So I don't think they will read the Shout box guideline on Wagawiki.
I can turn off the Shout Box column or other columns from the Block configuration at User account edit page. But it seems to be effective in other categories except for the forums. The Shout Box and "friends!" "Who's online" couldn't be turned off in the forums, except for this type pages.clay: 15 May: 19:54
We'll see what is possible. Of course you can turn off the shoutbox in your 'My Account' area--at least for now.
(When we could click arrows to collapse columns from the front page, the result was the same.)
If we can collapse Shout Box from Block configuration of user account page, and it has effect for forums, it would be great.
Members who joined TJP after March might not know, but we had a requirement to use the Shout Box.
http://www.thejapanesepage.com/forum/vi ... 16&p=69037
http://www.thejapanesepage.com/forum/vi ... =20&t=8126
Apparently, Mike had succeeded in hiding the Shout box.
The following tale is a off topic.
One unforgettable case to me was; a man shouted on the Shout Box that he was going to sue TJP. He got mad because he had thought his dearest son had been ignored in the flash chat. Then Daisuke-san and Randomperson-san bravely tackled him and his son. I think it happened in 2005.