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Started by samborabora, July 07, 2014, 06:49:05 PM
Quote from: ‽ on July 07, 2014, 06:51:59 PMNo, there isn't and it depends on whether you're using Ultimate Profile or not.Just for fun, there's also a privacy angle because not everyone uses buddies for the purpose you might think...
Quote from: ‽ on July 08, 2014, 02:51:55 PMThe predominant use of buddies is to filter out PMs. Users can block PMs from everything except from buddies.
Quote from: Roph on July 09, 2014, 10:19:00 AMYou'd go through every member's row in the table, parse their buddy list, and check if the relevant user ID is in it. Even for a small forum, this is NOT something you want to do. I'm sure I could do it, but I won't on principle.You might instead do a simple check when viewing someone else's profile to see if they have you on their buddy list.Why do you want to expose your users' private information, though?
Quote from: ‽ on July 09, 2014, 02:22:53 PMExample: whose business is it who I follow, except mine?As for strain, there's consequences. There are consequences on a slow query, especially how it limits access to the members table (which knocks on to everyone else)...
Quote from: ‽ on July 09, 2014, 06:02:29 PMNot for the privacy angle. There are ways to mitigate the performance headaches but they're all fairly terrible.
Quote from: ‽ on July 09, 2014, 07:17:56 PMAside from completely misunderstanding how it works, that is.Bastardising a system into something other than what it is, is never going to work properly.
QuoteOver 90% of all computer problems can be traced back to the interface between the keyboard and the chair
QuoteAnd, I'm not aware that I was trying to "bastardize" the system, in fact, the system would remain untouched, merely being tapped into by external queries.
Quote from: margarett on July 10, 2014, 01:18:46 PM@samborabora, what is wrong with the second MOD you pointed out? It seems to do what you want...If you wish to simplify the layout, just ask in the MOD support topic. It should be pretty easy to change Profile.template.php to show just a list of names instead of avatars (didn't check, just guessing)
Quote from: ‽ on July 10, 2014, 01:40:24 PMQuoteAnd, I'm not aware that I was trying to "bastardize" the system, in fact, the system would remain untouched, merely being tapped into by external queries.I thought I had made this fairly clear that you're doing something it simply wasn't designed to be used for. If it was designed for your use, it would be designed with your use in mind.
Quote from: ‽ on July 09, 2014, 06:02:29 PMNot for the privacy angle.
QuoteWhy do you care, for example, who is following you on the forum?
QuoteIn any case unless you're building extra functionality around it, this is largely a waste of time.
QuoteThis is largely a waste of time.
Quote4. Users online list (shows them in bold)5. Who's online (uses different icon next to username if they're a buddy)