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I announce that I cease all development and activity in the programming universe indefinitely. My career has reached the turning point I was not expecting for at least another year, leaving me highly off guard and without laid-out plans for this hobby's continuity. I have begun a 5-year residency program in Neurosurgery which is clearly not compatible, time-wise, with programming.

I gave in all my passion for developing, and you gave me back your loyalty and trust, even when I did not deserve that much. Now it is the time for payback. I release all my present and past work as Open Source software, in the hope some talented developer will continue maintaining and expanding my vision of a modern, sleek forum software. The intrinsic flexibility of MyBB is the true hidden gem of an otherwise outdated codebase; I do hope the project can continue and be updated complying to the latest coding standards.

I hereby thank Euan, kawaii, andrewjs18, Ben, Matt, Omar G., effone, Eric J., Devilshakerz, Wildcard, JordanMussi and all the other team members I have had the opportunity to work with when I was a MyBB team member. I thank Tomm M, my mentor, who inspired me to pick up coding with his piece-of-art plugins. And finally, I thank all of you MyBBoost subscribers who have helped me getting through my toughest university years economically.

Yours sincerely, Filippo

MyChat - But PMs Only?

17 Nov 2017 Edited
Hopefully this is the right category, wasn't entirely sure. Anyhow.

It'd be really interesting seeing something similar to MyChat, except pretty much replacing PMs. Instead of the clunky default one where ya' end up with 50 different messages just being replies to the same conversation.

All your conversations are saved, you can click on who you'd like to start back up a conversation with to the left and have it instantly loaded up, or search for a user to start a new conversation with, which is highly efficient. You can private message users in this already, so that's out of the way.

Everything is pretty much already done when it comes to this.

All that really needs to be done is having it "replace" the default PM system of MyBB entirely, disabling global chat, and setting it so that messages from MyChat give inbox notifications similar to the default MyBB system. Of course this is probably a lot easier said than done.

I'm just throwing this idea out here, since I've looked around for something that could replace the current clunky MyBB PM system, but found no alternative, and realized this was the closest to it. I know you're a very busy person, with rarely any free time to even focus on your current projects. I'm just really curious on feedback with this, and if it's possible to begin with.
Shade 17 Nov 2017
What you're basically suggesting is a conversation system. Although it would be a nice addition (and I've also started working on it in the past), it turned out to be a bit tricky and time consuming. I will consider building it in the future.
GXD3S 25 Nov 2017
Ah, conversations makes more sense than PM. I've heard a lot of debate over it as well when it comes to 1.10/2.0. People think it'll promote less forum activity because messaging others would be quicker, but in my opinion that sounds like a poor reason to not update a much outdated system.

Anyhow, it's great to hear you might give it a try again, it's a bummer that it's more difficult than I had hoped.
gbk 25 Jun 2018
myChat to conversations instead of PM system. No need for real time interaction!
any chance for it ? :)

more than that i wonder if it is really hard to implement mychat to PM? can you give any insights?
Shade 25 Jun 2018
If I will go for it – which is likely, since I have got no left projects in my to-do list apart from the elusive ThunderBoard beta 6 – it will not be real-time. It's not that hard to build a conversation system, the main issue is adapting the existing PM system. The way it's designed at the moment is inefficient and a converter for existing PMs is likely necessary.

Depending on its complexity, it will be either premium or free. Don't expect it soon though.
gbk 25 Jun 2018 Edited
Thx for the answer Shade!
i think instead of adapting the pm system. you can disable it completely and redirect every private message use to converstaion system. And yes, a converter might be needed but i wouldnt put it on my priorty list. if it easy to build a conversation system the only thing that have emergency is a notification system for the messages.

and do you think that if all this happen, a group chat thing would be easy to build? (i'm not sure but i guess it already has that kind of a system because it had a general chat section?)
Shade 25 Jun 2018
Yes, a group chat functionality is easy to build alongside conversations as long as I keep it as extensible as it can. The key point is data structure. I am not going to reuse MyChat's code though, but will build that from scratch.
gbk 25 Jun 2018
looking news about this from you in the near future!
roi 30 Jun 2018 Edited
I am having a myChat issue...
by clicking on a mychat link I created in the forum, I get redirect to , and not in the chat window (http://myURL/chat/index.php.
cookie settings are correct for my site.
Clearing the browser cookies solves the problem temporarily. It appears again.
How do I solve this?
Shade 30 Jun 2018
Hi, this is not a plugin I have developed. I had an identical-named plugin work in progress but development has been dropped recently.

Look for its author and ask him.