It is quite good to see other people that are online, especially for Postings.
I prefer everyone not to know what I am doing every minute of the day
I wouldn't want to see a list of names, besides which, I think it would be an unmanageably long list. But it would be quite nice to see how many people were on-site. No particular reason, just interesting!
Whats the point of seeing who is online. Wanna see who is online? All one has to do is go into the forum, see who has posted within the last few minutes, pretty sure they are online.
I'm used to spending time in forums where I can see who is online so I like the idea. It also gives an opportunity for people to send private messages and form alliances which might result in business referrals. Given that hubpages is a place for people to share income and generate revenue it seems to me that any process which allows people to build relationships can be a positive one.
If we were to be given the option to show online status from the profile page and the list was designed to show people who are open to forming business relationships then the prospects for abusing the system should be minimised. Its a matter of positioning the feature to appeal to those members who are serious. Maybe a time delay from sign up to access to the feature (3 months )would eliminate spammers and time wasters.
Just a thought
I guess I could live with it if you could opt out like you can on Facebook.
I like it this way. I belong to a message board & you can only put your status on "hide" if you are a paying member. I refuse to pay to see frivolous postings.
I think there is a difference between message boards and forums, not much, but enough. I find in this forum that the majority of posters are intelligent, post about matters with a decent subject, unlike a message board where you get all sorts of wackos that are just looking for attention, live in a bubble or have the "woe is me syndrome"....hmmm, I feel a hub coming on LOL.
I also feel this forum in most part is related to Hubbing, those that are writing actual hubs & are part of the Hub community.
I guess in some ways it would be nice as long as there was an option to show off line.
On the other hand its stuff like this that makes HubPages unique to anyone else.
I really am divided on how I would want it because while it is great to always be implementing new things I also say dont fix it if it aint broke.
I would like the addition of a chatroom or a personal messaging system that actually works online. Or a mailbox on hubpages, rather than to go on our emails. But that's just my thought.
I prefer the email system we already have the pm system on facebook is just reinventing a more rickety version of the wheel.
I agree with UW in that i would be fine if we could opt out.
I don't want people to know when I'm here or not. Basically it's none of their business what I'm doing or when I'm doing it. Sorry I don't mean to sound so blunt. But this is a really invasion of privacy.
And quite frankly sometimes, I just forget to leave the forum. And it sits here for hours while I'm outside gardening.
How is it an invasion of privacy? It just tells you if someone is online or not, not what they are doing.
How I spend my time is private. Whether I'm online or not, is no one's business but mine and my immediate family. People that I do not know, have no right to that info.
Wow, to have to explain that really frightens me. Some people have become so used to monitoring people, that they think they have a right to do it.
Perhaps you are being a little too extreme. But I cannot rule out the fact that there are those people out there.
Maybe we users can have an option to hide our online status so no one knows whether or not we are online. How does that sounds? That can favour both parties.
No, I am not being extreme. Privacy is a major issue. And I don't want it monitored in any way. You don't have any NEED OR RIGHT to know when I'm here.
Perhaps you feel differently when you don't use your real name, address and picture. But I do that because I believe it gives my hubs credibility with the reader and hopefully buyer.
We are not a subset of Myspace. However lately it looks like we are becoming one
I think that's my feeling too, Misha - HubPages used to be about writing, first and foremost, and the forums were just a place for Hub writers to share experiences, ask questions and hang out.
Lately, it seems like there are a lot of people here primarily for the forums, with Hub writing a secondary thing. In fact, I've even seen HubPages mentioned as a "social networking site" on some other sites, which may be where they're all coming from.
Pamda Man, Yes I read your second paragraph. And that is the first time I have used caps at Hubpages and I used them intentionally because I feel that strongly.
I'm sorry Nelle Hoxie. I apologize for the misunderstanding.
So if we applied the user preference will that be okay for you?
The reason I posted this, was it seems most of the Sites I have been on like Myspace etc., do this! I just noticed that at one point, yesterday, there didn't seem to be many people online, so I probably should say I don't care about the individuals, and the theory of monitoring, is ridiculous, we are all probably being monitored anyway.
What I supposed I was more interested in was How many people were online. I tagged over to another Site and there were only 3 members online.
"We probably all being monitored" is such a specious argument. No we're not. And if we keep drawing the line, we won't be.
This isn't MySpace, and I don't want it to be.
There is no reason why you need to know who or how many is on line.
The only reason I'm bothing with this topic, is that I want the people at Hubpages to understand that not everyone wants this. I think I've made that point so I'm done with it.
LOL This is not exactly how you worded it. But bringing Myspace as an example will not get you anywhere here, Myspace is passionately disliked on HP
As for the number of people online, don't really see any problem with this, it won't be my highest priority though
Oh of course it isn't relevant, I just wondered why every other Site seems to do it.Maybe in suggesting that this occur, and everyones [par a couple, against it may make the point that it in't wanted.
Why do Hubpages dislike Myspace? Its just a silly social network thing, I have more problems from Tagged.Com
It would be different if this site was only the forums, but it's not. This is a writing site and there really is no point in knowing who is online. If there was a regular chat going on then I could see why you need to know who is online, but there isn't a chat on this site.
So, just because "every other site" does it HubPages should? Wait until you've been here at least a week before you want to change everything
I haven't actually said I want it myself, I just asked Why some did and Why some don't, P.R. Lesson might be needed dealing with newbies.
personally, I like anonymity....I can be whoever I want to be here and no one knows where I am at at all times....very liberating.....I joined so I could express myself without having to reveal too much.....
I agree, I just turned it off on FaceBook because people kept wanting to chat while I was playing games
Myspace is passionately disliked on HP
I'm curious about this, too...
I hadn't heard anything about the unpopularity of Myspace on here, why is that? I have a page on there, and my husband has several for his music, and we really haven't had any problems.
I'm not being argumentative, just curious
It has me, I haven't a Clue its just another Site. Beats me.
May be because it's too shiny? And too silly on average? Either way, it's a synonym of a bad taste here.
He's a Russian, Asher, give him a break...Just kidding Misha..
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooh...that explains a lot....
LOL Thanks Maven, I can handle Asher just fine
But Myspace is really shiny, all these teens put a lot of glitters and stuff to their profiles
ok Misha...some Southern people like myself call that flashy...and that's why Myspace is popular btw. We check our sex offenders on Mysace because of all the virginic sparkly teens out there....
I am on a pile of Sites, is there any others Hubpages finds bad before, I stick my foot in it agn.I also thank you for being so polite, we are new some of us and don't know this Stuff. That other lady grrrrr.
LOL You are welcome. To the best of my knowledge Myspace is the only major scapegoat here, so you should be safe.
I was new not too long ago, too, but I'd already seen the way it is on here because my husband has been on here much longer.
I have to admit, though, as you can see about the Myspace thing--I'm still learning!
Don't worry about sticking your foot in it--I've been famous for doing that throughout my life, haha!
lol--Silly, shiny--bad taste? Well, that speaks volumes for Tom and I--describes us to a "T",hahaha!
We've been on it for years, but I just mainly use it to see my kids' pages, and some other family members--they like to post pics, and I can't resist seeing the latest ones of my grandkids!
But we've also met a lot of nice folks on there, and found some great singers and bands to listen to, so I'll think we'll keep them, bad taste or no...
But thanks Misha, for clarifying!
candice...keep posting and feel free to posit any position, question, or answer you feel obliged to...HP is an open society, where chaos is the rule...writers love chaos, because its initiates creativity...Give us a Hub and lets take it from there...Positive criticism is good for the soul...
Welcome aboard, and count me as a new fan...
I needed that, I hate rude people, and especially sarcastic people. I was going to write up a Hub in the next day and now I am almost to scared to Post.
Don't be shy, publish it. What you get on the forums for not-so-successful entrance posts, and the feedback you get on your hubs are two altogether different animals
I think myspace is great for music, but ye, other than that, having a myspace page is very much a teenage girl kinda thing.
I think it would be kinda cool to show who's online but not to have PM, they seem way too intrusive. Maybe under peoples name just have a thing that says if that person is online.
I'm sorry if I offended you. I speak my mind and I don't think I was being rude. Some of your comments could be construed as being rude too.
A lot of people join up and immediately want to make changes. You probably don't fall into that category and I do look forward to your hubs.
Look, there are always some people that disagree to a thing. But there are those that agree. And not doing that thing is not the best option. I've said it a lot of times already, turn the application off in your preferences if you want to stay private.
Whatever, it all comes down to what HubPages wants to do.
Yes, you are right. But that's not what we are discussing right now.
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