[Coco] multi-room live chat
rtaylor at bayou.com
Thu Jul 22 22:39:35 EDT 2004
I'm getting ready to kick start the chat rooms for coco3.com and I am at
the point where I need to a little feedback on a few things.
I want to add the ability for you to schedule meetings for any room at any
time, with a theme or topic for discussion. Meeting times could easily be
shown anywhere on the web site automatically. My problem is that I'm
trying to keep this as simple as possible while preventing troublemakers
from abusing the system. Examples of this would be somebody dropping in
and posting foul language in a room, etc. Language filters will be used
for that. Eventually, I'm sure I'll need to put in a mechanism for booting
this kind of chatter out of the room. You never know if a spammer might
want to drop in and start posting garbage, etc. I have to keep this stuff
in mind, and it's not easy to deal with if there is no form of authentication.
Being able to schedule meetings is also something that I think needs a
little bit of prequalification so that the same kind of chatter couldn't
start scheduling false meetings, etc... such as "A meeting in the Lab has
been scheduled for 7pm Pacific time on July 24th, 2004. The planned topic
is: How to pick up chics!". There's no foul language for the filter to
catch but it's not CoCo related, either. Also, the ability to cancel a
meeting has to require authentication to prove you posted the meeting.
So... one question I have is whether or not I should put in a name/password
system so that each chatter has to sign up for an "account" to which they
also have to reply to an automatic e-mail to verify themselves. I realize
that if I do this, the chatrooms will not be used as much as they will if
they are based on an "open house" system (which I prefer).
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