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  • this seems like one of the most useless things you could possibly do with a slash-based site. For heaven's sake, there's IRC, AIM, even chat.
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    lottadot [lottadot.com]
    • Actually, when my site was up I found that the authors were sending notes to each other in the form of unpublished stories. It comes in handy if you are logged in and just need to make a quick announcement to the people who would only see it by being logged in as an author. I think that a mod to the system to handle 'authors only' threads and 'authors only' comments would be a cool feature.

      That said, considering the lack of tech savvy found among the authors that I was dealing with was a problem. Many didn't know how to use irc (though they im'ed each other all the time... oh, the drama) or would say that it was inconvenient to do so....

      So while it is a pretty useless waste of slash to use this way for some it aint all that bad :)

      Peace,
      Sandor
      • by XTaran (2697) <slashcode at deuxchevaux dot org> on Saturday March 15 2003, @03:34PM (#5894) Homepage
        Same to us here. I needed to talk to an logged in author immediately before he's publishing his story and wondered how to contact him so fast. Somehow I noticed that the same way I saw what he was doing, I could make him see, that I want to talk to him and started a story with title "tbf: Please visit us in IRC". Shortly after he showed up and wondered how I managed it to use backSlash as IM. Since then you often see authors editing stories like "maol: Slashdot has this story also." or even IRC like messages like "/me is soon away: linux user group meeting". It's really handy for those working behind a firewall that doesn't allow IRC or ICQ. Of course it's not a feature, which developement should focus on, but it's one of those handy tricks you sometimes happy to know about. That's the reason why I submitted this story. If you don't like it, don't use it...
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