Chat?!?!?!

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Chat?!?!?!

Post by trilobyte » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:06 pm

I'm excited to tell you about a new feature that we are testing on the site... a chat room! I want to emphasize that this is currently in the testing phase - we want to make sure that things run in such a way that having a chat room doesn't hurt performance of the site overall, and that it offers a benefit to the community.

While the internet can be a little rough and mean-spirited sometimes, I think ePlaya shows that with a little love and support, burners are pretty excellent to each other... and a chat room offers a great way for burners to connect with each other all year round, regardless of their geography.

You can change a few preference settings for your chat experience via your User Control Panel...
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To access the chat, simply click on the icon next to the quick links menu at the top left...
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And the chat room looks like this...
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As you can see, you'll get notified when another user posts a new topic or reply (you can change whether you see those messages in the User Control Panel), complete with a link to that post. This is still the slow time of the year, if we start to see the new topics + replies is too much noise we may change that to only show new topics.

Neither guests nor search engine bots can see either chat or the chat archives. That doesn't mean that anything goes - you still need to adhere to our terms of service and community guidelines.

Check it out and have some fun with it if you're interested, and let us know what you think.

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Re: Chat?!?!?!

Post by trilobyte » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:50 am

I will be taking chat offline for a little while today, for some tweaks and updates (this will most likely clear out any chat history from the archives).

The feature has been working out well so far. The number of people using it has been pretty small so far, but we've still had some good results and overall it's proven to be a great way for people to connect with each other across the digital divide.

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Re: Chat?!?!?!

Post by trilobyte » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:27 pm

And chat is back up and running with a new version and a few tweaks under the hood. Enjoy!

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Re: Chat?!?!?!

Post by trilobyte » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:44 pm

FYI - the chat system, which is still in the testing stages, is being shut down for the remainder of the season. Tests have been going pretty well so far, but as the board has been getting busier we want to focus on the core needs of the message board. Thanks

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