"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:17 PM
The Unexplained Mysteries chat room has undergone a huge facelift today, our existing Java based Parachat system has been ditched completely and replaced with a shiny new Flash based chat system which is faster, easier to use and offers a number of brand new features.
To log in please use your forum display name, as oppose to your login name.
So what's new ? Here's a brief rundown on what the new chat room offers:
Multiple rooms The chat room system is no longer going to be restricted to a single room, in addition to multiple rooms we now have a 'lobby' that will be the first thing you see when you log in to the chat. From here you can see all the available rooms and how many people are in each one, switching rooms is also now a simple process that can be achieved from a quick drop-down box. The off-topic room is back and unlike before you will not be forced to enter any given room by default, you can decide exactly where you want to go from the outset.
Media room It is now possible to log in to our "Media Room" in which chatters will be able to watch and discuss a playlist of our featured YouTube videos live within the chat room itself, we'll be updating the list on a regular basis so there should be something new to see in there every day. Because its a chat room you'll be able to talk to other chat room users about any of the videos being shown in real time as you watch them.
Chat room size options Our old chat room was rather on the small side with a fixed size, but with our new system you can now increase the physical size of the chat room from a menu at the top right of the page so that you are no longer confined to chat in a tiny space in the center of the screen. Sizes representing all the most common screen resolutions are available.
Configuration and forum integration The new chat room offers a lot of new options to configure it to how you want it. A chat room history is available allowing you to view the transcript and save it to your computer without having to scroll your mouse over the entire thing in the main chat window. There are audio notifications (which can be disabled) and a selection of font, colour, avatar and background options to personalise your text and chat area. The chat room is also now integrated with the forum so that you can view a member's profile, posts, topics or send them a forum PM via the chat, you can also now click 'report' to let the moderators know about any troublesome members that you encounter.
An FAQ with additional information can be be found - here. I'll be updating the FAQ with additional commonly asked questions over time so if you have a question please check there first.
So go and log in, have a look around and give the chat room a go, hope you enjoy it.
Ah nuts. This is blocked at my job as well, used a chat a bit ago based off of the same system.
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.