Removing Arrowchat

Discussion in 'Exploding Rabbit' started by Jay, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Jay

    Jay Level 13: ER Team

    I plan on removing ArrowChat. Here are my reasons:
    • Inelegant design
    • Costs money
    • Adds additional database queries
    • Requires maintanenance
    • Not used enough for all of the above to be worth it
    If you think this is a bad decision, please explain why.
     
  2. Faruga

    Faruga Level 12: Super Mod
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    Is there a different chat client that's better?
     
  3. Jay

    Jay Level 13: ER Team

    The only other thing I was considering is a shout box, but I haven't decided on it. Otherwise, I wasn't planning on not having chat. If there was something really good, I'd consider it, but I don't know of anything better than ArrowChat.

    Also, I'm planning on merging the site with the forum, so I'm trying to get rid of things that aren't being used much so it runs faster.
     
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  4. Faruga

    Faruga Level 12: Super Mod
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    inb4 xat gets popular again
     
  5. JoMamma

    JoMamma Level 6: Lakitu

    ....not used enough.

    okay, damn. i had no idea i was the only one who talked to people.
    there are still a ridiculous number of people who are here JUST for the arrowchat, so taking it away would be, in effect, giving quite a few members the boot.

    but i can understand if it's a budget thing. we still have that xat.
     
  6. Jay

    Jay Level 13: ER Team

    I was only looking at the chatroom logs before. It looks like more people use it for private chats.
     
  7. JoMamma

    JoMamma Level 6: Lakitu

    yeah that's the main thing. public chat is very dead, but it's because a lot of people's interests vary way too much.

    private chats are used by some members who haven't even posted anything for months. years, even.
    a lot of the chats here are one on one. PMs are very widely used.

    honestly i don't see the reason to remove anything aside from cost. the public chat has been seeing some use more often in the last few days.
     
  8. mitsymckenzie777

    mitsymckenzie777 Level 6: Lakitu

    OK. Just to be clear this affects both private and group chats? I'm just curious because @Jay I know how it is trying to cut back due to financial difficulties. I'll miss private chat but I know you have to survive.
     
  9. Omicron

    Omicron Level 9: Spike Top

    Shoutbox seems really nice.
     
  10. Rey D

    Rey D Level 12: Super Mod
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    My thoughts. The end.
     
  11. DarkBowser007

    DarkBowser007 Level 6: Lakitu

    i'm not too sure about removing the chatbar
    the shoutbox seems good for public chat

    but what do we use for private?

    though i can understand if it's cutting into your costs
     
  12. aliceandsven

    aliceandsven Level 9: Spike Top

    The Private Chat system is really nice, but at least on my end the bar keeps logging me out for some reason. I've looked over the bar and the options and can't figure out how to fix this. I don't know if anyone else has this problem.

    I would not support cutting the people off who are using it, however there are better alternatives to staying in touch with people, like the old versions of AIM or Skype, or Steam if you use it. I'm sure a google search would turn up even better results than those.

    I definitely would not support paying for a chat-bar.

    Current Thoughts already functions as the site's shout-box, kinda.
     
  13. Faruga

    Faruga Level 12: Super Mod
    Patron

    This has been known about for a while now.
    http://www.explodingrabbit.com/forum/threads/17719/
     

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