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Re: Re: Re: CB history - not an hour any more?

by Zero_Flop (Pilgrim)
on May 22, 2004 at 01:53 UTC ( #355517=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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No, it does not allow Anonymous monks to chat. You are still forced to post who you are in the real time chat, it just means that your identity is only tied to what you say while it is fresh. Those in the Chat will be able to tie you to what you have said, but it would be harder for anyone to legally tie you to it 1hr later.

As for the technical feasibility, you have to log in to chat. During the chat the system is capturing who you are. A 0 identity bit can also be passed in the post. As the Chat updates with a new post, it checks 10 posts prior ( one that has already scrolled off the screen), and clears the identity if Identity=0.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: CB history - not an hour any more?
by diotalevi (Canon) on May 22, 2004 at 03:33 UTC

    No really, it is technically infeasible. This problem arises because perlmonks chat is partially the central perlmonks server but also a small flotilla of non-perlmonks servers which do things for their own purposes. is one such server, is another, there's another which I don't know the name to but I suppose I could find out. The list goes on.

    Most of the chat clients that work with Perlmonsk (including my stuff) pull up one of the XML tickers on a regular basis. The only way these clients know who said anything is because said who said what. Once has said who said something, the chat client continues to know. The issue of making stuff anonymous after ten posts is actually up the implementors of 95% of clients to do and this would also require each chat client to somehow determine every chatter's preferences when launched (because a number of them don't have settings that stick around). It also requires a change to the perlmonks server where every user's preference setting for this would be open to the public because every user needs to be able to query every other user's setting to decide whether to forget who said what.

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