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posted by Evilspork to Etiquette/Policy at 11:09 AM (10 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I'd love it if one of these Saturday evenings we managed to get people into the chat. I mean I love the Saturday night hangout-threads but it'd be cool to get everyone who posts on Saturday night into the chat for a real time back and forth.
posted by Fizz at 12:21 PM on June 26, 2018 [4 favorites]

Chat is a nice mellow place, and yeah - Eyebrows McGee has also talked about this - we can definitely think about having more structured Chat Times to give people some reason to hop over there at a given time.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:13 PM on June 26, 2018 [3 favorites]

I sent a note over on ye olde contact form a little while back, but chat doesn't work for me. I tried to get in there, but after the login screen all I got was a blank expanse of solid blue from URL bar to status bar. I tried both Chrome and Firefox. (I did not try setting up a dedicated app.) This was on Windows 10, and I run the Classic theme on my laptop. Anybody else having that problem?
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 1:54 PM on June 26, 2018

*** firstdrop has joined the conversation.

posted by Evilspork at 4:46 PM on June 26, 2018

I've tried Chat a few times, and the latest time it seemed like my messages were appearing at least (which was an improvement over round one) but I don't seem to get any other messages. I see whatever messages were presumably there when I came in, and then whatever I say, and that's it.

Maybe Chat is just super slow sometimes? Or do I maybe have some script blockage or browser thing preventing it from working right?
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 9:48 PM on June 26, 2018

I see whatever messages were presumably there when I came in, and then whatever I say, and that's it.

Ya, it's almost always slow, which is why it is nice to try to get more people in, so it will be less slow.

Chat is kind of a weird place in that regard. It's like a bulletin board system that is always slowly eating itself.
posted by slipthought at 6:12 AM on June 27, 2018

Oh, also, some folks stay logged in whether they are actually there or not. So even if it looks like there are others in the room, they may not actually be there.

posted by slipthought at 6:17 AM on June 27, 2018

Anticipation, there seems to be a bug where super long user names don't log in correctly. Saw it with East Manitoba...'94, who has a sockpuppet just for chat. I suspect that's what's happening for you as well. Maybe frimble et al can shed some light on the user name length thing?

spikeleemajor should have the same problem, as the username length is the same as yours, to the letter.
posted by deezil at 9:49 AM on June 27, 2018

Fizz, I was kicking something like that to slipthought in chat. I'm gonna do one Saturday night a month, kinda at the same time as MetaTalkTail hour, and promise like all hell to be in chat to welcome folks and get the place rocking and rolling a little. Not this Saturday though, I'll be partying* in Nashville.

*probably cuddled on the couch with a cat in my lap
posted by deezil at 9:51 AM on June 27, 2018

I can attest the Chat folk are friendly!

They even helped me try to troubleshoot an IT question for my job at 3 pm on a Tuesday.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:30 PM on June 27, 2018 [1 favorite]

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