Have you noticed the online dot?

surreptitious surreptitious
Browsing the forums today, I couldn't help but notice the small dot in the corner of many users avatars next to their posts and on their profile pages. It's green if they're online, grey if they're offline, and I presume that the ones without it are those who have their online/offline status turned off. I haven't seen that before, but since there was no mention of it in the site updates for today, I'm wondering if I've just been blind for the past couple of months!

When I searched, I found a couple of posts about status indicators from over a year ago, but when I tried to click the links in those threads, they 404'ed. I'm wondering if this was something that was toyed with last year and has been brought back?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
You're crazy - it's been there for ages.
Gone (LD29) , PassionCpl , Cinnyree , Rossie , SMichelle , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , Dixiemomma , ChubbyNerd , indiglo , TdotY , Creepellah , married with children , ZZ , Edeneve , Adriana Ravenlust , Allstars316 , Vanille , padmeamidala , Carrie Ann , Beautiful-Disaster , butts , Mr. E
22  (39%)
I hadn't noticed, but now that you mention it...
Chastity Darling , alliegator , Rokmai , Sbmsvschoolgirl , GONE! , Lildrummrgurl7 , LAndJ , Kallina , MissAdara , gsfanatic , rosythorn , Pete's Princess , jr2012 , evie.amor , sunflower , eri86 , KinkyKatieJames , Boosty , Eugler , U3H , Gdom , SelectZen , Feisty , gorgeous , melissa1973 , MrWishyWashy , sweetpea12
27  (47%)
I noticed the change today/within the past couple of days as well!
charmedtomeetyou , bratcat , Hazeleyes2012 , Wicked Wahine , Silverwinds , Martiniman , kurtster79 , lilyflower
8  (14%)
Total votes: 57
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04/18/2013
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Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I wouldn't necessarily call you crazy, but I'm pretty sure that's been there for a while now. Maybe more people are starting to utilize it, making it more noticeable?
04/18/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
I just noticed it today as well....so if you're crazy....I'm right there with ya!
04/18/2013
PassionCpl PassionCpl
You're not crazy but... well, yeah, you're crazy. They've been there for a loooooong time
04/18/2013
Gary Gary
It has been there for a long long time. You can adjust your settings here.
04/18/2013
Cinnyree Cinnyree
I've noticed it but never quite understood it. I mean is there an open chat place or anything like that? Why does it matter if you are online or not?
04/18/2013
Rossie Rossie
Yep, it's been there for a long time, but most of us turned it off.
04/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
It has been there for a long long time. You can adjust your settings here.
I did see that page when I went snooping around for any word about it, and it's part of what made me think that it was a new feature - the word "new" is still next to it.

Thanks for clearing it up for me!
04/18/2013
MrWill MrWill
Whaaaat? I hadn't noticed that myself until you said something!
04/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by MrWill
Whaaaat? I hadn't noticed that myself until you said something!
I wonder if perhaps it was only just turned on today with the updates for those of us who joined after it was activated in January of 2012 (from what I can tell of the threads that came up about it). I can't check join date, but after going through the profiles of all who posted that it's been there for ages, I noticed that all but one of them have activity dating back to before that date, whereas the three of us who never noticed it don't have activity going back to then and likely joined afterwards.
04/18/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
I thought I heard them talking about it being a new feature.... Now all we need is a private chat...
04/18/2013
Sbmsvschoolgirl Sbmsvschoolgirl
lol I never noticed it either
04/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
I just noticed that it's there on my wall as well, which tells me that this feature /definitely/ wasn't visible to me before. There is no way that I could have missed seeing those dots, because they're a really helpful concept when it comes to wall-talk. While status dots may have been visible to other members, I think that the site changes today must have activated them for me (and likely for other newer users as well).
04/18/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
It has been there a long time but I have mine turned off. I am all here all day long but I don't want that showing that I am on here all day long LOL. Or maybe we should start using them then they don't think we on here really fast to get points then head off. It be a good idea but for now I am leaving it off. I stick around the site even after I collect my points and still look at stuff and comment on the forum. It keeps me from getting bored real quick.
04/18/2013
LAndJ LAndJ
I hadn't noticed. It's interesting to see.
04/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by PeaceToTheMiddleEast
It has been there a long time but I have mine turned off. I am all here all day long but I don't want that showing that I am on here all day long LOL. Or maybe we should start using them then they don't think we on here really fast to get ... More
I browse using multiple tabs, which means that I usually have a tab open for EF at all times and often leave my computer on all day or even overnight, so people likely have been thinking that I spend WAY more time on here than I do, haha. I hadn't thought about that before now.
04/18/2013
indiglo indiglo
You're not crazy, but the online status indicator did go into action in January of 2012. Here is an older thread that talks about the feature which was new at the time.
04/18/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I browse using multiple tabs, which means that I usually have a tab open for EF at all times and often leave my computer on all day or even overnight, so people likely have been thinking that I spend WAY more time on here than I do, haha. I ... More
Yea I do the same I have like two tabs open for camming then another tab for Facebook and then Eden. That is just on Firefox. Now on Google I have 3 tabs as well. I am a true multitask person.

You know it does go off after a bit though it will fade away then all of a sudden come back. I think when you are not moving around the site it will fade for a bit then once you start doing stuff it will come back. I noticed before that happened a couple of times when I went to pm someone and they were not on at that time.
04/18/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Well huh, I'd never noticed that. good to know
04/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
You're not crazy, but the online status indicator did go into action in January of 2012. Here is an older thread that talks about the feature which was new at the time. ... More
I did read those, but thank you for linking them! I think that I've figured out why I'd never seen them before - the program changes must have caused the status function to be pushed through for newer users. Theoretically.
04/18/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
whoa weird I don:t think I ever would have noticed it!
04/18/2013
Creepellah Creepellah
I have always noticed it.
04/18/2013
Pete's Princess Pete's Princess
I never noticed it either. I guess I was too caught up in all the other cool stuff on EF to notice.
04/18/2013
jr2012 jr2012
I never noticed it before you mentioned it! Handy!
04/18/2013
married with children married with children
been there for a while. shows you who is online.
04/18/2013
Edeneve Edeneve
I've known about it shortly after I joined.
04/19/2013
Silverwinds Silverwinds
I only noticed it today!
04/19/2013
Martiniman Martiniman
Its very funny, the dot was there months ago then it disappeared and now I see its back. Very weird.
04/19/2013
lilyflower lilyflower
I've been away from the site for a few days, and this was my first time noticing it also.
04/19/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Well, that shows how observant I am! Thanks for pointing it out haha
04/19/2013
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