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arrowchat - meebo - wibiya

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Volion, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Volion

    Volion Active Member

  2. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  3. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  5. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    Thanks for the links, however I had those and Taiga. Was looking more for personal experiences from Admins running those bars, good, bad, ugly.
     
  6. Cory Booth

    Cory Booth Well-Known Member

    I have used CometChat and the spin off ArrowChat... I have also used wibiya....

    Here is some observations...
    1. Comet and Arrow can be taxing on your server. The User's online is typically inaccurate.
    2. It exhausted me to tell users they had to "friend" (or follow) a user before they could chat with them.
    (I played with the various SQL calls, never got it to work how I expected)

    I was looking for a more universal chat room - not a one on one...
    Granted the above chat's offer that type, but the clickiness of it turned off my users - they preferred something like Tagachat...

    I have user's who love to open secondary windows by right clicking... I think this kills the online enviornment with 8-9 open windows - per user...

    Ultimately, it just wasn't worth it...

    Wibiya was ok - but to configure it to open a chatroom (I think thye used TinyChat at the time) it was just wierd... Didn't like the interface.

    Between Tagachat and PM's - I didn't see the need.

    After I get done with my third XF site, I may have an ArrowChat license I'll part with.
     
  7. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    Very informative, just what I was looking for, thank you.
     
  8. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I've never been a fan of these services, all I see it doing is slowing down a site and taking away content that could be posted or shared on the forums.
     
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    My members are the opposite, they hate not having arrowchat. I deactivated arrowchat several times. Some got mad and left the site. Some made threads b!tching bout missing arrowchat. For some people on my site, Arrowchat is the convenience of facebook chat without having to actually add people to their facebook.
     
  10. crazygirl

    crazygirl Member

    I have allways used cometchat as i really like it and my members used to like it better than the normal shout box
     
  11. Brentnauer

    Brentnauer Well-Known Member

    Can CometChat behave as a normal chatroom? I don't like the Facebook style thing.
     
  12. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    I have looked at cometchat, was considering the top of the line or platinum version. The chatrooms located on the far left of the bar seems like weird placement to me, can it be moved over to the right side?
     
  13. Brentnauer

    Brentnauer Well-Known Member

    Or alternatively, as just an embedded object in a single page.
     
  14. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    I figured that, however it seems it cannot be moved other then embedded and I like the functionality of having the other plug-ins in the bar.
     
  15. caliman

    caliman Active Member

    I have Cometchat and my members like it. The support is absolutely horrible in my experience. The worst I have ever dealt with. Tickets open for weeks without a response. It's just my experience but it was terrible.
    It used to come with cool FLASH games and those just went poof one day.

    I've been looking at arrowchat as it has 'is typing.'

    FWIW
     
  16. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    It seem that support for both is horrible, I sent ArrowChat a pre-sales ticket over a week ago with no answer. :(
     
  17. caliman

    caliman Active Member

    Ugh. Sorry to hear that. Support is important.
    Is it possible to set a whole usergroup for arrowchat or do they have to be friends?
     
  18. Volion

    Volion Active Member

    Those are the questions I asked without reply. I'm getting rather frustrated with software these days, especially pay for beta's that never get updated.
     
  19. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    I needed a chat solution that offered real time one on one conversation (not private messaging) and private chatrooms that users could create.
    Envolve (free version) - Cured both of those needs but was always lagging and messages were continually not sent. Lots of problems with users staying logged in long after they've gone. Users who were not signed up were joining the chat (even though I turned that option off).

    So I moved on to CometChat - Fairly satisfied with the cheapest version. I've had no server issues with up to 10-15 users chatting simultaneously and I'm still on shared hosting. BIG downside is lack of immediate moderation options. I'd say it's one of the weakest points that cometchat has. I have to let moderators have access to the admin controls of the chat in order to ban or clear chat properly.

    I don't like flash so I refuse to use the flash chats with IRC. Many members don't like the flash irc options either.
     
  20. Brentnauer

    Brentnauer Well-Known Member

    Can someone explain the pros and cons of this vs AddonChat? I've used them forever and have never had a problem.
     

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