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21. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 2y

A spammer (nomanseo) posted in a couple of threads which are linked to the Travellers to Australia in 2014 group. I deleted the spam, but the postings still appear in the timeline on that group page.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2014, at 13:42 by Sander ]

22. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

Thanks, that problem's now sorted.

23. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 2y

Group chat is now getting spam. Would be good to be able to delete that as a moderator.

That particular group also gets decidedly less useful due to spam accounts joining the group. I'd say nearly 50% of the group members are not actually people who we can expect to see at the London meet. Makes it far harder to accurately gauge who all is coming. Don't have any suggested solution for that, though.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2014, at 03:35 by Sander ]

24. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

Yeah, I noticed the earlier one there. I need to make a way to remove that.

I have a thought that an events feature would be very useful with the groups and be an important piece of the puzzle. People could join groups, but then separately RSVP to events posted by that group. Events could be anything from meetups (ie.. "we're all meeting in a bar for NYE") to organised scheduled chats. Anyway, haven't at all made a start on that yet and there's enough little fixes to first make with how it works now.

25. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Talking about the chat feature, something I've mentioned a few times before is to do with the time shown compared to time zone the user is in (e.g. on forums). I think with the chat box this really has to be changed to the user's time zone (if set) or UTC (if not set) with and indication of timezone. Otherwise it's just confusing, especially if you go on and the time in the last post is very close to the user's current time - yet it was actually quite some time ago.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2014, at 11:35 by mojorob ]

26. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

The time in the chat is user time. Currently not showing a date though, which could of course be really confusing if you log on just 23 and a half hours after the last post :)

27. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

As there's no setting in profile for time, I'm guessing time is based somehow on IP address? Or is it country in the profile that it's based on (although different timezones in some countries)

Also, I would say the need for changing time in the forums has become more urgent if you want people to use the chat - having two different timezones being shown on the site is confusing. You suddenly jump between local and west coast US - I just presumed it was Pacific time being shown as per the forums, which has no relevancy to me and therefore useless.

28. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

On the forums we do our best to show the time since - ie.. 11 minutes ago which is always accurate. I think this mitigates the problem a lot. I know it needs fixing, but well, it doesn't seem as high a priority for me and it just ends up being another setting for people to fill out.

Time in the chat is based on the user's browser time. A calculation is made what the offset is from UTC and stored for the session. Very low-tech, but seems to work reliably enough for the purposes. And if it's not right , then that pretty much means the person's computer clock is off.

29. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 2y

Quoting Peter

Very low-tech, but seems to work reliably enough for the purposes. And if it's not right , then that pretty much means the person's computer clock is off.

Which the person may not have any control over.

30. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Peter

Very low-tech, but seems to work reliably enough for the purposes. And if it's not right , then that pretty much means the person's computer clock is off.

Which the person may not have any control over.

Well no, but if they're staring at that incorrect clock, then I think it's acceptable to present them with an incorrect time that is at least in sync with their incorrect time.

Don't get me wrong, I would like the forum thing fixed at some point, just not a high priority.