Online Indicator Status - Your opinion?

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Online Indicator Status - Your opinion?

Kindred Kindred
I remember when the idea was first discussed that the Online Indicator Status option was somewhat controversial. Now that it's been active for over a week, I see a lot of people have deactivated it. I'm curious as to what percentage of the community is using it versus not. Feel free to comment as to why you have/have not turned on the service.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
My Indicator status is active.
57  (52%)
I have turned off my Indicator status.
27  (25%)
Whut?
25  (23%)
Total votes: 109
Poll is closed
01/28/2012
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Rossie Rossie
I've also noticed increased deactivations the past few days - but I didn't do that with mine. I don't mind letting others know that I'm online this very minute!
01/28/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I'm probably going to deactivate mine unless I am working with a student and I want them to know I'm online.

I noticed that it is on as long as I am logged in and I am logged in 99% of the time even though I might not actually be on. So, mine it inaccurate.

I don't really like it. I liked the one we had before where you could choose to be inactive or not, more or less showing that you are on vacation or something.
01/28/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't mind it and I'm not going to deactivate it.
01/28/2012
JackRaiden JackRaiden
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I remember when the idea was first discussed that the Online Indicator Status option was somewhat controversial. Now that it's been active for over a week, I see a lot of people have deactivated it. I'm curious as to what percentage of the ...
I turned it off (privacy?), but then turned it back on when I figured that very few people will care what my online status is.
01/28/2012
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Didn't even know it existed
01/28/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I'm probably going to deactivate mine unless I am working with a student and I want them to know I'm online.

I noticed that it is on as long as I am logged in and I am logged in 99% of the time even though I might not actually be on. ...
It's supposed to show you as offline after 5 minutes of inactivity, but I tested this feature and it didn't work for me after 15 minutes.
01/28/2012
Ansley Ansley
I like it. It's great to know when the admins are on in case we need one of them and I like to show my status in case anyone wants to shoot me a message so we can chat about whatever is on their mind.

I have pitched the idea to Gary that it would be really neat if you could choose to show or hide the status while logging in by clicking a box on the sign-in screen. Kind of like yahoo's "sign in as invisible" option and other forums where you can do the same.
01/28/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I'm a bit torn. On one hand I really don't care and I feel like it's useful to know who's online if you want to message someone for advice or help, but on the other hand I kind of don't like everyone knowing when I'm online all the time. I might turn it off, but for now I'm leaving it on.
01/28/2012
Beck Beck
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
I'm a bit torn. On one hand I really don't care and I feel like it's useful to know who's online if you want to message someone for advice or help, but on the other hand I kind of don't like everyone knowing when I'm online ...
This is exactly how I feel about it. I have deactivated mine and turned it back on several times. I think I am sticking with deactivating it. I wish when we logged it the hide or show was an option there. That way when I log in I can decide what I want before anyone sees me.
01/28/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
It's supposed to show you as offline after 5 minutes of inactivity, but I tested this feature and it didn't work for me after 15 minutes.
I didn't know that, but I tested it also. I'm not sure how long it was, but I think it was longer than 15.
01/28/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
At least there's an option. I've been on forums where you're not given a option to 'hide'.
01/28/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
I don't see why there would be issues with this feature. It takes a second to turn it off and be done with it. Personally I really like it, I want people to be able to see when I am online for when they have a question about something. Or just want to talk. But I guess a good chunk of people don't want anyone to know exactly when they are on. Maybe they just don't want to talk to anyone? Or be harassed etc.

I think it's an important step to making EF more social in a sense. Mentors and students can use the feature to know when they are online rather than guessing. But we are all different I guess
01/28/2012
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I didn't know about until I looked at this, but now I've turned it off. I just prefer it that way. But I don't think it's any huge controversy because turning it off if you don't want it is very easy and some people may want it on anyway.
01/28/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I don't see why there would be issues with this feature. It takes a second to turn it off and be done with it. Personally I really like it, I want people to be able to see when I am online for when they have a question about something. Or just ...
Regardless of the reasoning behind it or the benefits forthcoming, change is rarely well met.
01/28/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I like that it's there for those that want the option. I have mine deactivated. I'm online pretty much 24/7. It's one thing to see that from my forum posts and comments. It's another to literally see a little green dot by my name all day long. Like a glowing dot telling the world how I have no life. Meh.
01/28/2012
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I don't see why there would be issues with this feature. It takes a second to turn it off and be done with it. Personally I really like it, I want people to be able to see when I am online for when they have a question about something. Or just ...
Personally, I don't necessarily have an issue with the feature. I just find it to not be very helpful and instead misleading, especially if it does not automatically change your status to offline after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Generally if I am contacting someone in the community, there is a specific reason I am contacting that person. Therefore, whether or not they are currently on does not impact whether or not I attempt to contact them. Also, I am almost always near my computer or phone, and with notifications, I have immediate access to respond to any notifications if I choose.

I think more helpful would be if the front forum page simply listed all contributors currently online and accessing the forums with the option to hide your status.
01/28/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Personally, I don't necessarily have an issue with the feature. I just find it to not be very helpful and instead misleading, especially if it does not automatically change your status to offline after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Generally ...
I do like your additional feature suggestion!
01/28/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by - Kira -
I like that it's there for those that want the option. I have mine deactivated. I'm online pretty much 24/7. It's one thing to see that from my forum posts and comments. It's another to literally see a little green dot by my name ...
Let me rephrase that---if they know you're here all day, then that means they're here all day...pot meet kettle.
01/28/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I turned mine off because I am on here most of the day, I am a stay at home mom and I also work online as a cam girl, but I just feel weird if people see me on here all day long.
01/28/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Let me rephrase that---if they know you're here all day, then that means they're here all day...pot meet kettle.
Haha. Good point!!
01/28/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Personally, I don't necessarily have an issue with the feature. I just find it to not be very helpful and instead misleading, especially if it does not automatically change your status to offline after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Generally ...
Ooops, never mind. I read that wrong. I thought Kindred was talking about the Community News page, not the main forum page. *whistles and then runs*
01/28/2012
js250 js250
I have turned mine off when I am busy with reviews, etc. but back on when I am just browsing.
01/28/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I remember when the idea was first discussed that the Online Indicator Status option was somewhat controversial. Now that it's been active for over a week, I see a lot of people have deactivated it. I'm curious as to what percentage of the ...
I don't mind if people know I am on site as long as they understand that at any time I might be afk dealing with a very demanding toddler, two teens and a couple of guys who believe they are just naturally more interesting than anyone online.
01/28/2012
indiglo indiglo
I don't really care one way or the other. I don't really notice (or pay attention) to when others are online, and I doubt anyone cares that much whether I'm on or not either.
01/28/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
I didn't notice the indicator, so I doubt I would care one way or the other.
01/28/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I am online at all times even though I am not actually online.
01/28/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I remember when the idea was first discussed that the Online Indicator Status option was somewhat controversial. Now that it's been active for over a week, I see a lot of people have deactivated it. I'm curious as to what percentage of the ...
Mine's pretty inaccurate. I normally have a page of Eden open on my browser even though I am AFK.
01/28/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I don't really care one way or the other. I don't really notice (or pay attention) to when others are online, and I doubt anyone cares that much whether I'm on or not either.
I don't pay special attention to that little dot most of the time. But, I like to check update postings in the wee morning hours, and it's kind of neat to see who else is a night owl like me!
01/28/2012
HouseWench HouseWench
I didn't know about it since I haven't been on the forums very much lately, but I left mine on!
01/28/2012
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