Who's Online

new-features

#1

I’ve just enabled a feature to show which members are currently online. There’s a list on the homepage:

And on topics, online members are shown with a little green dot:

I can re-style or remove either of these if people don’t like them. Feedback welcome:

  • I like both the green dots and homepage list
  • I like the green dots but not the homepage list
  • I like the homepage list but not the green dots
  • I don’t like either
  • Other (please comment)
  • Don’t mind

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#2

Thanks for the feedback … looks like I’ll be removing the new feature, although will give it to the end of the day to give everyone a chance to have their say.

So I can feed back to the developer, what is it that people find unappealing about this feature?


#3

How do I hide whether or not I’m online?

I don’t mind knowing about other people, but I like the ability not to immediately respond to every post.


#4

Unfortunately this isn’t possible with the feature as it stands.


#5

Chris, for me I think it clutters what was previously a clean and appealing interface. Also this isn’t an instant messaging site so the online/offline status of users I don’t think is particularly useful.


#6

It clutters the interface, isn’t immediately clear in its meaning and is probably of limited use given that I may show as online when I’m not actually present at my devices. Also, I agree users should have control over their visibility.


#7

I like it - pretty standard fare for a lot of forum sites.


#8

Agreed.


#9

So how does it work? If I’ve the site open in a browser window am I online?


#10

Basically if you’ve used the site in the last five minutes you’ll be shown as online. I think this may include members with a browser window open.


#11

What does ‘used’ constitute?


#12

I’m afraid I don’t know :slight_smile: Further info and discussion here:


#13

Not a fan, I know it can be seen from behind the scenes regardless, but don’t think everyone needs to know who is online.


#14

When you post we may have a fairly good idea :grin:


#15

On other sites, I can opt out of being seen as Online. I don’t object as such, but I don’t like the lack of choice.


#18

Just checked in to LinkedIn to find a pop up on a who’s online function. Suspicious? :wink:


#19

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

I have now disabled the “who’s online list” for everyone, and enabled the green dots for TL4 members (i.e. @moderators) only.


#20

Good news: it’s now possible to hide your online status (via your preferences).

So – I have enabled the online indicators, with members on trust-level-2 or higher able to see who’s online. I will make the indicator very subtle so it doesn’t cause clutter.


#21

Is the wee green dot next to your profile pick the online indicator?

I wanted to hide this but wasn’t sure if I had or not. Under preferences/interface is an option to “Hide my public profile and presence features.” Is that what I use? If so, it still appears on my screen.


#22

I’ll raise this with the developers to see what’s going on. It may be that you can see your online state (and mods), but it is successfully hidden from others.