DecoderZoey
 member, 176 posts
 When you can live forever
 what do you live for?
Tue 12 May 2009
at 06:09
RPoL Toolbar
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, and if so then this is a pointless thread, but what if we could have toolbar like MySpace? MySpace's toolbar automatically signs you in and notifies you if you have any new mail messages, friend requests, and comments. I find MySpace's toolbar useful.

So I was wondering: What if RPoL had a toolbar too - letting us know if we had new rMail, or any PMs, or general messages? It saves the hassle of logging in and out.

It's just an idea, or suggestion is more the cause, but I think I'd find it useful in a way at least, but other's may not, but just being open minded for once.

♥Zoey♥
Yoss
 member, 1021 posts
 A Serious Waste of Time
 The largest game on RPOL
Tue 12 May 2009
at 06:37
Re: RPoL Toolbar
So kinda like RSS feeds but more advanced?
DecoderZoey
 member, 177 posts
 When you can live forever
 what do you live for?
Tue 12 May 2009
at 06:42
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Yes, just like that.
Kalak_of_Tyr
 member, 10 posts
Tue 12 May 2009
at 07:23
Re: RPoL Toolbar
/Me like!
Alhaja
 member, 247 posts
Tue 12 May 2009
at 07:33
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I doubt I'd use it. I stay logged on all the time with my sticky list open, which works pretty well to keep me notified of updates. I'm also not a big fan of toolbars in general -- they take up valuable real estate on my screen.

My suspicion is that it would be a lot of work for what at least I consider to be not much benefit.

Still it is an interesting idea. Could something like a Firefox add-on be developed by an interested volunteer using the RSS feed?
JohnB
 member, 1746 posts
 Demigod of the Stunties
Tue 12 May 2009
at 08:34
Re: RPoL Toolbar
DecoderZoey:
So I was wondering: What if RPoL had a toolbar too - letting us know if we had new rMail, or any PMs, or general messages? It saves the hassle of logging in and out.


Personally, I have RPoL set  as one of my home pages and leave that browser window logged into RPoL all the time I am online.  Whenever I have a few moments spare, I open up the tab and hit refresh.  No need to log in or out at all.

Actually, if I am doing something complex with a game post, I might well have  two or three tabs showing different RPoL pages and another two or three showing other external pages I find relevant.  Sometimes, if I am working on something particularly complex,  they will stay open in the browser for hours at a time.
ChrisC
 member, 679 posts
 I'll spit out some bile
 and cough up some blood
Tue 12 May 2009
at 12:47
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I've never been on Myspace so do not know what you mean by a tool bar, but if you mean something that will attach itself to a browser like those silly Yahoo! type things, then count this a -1 vote for it.
katisara
 member, 4007 posts
 There is no albedo
 without nigredo
Tue 12 May 2009
at 13:08
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I don't know that a browser toolbar would be especially easy to make. It would be for Firefox, but I'd worry about IE. I don't know Jase's background for such things. I'd also be worried about it creating additional security vulnerabilities.
Foryn Gilnith
 member, 587 posts
 I intend to boldly go and
 split many infinitives
Tue 12 May 2009
at 15:17
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I doubt this could be integrated in a way that would actually provide accurate information, what with new tabs and refreshing and all that. The current system is fine enough.
bigbadron
 moderator, 10339 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Tue 12 May 2009
at 15:29
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Add to which that you'd actually need to come to RPoL to read/reply to any messages anyway.  -1 here.
gillisle02
 member, 7 posts
 The king is ruling you al
 You just don't know it.
Tue 12 May 2009
at 15:31
Re: RPoL Toolbar
In reply to DecoderZoey (msg #1):


*points to jump menu*
Necat
 member, 246 posts
 remember
 bat girl is a librarian
Tue 12 May 2009
at 15:52
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I have to admit - I do not want a tool bar.  I agree my real estate on my own computers is too in demand and on other machines - not mine to mess with.

However, that being said, I don't know how easily this can be done given all OS, but a toggle that could lock the jump to be always ontop would be nice.
JohnB
 member, 1748 posts
 Demigod of the Stunties
Tue 12 May 2009
at 17:50
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Unfortunately the Jump Menu / Sticky List doesn't work on  my hand held.  Which is a real pity as the clean interface loads much faster than the standard RPoL front page.  For me, 'Jump Menu' with ordinary HTML links rather than embedded Java links would be brilliant  :)
jazzman831
 member, 59 posts
Tue 12 May 2009
at 17:59
Re: RPoL Toolbar
+1 The jump menu gets in the way (or hides behind other windows)... I'd rather have a toolbar, if it could be made to work properly.
elecgraystone
 member, 353 posts
Tue 12 May 2009
at 18:11
Re: RPoL Toolbar
I honestly find little use in the jump/sticky list. I just put RPOL on a tab and when I want to look at it I click on the tab and refresh. Done.

A toolbar would be interesting but as Alhaja said, the real estate on my page is limited. I can't see putting it on and all it does is tell me I have a post/PM.

All in all I'd have to say I'd never use it, but I don't find anything objectionable about it and I could see how it could be useful to some people.

+0
Shannara
 moderator, 2343 posts
Tue 12 May 2009
at 18:28
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Some of us are very resistant to more toolbars.  We like ours the way we've painstakingly got it set up, and 'RPoL' already has its niche of honor.

If it could be a subscription 'feature' that would help support the site, I would be okay with it so long as I didn't have to use it as part of the subscription.

As a feature available to all, there are far too many things that I think would be more useful to more people.

-1 as a general feature
+1 as a subscription feature
Zeldi Emberclan
 member, 1606 posts
 I'm a cat, my owner
 is Teyla Emmagan
Fri 22 May 2009
at 00:33
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Idea;

What about the current exisiting toolbar on the machine in question (for example Google toolbar) Could there be a way to create a icon that informs a user they have a new post in a game? then when they hover over the NMI the game name itself is shown?

for example i'm browsing antoher site and then the ticker goes off showing i have a new post in a game, I hover over the NMI and it would say "<gamename> has 1 new post since your last visit" (of if there are more then one game with posts it would list maybe up to three of the most recent games, and the number of posts in each since last vist?)

All just thoughts
jase
 admin, 2256 posts
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 Carpe stultus!
Fri 22 May 2009
at 03:15
Re: RPoL Toolbar
Someone else would need to program this, I have absolutely zero skill in this area.
Brygun
 member, 93 posts
 RPG since 1982
Fri 22 May 2009
at 10:12
Re: RPoL Toolbar
-1

I dont like browser tool bars.

If I want to know whats up I do one click on my "favorites" menu, let alone setting it up as a homepage whenever the browser is started.

Not much benefit, rather code time went elsewhere.
cruinne
 moderator, 4981 posts
 ''Grenades cost extra.''
Fri 22 May 2009
at 12:35
Re: RPoL Toolbar
-1 to any toolbar ideas as well.  I never use them myself, and I don't think RPoL would benefit from the coding time spent on it.  I'd suspect, too, that like the pop-up sticky list, it would be fresh only once every fifteen minutes anyway (due to concern for the server), so with an option for this already there (the pop-up sticky list), there's no need to duplicate it in a fancier, easier-to-break method that worms itself into people's browsers.
Boneio
 member, 28 posts
Fri 22 May 2009
at 12:38
Re: RPoL Toolbar
-1 from me - I too dislike toolbars and I don't think there's a need when one can simply keep a tab open and refresh the page every so often.