 28th, 2014, 12:30 PM
Mike, Steven and I discussed this the other night, and as much as we all love it, it's way too much trouble for what it's worth, and at this point, it probably won't happen. It's been up and down at least 3 times, and it always winds up going down in flames.

Rallo
November 29th, 2014, 05:47 AM
Mike, Steven and I discussed this the other night, and as much as we all love it, it's way too much trouble for what it's worth, and at this point, it probably won't happen. It's been up and down at least 3 times, and it always winds up going down in flames.

You can buy a layout for a site like what OP is describing pretty cheap, had a friend work on one a few years back. Syncing it with our friends list on the forums is a different story though; that may be slightly harder to do. That doesn't mean it's impossible though, the forums use VB (which is quite popular), I'm sure someone has done the same kind of thing before who would be more than happy to share their know-how.

xXl0sth0peXx
November 29th, 2014, 10:24 AM
You can buy a layout for a site like what OP is describing pretty cheap, had a friend work on one a few years back. Syncing it with our friends list on the forums is a different story though; that may be slightly harder to do. That doesn't mean it's impossible though, the forums use VB (which is quite popular), I'm sure someone has done the same kind of thing before who would be more than happy to share their know-how.

The admins are two college students and a high schooler. We can't afford to be buying things left and right, and likely that wouldn't be cheep, eve. if possible. As I've said, we've done extremely similar things before and it goes down in flames. Especially if it costs money, it's not something we are comfortable dealing with at this time.

Semi_IronMan
December 1st, 2014, 03:02 PM
I think VT is perfect the way it is

Donkey
December 2nd, 2014, 04:23 PM
OP has obviously not been reading other suggestion threads. "Not a social network" is a rather amusing VT clich. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3Avirtualteen.org+%22not+a+social+network%22

It is as if VT defines itself on not being a social network, which is very strange indeed since people use it to socialise and network.

It may be worth the administrators knowing that vBulletin plugins for shoutboxes are available that automatically stop spamming by disallowing something like more than one message being sent every thirty seconds.

hockeyfan
December 21st, 2014, 03:07 PM
I disagree. Not everyone on here is every bodies friend.

Thunderstorm
December 27th, 2014, 10:47 PM
Why not bring something like what OP said? VT is already like a mix between social networking and forum due to visitor messages and private messaging. Most real forum communities do not have any sort of messaging. I know it's meant to "communicate with other teens in a helping way" and such, but that's not always what it is used for. I go on another community, and you can like and comment on good posts. However, what makes that site a real forum is the fact that there is no messaging, so there is absolutely no one-on-one conversation. So, I feel like adding a like and comment feature would help in finding helpful posts, in say, the Psychiatric forum.

Body odah Man
December 29th, 2014, 06:12 AM
Would this be a viable option tho? Based on the chatrooms VTF never has that many members simultaneously ready to chat at a time which is what FB requires. Plus we already have private messages, quotes and a chatroom: do we really need something FBesque?

Thunderstorm
December 29th, 2014, 02:11 PM
Plus we already have private messages, quotes and a chatroom: do we really need something FBesque?

This is the point, we are already half way there. And I think adding a like and comment feature would only help, not hurt. You could feature the most liked post of the day, and then people could see which posts are most helpful, especially in sections like Help&Advice.

Body odah Man
December 30th, 2014, 05:24 AM
This is the point, we are already half way there. And I think adding a like and comment feature would only help, not hurt. You could feature the most liked post of the day, and then people could see which posts are most helpful, especially in sections like Help&Advice.

Hmm...that actually doesn't sound too bad. Only problem is that people could give the most disgusting Puberty 101 posts tons of likes, but it does sound like a good feature to implement