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How can I tell who is online when looking at their avatar?

Dean

Well-known member
#1
When viewing a thread, I see no difference between people online vs offline.

Clicking on the avatar does not seem to indicate that either.

What am I over looking?

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Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#5
Is it really that generally useful? I never really thought it was important even to want to be able to glance at it, plus it tends to be inaccurate for at least 15 minutes.
 

Cezz

Well-known member
#10
I can see some users finding it useful, I think the general populace wouldn't need it... really something for a plugin to create / add maybe a small image positioned over the bottom right-hand corner of the image with a red/green icon etc... Again more something for a mod though as it would only be useful for a small audience.
 
#11
I've never liked the who's online thing - how reliant we've become on knowing what everyone is doing! Do we really need to see this on people's avatars? Surely, what matters on a forum is the quality of what's being written. It doesn't take much to establish how recently people have contributed. Most online statistics show how many people are viewing or lurking ... it means very little to me.
 

Alex

Active member
#12
I must admit I find it useful on my forums so I can see when I'm replyng to a thread who is likely to read/respond to it. Tbh I don't mind if it's built in or a mod, although would prefer it to be a built in option even if it's disabled by default
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#14
Well there's the online list on the homepage for that
Oh yeah, forgot about that.

Now that I understand what the OP is after, I agree, it's not that important.
In phpBB there's a little green dot next to the avatar to indicate who is online when reading a thread.
 

Dean

Well-known member
#15
Is it really that generally useful? I never really thought it was important even to want to be able to glance at it, plus it tends to be inaccurate for at least 15 minutes.
Well, to me, yes.

If I know Joe is online I can reply to a post, or make a visitor message, or PM, and know within a timeout (15 minute) time frame if they will answer. Sometimes decisions need to be made and if Joe goes offline and does not respond then I can make the decision without their input.

I might have 5 moderators and quickly seeing their status being online, I can ask for input from the ones that are online, and not the ones offline.

In general, knowing who is online creates more posts being made and more information flowing, which makes our forum more 'alive' and interactive. And causes more people to hang out on the forum instead of popping in a few times a day to make a quick message.
 

Dean

Well-known member
#17
No I would not because it would take too much time (unless I was desperate). Even if that was sortable by name or group so it was easier to find the people of interest online, my members would not bother.

If joe/jane/fred were engaged in a discussion, and joe could easily see jane online but not fred, then joe is far more tempted to make a reply with quote to jane then hang around for a few minutes to see if there was a reply. People hanging around forums, causes more people to hang out on forums, especially when they know specific persons of interest are online.

I realize that people can choose to be anonymous, or hide their status on various platforms, and they do so for a variety of reasons, but at least on our forum 98% show their status because they like to engage with each other. It makes things more like a chatbox verses more like an email or support ticket, where checking back every few hours is adequate.
 

Dean

Well-known member
#18
I think what the thinking process might be at the current time on these forums, might be to hide the status of who is online so that everyone 'might' be online of interest. If that is indeed what the desired goal is, then removing who is online completely might be a better approach. Specifically: simply list the number of people online on the main page of forums, and not who is online at all.

But when I see Mike & Kier online, I tend to hang out and see what they might of typed instead of checking in every 3 hours.
 

Kier

XenForo Developer
Staff member
#19
I think what the thinking process might be at the current time on these forums, might be to hide the status of who is online so that everyone 'might' be online of interest. If that is indeed what the desired goal is, then removing who is online completely might be a better approach. Specifically: simply list the number of people online on the main page of forums, and not who is online at all.

But when I see Mike & Kier online, I tend to hang out and see what they might of typed instead of checking in every 3 hours.
Could always just follow us, and check back at your leisure looking through your news feed?