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Another request... but I don't know if it is possible

It seemed on the chat room that guests can come along and view what people are talking about. Unless there is a good reason for this which I haven't figured out, anyone willing to enlighten me , can it be only restricted to those who are members? Two reasons I ask:

a) guests - why should they see what AO members are saying? Repeated I know
b) that way we can also be more sure who we are speaking to in the chat room. I know you can do '/who [name]' and see but to be honest that doesn't give me any confidence. Yes - of course if someone wants to go to the length to create a 'multiple' logon and then goto the chatroom, they can... but then at least we can chose to ignore them. Anyway... my point being ... without having to check peoples IP address with system commands or whatever... it would be nice to know if say chris155/Andy/Toronto or even alfaowner are what their (nick)names appear to be. Does that make sense?

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Re: Who's in the chatroom

Kurzon,

I don't do hands on coding, but I think what you're asking for is pretty tough (or damn near impossible).

Unless the AO chatroom is turned into a room that needs preregistration and approval before entry and unless everybody registers his/her nickname with a service like Nickserv I don't think you can enforce people's identities.

I can log into the AO chatroom in multiple ways using different software and portals. Some allow me to enter as a guest first and then change my nick later and some don't. I don't think we can limit the ways people access the chatroom any more than we can say "only people using IE can read AO."

I don't think the guest thing is too big a nuisance. If people log in that you don't know, ignore them or confront them. Yes it can be a pain in the neck when people start playing "the who am I game?" but this has only been a problem over the last few months, and if our members behave themselves, it won't be a problem in the future.

Knowing that you've got a "guest" in the room just means that you should be aware that you are speaking in a public space. Yes you run the risk of a person pretending to be somebody they're not, but that's just one of the hazards of communicating in an online world. Trust is a big part of the Internet and forums like ours. I trust that when people post a link I won't be taken away to a porn site or subjected to virus-filled files. Mind you it takes me a while to develop a sense of who a poster actually is and whether or not I want to follow a link s/he has posted.

I've been one of the most vocal people on this board when it comes to the topic of impersonation and chat room spying. And before anybody complains I'm picking on them or blaming them I was hoping that by speaking out we could prevent this sense of paranoia and mistrust that has become common on the board lately.

I'm unwilling, however, to see AO turn into a mass of red tape and regulations. If newbies want to join they should be given full access to the board. If people want to check out our chat room first and get a feel for the the place and the people, they should have the ability to pop in for a visit, without having to be approved, have their documents inspected or offer up a DNA analysis. I've "met" people in the chatroom before they made their first post on the board, and even before they have officially registered. I'd hate to see that avenue of entry to the AO world shut down.
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Re: Who's in the chatroom

The chatroom is in IRC ... so it plays with IRC rules and because of that you can't really restrict access...

Only way making the chatroom use our forum names etc is to make customized chat program... IRC can't handle it
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Re: Who's in the chatroom

Thanks guys for replying to the above. It should prove useful to alfaowner too.

I have been the chat room quite a few times, and have chatted to a few Alfisti in there. Sometime its all a laugh, but sometimes some more serious things are discussed and personal information shared. I have with a few of you guys in there the past few days. But these more 'closer' conversations wouldn't have occurred if there was a 'voyeur guest' in the lounge. However, say a fellow Alfisti came in, and we know this person well enough... we would continue that conversation. Its just a thought... and maybe it should be treated as public place

MSN is an alternative, but not my cup of tea. I'd rather go into the chat room and see someone new and chat ... when in MSN you need to set up a list of the ones's you want to chat with. Anyhow... I'll accept it as it is, if no-changes are possible or not perceived necessary.
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