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chat rooms - how things have changed!

 5:33 pm on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

used to enjoy having a chat in various chat rooms years ago.

logged into a Y! chat room and it was a case of "keep your head down" for all the bots, inundated with bots and junk

are there any *real* chat rooms left for serious chat?



 10:17 pm on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yup, the Y! bot thing is pretty bad. I stopped visiting in 2003 for that reason. Moderating a chat became a whole night of whack-a-mole and not very fun.

There are a lot of small/big/huge IRC networks with a Java/Ajax web front ends that do well. Making a room private with someone else hosting the IRC server is easy. There's one that integrate with Twitter too!

I met my wife in an IRC chat room in 1998.


 5:59 pm on Oct 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't think there are any real people in Yahoo chat rooms anymore. The bots pretty much entertain each other.

Yahoo should really take a look at revamping that system. But I guess it doesn't generate enough money to invest some real time into it.


 6:09 pm on Oct 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

are there any *real* chat rooms left for serious chat?

Yep. The one I visit regularly is a well moderated, niche specific (recovery related), Java powered platform. You won't find me in too many 'community' rooms anymore, or IRC. Too many bozos on that bus already, they don't need another.


 2:24 pm on Oct 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Chat rooms>>forums>>facebook>>twitter.

If you want to use social media, at least try and get into the right decade :). Or in this case, the right century!


 4:32 pm on Oct 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Too many bozos on that bus

Oh my, a FireSign Theater fan? :-)

From time to time, I'll pop on IRC and go into tech forums - Perl, etc. - for a problem I can't crack, but otherwise haven't been there in years. Who has time to burn?

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