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(tye)Re: /away CB command?

by tye (Cardinal)
on Jun 06, 2001 at 02:22 UTC ( #86043=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to /away CB command?

Note to the implementors: Change some/most of the xml tickers to not update the "Other Users" list. Ones to change include private message xml ticker, and XP xml ticker.

If you, for example, don't change chatterbox xml ticker, then chat clients could allow the user to toggle whether fetches of that page use the cookie or not: if such fetches don't use the cookie, then the user won't show unless they talk; if such fetches do use the cookie, then the user shows up constantly. Thus /away becomes a client problem^Wfeature to implement and not a server one.

        - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")


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Re: (tye)Re: /away CB command?
by mr.nick (Chaplain) on Jun 06, 2001 at 04:21 UTC
    An excellent idea! In fact, I've just implemented it in my pmchat client (node has yet to be updated) :) If the user option of "away" is set, anonymous access (no cookies) is used to pull Chatterbox messages (and my client won't pull Private messages until you unset "away").

    If we could then implement, as per Tye's suggestion, that the XP ticker and Private Message ticker don't update Other Users we can then have 24/7 clients that don't make people appear in the user's list all the time; which is one of the problems I have leaving a CB client running: I get messages (non-private) directed at me and I'm not even in front of my 'puter.

(ZZamboni) Re: Re: /away CB command?
by ZZamboni (Curate) on Jun 07, 2001 at 01:00 UTC
    This is a very good suggestion. Some time ago, I suggested that the "Other users" list only get updated when you post something, but not when you are only reading through the XML ticker, even if you use the cookie, precisely to deal with this problem. But this might be easier to implement, and as mr.nick has shown, it's a technique that can be used even now without modifications to the server (with some limitations with respect to getting private messages).

    Goes into the TODO list for the Perlmonks modules :-)

    --ZZamboni

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