For those of you who are using the free java chat rooms we have here, you have noticed that we have launched a major upgrade today. There are some great new features in the backend that allow our new chat program to handle more users, and to filter out the spammers faster and easier. Many users will find that the new chat room has some limitations, and it may be frustrating at first, but I think everyone will get use to it in no time.
Th biggest complaints I am sure will be that the Pms or private messages will no longer open in a “pop up” window. They now open in a tab, and this prevents everyone from chatting in a private message window, while being able to see the main room. I myself find that a bit annoying, but it really is necessary in order to keep the chat room functioning smoothly for everyone. I am sure that many of you have had issues when multiple pms pop up, and hopefully those issues will now be resolved.
Another big complaint will certainly be that you can not change your screen name color. I know, this sucks, but hey, we will making it easier for everyone to add their own custom avatar next to your name, so that should alleviate that issue soon.
We are still working on other upgrades for our chat systems. A new java / flash chat system is currently in development that will have many more features. For now this upgrade is necessary for our system to handle the load of users we are getting. Look for new features coming in the next couple of months.
We welcome your feedback in the comments below.