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Announcement Chat being removed

  1. Jan 17, 2016 #1
    Chat will be removed later this week. Over the past year the chat room has not met our expectations for activity and productivity. More times than not it's used by new members confused on where to post. We will still hold periodic chat events for trivia, contests and holidays. Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2016 #2

    Jonathan Scott

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    Even when the new chat was fairly active, I found it very unproductive to use compared with the old one because it didn't have the audible indication that something had arrived, so if I was doing something else at the same time (which was normally the case for the old chat) I'd either have to waste time checking for replies or I'd miss things for several minutes.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2016 #3

    Rio Larsen

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    Chat was one of the first things I used as a PF member. Oh well, it's too bad it has to go but I understand.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2016 #4

    Ben Niehoff

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    The best chat was the original chat. Oh well. The busiest chats (if indeed they still happened) are no longer in my time zone anyway. :P
     
  6. Jan 24, 2016 #5

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    I agree with @Jonathan Scott's input.

    I think chat would shine again (at least the Sunday chat) if we could get the sound effects back. The sounds give the user an indication of when somebody enters, leaves or posts: a prompt for the user to take a new look at the chat window. Without the sound effects many posts might go unread, somebody might enter and leave, without the user even knowing. Without sound, one must check the chat window over and over, even if no activity is taking place. This sort of frustration is enough to cause one to initially start ignoring the chat window; and ultimately to rarely, if ever, participate in chat anymore (at least for me).
     
  7. Jan 24, 2016 #6

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    Yes, that was a killer. Plus there was a glitch where if you used chrome, chat would become invisible causing you to constantly close and re-open your browser, something most people were not willing to do. The shoutbox was just too buggy and people weren't willing to put up with it.

    Perhaps someday Greg will have the option to use a great chat like the chat we had with VB again. We just do not have that option with xenforo.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2016 #7

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    And let me follow up with that,

    I used to be a huge fan of Sunday chat. It was the highlight of my week, to be honest. Remember how we all used to make turkey (or other types) pot pies together, drink coffee, even listen to one user (who shall remain nameless) type in all the dialog of the movie he happened to be watching at the time? We would bond with relationship stories, tales of our trials and tribulations of the previous week, and goals for the future. And toward the end the night we might even finish off the day with a mixed drink together. Oh, the days.

    But without the sound effects it all falls apart.

    [In response to @Evo's last post: I agree it was buggy. Chat did crash quite a lot, as I remember. To me though, that was all part of the fun; it kept us on our toes. :woot:]
     
  9. Jan 24, 2016 #8

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    Oh, no, I'm saying this chat was buggy, the old chat was great.
     
  10. Jan 24, 2016 #9
    I hear you, but at the moment there isn't a chat option I've come across that works with Xenforo, is secure (the old chat actually was severely insecure), regularly updated and has the feature set you want.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2016 #10

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    I understand. Those things are important.

    Perhaps I was just reminiscing about happy times of days past.

    Maybe in the future something will come up.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2016 #11

    Rio Larsen

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    I always use Google Chrome. I'm glad I never experienced this glitch.
     
  13. Jan 24, 2016 #12

    Evo

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    A lot of people had the same problem.
     
  14. Jan 25, 2016 #13

    dlgoff

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    The good ol' days. I'll drink to that. drunk.gif
     
  15. Jan 25, 2016 #14

    Jonathan Scott

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    I'm sure that was a Chrome bug, not a problem in the chat software. It occurred regularly on Windows Vista or when DirectWrite was deliberately disabled in the Chrome flags (which often improved readability of fonts) on Windows 7 through 10.

    At some point within the last few weeks I stopped seeing it, although a related problem with screen corruption (with the same options) which I opened last April is still present on other pages although with somewhat different symptoms now; I think that both problems were probably related to some sort of storage overlay which went away more by chance than because of being fixed.
     
  16. Mar 13, 2016 #15
    I know this has probably been suggested before but I have had great experiences on other forums with the Miuna Shoutbox

    I am new here and never got to experience the previous chat but I like the idea of the site having a chat service
     
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