posted on Oct, 11 2008 @ 04:20 AM
Let me cover all the bases, and make sure I speak for both members and what I think is going on with ATS.
The fact is, unfortunately, ATS Chat right now isn't under control by ATS other than the member accounts. It is hosted remotely by another entity all
together. Now that being said let me go on to the reason:
The "known" reason is that it has to do with Java Security issues with the chat, and since ATS likes to stay squeaky and secure, SO is not having
the chat put up on the ATS Server, maybe not because of security, but because of the patches with security on the server side software, the chat may
not be compatible.
Since the chat is hosted by a 3rd party, ATS really can't control issues with connectivity or login issues.
While I agree an IRC Chat would be better, here's a problem. It's more difficult to integrate the user database and assign mods. People would be
changing nicknames, posing nicknames and the like, it's too easy to abuse, and on ATS with some members trying to get back at others, that may not be
the best idea to give them that option to abuse, don't you agree?
Unfortunately, I don't think there's an option...I personally found that the original ATS Chat, the one which was powered simply by php processing,
was just as good...and could've been updated to suit the needs of ATS just fine without going flash chat. I honestly find the factor of sound effects
and user "avatars" pointless.
Just my two cents.