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Post by wassup » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:55 pm

I was thinking it would be useful to have an instant messaging at the bottom of the screen, sort of like how facebook has an IM at the bottom, if allowed, i would like to help with this, but if it's no possible I understand too, just an idea.
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Post by JeffM » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:12 pm

that is more of a feature for the BZFlag Players Social site we are working on.

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Post by wassup » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:35 pm

Will it be integrated and used through this site?

And who would i be able to talk to to get on board with helping make this?
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Post by JeffM » Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:11 pm

It would be linked from this site and use global login (BZBB accounts). The goal is to make a site just for players so we can make these boards just be for project support.

We are currently evaluating various web packages that do social networking, the current front runner is http://elgg.org/ but buddypress may be an option.

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Post by wassup » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:04 pm

Also an option, my brother is a huge fan of ning.com

Just wanted to throw that out there.
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Post by JeffM » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:55 pm

I looked at that, but the main goal would be to create our own hosted site that could use the same users as the forum/global login. A third party site could not do that.

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Post by Sniper752 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:53 pm

If u need ideas look at www.x-plane.org
they have what they call a "shoutbox" at the top of the screen.
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Post by JeffM » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:21 pm

We are looking for something MUCH MUCH more then a shoutbox. If all we wanted to do was have chat/IM there are many plug-ins for phpbb that would do it. We want something more or less like facebook for players. A place where you each have your own page, can add friends, make groups, and have group discussions.

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Post by Bambino » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:07 pm

For the groups, would it enable users to create their own groups for server administration?

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Post by JeffM » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:14 pm

No, that it is not part of the initial goal. There is a project that was started to let people create game management groups (http://my.bzflag.org/w/Group_Management_System). Game group management has some slightly different needs then social grouping so it would be better served by it's own system.

As for when it is done, as always that depends on many things, like how much effort is put into it.

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Post by wassup » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:07 am

You can count me in, I'd love to see this happen.
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Post by blast » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:25 am

Also, the "groups" in the social site would not be related to the "groups" used for assigning permissions. The social site groups would be alike the groups on facebook - like, "The Red Team Is The Best Team" group. Or, the "Tanks shouldn't fly!" group.
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