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The current ticker is awesome, but people who are active in a high-volume (feed and discussion) chatroom have to push dismiss quite often if they don't want the chat window overrun on smaller monitors.

So I thought, what if we had a horizontal scrolling ticker as made famous on various news channels.

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It should be noted that currently the ticker is set to show at most n items (I believe 6), then cycle between screenfuls of items after that. –  badp Jan 13 '11 at 14:59

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I believe the current scroller can be saved by having items automatically "expire":

  • After five minutes, and
  • After they are pushed "out" of the current screenful of items (disabling the current behaviour of cycling between screenfuls of feed items)

However, an horizontal scroller would be graphically cooler I guess :)

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Not sure what you mean by "cycling between screenfuls of feed items"; the oldest message just gets removed when a new one comes in and the maximum threshold is reached (it's eight, btw.) –  balpha Jan 13 '11 at 15:16
    
@balpha weird, I definitely recall seeing the ticker fade between at least two different sets of items. –  badp Jan 13 '11 at 15:54

This has wound me up no end over the two weeks that I've been using StackOverflow.

In general the SO software is really tight, and the chat feature is fantastic. The feed itself is very useful too, but it is so invasive as to be a real distraction.

A way to selectively disable the feed showing (I am likely to enable/disable it depending on what I'm doing) or to tuck it away somewhere that's not a pop-up would be very beneficial.

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