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addonChat - Ever use it?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mayers, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Mayers

    Mayers Member

    I was wondering if anyone has ever installed and used addonChat on their sites before? I was thinking about getting but wanted some feedback on it. I currently use IRC but have been looking at this as a alternative.

    Do your members find it easy to use?

    Is it worth the $80?

    Ever have any issues with it?

    Any feedback would be great :).

    - Marc
     
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    IRC servers are free
    IRC clients are free
    IRC widgets are free
    IRC integration with forum software is free

    So $80 is expensive. And it's java. Two reasons not to get it.

    And IRC has worked for decades.
     
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Not everyone can use IRC.

    Most of my members wouldn't have a clue how to change their nick so it would be a room full of guest/anonymous users.
     
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  4. Floris

    Floris Guest

    How is addonChat any different?
    If they can't even change a nickname in the nickname field, how are you expecting them to press the "yes, I understand the security risk of Java, run this applet client side on my computer" button when it initializes ..
     
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That's why I use a fully integrated, free chat solution ;)

    I have no doubt that there will be several designed for XF so save your money OP.
     
  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    There's always a learning curve no matter what product/program/add-on you use. Changing your nick in irc is as simple as any other chat module. Put up a guide with the chanserv and nickserv commands and your good to go and learning the novice of users at the same time.
     
  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    http://vbirc.com/chat

    That's what we use, run, operate and support.

    javascript in the browser, integrated with xenforo and vBulletin, free, lightweight, and easy to use.
     
  8. Floris

    Floris Guest

    We've even created aliasses, such as /register yourpasshere and /identify yourpasshere
    which are .. optional, ppl can easily chat without signing up or in.
     
  9. Honestly, if you're looking for a chat that can be great for mods to kick/ban annoying and immature users while having a fairly user-friendly chat, it's not all that bad. It works perfectly for one of the forums I mod for those reason exactly. It's more staff-friendly over flashchat by far. But cost-wise, I'd have to say go to IRC.
     
  10. I can't get in there due to my IP being banned for spam :(
     
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Probably shouldn't have spammed on the network?
    PM me your IP and I can see if it is in our kline. (which is really short).
     
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Not if the chat is integrated to the users table in the forum.
    As soon as they log in to the site they are logged in to chat with the same username.
    Plus it gives forum moderators the ability to delete chats just as they can with forum posts.

    The main drawback of IRC though is it in no way looks anything like the site it is tacked on to.

    I understand why people use IRC but it's not for me or my users.
     
  13. Floris

    Floris Guest

    You can use one regex line to clean up the xf.username to be suitable for irc and give it to mibbit, and auto connect.
     
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    English only please Floris ;)
     
  15. Cezz

    Cezz Formerly Ceri May

    Think you will find it is English... he is saying you can automatically pass the xenForo username to the IRC server.
     
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Sarcasm detector fail...
     
  17. Mr_Bob

    Mr_Bob Well-Known Member

    I've been using addonchat for a few years and it's worked out great for me.

    My members love it. We used to use IRC and they found it too confusing. It also helps out A LOT on the administration end of things. If you integrate AC with your forum (I put up a link to XF over there so I hope they will develop an integration file shortly, they're usually pretty good about that though) you can set up specific group permissions for each usergroup. So, if you ban someone on your forum, they are automatically banned from the chatroom and can not simply IP dodge to get in. This is an example of integration with forum software.

    Also, you can style the chatroom to your liking with a really easy point and click interface, which was a big plus for me. Overall, for me, it's been much easier to manage, and my users have enjoyed it a lot more than IRC. If you don't have a tech savvy audience or would rather not deal with IRC, addonchat or a similar solution to addonchat may be the way to go. Addonchat, however, is the cheapest around I've found with their level of quality.
     
  18. Cezz

    Cezz Formerly Ceri May

    Sarcasm is a pointless waste of time on the internet as the tone that you speak with is not carried into the text.
     
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  19. TheComputerGuy

    TheComputerGuy Active Member

    I use addonchat and I love it versus most other chatrooms.

    I don't pay yearly...I do it monthly....15 bucks a month is a great deal with all the features it offers.

    Get the enterprise version - it includes database integration.
     
  20. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Hence the use of the ;) which was used to infer the sarcasm.
     

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