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New Chat system on trial
« on: May 09, 2009, 07:08:00 PM »
I'm test trialing a new forum chat. Look up for this icon and click it:



The chat is mainly meant for off-topic chat, and stuff unrelated to debugging robots. Remember, it won't be saved or moderated! I won't answer robot questions in chat!

A few quick rules:

1) forum is better for debugging robot problems as it's searchable for other people
2) no spam
3) don't offend people


Since this is a trial, I will see how people like it. If you have opinions or suggestions on how to change it, let me know here!

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 07:17:50 PM »
im having trouble logging in? do we have to create a new account somewhere?
it wont let me log in with my current sor forum password... or main site password...?
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 07:28:28 PM »
Ok try again, I changed some permissions.

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2009, 07:31:40 PM »
boo yeah! James is in!
and to new people in chat:
NOTE: when you type any character in the chat that is not a letter or number it will come up with a / next to it...
just to stop a million questions about it...
« Last Edit: May 09, 2009, 07:48:30 PM by SmAsH »
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2009, 11:01:56 PM »
For those who have tested the chat, I've made a bunch of changes:

nicknames banned
channels limited
when logging in, you see the last 35 posts (I can increase this if anyone wants)
font color is now persistant
the characters / and ' no longer cause problems
I granted moderator status to several people (if you use the chat a *lot*, ask me for mod status)
     - note to self, see lib/config.php

change to come soon:
guests (not logged in) will be able to view chat

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009, 11:24:54 PM »
change to come soon:
guests (not logged in) will be able to view chat
will they be able to post too?
nicknames banned
does this mean that you can only use your forum name?
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2009, 11:28:10 PM »
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will they be able to post too?
no, spammer control . . .

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does this mean that you can only use your forum name?
yea, no more (Admin) fakes!


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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2009, 11:34:26 PM »
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will they be able to post too?
no, spammer control . . .

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does this mean that you can only use your forum name?
yea, no more (Admin) fakes!
haha, can remember a few...
is there any way to put a cap on how many posts even users can post/time frame? eg max of one post every two seconds?
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2009, 12:21:38 AM »
Way ahead of you, 20 posts per minute. I can reduce it if a problem comes up in the future.

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2009, 12:49:55 AM »
great, i really think this is going to be popular on the forum!
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2009, 02:08:22 AM »
i agree with SmAsH it is well deighned and easy to use.

should catch on quickly
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2009, 12:53:14 PM »
I've just made the chatbot smart. Ask it questions like suggestions on robot books, which motor to use, the best programming language, servo problems, etc. Right now it has about 30 something answers programmed in.

In theory no one would ever had to answer a beginner question again, it'll all be automated! yaaaay! :P

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2009, 03:42:04 PM »
I'm lovin the chat feature
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2009, 04:48:10 PM »
The chat system now logs everything, and has a fully searchable database:

http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/chat/?view=logs

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2009, 12:30:10 AM »
hehe, this'll be interesting...
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2009, 05:00:29 PM »
You can now ask the chatbot where to find robot parts, and *some* questions about common $50 Robot and Axon problems.

Over time it'll get smarter.

And remember to use normal english in full sentences, as if you were talking to a real person. ;D

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2009, 12:31:57 AM »
does it know where to buy cheeseburgers yet?
you so have to put that one in there!
i love how the robot yells at you if you spell please wrong ;D
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2009, 05:06:21 AM »
Admin,

I was playing with the chat before, I like the idea of having an inbuilt calculator to if you type "calc 2 * 3" or "calc sin(20)" having it spit out the answer
Also if you did something like number conversion ie binary <-> hex <-> decimal

If you are helping someone in chat, it saves having to sort through a desk filled with crap to find a calculator!

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2009, 05:51:23 AM »
hey admin, the image listed on the main page for the chat logo is help?
like, if you have a very slow internet, it comes up with "help" where it should be chat...
very minor but just thought id let you know :)
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2009, 06:12:15 AM »
also when using the google search thingy it adds "[color = teal]" and stuff like that
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2009, 09:28:02 AM »
I was playing with the chat before, I like the idea of having an inbuilt calculator to if you type "calc 2 * 3" or "calc sin(20)" having it spit out the answer
Also if you did something like number conversion ie binary <-> hex <-> decimal
Several people have already suggested this . . . I'll do it perhaps tonight. I'll just have it do it using google, however.

also when using the google search thingy it adds "[color = teal]" and stuff like that
ok its been fixed (I'll update the code later today)

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does it know where to buy cheeseburgers yet?
Ask it 'how do i make a cheeseburger', or heck the meaning of life . . .


Anyway, the most recent update allows chatbot to search google if it doesn't know the answer.

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2009, 01:52:47 PM »
this is definalely the coolest chat program I've ever used. now that can be my homepage instead of google
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2009, 03:27:37 PM »
how dare you banish google!
so admin, if i said "how do i eat cookies" and it didn't have an answer would it just do a google search for "how do i eat cookies"?
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2009, 04:21:17 PM »
how dare you banish google!
so admin, if i said "how do i eat cookies" and it didn't have an answer would it just do a google search for "how do i eat cookies"?
You should try it and find out ;)

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2009, 10:04:35 PM »
almost no one uses the chat. I don't know if people forgot about it or what. Also I think it should be IRC so I can use pidgin instead of my browser.

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2009, 12:53:10 AM »
yeah, i have noticed barely anyone in there lately :-\
why do you think this is?
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2009, 08:43:16 AM »
The reasons I think

1) SoR has many users, and most of them just ask a question, get an answer and than never show up again
2) People don't like keeping that tab open in firefox, IE, Opera.
3) There really isn't a point for it. The site is used for help, not chat. No one comes to a help forum to talk to friends
4) I didn't notice the chat until I read around the forum. Many people probably don't even know about tha chat.
5) There is a time difference between all of us.

Also whenever I log into chat, it seems like the other person gets timed out. This could be a problem.

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(10:43:28) ChatBot: offy logs into the Chat.
(10:43:32) ChatBot: Canabots has been logged out (Timeout).
« Last Edit: May 25, 2009, 08:44:35 AM by offy »

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2009, 02:36:03 PM »
i get that timeout thing too...
its really annoying... i just thought everyone was running from me ;D
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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2009, 03:35:34 PM »
What happed to the "x users are in chat" thing? It's gone for me.

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Re: New Chat system on trial
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2009, 03:40:17 PM »
up the top there used to just be a "3" representing he number of people in the chat...
no there is only two dots...?
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