New Chat Upgrade
Posted on January 10, 2018
The old chat had some nice features that I, and others, liked. However, it ate system resources like you wouldn’t believe. Think teenager after a sports even who also had a hollow leg. And then double or triple it. Nothing I tried seemed to rein it in.
Something had to be done.
Easier said than done. I tried a lot of alternatives. Spent days on research. Most either used the same amount of resources, weren’t coded well, were well out of date (R.I.P. X7Chat. I still love you. Who knows, someday I might find a way to bring you back from the dead.). Others were far too expensive. We have a good group of chatters here, which meant the good free alternatives were out, as we simple have too many people chatting at a time.
Like I’m going to complain about that. Writing can be a lonely thing. Having other writers to chat with means the world to me, and I think it means the same to the others members here. Long live word wars and 100-word jumps!
After much searching, I found a possible alternative. The new chat is now live on the chat page! At the moment it’s not tied to the user database here, but someday I’m hoping that will be possible. Even though it isn’t, you do not need to register anywhere to use it. However, doing so will allow you to do such things as upload an avatar, more user settings, and the ability of customizing your smileys. It’s your choice! The developers have been rather regular with updates, upgrades, new features, and new smileys.
Let me know what you think of it.
Have fun chatting and writing!