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The Strawberry
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13 June 2012 - 3.26am

This probably isn't possible with (if I'm correct with what this is run by) Wordpress. But have you ever considered adding friends or possibly even a chatroom? I know some people in the forums personally, it'd be an interesting feature to have a notification whenever he posts a new topic.

But like I said, I don't remember if Wordpress is capable of that.

"Time wounds all heels."
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Joe
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13 June 2012 - 11.36am

I've been toying with the idea of creating more of a social network out of the site, so people's forum comments, article comments etc could all be combined under one profile. You could see people's posting history, who they were friends with, what they were interacting with etc. At the moment the forum's very separate from the rest of the site, but I'd like to tie it up more.

The best way to do it is to convert the forum to a different system, called bbPress, and install something called BuddyPress (the social network element which allows friend connects, extended profiles and so on).

It'd be a bit of a headache, and I'm not even sure if people would want it anyway, so I've not really pushed ahead with it. Also, bbPress isn't as nice to look at as Simple:Press, though it can be customised. Then there's the fact that any tinkering around the edges that I do here stops me from writing new articles, which was the real reason I founded this website.

What do people think? Good/bad idea? Don't care either way?

I wouldn't want a chatroom - too much trouble to moderate, too much potential for abuse.

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13 June 2012 - 12.18pm

I woulndt want the forum to become another Social Networking site, i detest facebook and all such places. I dont get why everything needs to be be together, why everyone's every comment and move has to be lumped together and viewable for whoever wants to see.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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mithveaen
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17 June 2012 - 5.20am

I dunno. If Facebook is not involved, I'd go for it.

 

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20 June 2012 - 6.01pm

Vaguely related to this, I have considered the possibility of creating a Skype group which is open 24/7 so people from the forum can chat when they're online? Other forums I am a member of have done this and it's quite a good way to increase the friendship of the members and provoke further discussion; plus as it's external to the forum abuse isn't an issue (and never seems to occur anyway really).

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Joe
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20 June 2012 - 10.23pm

I've never used Skype. Wouldn't it just mean people sharing their details in a thread somewhere? Would it require anything from me?

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21 June 2012 - 1.17pm

People can share their details by private message, assuming you can do that on this forum, and if I make the Skype group then they'll send their username to me, I'll add everyone and Beatles discussion can be had. It wouldn't require anything from you, unless you should want to download Skype for free to join the chat (which would be nice). I just thought I'd clear it with you first as it was your idea to add a more social-networking side to the forum.

I don't know how many people here use Skype or if it's a bad idea on the whole, opinions would be valued apple01

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meanmistermustard

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21 June 2012 - 3.20pm

Never used skype. Is that when you talk face to face with folks, im not one for chatting online (or off). Forums you can come and go making your posts as you please which keeps me satisfied.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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21 June 2012 - 4.10pm

You can chat face to face on Skype but you can also just do a group chat without cameras, which is what I was thinking of. It's open 24/7 and when you log on you can talk to whoever else is online.

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

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Joe
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21 June 2012 - 5.18pm

People can already add Skype details to their profiles (http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....m/profile/). I don't particularly want to encourage it any further in case people get daft and start abusing each other (if people think it's an official feature then there might be similar moderation issues to having a chatroom, and I don't want to go there). Feel free to start a discussion though - set up a separate thread if you want and see how it goes.

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The Strawberry
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25 June 2012 - 4.02am

Ben's idea would work if you had a rotating moderator. Actually, doesn't Skype have a feature where any time certain words are said, the person is blocked?

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26 June 2012 - 3.36pm

I'm with MMM and Mithveaen; I don't like those social networking sites either. Anyways, we've already got the ability to send personal messages, don't we?

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Joe
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26 June 2012 - 4.46pm

Yeah, I'm kind of inclined to keep things as they are.

In other news, the mobile-friendly redesign is coming along nicely. Still some fine-tuning and graphics to do, but hopefully it won't be too long.

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mr. Sun king coming together
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26 June 2012 - 5.11pm

Joe - hallelujah! A mobile friendly design will awesome! Thanks!

And I'm agreeing with consensus - do it if you want, but I won't participate.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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The Strawberry
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30 June 2012 - 7.55am

Mobile friendly doesn't help when your phone isn't friendly to you. 😛

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