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Coleslaw

Goodbye IP.Chat, hello ArrowChat!

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Coleslaw

Hey everyone,

 

As some of you are aware, Invision Community Suites will be discontinuing their chat service on April 30th, 2017. We have been working over this past weekend to upgrade to a new chat service for AVEN, ready to launch for all members within the next two weeks.

 

There will be many differences with the new chat, provided by ArrowChat. First, we regret to inform everyone that ArrowChat will not be available on mobile at launch time. We have purchased a basic license of ArrowChat until we have a chance to assess the impact of a self-hosted chat on our server; if forecasted costs look to remain within our current raised budget, we will upgrade to full mobile support, so consider this a soft launch of the platform.

 

Additionally, there are several major features changes for the chat, including:

 

Features we gain:

- Chat rooms with dedicated topics

- Pop-out chat

- Persistent chat bar

- Hundreds of emojis
 

Features we lose:

- Action commands (ie: /me)

- Media posts

 

Features that won't change:

- Shared login with AVEN

- Chat tab

- Moderation features

 

One of the new features is a persistent chat bar at the bottom of your screen. To join chat, you must enter one of the available chat rooms. If you don’t want to join chat, don’t worry! You will not be added to the Online Users list unless you join, and there is a “Hide Chat Bar” button that allows you to tuck the chat bar away. You will also be able to join the chat by clicking the chat tab as you normally do.

 

All in all, I’m happy with the new chat system and hope all of you will be too!

 

Coleslaw

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Cimmerian

I look forward to seeing our new chat! :D

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sculapius
31 minutes ago, Coleslaw said:

- Chat rooms with dedicated topics

 

Finally.... FINALLY! The chat has been upgraded to 1993 IRC standards!

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Icelandic WinterDragon

I look forward to seeing the new chat room :D

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chair jockey

How will the topics be created?

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Icelandic WinterDragon
50 minutes ago, chair jockey said:

How will the topics be created?

It might be based on what anyone is talking about that day, or they will be permanently set and so you can choose one of your liking. I look forward to it :D 

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dragon_nerd

RIP /me

You shall be missed 

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Serran
2 hours ago, chair jockey said:

How will the topics be created?

They will be static chat rooms, pre-created by AVEN. 

 

20 minutes ago, dragon_nerd said:

RIP /me

You shall be missed 

I knooooow. I will not get used to it. :lol:

 

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dragon_nerd

 

4 hours ago, Coleslaw said:

- Chat rooms with dedicated topics

This sounds more complicated then necessary, I think. If I am understanding this correctly.

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pook

the best part of this is there is a built in poop emoji

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Mell,22

hundreds of emojies!!!!! FINALLY!!!

u have no idea how i was tortured by lack of expressions in emojies!!:D:lol:

Thanks Lord!

and Thank U!

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NerotheReaper

/me commands, I shall miss you my wonderful friend 

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DNA
7 hours ago, dragon_nerd said:

RIP /me

You shall be missed 

:'(

 

But we can still do like this... 

 

*see* :) 

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Coleslaw
6 hours ago, dragon_nerd said:

This sounds more complicated then necessary, I think. If I am understanding this correctly.

Hopefully it won't be. We will start out with a small number of rooms to help direct conversation. One of the current chat's biggest drawbacks is the fact that it's difficult to carry on multiple conversations at once, and we're hoping that this will help allow chat newbies feel like they can keep up with the conversation, or join a more dedicated channel for questions when needed/wanted.

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Snao Cone

We can still type /me and get the message across. At least that's what I'll be doing. :D

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God of the Forest
12 hours ago, dragon_nerd said:

RIP /me

You shall be missed 

It should be fine though because we can just use asterisks(*) 

*RipleyJ sits on the couch with @ChillaKilla and plays a video game*

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goose121

w00t!

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ChillaKilla
13 hours ago, RipleyJ said:

It should be fine though because we can just use asterisks(*) 

*RipleyJ sits on the couch with @ChillaKilla and plays a video game*

If it's MarioKart, you're in big trouble :P Supreme world champ here

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fiѕh

but chat's randomness and its 2387437 different topics are great :( 

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Coleslaw
4 hours ago, fiѕh said:

but chat's randomness and its 2387437 different topics are great :( 

Don't worry! That will (very likely) stay the same, but we've created additional rooms to help people who may be visiting for the first time have an easier time accessing the information they're looking for.

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Sleighcaptain

we're hoping to, but we need to see how things work, and cost, on desktop first

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Icelandic WinterDragon
45 minutes ago, Skycaptain said:

we're hoping to, but we need to see how things work, and cost, on desktop first

I get my desktop back tonight hopefully, I will be able to check out the new chat as well before my summer adventure through Yellowstone. I believe I'll like the new chat as well.

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Zendalis

I've actually never been in the chat room...don't even know how to go about it...but I will try it :)

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Icelandic WinterDragon
3 hours ago, Zendalis said:

I've actually never been in the chat room...don't even know how to go about it...but I will try it :)

Come in and stop by :P, the times it's silent are 12 noon-2  and 12 am-4 am, it varies though and same as for some days :P 

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dragon_nerd
42 minutes ago, Shieldmaiden WinterDragon said:

Come in and stop by :P, the times it's silent are 12 noon-2  and 12 am-4 am, it varies though and same as for some days :P

I know right! 12-4 pm (afternoon) is normally when I want to talk but no one is there!

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Icelandic WinterDragon
1 minute ago, dragon_nerd said:

I know right! 12-4 pm (afternoon) is normally when I want to talk but no one is there!

Yes, I usually just go through the forums then and pop in to see who is chatting if any.

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Togee

I'm so glad we'll get one, I was kinda scared in the beginning^_^. (How would I live without an AVEN chat?:huh:)

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Yato

Isn't Arrowchat what Facebook uses?

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pook
43 minutes ago, スバル said:

Isn't Arrowchat what Facebook uses?

It's pretty much facebook chat

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