Msg#: 4010957 posted 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!
Msg#: 4010957 posted 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.