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675 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2007 3:37 AM by eww
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2007 2:03 PM (in response to ds143)Private messaging is not available on these boards; if someone doesn't list their contact information in their profile or in a post, you cannot contact them privately.
(20097)iMac DV 450, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
It would be really useful (and possibly relatively easy to implement) to add iChat online status to a member's profile, with a checkmark for whether or not they want their status displayed (and probably best used with .mac accounts initially!).
This would make it really useful, wonderfully integrated, and highly practical. If someone who has answered my question has a little green round circle indicating they are online, I can click a button and it launches iChat and starts a chat with the person, video or otherwise obviously depends on local settings.iMac G3 233, Mac OS 9.1.x, iChat
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2007 7:00 PM (in response to Bojan Landekic)Part of the advantage of not doing this is so that others can benefit from seeing the dialogue of what solved the issue. I have both my iChat and email address available in the last 18mths of regular use I have been approached once in iChat (as a follow up to a series of posts I made) and I receive 2 or 3 emails a month. I ask many of those to post on AD. So I'm not totally sold it's a great idea.
Given the thousands of users on AD processing that extra detail could be a significant burden.
mrtotesPowerbook G4 Ti 1GHz 1Gb 60Gb, iMac G4 20" 1.5Gb 320Gb, Casio Z750, SE W810i,, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Miglia Mini & EyeTV2.3, Samsung CLP500, Belkin 54g ADSL Modem, 2xNano, 1xShuffle
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2007 3:37 AM (in response to Bojan Landekic)As mrtotes suggests, the Apple Discussions are designed to promote the public exchange of information, so other people can benefit from it besides the original participants. Any change that would make offline, private exchanges easier would actually be contrary to the Discussions' fundamental purpose, and is unlikely to be implemented.
Furthermore, many participants here (myself included) prefer not to be contacted privately with the kinds of questions for which the Discussions are apropriate, so we don't provide contact information in our profiles. It happens that I don't use iChat, but if I did, I wouldn't want my instant availability on it to be announced to all Discussions users. In fact the reason I don't use iChat is precisely that I hate having whatever I'm involved in interrupted, and my attention diverted from it, by extraneous and unexpected intrusions. My life contains enough of that without my throwing the door open to more of it, and the fact that I can be a full participant in a community here without making myself any more accessible than I want to be is one of the things I like best about the Discussions.TiBook/1Ghz/512M; PTProG3/500MHz/768M, Mac OS X (10.3.9), film & flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser & photo printers