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SilverSwann
Posted - 2009.02.10 11:48:00 - [1]
 

what i like about online gaming is that you can easily type three letters and avoid chatting if you are busy. AFK can be invaluable at times and that is why i have come up with a couple of improvements to this function.

The first being when you type the letters afk i eaither caps lower case or any part therof it will place a symbol beside your picture for all to see.

I know what you are all thinking, this is a waste of time we do not need it. but that is quite to the contrary. think bak on how many times you have logged in and tried to talk to a freind in one of many channels he/she uses and had no response. then think of the options available to see if they are afk. you can hail them ineach window.send them a message or hijack them into a new chat, al of wich take time and the last two of wich can be irritating if they are in the middle of a mission.
this function i propose would enable you to immediatly see if the person wan'ts to be contacted. if it was placed in one chat box it would automatically appear in all of them by your picture. andwould be removed upon talking with audio or typing in a chat box.

of course there would need to be several options available to configruee this to suit you but i think i will leave that part to eve.

If you have any comments regarding this post please let me know i would greatly appreciate it.

Many thanks

SilverSwann.

sir gankalot
Posted - 2009.02.10 11:51:00 - [2]
 

Like, supported, though I think the topic has been raised in the past?

Jin Labarre
Posted - 2009.02.11 01:16:00 - [3]
 

I support the concept, not the actual method.

I would like to have the option to set my status to "afk" or "do not disturb". Additional options like "chat welcome" and "invisible" could be nice to, even though I can already hear those scream who think of the addressbook/buddylist more as an intel-tool.

Gartel Reiman
The Athiest Syndicate
Advocated Destruction
Posted - 2009.02.11 01:44:00 - [4]
 

Posting for general support of AFK notification in chat channels. I'm not too fussy about the details, so long as I can manually set myself AFK when I'm leaving the keyboard and clear it when I get back, at a minimum.

It would definitely help avoid general awkwardness when chatting to someone whose status you haven't yet established.

Myrhial Arkenath
Ghost Festival
Naraka.
Posted - 2009.02.11 14:07:00 - [5]
 

Have you thought about how this gives out more intel? Or can be used to fake flag AFK as a trap?

Drake Draconis
Minmatar
Shadow Cadre
Shadow Confederation
Posted - 2009.02.11 15:56:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Myrhial Arkenath
Have you thought about how this gives out more intel? Or can be used to fake flag AFK as a trap?


this.


Not supported.

Would be abused too easily... and its just too easy to type AFK in chat anyway.

Imperator Jora'h
Posted - 2009.02.11 16:03:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Imperator Jora''h on 11/02/2009 16:04:21
Originally by: Myrhial Arkenath
Have you thought about how this gives out more intel? Or can be used to fake flag AFK as a trap?


Well...I'd say as soon as you do anything in the game (any click...anything...maybe even just move your mouse) the AFK tag should drop.

I'd also add an automatic AFK tagging. If your client detects no input whatsoever for (say) 30 minutes the tag gets applied.

Also I personally would never, ever assume a hostile with an AFK tag was actually AFK and I'd act as usual.

Myrhial Arkenath
Ghost Festival
Naraka.
Posted - 2009.02.12 08:09:00 - [8]
 

Automatic afk can be easily countered by using a macro or such that taps a key at a certain interval. Which means that afk cloaker in your system can pretend to be there.

Marlona Sky
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2009.02.12 08:49:00 - [9]
 

Bad idea.

Zel Nughat
Amarr
Nughat Corp

Posted - 2009.02.12 17:09:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Myrhial Arkenath
Have you thought about how this gives out more intel? Or can be used to fake flag AFK as a trap?


nobody is asking you to trust the afk symbol, and no one should do it, unless its a known player, ie.: a corpie, friend or whatever, so there you go, no exploitation is possible unless you are a gullible pilot that 'wants to belive', on the other hand, among trusted pilots it could be useful as the OP said

Shuckstar
Gallente
Hauling hogs
Swine Aviation Labs
Posted - 2009.02.12 17:36:00 - [11]
 

Bad idea, keep crap like that for Lotro and WoW.


Imperator Jora'h
Posted - 2009.02.12 18:04:00 - [12]
 

How about if the AFK ticker only shows in Corp and user-made channels? In local it does not show at all so everything remains as is on that front.

De'Veldrin
Minmatar
Norse'Storm Battle Group
Intrepid Crossing
Posted - 2009.02.12 18:43:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Imperator Jora'h
How about if the AFK ticker only shows in Corp and user-made channels? In local it does not show at all so everything remains as is on that front.



I'd support this - I'd also include any fleet channels you belong to. Ostensibly your corpies and your fleet mates you should be able to trust. At least a little.

I would also say include an option that lets you disable the AFK display for those people who don't want to use it.

Axel Vindislaga
Posted - 2009.03.04 04:55:00 - [14]
 

No Downside and sorely needed. Ignore the CVC fools this is an excellent idea and should already be implemented.

Maldurleon
Posted - 2009.03.04 04:57:00 - [15]
 

The number of times I have wanted to be able to do this of have the person I am trying to contact have this ability is one that when added to the numbers of other people who have thought the exact same thing and wanted it would be innumerable.

Farseer Kainen
Posted - 2009.03.04 04:58:00 - [16]
 

I foresee this being a welcome change and one that I could use.

Agent Unknown
Caldari
Posted - 2009.03.04 05:39:00 - [17]
 

I like it, as long as it's restricted to corp/private/fleet channels. Also, keeping it out of NPC corps would be nice too...

place1
Amarr
Orion Ore Industries

Posted - 2009.03.04 06:50:00 - [18]
 

+1 Low Priority

Shann Wu
Posted - 2009.03.04 08:00:00 - [19]
 

this is a stealth nerf for afk cloakers =)

Erika Bronz
Gallente
The Wyld Hunt
Cascade Imminent
Posted - 2009.03.04 11:37:00 - [20]
 

Make it an option for each channel, like the join audio. Don't see why this can't happen.

Mograthi
Lightfoot Pestisss and Blake Enterprises
Shadow of xXDEATHXx
Posted - 2009.03.04 12:59:00 - [21]
 

I think this would be a nice feature for Corp and Alliance chat.




Aluthin
Caldari
Squires of the Roundtable
KnightRaven Alliance
Posted - 2009.03.20 11:48:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: De'Veldrin
Originally by: Imperator Jora'h
How about if the AFK ticker only shows in Corp and user-made channels? In local it does not show at all so everything remains as is on that front.



I'd support this - I'd also include any fleet channels you belong to. Ostensibly your corpies and your fleet mates you should be able to trust. At least a little.

I would also say include an option that lets you disable the AFK display for those people who don't want to use it.


Supported with the above suggestions

ie only works in:

corp
alliance
fleet
and player created channels

doesn't show up in :

Local
constelation (does anyone actually have that window open lol)
Rookie


Cyberman Mastermind
Posted - 2009.03.20 13:07:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Drake Draconis
Would be abused too easily...

Just how could that be abused?

Quote:
and its just too easy to type AFK in chat anyway.

Right.
I'll just type "AFK" in corp chat, and when five minutes later someone logs in, he'll automagically see that I'm afk, because - ?

Shan'Talasha Mea'Questa
Minmatar
The Perfect Harvesting Experience
Posted - 2009.03.20 13:28:00 - [24]
 

Edited by: Shan''Talasha Mea''Questa on 20/03/2009 13:28:54
How about these flag don't apply to Local-channels.

Just private, corp, alliance and fleet channels... or accepted convo's.

Intel gathering is no issue then, neither is baiting.


Other then that I like the option.


DND flag in local would be nice, although it would be a default flag for macro-miners. So maybe that would be a worse idea.


Edit: Missed the post 2 obove mine.... but just as (s)he said.


 

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