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Nice & snappy karj; a good start!
Thanks—glad to hear that!
It still has a long way to go, but we're interested to see how people use it.
We opened it up to about 10 people last week, just to see how it worked. Almost immediately we saw problems with how we had approached the UX.
So, we retooled, and will continue to do so as we see what works/doesn't.
- I think just carrying that clean assed/animated brand through the whole thing... Keep it simple otherwise...ideaist
- Yes. Simple is the focus with this one. That's why so much is type driven.karj
- I'm really working to not overdesign this one. ;-)karj
nice work, karj. It has a good flow.
Like the initial screen but there's a disconnect in the transition to the main thread window. I miss the hit of colour (type and logo) from the opening -- perhaps that side tab should be open when you first make that jump. And those type colours carry through to the side tab.
(btw, love the andy goldsworthy in the art thread :)
Yes—it definitely needs a lot of refinement.
Last week I spent a fair bit of time just working on the general page treatments, and how notifications work in that context. Those updates haven't rolled out yet, but they're coming. My point is that there's a lot of change in the works.
@shelkie bears the brunt of this, as he's doing all of the development. As such, there are certain issues that have been tricky. For example, our hosting provider was providing shitty service yesterday and the whole site was awfully slow. Additionally, we're seeing that the nav is completely broken on Android devices, so we're working to fix that.
This one really is a first-stage prototype. I wound't be surprised if it looks/works almost entirely differently in the months to come.
Nice work karj! When you say "we" is it an agency side project, or self initiated work? I'd be interested to hear what framework or approach you used to create this.
My only feedback (based on a quick look) is that when I click the nav button, there is a scrollbar that appears alongside the side tab which seems unnecessary. Also what Gnash said about preserving the colors in the navigation.
We have a bit of a weird set-up here, because we're so small. As such, we take on client work as necessary and then work on stuff like this whenever we get the chance. (We're never going to be wealthy with this approach, but it's fun.)
@shelkie built this using Meteor, which has allowed us to prototype really quickly. That said, we don't think it will hold up that well if the site ever gets significant traffic. For now, though, it allowed a really easy way to prototype, with the notion of rebuilding from the ground up if performance becomes an issue.
The scroll bar issue just popped up, and @shelkie noted that it will be gone shortly.
Thanks—glad you liked it!
Chapp is a portamanteau of the words chat and app. It's something we quickly tossed about, and it seemed to stick.
As for the community, I'm not sure. Right now, I think we'll likely see some designers try it out, just because many of our friends work in the field. Later, though, I'd hope it would expand to a broader audience.
The Private function is kind of handy, as you can create a hidden channel just for a small number of people. I'm using one to communicate with my mom, dad, and brother. It works well for this. I can also imagine some studios/businesses using it as a simple (and free) chat tool.
BTW. I should also note (not sure if this is implicit in the current treatments) that you can also post in sub-threads.
As a result, we think folks will be able to dig into more specific conversations on topics—when they'd like.
now where do I post nsfw images?
I've had about ten emails since I signed up.
I know I'm able to unsubscribe, which I have, but now I associate your forum with annoying emails.
That's no good, and it's certainly not the association we want you to have with the service.
Notifications are difficult. Personally, I like getting them frequently, so I can stay in the conversation. On the other hand, I know just how irritating getting too many can be.
My first request would be that you give us some time to work things out. This is still really new, and we're working hard to make the service function naturally, and unobtrusively. That said, doing so takes time.
The second would be an offer. If you're open to it, I'd love for you to help us with notifications. I'm not talking about anything particularly involved here. I'd just like to connect you with @shelkie. That way, as we make changes, you could tell us what's working for you, and what isn't.
We want Chapp to be good, and we'd really like your feedback and help in making it so. If you're open to it, perhaps we could start a more direct conversation. Let me know. You can reach me at:
where do i draw cocks?
I was going to respond (cheekily) to the "cocks" reference above. However, I first ran it by my colleague. I thought I was being funny; he noted that I sounded like a jerk. So, I avoided posting my "playful" retort.
Regardless, this topic is something that we're really trying to resolve. On one hand, I want Chapp to be open to anything. On the other, my seven-year-old wants to use Chapp, and I'm a little weary of opening him up to certain subject matter (boobies OK; snuff films, less so).
If you're open to sharing your perspectives, I'd welcome you to chime in: http://chapp.is/Chapp/Mvgiyi5e9z…
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- Interesting. So many folks trying to do something like this.karj
- I'm always curious to see what approaches others have chosen.
- chatttr is actually old, and created by a QBNermonospaced
- DIdn't realize that. Nevertheless, there are a lot of folks trying to solve this chat/topic thing.karj
We pushed a number of updates out to this, last night. It's still really functioning more like a mobile web app than a desktop web app. That said, we're pretty happy with how it's improving. Once we tighten up this part of the app, we'll start to get on the full desktop app. :-)