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By kellan , Section Wishlist []
Posted on Thu Mar 15, 2001 at 12:00:00 PM PST
"There are currently 31 members, and 91 guests online."

Wouldn't it be cool, to have a box that gives you that sort of information? A quick glance to remind you that you are talking to a large global audience.(And should maybe spell check your work)

I think it would be a neat feature to know how many people are curerntly online, and optionally display the information about individuals on their user info page.

Does scoop keep user session objects around in memory? If so this could probably be used as a hook for keeping track of how many people and whom, are online.

Other implmentations would not be difficult. The system doesn't need to be real fault tolerant, as the whole concept of "online" is kind of a fuzzy concept for a website.

Freshmeat, and PHPNuke, have similiar features.

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by imperium on Fri Mar 30, 2001 at 11:42:26 AM PST

A full stats page, featuring users online now, peak user numbers, stories submitted today, stories posted FP, stories dropped, comments posted, overall average rating of all comments, inside leg measurements, rusty's credit card rating. That kind of thing. Difficult?

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by Mangan on Sun Apr 01, 2001 at 03:01:28 PM PST

Firstly, since closing the browser doesn't terminate a session, a box like this would be an educated guess at best. Secondly, keeping track of that kind of information would cause a slight performance hit. Maybe not when there are 1000 users reading, but when a scoop site reaches the proportion of k5, it would likely be significant.

And what do we gain for the perfomance hit? At best, an amusing piece of trivia. It just doesn't seem worth it.

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