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Post by aleha » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:30 am

Currently when viewing a topic, on the bottom of the page the users that are browsing the forum that the topic belongs to, are shown.
Do you find it a good idea to change this behavior, so that to show only the users that are viewing a specific topic?

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Re: Show "Users browsing this topic"

Post by PayBas » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:18 am

Wasn't there a MOD for this?

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Post by Jessica. » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:54 pm

Definitely yes +1

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Post by Louis7777 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:59 pm

+1 yeah, it makes more sense that way.

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Post by mrgtb » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:01 pm

+1 also for this.

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Post by Pony99CA » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:22 am

On topic pages, we should see both -- if there's going to be a change at all. Seeing who's in the forum is useful, too (it shows people with similar interest areas), plus it's more likely to get hits than showing who's in the topic.

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Post by aleha » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:47 pm

PayBas wrote:Wasn't there a MOD for this?
Didn't know about that, but yeap there is one from Jessica., https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2185141
It feels more right to see only the users browsing the topic. It feels more right when you are waiting desperate for an answer in the topic or to know if people are interested in your topic etc.

Question is if this should be in the core or as an extension first. I believe this should be in core, but for 3.1 I know the window is almost shut.

Does anyone know the behavior of other forum software on topic pages regarding this matter?
Pony99CA wrote:On topic pages, we should see both -- if there's going to be a change at all. Seeing who's in the forum is useful, too (it shows people with similar interest areas), plus it's more likely to get hits than showing who's in the topic.

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Will be way too crowded for both.

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Post by Pony99CA » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:08 am

aleha wrote:
Pony99CA wrote:On topic pages, we should see both -- if there's going to be a change at all. Seeing who's in the forum is useful, too (it shows people with similar interest areas), plus it's more likely to get hits than showing who's in the topic.
Will be way too crowded for both.
Then I vote against the suggestion. Boards are not real-time (in general), so if some guy is hitting refresh waiting "desperately" to see if somebody is in the topic, he's kind of clueless anyway. ;) The correct thing to do is to wait for a notification that a new post has been added.

Besides, just because somebody is browsing the topic does not mean that person will be posting. Haven't you ever seen somebody at phpbb.com post something like "This topic has had 15 readers and nobody has answered my question. What's up with that?" :roll:

Anyway, you could do something like:
Users browsing this forum: Kamahl19, Pony99CA (in topic) and 20 guests (2 in topic)
Or you could have a Show only users in this topic link that would update that message to show topic browsers instead of forum browsers. (Each page refresh would reset to forum browsers.)

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Post by keith10456 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:28 pm

Pony99CA wrote:
aleha wrote:
Pony99CA wrote:On topic pages, we should see both -- if there's going to be a change at all. Seeing who's in the forum is useful, too (it shows people with similar interest areas), plus it's more likely to get hits than showing who's in the topic.
Will be way too crowded for both.
Then I vote against the suggestion. Boards are not real-time (in general), so if some guy is hitting refresh waiting "desperately" to see if somebody is in the topic, he's kind of clueless anyway. ;) The correct thing to do is to wait for a notification that a new post has been added.

Besides, just because somebody is browsing the topic does not mean that person will be posting. Haven't you ever seen somebody at phpbb.com post something like "This topic has had 15 readers and nobody has answered my question. What's up with that?" :roll:

Anyway, you could do something like:
Users browsing this forum: Kamahl19, Pony99CA (in topic) and 20 guests (2 in topic)
Or you could have a Show only users in this topic link that would update that message to show topic browsers instead of forum browsers. (Each page refresh would reset to forum browsers.)

Steve
I agree with Steve.

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Re: Show "Users browsing this topic"

Post by Jessica. » Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:29 am

aleha wrote: Does anyone know the behavior of other forum software on topic pages regarding this matter?
As far as I know, phpBB is the only software that doesn't show users browsing topics. SMF has an option, but it can be disabled, I think. vBulletin definitely shows it...not sure about IPB or Xenforo but I think they do have it (someone will have to correct me if I'm wrong)

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