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What is the point of profile posts?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Stuart Wright, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Someone in our forums asked today and I couldn't think of an answer.
     
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    About the same as statuses, avatars, titles, even posts.
     
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  3. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Semi-private conversations and to not go off topic, personally.

    While they're still public, they're not as out there as threads.
     
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  4. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    Compare it to status updates in Facebook. ;-)
     
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  6. TJA

    TJA Well-Known Member

    Just because
     
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Don't worry... I don't give them much credence either. I think the recent release that brings them onto the sidebar is what should have happened from the get go, to encourage its use.
     
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  8. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Stuart didn't you use vBulletin before? They could be compared with the visitor messaging feature that profiles had.
     
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  9. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Never saw the point in those, either. And to be honest, I don't get the point of user statuses here or in Facebook either. I appreciate that some people might think there is a use for them, but I find them superfluous and never use them. Is it just me?
     
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  10. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on the community - I find that the profile posts removes the need for threads like "random thoughts" because the members can post whatever random thought that popped into their head into a profile post instead of starting a thread.
     
  11. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    o_O Facebook is based around user status.. How do you never use them? Simply liking, commenting or sharing.. You are still using it.
     
  12. Bram

    Bram Well-Known Member

    Nope, complete pointless feature imo.
     
    sbj likes this.
  13. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    This add-on does the following:

    https://xenforo.com/community/resources/profile-page.3495/
     
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  14. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It also destroys a great deal of very important information added by add-ons, whereas a lot of what you said can be done with permissions or template edits without destroying compatibility with other stuff.
     
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  15. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    I agree with @Chris D. Eventually you might as well put up this
    PHP:
    <html>
    <head>
      <title>Hello World - Now get lost</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <?php echo '<p>Hello World.  This is my forum.  You are not allowed to post here, nor can you read anything but this page.  Goodbye!</p>'?>
    </body>
    </html>
     
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  16. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky Well-Known Member

    I thought that addon looks very useful. Can you please explain how to do the same thing with template edits?
     
  17. Chris_H

    Chris_H Member

    I have been using them on my relatively new forum to welcome new members as well as share a new feature on the forum that they may not be aware of.
     
  18. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Make it two.
     
  19. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Look at its value right here.

    none.

    Good for attention seekers though who dont understand what a private message is.
     
  20. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    There's plenty of value. We use it for non-private comments that don't warrant an off-topic discussion, for birthday greetings (saves clogging up a forum with multiple birthday threads) and other stuff like that.
     
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