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Old 10/30/2017   #121
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^ hmmmm. If that's the case I think it wouldn't be all that bad for any remaining people to set up a discord account. Especially since it's so easy.

And then after that we can just incentivize it by pointing out you could use the new TLS shoutbox even from your phone (technically!) etc. and the sign up is worth.

Assuming it works well though. I think if it integrates properly and doesn't randomly just break and stuff it would be a decent upgrade to the current chat box due to at the very least having access to one of the Discord channels.

edit :

Just loaded up the site on my phone for the first time in like ever and see the shout box also works on the mobile forum. So like one of the lines in this post is really redundant lol.
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Old 10/30/2017   #122
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I only use the TLS shoutbox nowadays if I see people chatting in there, don’t think I really initiate anything. I pretty much just stick with Discord because Discord is so much better And getting better and better as more TLS emotes are put on it
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Old 10/31/2017   #123
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Much more better, Flare. Get it right.

On-topic: Widget is a fun word.
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Old 10/31/2017   #124
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Gabriel wrote: My googlefu is low tier all I kept finding was people asking on their forums if they could get a discord chat box lol.
The magic search phrase was "embed discord". When it comes to Googling, think simple.

Re: shoutbox; I think a valid point is being raised. Do we want to consolidate communications on and around TLS, or are we okay with siloes?

I mean at the moment we've got the shoutbox, forums, and Discord. There was one, if not two major Skype chats, but at least one of those has died recently (after months if not years of poking "hey maybe we should stop and go to discord". There was also IRC, similar story. Facebook groups / group chats have formed recently around the Kupocon wossnames and s00per s33krit conspiracies (although they tend to die off after the event).

On the one side, consolidation good, one close-knit community, etc. On the other hand, fragmentation is good too, since it allows smaller groups of people to get to know each other better. In fact, TLS' origins can be traced back to a splinter grouping off of ACF that shitpoasted on FFOF, one of many splinter forums that branched off of ACF at the time. I think that while we can idk, close the shoutbox in favor of promoting the forums or discord, I think it's pretty sure that people will naturally form chat groups outside of the main site. I'm not going to tell people to not do that.
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Old 10/31/2017   #125
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The magic search phrase was "embed discord". When it comes to Googling, think simple.
Damn. Mine were more or less "discord vbulletin widget integration", lol.

Regarding the rest of your post. You definitely list out both sides of the equation pretty fairly. It's hard to say which one would feel best for the community, both seem neat
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Old 11/01/2017   #126
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Yeah I can't make a decision on that, idk how to run a community
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Old 11/02/2017   #127
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One does not simply run a community.
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Old 11/02/2017   #128
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Communities kinda run themselves for the most part, it is known.
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Old 11/02/2017   #129
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I feel like we've learned at this point that our platforms of communication are fluid (IRC -> Skype -> Discord) and that no matter where they go splinter groups can form as an offshoot of those - but they form from the community rather than the platform.

I would therefore suggest that (if possible) we replace the shoutbox with a widget that shows a single discord channel from the tls server (probably #tls, the main chat), or if we want to maintain the sporadic message dropping that seems to be the allure of the actual shoutbox, we can create a channel on the discord specifically for it (#shoutbox). I don't see the difference between that and an actual shoutbox, and it also gives people who live on the discord but don't check the shoutbox at all the opportunity to interact without anyone who uses the shoutbox losing anything.

Thoughts?

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Old 11/03/2017   #130
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I think it would be neat to give it a shot
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Old 11/03/2017   #131
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Lex wrote: I would therefore suggest that (if possible) we replace the shoutbox with a widget that shows a single discord channel from the tls server (probably #tls, the main chat), or if we want to maintain the sporadic message dropping that seems to be the allure of the actual shoutbox, we can create a channel on the discord specifically for it (#shoutbox).
Sounds good.
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Old 11/03/2017   #132
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Works for me.
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