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Old Jan 13 2006, 05:03 PM   #1
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Just wondered if the PTB had thought of adding a chat here?
Nothing that costs...there are plenty of "freebies" around.
Sigmachat springs to mind, but I'm sure there are many more.

Just a thought........I for one would like to chat to the folks "over here".
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Old Jan 13 2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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It's been discussed before, though not recently. We may be starting to build up a large enough member base to reconsider it.

I would welcome opinions from more members on the idea.
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Old Jan 14 2006, 12:02 AM   #3
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Maybe it's a question not of overall membership, rather, of the active membership. I wouldn't mind getting into chat again, after over a decade, but the times I am on there are so few others, usually, there with me.
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Old Jan 14 2006, 03:47 AM   #4
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I already got a freebee chatroom on the frontpage of my site, www.pern.nl, for such purposes. Like when people want to meet for chat. Although it's a totally free thing I'm impressed at the quality.

Jody Lynn Nye agreed to a chat even before the AMCF one but it needs time and "advertising" to make such a chat a success.
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Old Jan 14 2006, 05:11 AM   #5
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I already got a freebee chatroom
Wouldn't work for me........
I just sat for 10 minutes....got as far as "Java applet loading" but no further
Maybe ya need to put another hamster in the wheel?
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Old Jan 14 2006, 05:16 AM   #6
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I've never used a chatroom- i use MSN occasionally tho!
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Old Jan 14 2006, 05:17 AM   #7
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True, it doesn't work but since there's nothing wong on my side I'm guessing that it is something on the DigiChat erm SigmaChat servers. You'd best try later

Later opera (not the other browsers) says: ivalid bytecode...

Hmm, the whole www.sigmachat.com site seems unavailable... I'll keep you posted.
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Old Jan 14 2006, 10:17 AM   #8
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I wouldn't mind a chat room. I think it's been about 10 years for me as well ghyle!! I used to host a chat room on AOL for many years (where I met hubby 15 years ago!!). We could even have live book discussions!
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Old Jan 14 2006, 10:26 AM   #9
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The "0" server of Sigma Chat (their site is online again; so I could access my account and the support pages to check which server I am on and what the status is) is indeed offline.

I'm sorry for this but can't do anything about it. Let's hope things will be solved soon.
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Ok I am going to put myself out on that limb again and ask:

"What is a chat room" ???

I have heard of them before but no one has ever said what they were?
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Old Jan 15 2006, 04:41 AM   #11
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Exactly what it says it is, Maelin. It is like MSN (if you know what that is), only public. I.e. it is kind of an instant forum in which you not post and wait for an answer but in which people are online all the time and active. So to anything what you post you get direct answers (or comments)

A chatroom has a list, so you can see who is online/in there and some buttons for special functions, often threre's a button to put an irritating person on ignore (so you don't see what he/she types) and you usually can get into a private conversation with somebody you do like and with whom (if the other accepts) you can start a conversation that the others in the chatroom can't see.

I just noticed Pern Chat is online again. So just CLICK HERE to go there; fill out your name in the username box, click on Login and see for yourself. And there, you learnt yet another fun thing
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Old Jan 15 2006, 05:59 AM   #12
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Just had a nice testchat with Jax and Golder. The thing works fine but there's a max message length that is annoying, so I'll see if that can be changed.
It is rather a bare chatroom, but then it works, does what it needs to be able to do and is free.

I invite anyone to go there and play around wth buttons and commands. I'd appreciate any form of feedback. If necessary we can always consider buying the upgrade

Thanks!
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Old Jan 15 2006, 06:10 AM   #13
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Ah well, they do want to entice people to buy the thing
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Please go vote in the poll in the Library Cafe.
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Old Jan 16 2006, 10:39 PM   #15
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Hans, once again to my rescue. Yes I do know what a Instant Messenger is, I have one I use with the girls about once a week. But I am not real clear on how everything works. But a chat room in here sound teriffic.
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I already voted for it in the other room.Yeah, lets chat!!!
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