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What an interesting experiance. Apart from the most notable forum saviors, Ed, Phil (and friends) Diane and sysops, the other side of the glue was Boks chat room(s). Although there was problems (some serious) in the chat rooms, they were invaluable helping forum members stay together.

***Three cheers to Bok for putting them up.***

But the question arises on what we are going to do in the future, having another chat area that is a bit more controled would be handy so we can chat with some security.

Is there a better chat solution out there? Does anyone know of a secure chat area where you can develop a board?

Also the current ones restrict slower Macs (like Diane's).

Egroups has a chat if I remember right, and there is also AOL which some folks have used.

Any suggestions folks?

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 30, 1999


Type slower in Bok's chat room... I can't read that fast - it hurts my eyes! :)


-- Forum Refugee (formerly Forum Regular) (Here@y2k.comx), December 30, 1999.


-- Me (me@me.com), December 30, 1999.

e-mail lisa@texasnetworks.com for an alternative and backup. Quite a few folks found this location. Definitely helped me. Didn't realize how much I appreciated this forum until it was gone. Guess you could say, most of the population doesn't recognize how much they are going to miss things when they are gone. Should get interesting, frustrating and down-right horrific as it all goes down. Frankly, I'd prefer to be way off base on this one.

-- Michael (michaelteever@buffalo.com), December 30, 1999.


Mac users aren't "allowed" in the MSN chat area, and that restricts mac users such as Diane, who just might be a handy person to chat with in times of forum stress.

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 30, 1999.


A forum like Lisa's is great but there is something about chatting real time that is special.

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 30, 1999.

Assuming, of course, there is still an internet, next week, I plan on going on a quest for a better alternative. Here's the issues, in a nutshell:

1. Findng something that likes both MACs and PCs; netscape, IE and Web-TV.
2.Finding something that doesn't require downloading software. Believe it or not, not everyone on the forum is a computer whiz. If I can avoid members having to download software, I will.
3. Finding something not Java based, since this seems to be the source of some problems IE users and MAC users have. Also some question the degree of security you have, when your browser is Java enabled.
4. Finding something with an exclude/boot feature.
5. Finding something that allows others besides me to control the exclude/boot feature. I am NOT volunteering to play chat cop, 24/7.
6. Finding something that is always there. It's been my impression that the "drop any time" aspect of the chat room I started has been much appreciated.

If anyone knows of any site that fits all or most of the above, please let me know. A long time forum regular, is currently in contact with me regarding a site that would fit all of the above, except one...it would require a software download (mIRC). If any chatters object to that, please let me know a.s.a.p., as I'll be starting my search on Monday, and trying to come up with another alternative, within a couple of weeks, at the most.

-- Bokonon (bok0non@my-Deja.com), December 30, 1999.


You know I am getting into this because of the communication issue and not your chat of course. It has truly been a great time in your chatroom and we all have new friends because of it.

But something better has to be out there.

-- Brian (imager@home.com), December 30, 1999.

Slow Mac users, it's not your processing speed. I have a fast Mac, and it still gives me problems. But it's worth the work.

-- semper paratus (ready@or.not), December 30, 1999.

Y'all are welcome to try my chatroom. It's a java applet similar to Bok's room. You can "float" the room (make it a seperate page that can be maximized to fit your screen). It also has a "ignore button" to turn off annoying users and it has a privacy mode to talk to someone privately.

Feel free to try it out. If it works for y'all, use it. :)

Y2K Chat

-- NokternL (nokternl@anywhereusa.com), December 30, 1999.

Awwww, Brian, as the sayin' goes, no blood, no foul. I agree whole-heartedly, that a better alternative needs to be found. The software was never meant to handle the kind of load it's been getting lately, and the troll problem is way beyond out of control. This is actually something I've been planning for a while, but the end of the year demands, just made it impossible to do anything.

-- Bokonon (bok0non@my-Deja.com), December 30, 1999.


I feel like I'm back in High School and wasn't invited to the party with the cool kids.

What's Bok and where is it???


-- gary (a@a.com), December 30, 1999.

I recall people mentioning LL being there!!!

Has anyone seen my pocket protector???

-- gary (a@a.com), December 30, 1999.

I use a mac G3, so my vote is for something that is mac friendly. I have plenty of speed but am incompatible with the msn stuff and the software for frl.

-- mommacarestx (nospam@thanks.net), December 30, 1999.

Thanks for thinkin' of my putterin' 68K Mac'puter, Brian.


(Someday... a G4!)

Ashton and Leska mentioned something called IRC, that works well with Macs. Ed even tried it.

Humm. He might have details too. (Ashton & Leska... you still out there?)



(Had to reformat my hard-drive the one and only time I tried Bok's place).

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), December 30, 1999.

I've used mIRC and it is pretty cool but it does require a download.

-- Diane (DDEsq2002@juno.com), December 30, 1999.

Bok, I and many others would love to join the chat room follies. However, WebTV will not support any chat room that is Java based nor can we download any software. I'm not willing to utilize my business computer (if I get a virus that disables me, there would be about 65 people out of work...no money). There has to be a way (we want to play too). I have been frustrated many times by references to your chat room. It sounds like a nice place to stop for a while.

-- Lobo (atthelair@yahoo.com), December 30, 1999.


Thanks for the heads up, on that. I didn't realize that Web-TV users couldn't DL software. I know there are several Web-TV users on the forum, so I'll take that into consideration, when I begin my search.

-- Bokonon (bok0non@my-Deja.com), December 31, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

A long time forum regular, is currently in contact with me regarding a site that would fit all of the above, except one...it would require a software download

b0k is talking about me. I've already posted a description of the advantages of IRC. Yes, it is true, you would need to download some software, but these are very small programs... five minutes tops unless you have a very slow machine.

I would, of course, turn the keys over to b0k, and to other trusted forum regulars after a brief course in how to avoid giving away the channel. The channel has been up and running, waiting for your need. It is currently staffed by my most trusted and well experienced friends (mostly bots).

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), December 31, 1999.


-- INDIA (FLOWER@.HOME.COM), June 24, 2002.

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