With all these balls up in the air, I need as little hassle as possible, and the best, easiest ways to do things.
This shoutbox code was one of those easy things. It installed quickly and was easily customizable. I put the module in right side in my sites, then added a second template for a center position for those who wanted to chat in a more determined way. It worked great in both positions.
I agree with the others that there are things that could be added, yet I find that the simplicity is very appealing, and it does the job quite well, as-is.
Not only do they receive awards for pounds or inches lost, but the members vote other members as being inspirational and supportive, and they get awards for that.
It is a fast, easy program to master, and the ways the awards can be used is pretty much limitless.
If you have a site with a community, you will probably find at least ten different ways you can use this extension.