Y2K chat on AOL

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>WHERE IS THE CHAT ROOM ON AOL FOR Y2K???? I've been TRYING to > get an answer for weeks. >Answered by aolchat (no@aol.com) on October 17, 1998.

As far as I know, there is no formal established chatroom on AOL discussing Year-2000 issues. Any AOL subscriber can, on his or her own initiative "create" a chatroom in one of several categories. Last week I created a chatroom, called Y2K in the News, Sports and Finance category, and enjoyed a brief cordial visit with Michael Taylor (mtdesign3).

May I suggest to anyone who wants to discuss Y2K on AOL, that you go to the People Connection (click on the Members icon) and look for a chatroom called Y2K in the News, Sports and Finance category. If it's not there, start one. If we all agree to use this name and category,we could "self-organise" a room in AOL.

Should a Y2K chatroom prove popular, see me about organising hosts and schedules and methods for keeping the room open. It's what I do. There is also a method of using AOL facilities to maintain an "always-open" chatroom with promotion from AOL. Don't try this at home. It requires a minimum level of organization.

Being involved in the administration of an an organised chatroom, and having visited Y2K chatrooms on ICQ and on the web, I can't recomend them for the level of information and advice that is available in newsgroups such as this one, c.s.y2k, or Pastor Chris, and many many others. But there is something personal and cozy about talking...err, typing to someone in real-time. Getting immediate feedback and being able to respond right away is one of the treasures of these computer thingies.

For those of you who do not subscribe to AOL, try: http://www.ntplx.net/~rgearity any evening, 8-10PM EST.

Max Dixon runs an ad hoc chatroom on ICQ (a free online chat and mail application). Yer busted, Max. Reply to this thread and let the folks know about it.


PS: I'm involved with the operation of an ongoing AOL chatroom called Rogue. We do puns, haiku, crazy wordgames and unique trivia as well as serious discussions, literary chat and hosted open chat. We're always delighted to have intelligent, fun-loving, interesting new guests visit us. Feel free to stop by Rogue in Arts & Entertainment category any night (except Monday) after 11pm Eastern. Or write me; I'll send you a schedule.

-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), October 18, 1998


Y2K news already supports a chat room.


Just discovered it recently. And you don't have to be an AOL member. There have been 6-20 people chatting at any given time when I have visited, and private chats are easy to create. Give it a try.

-- Steve Hartsman (hartsman@ticon.net), October 18, 1998.

Hi Hallyx!

For the last couple of nights I've been visiting a room in Members under Life called Y2k chat. It was started by a woman who hadn't even started looking around on the net.

I usually just go to search memeber area under the chat menu and seach for Y2k chat. I'll try to get in there when ever I can.

Hope to see you there too. Thanks Hallyx. I enjoyed our chat as well.

Mike ____________________________________________________________________

-- Michael Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), October 18, 1998.

Back in early July of this year I tried to set up an ICQ chat room for Y2K-ers, and wrote a post to this board to let people know about it. For some reason it never appeared in the listings, so today I registered a new ICQ number under the "Computers and Internet" chat list heading, subtopic "The Year 2000 Problem"; hopes it 'takes' this time. Here it is:

Y2K Chat on ICQ 21365870

For those of you who have ICQ, I've set the "Add to Contact List" and "Request Chat" features to auto accept so if I'm online, you can get immediate access. I keep my window background set to light gray so please choose a font color that'll show up, K?

For those of you who don't have ICQ but would like to try it, go to www.mirabilis.com and download it for free. When you come into chat, I suggest that you set your ICQ window to "IRC Style" if there are more than three people present.

I'm usually online from 9-11 PM Mountain time (GMT -7 hrs.) weekdays and sometimes also in the morning from 6-8 AM. Weekends may vary.

See you soon!

-- Max Dixon (Ogden, Utah USA) (Max.Dixon@gte.net), October 18, 1998.

I have been to both spots on member for aol., and there are no sites i have found. Does anyone know how to contact AOL and get them to post it as new chatroom debuting? I really would like to have immediate feedback and my computer is rather old, not enuf room to download as suggested. thanks

-- me again (no@aol.com), October 18, 1998.

I don't know about a chat room, but there's a bulletin board on AOL where people discuss Y2K Go to Keyword: "2000" Then click on "Speak Out" --> Millennium Bug

-- Greg (sharkgreg@aol.com), October 19, 1998.

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