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Windows 7: Why doesn't seven forums have a shoutbox?

01 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Premium (64 Bit)
Why doesn't seven forums have a shoutbox?

A shoutbox would certainly help clear up any clutter and many people would take advantage of this for general talk and quick help?

it seems like a good idea to me :) p.s. get the new windows live icons on this forum
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01 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

A shoutbox would limit participation. Only those online at that instant would have a chance to see the shout and we have members around the globe. For help, there would not be a permanent record and others with the same question or problem who come later on would not have the benefit of that information saved in a thread. A shoutbox is more difficult to moderate.

Just my opinion; not a slam or a put down. :)
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01 Jul 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

I agree with Carl. There i no need, nor point to a Shoutbox in a forum such as this one.
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01 Jul 2010   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Personally, I don't care for shouting least not at me.
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01 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64

takes up unnecessary resources
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01 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 64-bit, Ubuntu

I have seen many shoutboxes all to a varying degree of success. On several forums it has worked well for simple questions or general chat. On others it is just a spam fest and the serious questions quickly get shunted down. So I'm 50/50 when it comes to shoutboxes.

Also as CarlTR says, it would be better to have a perminant record of questions for others seeking similar lines of enquiry that are not present when it is first asked in the shoutbox.

For general chat it would work but for more in depth issues/mods/fixes I dont think it would.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Already been discussed a few times in the past. Not going to happen, mostly for the reasons stated above.
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