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New feature: See when your friends online

Posted by Fuzz , 20 January 2014 · 833 views

We've installed a new feature to show you when you have friends online. We hope this will help encourage people to participate in parts of the forum where their friends are, or at the very least, as an indication of when someone you care about is active so you can leave them a comment or message if you want. When friends come up, you'll see a blue notification with this icon at the top of the site. The icon won't show up if none of your friends are online.
 
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Clicking that will show a pane like this showing your active friends list and what they're looking at.
 
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Clicking on a friends avatar will take you to their feed tab in their profile, where you can leave a comment on their profile.
 
Clicking their name will take you to their profile.
 
Click the envelope icon will pop up a little window so you can send them a PM.
 
 
 
CLEAN UP YOUR FRIENDS LIST
 
The default behavior of the friend system on GDC is that anyone can add anyone as a friend. As a result, many people likely have hundreds of friends and may not even be aware of it. If you have a lot of friends, it will take a long time to load that drop down. Two pieces of advice to make this feature more useful for everyone:
 
1) Remove old inactive friends, or people you don't really care to follow. Do that in "Manage Friends" (available by clicking your name, or on the top right of the friends online list). 
2) Go to your Profile Settings and check the box so you approve friends before adding them. Otherwise anyone can add you as a friend and you'll start seeing them online, regardless if you care to follow them or not. Checking that box will allow you to approve people in the Pending Approval page.
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this is kinda clapped :lol:

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Certified Nimrod
Jan 20 2014 04:03 PM

I already forgot what that spot used to look like :lol:

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GreenDayBass
Jan 20 2014 04:05 PM

This is freaky, deaky cool

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Sausage Gravy
Jan 20 2014 04:10 PM

very useful for stalking thnx

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­­rootbeersoup
Jan 20 2014 04:10 PM
Now everyone's gonna delete me :(
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Daughter.of.Rage.and.Love
Jan 20 2014 04:15 PM

That's pretty cool! :)  Made me realize how many friends I have that I have no idea who they are or forgot who they are, though, despite the fact that I've had that approving friends thing on for years.

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Certified Nimrod
Jan 20 2014 04:16 PM

Now everyone's gonna delete me :(

Never!

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Make the number of people on chat the same colour. :)

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Make the number of people on chat the same colour. :)

Possibly. PM and Notifications will still have a red. I kinda like that the chat color grabs your attention more, but it might be good to make those two consistent while "new items" remain with a red notification.

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Possibly. PM and Notifications will still have a red. I kinda like that the chat color grabs your attention more, but it might be good to make those two consistent while "new items" remain with a red notification.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, red to indicate notifications and the blue for social things. 

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fukingcounterstrike
Jan 20 2014 04:20 PM

i hate them already 

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Lady Nightlife
Jan 20 2014 04:35 PM

I love knowing where my friends are at all times, thank you very much GDC for this useful tool :wub:

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The Disappearing Boy
Jan 20 2014 05:33 PM

It just made me realise that I have no friends :( Sounds like a cool idea though :P

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Tubbie Head
Jan 20 2014 06:32 PM

Wow very facebook of you GDC

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this is gr9

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AlissaGoesRAWR
Jan 21 2014 12:28 AM

Remember: Only "friend" #outlaws. <3

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Thanks for this. :)

 

How is the extension called, if I may ask? 

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So when are we gonna have a "Cunt List" for all the people we don't like?

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great, so now I have a notification telling me that Ceadog is always online :P

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Steven Seagull
Jan 21 2014 11:34 AM

So this button is here to remind me I have no friends?

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