The purpose of the "Who's Online" feature?

    The purpose of the "Who's Online" feature?

    post #1 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    For the life of me, I cant understand why this feature exists, except for those who want to stalk your whereabouts.
    Who would need to know the whereabouts of a member when they're online? Bit big brotherish ain't it? And to further illustrate the absurdity- its not even accurate LOL I'm in this thread and its still saying I'm in an old thread which I closed out of ages ago.

    Does anyone else find this a valuable feature? Perhaps you could enlighten me as to why one would use it, because apart from stalking someone, I don't see any reason. Seriously.
    I got one reason from someone on another forum once who said they liked it because they could see if a person was online and they could then expect a reply from them to their thread. This person would then lie in wait and calculated how long it should take for that person to respond based on their whereabouts. If too much time went by, they would PM their poor stalkee. Yep! There are people like that out there lipsrsealed.gif

    Invisibility mode should be available to everyone, not just BN Plus members. I have nothing to hide, but it just seems a tad creepy to broadcast where a person is on the site. The online feature should be notification enough for anyone. I don't think its necessary to detail someones footsteps.
    post #2 of 28
    Personally doesn't bother me, but that's just me.
    post #3 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    I'm not sure why it bothers me as such, I think its just something I believe everyone is entitled to when browsing a forum. Some relative privacy. There must be some value in it if its a paid feature only. I just don't understand the value of knowing where someone is on the forum is, apart from creepytime antics lol
    post #4 of 28
    I don't know its purpose either but all forums I've joined have it.

    Doesn't bother me though.
    post #5 of 28

    It's a feature that most other forums have and I guess it came with the package deal.

    post #6 of 28
    I don't see what purpose it serves in terms of knowing when to communicate directly with a certain member. If you log in and never log out for convenience sake, it makes it very inaccurate. IOW you may neveractually be on the boards but you show you're on?
    post #7 of 28

    I find it useful if I'm sending a private message. If I see the person is online I'll wait a bit for a reply (vs. logging off and checking back later.)

    I try not to leave a window open if I am not going to be at the computer for a while.

    post #8 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    The "Who is online" bit is okay, its good to see how many and what folks are on online. I can see that value in that. It would be useful for a lot of people.
    Its the "where they are right now on the site" bit that I don't see the value in.

    And Renaissance_Man brings up a good point, its not an accurate feature. Therefore, whatever value there is in it, is diminished further.
    post #9 of 28

    Agree that invisibility is a useful feature - especially if involved with p.m.'s, but the occasional stalker will stalk whatever is done and removing this feature would not stop that imo.

    I agree that knowing who is logged in is helpful, for the reasons already mentioned.

    post #10 of 28

    I quite like knowing who's online. If I'm already having a conversation with a few people and I notice they are online then I may be more likely to respond to a thread they are involved with first. It's just a bit like knowing who's at your party. It doesn't mean you're following them around. You can have a follow button instead...... now that is weird.

    post #11 of 28

    It's one of my favorite features on here.

    Among other things, I'm expecting it to return shortly.

    post #12 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post

    I'm not sure why it bothers me as such, I think its just something I believe everyone is entitled to when browsing a forum. Some relative privacy. There must be some value in it if its a paid feature only. I just don't understand the value of knowing where someone is on the forum is, apart from creepytime antics lol

    Can you see me now?

    post #13 of 28

    I like that feature. I was that person on that other Forum, L'eaulita, who then - and now - says that it is okay.

    What is the trouble ? Listen, you have no idea how visible we all are on the world wide web (also called the internet) anyhow ... it is like a fish bowl with glittering fish swimming around, anyone can read anybody's prose anyway ...

    So, what is the difference if somebody can via the inside system see that somebody else is present inside a chosen group, and typing ?

    There is no hiding out on computers ... cookies follows ... everything what anybody says in cyberspace is visible to anybody else.

    I don't care. I have nothing to hide.

    We are connected in this modern world - like it, or not. Let's have fun. Share information. Laugh a little.

    ************************************************************************************************************************

    Update - an hour later - after more reflection -

    Typing on the internet is like: "Lights - Camera - ACTION" ... whatever text those eager fingers type on that keyboard, it will get instantaneously published, so it better be good.


    Edited by Ursula - 5/31/13 at 5:41pm
    post #14 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Thanks for all your responses, I do see what others are saying, I guess my personal view is that simply knowing someone online should be enough. Hanging around and watching where a person is moving about on the site is kinda weird- to me anyway. Each to his own I guess!

    @Mumsy, yes, I recently just discovered the "Follow" button. I guess one should really take it as a compliment that someone wants to follow your conversational input. I don't find that as weird as watching to see that someone is in their profile, wardrobe, SOTD thread, picking their nose or what have you. grin.gif
    post #15 of 28

    Basenotes Plus members have the option to go 'invisible' when logged in - it's in My Profile, under Edit Account Settings.

    And there's a free add-on called Cookie, which wipes everything except favourites on closing your browser - but I don't know if it works on Explorer.

    (no connection)

    post #16 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Basenotes Plus members have the option to go 'invisible' when logged in - it's in My Profile, under Edit Account Settings.

    And there's a free add-on called Cookie, which wipes everything except favourites on closing your browser - but I don't know if it works on Explorer.

    (no connection)

    So, then, there are two tiers of Basenoters. Those who pay - and have extras, and those who just fill the place and enjoy the regular things, for free. As far as giving back, everybody can make some decent contributions.

    post #17 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by UrsulaView Post

    So, then, there are two tiers of Basenoters. Those who pay - and have extras, and those who just fill the place and enjoy the regular things, for free. As far as giving back, everybody can make some decent contributions.

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    5/28/13 at 7:10pm

    L'eaulita said:



    For the life of me, I cant understand why this feature exists, except for those who want to stalk your whereabouts.
    Who would need to know the whereabouts of a member when they're online? Bit big brotherish ain't it? And to further illustrate the absurdity- its not even accurate LOL I'm in this thread and its still saying I'm in an old thread which I closed out of ages ago.

    Does anyone else find this a valuable feature? Perhaps you could enlighten me as to why one would use it, because apart from stalking someone, I don't see any reason. Seriously.
    I got one reason from someone on another forum once who said they liked it because they could see if a person was online and they could then expect a reply from them to their thread. This person would then lie in wait and calculated how long it should take for that person to respond based on their whereabouts. If too much time went by, they would PM their poor stalkee. Yep! There are people like that out there lipsrsealed.gif

    Invisibility mode should be available to everyone, not just BN Plus members. I have nothing to hide, but it just seems a tad creepy to broadcast where a person is on the site. The online feature should be notification enough for anyone. I don't think its necessary to detail someones footsteps.

    5/28/13 at 7:23pm

    hednic said:



    Personally doesn't bother me, but that's just me.

    5/28/13 at 7:38pm

    L'eaulita said:



    I'm not sure why it bothers me as such, I think its just something I believe everyone is entitled to when browsing a forum. Some relative privacy. There must be some value in it if its a paid feature only. I just don't understand the value of knowing where someone is on the forum is, apart from creepytime antics lol

    5/28/13 at 8:24pm

    hedonist222 said:



    I don't know its purpose either but all forums I've joined have it.

    Doesn't bother me though.

    5/29/13 at 10:49am

    noirdrakkar said:



    It's a feature that most other forums have and I guess it came with the package deal.

    5/29/13 at 10:59am

    Renaissance_Man said:



    I don't see what purpose it serves in terms of knowing when to communicate directly with a certain member. If you log in and never log out for convenience sake, it makes it very inaccurate. IOW you may neveractually be on the boards but you show you're on?

    5/29/13 at 12:19pm

    30 Roses said:



    I find it useful if I'm sending a private message. If I see the person is online I'll wait a bit for a reply (vs. logging off and checking back later.)

    I try not to leave a window open if I am not going to be at the computer for a while.

    5/29/13 at 2:54pm

    L'eaulita said:



    The "Who is online" bit is okay, its good to see how many and what folks are on online. I can see that value in that. It would be useful for a lot of people.
    Its the "where they are right now on the site" bit that I don't see the value in.

    And Renaissance_Man brings up a good point, its not an accurate feature. Therefore, whatever value there is in it, is diminished further.

    5/29/13 at 3:28pm

    lpp said:



    Agree that invisibility is a useful feature - especially if involved with p.m.'s, but the occasional stalker will stalk whatever is done and removing this feature would not stop that imo.

    I agree that knowing who is logged in is helpful, for the reasons already mentioned.

    5/29/13 at 3:34pm

    mumsy said:



    I quite like knowing who's online. If I'm already having a conversation with a few people and I notice they are online then I may be more likely to respond to a thread they are involved with first. It's just a bit like knowing who's at your party. It doesn't mean you're following them around. You can have a follow button instead...... now that is weird.

    5/29/13 at 3:41pm

    pluran said:



    It's one of my favorite features on here.

    Among other things, I'm expecting it to return shortly.

    5/31/13 at 9:07am

    lpp said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post

    I'm not sure why it bothers me as such, I think its just something I believe everyone is entitled to when browsing a forum. Some relative privacy. There must be some value in it if its a paid feature only. I just don't understand the value of knowing where someone is on the forum is, apart from creepytime antics lol

    Can you see me now?

    5/31/13 at 3:57pm

    Ursula said:



    I like that feature. I was that person on that other Forum, L'eaulita, who then - and now - says that it is okay.

    What is the trouble ? Listen, you have no idea how visible we all are on the world wide web (also called the internet) anyhow ... it is like a fish bowl with glittering fish swimming around, anyone can read anybody's prose anyway ...

    So, what is the difference if somebody can via the inside system see that somebody else is present inside a chosen group, and typing ?

    There is no hiding out on computers ... cookies follows ... everything what anybody says in cyberspace is visible to anybody else.

    I don't care. I have nothing to hide.

    We are connected in this modern world - like it, or not. Let's have fun. Share information. Laugh a little.

    ************************************************************************************************************************

    Update - an hour later - after more reflection -

    Typing on the internet is like: "Lights - Camera - ACTION" ... whatever text those eager fingers type on that keyboard, it will get instantaneously published, so it better be good.


    Edited by Ursula - 5/31/13 at 5:41pm

    5/31/13 at 6:47pm

    L'eaulita said:



    Thanks for all your responses, I do see what others are saying, I guess my personal view is that simply knowing someone online should be enough. Hanging around and watching where a person is moving about on the site is kinda weird- to me anyway. Each to his own I guess!

    @Mumsy, yes, I recently just discovered the "Follow" button. I guess one should really take it as a compliment that someone wants to follow your conversational input. I don't find that as weird as watching to see that someone is in their profile, wardrobe, SOTD thread, picking their nose or what have you. grin.gif

    6/1/13 at 2:11am

    lpp said:



    Basenotes Plus members have the option to go 'invisible' when logged in - it's in My Profile, under Edit Account Settings.

    And there's a free add-on called Cookie, which wipes everything except favourites on closing your browser - but I don't know if it works on Explorer.

    (no connection)

    6/1/13 at 4:54am

    Ursula said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Basenotes Plus members have the option to go 'invisible' when logged in - it's in My Profile, under Edit Account Settings.

    And there's a free add-on called Cookie, which wipes everything except favourites on closing your browser - but I don't know if it works on Explorer.

    (no connection)

    So, then, there are two tiers of Basenoters. Those who pay - and have extras, and those who just fill the place and enjoy the regular things, for free. As far as giving back, everybody can make some decent contributions.

    6/1/13 at 5:16am

    hedonist222 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by UrsulaView Post

    So, then, there are two tiers of Basenoters. Those who pay - and have extras, and those who just fill the place and enjoy the regular things, for free. As far as giving back, everybody can make some decent contributions.

    dead-horse.gif





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