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Show "X is typing a reply"

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by TheBigK, May 30, 2014.

  1. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    Currently XenForo tells us whether others have posted a response while we're composing our reply. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a little window above the quick reply box that tells us who all / is typing a response currently? Many messengers do this and I think it's quite awesome.
  2. Emil JaBo

    Emil JaBo Active Member

    Now that would be seriously cool. Would be great if that could be implemented with BorBole's
    Current Thread Viewers/Browsers 1.1 add-on.
  3. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    I love this idea and there won't be any extra overhead if it's tied into the save drafts system :)
    ggace and x3sphere like this.
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't real time things like this be server intensive ?
    Seems like it would require alot of Polling ?
    Just guessing.
  5. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    If it just rode on the back of existing server calls such as draft saving then I don't think it would add any huge server load would it? I know it will add some load, but unless I'm missing something I don't think it will be much more in addition.
  6. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    For updating the list of people typing that might be true. But it would require extra server calls to fetch the list for everyone viewing the thread (to update the list on their screen).
  7. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    If you consider that the information is useful only when typing a reply yourself then that could get around it @Daniel Hood. Ie.... only show this info when composing a reply (and hence hooking into the save drafts process)?

    I dunno, lol... just an idea
  8. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    If you make the assumption that only people typing a reply need to see who else is typing a reply then I suppose it could work without additional server calls. I think it'd be nice for everyone to see though.
    Rob likes this.
  9. ggace

    ggace Active Member

    I actually like this idea.... a lot. Since this wouldn't be something I would expect to see in the near future (At least until 2.0 if even then), I wonder what @Waindigo would charge if they were interested in doing a public release addon? I wouldn't mind tossing in some cash for it if others were interested.
  10. Jon W

    Jon W Well-Known Member

    We'd definitely be interested in this. If you just hijacked the existing calls as you've suggested, this shouldn't be too difficult. Please drop me a PM.
  11. ggace

    ggace Active Member

    If anyone is truly interested in getting this started, please let me know. I will assist with funding. Typically public releases are the best way to go with Waindigo. If you are looking to make it private then I wont be able to support that. Sorry.
  12. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

    You know it makes sense Rodney ;)
    Daniel Hood likes this.
  13. Abracadaniel

    Abracadaniel Member

    This could be implemented just by checking last draft saving time.
    No extra polls at all.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2014
  14. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    That's cool. Didn't the smf forum do something like that a long time ago?
  15. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    I don't know. I've only used phpBB (back in 2005) and then stayed with vBulletin till 2011 December.

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