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#1 changeindia

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 12:17 AM

Was wondering that if you put the avatars at left of the chat for every user who posts it is just going to hog up the space.

So when their is a huge discussion going on its not very useful because it will hog up the place and does not look better when we want to read maximum number of replies without the scroll.

The current version is better without the avatars.

#2 Cyrem

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 12:22 AM

IP.Chat 1.4 is not out yet. We don't know if they will be providing an option to turn it on or off. If they are not, some simple CSS edits should be able to hide them.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

They are something like 30x30px...I can't see how they "hog up" the space. In fact, because we allowed a wider column to accommodate longer user names in the previous version, you actually have MORE horizontal space now for the actual chat messages (with the caveat that the username also appears in that column on a single row).
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#4 KiltsRock.com

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:47 PM

I agree they should be optional if not removed.. their vertical height reduces the amount of text visible at any given time and most of my users find them annoying.
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#5 DragonLight

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:13 AM

I agree, avatars in the chat is a horrible idea and people on my forums complain about it as well. Why is there no option to remove them at the very least?

#6 DragonLight

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:46 AM

Found a way around it, can still overwrite the ips.chat.js file from the older version...you keep the new features, and still can use the old chat text field w/o the avatars.
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#7 Digityman

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:53 PM

I agree - the option should be there to remove avatars, thus making it one horizontal line per chat message.
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#8 Cyrem

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:53 PM

Found a way around it, can still overwrite the ips.chat.js file from the older version...you keep the new features, and still can use the old chat text field w/o the avatars.


Still looked exactly the same, just the avatar was missing. With some template edits I got mine looking like the old version.

#9 Digityman

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:21 PM

Cyrem - Can you share how you did that?
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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:30 PM

I am getting tons of complaints from my users as well. They are demanding that we go back to 1 line per post.

#11 Cyrem

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:36 PM

Cyrem - Can you share how you did that?


This is my ipchat.css changes
.messages-list img.ipsUserPhoto {
display: none;
float: left;
font-weight: bold;
margin: 1px;
text-align: right;
}

.messages-list label {
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 13px;
margin-bottom: 3px;
margin-left: 10px;
float:left;
text-align:right;
width:100px;
overflow:hidden;
padding-top:2px;
padding:bottom:2px;
padding-right:10px;
border-right:1px solid #333333;
}

.messages-list div {
float:left;
margin-left:10px;
}

.messages-list div.hider {
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 13px;
margin-bottom: 3px;
margin-left: 10px;
float:left;
text-align:right;
width:100px;
overflow:hidden;
padding-right:10px;
padding-top:2px;
padding:bottom:2px;

border-right:1px solid #333333;
}

Pretty much copy paste. It's not EXACTLY like it was before but it's close enough for me.

#12 DragonLight

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:24 PM

Still looked exactly the same, just the avatar was missing. With some template edits I got mine looking like the old version.


Yeah was just getting rid of the avatars, personally don't mind the rest of the interface.

#13 Digityman

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:32 PM

Pretty much copy paste. It's not EXACTLY like it was before but it's close enough for me.


Cyrem - Thanks a lot. My members are SO much happier to have more space.
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#14 changeindia

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:31 AM

phew, many thanks Cyrem. The avatar in chat is such a horrible idea, takes up whole space, their can be hardly 4-5 messages max and than we have to scroll down, even most of my members hate it.

Atleast IPS should give us an option to remove it.

#15 Digityman

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:34 PM

Thanks again. That worked. It's still not perfect but it's much better than have an avatar. Members don't care what your avatar is in the chat - they want to read what you write. I hope IP notices that and makes it an option. Should be fairly simple
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:45 PM

That code didn't work for me. Can I get a step by step? I am new to editing things. I hope they add something to make this optional soon.
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#17 Bob Wilcox

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

Totally agree the avatars in chat should be optional

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

Anyone know how to do this on a IPB 3.3.1 with 1.4 chat?

Can't seem to find a relevant ipchat.css to edit.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:35 PM

Totally agree the avatars in chat should be optional

But, don't you think right now it's fair to say a majority of the people love the chat feature due to the avatars being present. Myself included. I know i like the avatars around. This sounds bad, but without seeing someones avatar. I wouldn't remember many of the members by name alone. I also know of a few similar sites that use the IP board, ones that are quite popular. But, have the chat blocked from the community. So i love the fact that it's available here. I see no room for improvements or adjustments. But, that's just my own opinion :P

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:09 PM

But, don't you think right now it's fair to say a majority of the people love the chat feature due to the avatars being present. Myself included. I know i like the avatars around. This sounds bad, but without seeing someones avatar. I wouldn't remember many of the members by name alone. I also know of a few similar sites that use the IP board, ones that are quite popular. But, have the chat blocked from the community. So i love the fact that it's available here. I see no room for improvements or adjustments. But, that's just my own opinion :P

I also like the avatars.




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