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Chat room for big board?
by Jah-Hools
31 Aug 2007 10:33

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What do you suggest?

Here is one month of visit stats

Forum has 1,300 on line at one time as a max figure

Moderated guest chats would be good,could have as many as 200 in for one off 'special VIP guests' chat sessions...? But day to day chat probably 50 on line max?

Multi language is of interest

Things to watch out for?

Too risky, will slow server? Just forget chat?

hotcouponworld 06 Sep 2007 08:10

Chat does slow the server. We upgraded our server so our members could chat. We use the flashchat. But we find that we don't get more than about 40ppl tops in the chat room at any given time, and we have 12K members and about 1800 who are on at some point in the day every day on average.

TheComputerGuy 09 Sep 2007 00:46

you may want to look at IRC or a hosted solution for that big of a crowd. I have over 10.4k members.

I used flash chat, but I only have 10-12 people in the chatroom max

Alfa1 09 Sep 2007 15:11

I use flashchat but would skip to another solution that can handle larger numbers of chatters and has more functionality, if I can find a good one. So far 123flashchat (a different solution than flashchat) seems good, but not optimal and extremely expensive. Tips would be nice.
I have 30K of members/ 5K active members. 120K unique visitors.

spinifex 09 Sep 2007 18:22

i got 7k+ members and i just use either vbshout v3 or a nice new one called inferno vbshout lite which is quite good! other than those all i can recommend is use Flashchat v4?

with vbshout v3 you can restrict who can view or use it and also make it bigger on the screen...

im yet to find better!

Spinifex.

Stifler 09 Sep 2007 19:59

I'd stay away from flash chat.. i've seen some big boards using jIRC scripts.. personally if ur board can handle mgc chat box on 30 second refreshes and 5 min timeout i think its win.

wtrk 15 Sep 2007 15:34

ive got 30,000 users with a few hundred on most of the time and almost nobody ever uses the chat. we use flashchat, i think the most ive ever seen in the chat is like 10 people.

peterpigman 16 Sep 2007 09:26

Stick with Irc.

Snake 22 Sep 2007 14:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by peterpigman (Post 1339992)
Stick with Irc.

Exactly. Besides, it won't eat up all the bandwidth that you've got.

Alfa1 22 Sep 2007 21:30

As google talk has implemented Jabber into their sites and have connected this with Yahoo, MSN and AIM, is there no posibility to do the same?

Kaelon 23 Sep 2007 02:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alfa1 (Post 1344790)
As google talk has implemented Jabber into their sites and have connected this with Yahoo, MSN and AIM, is there no posibility to do the same?

This sort of solution is largely user-to-user communication; I haven't seen Jabber deployed on a web site to encourage chat "rooms" in the sense that multiple users can congregate in the same chatspace.

Hornstar 24 Sep 2007 02:52

I'm using inferno shoutbox pro, my users enjoy it more then the chatroom (I had intalled last time) which hardly got used, and I have 110 000+ members on my site. Server load is good, and the instant refresh is great.

Zachery 24 Sep 2007 03:51

Use an IRC chat, it weeds out alot of what you would not want around.

DivisionByZero 24 Sep 2007 08:07

Don't use FlashChat, it takes about 15 concurrent connections to bog down your mysql server!

Don't listen to what anyone says about IRC. IRC is and has always been a MAJOR security risk if you host it yourself. It's not very user friendly and will not be very appealing to your novice computer users.

I recommend VolanoChat. www.volano.com VolanoChat is 100% Java and is benchmarked to handle 30,000 simultaneous connections while not affecting performance at all! If you decide to go with VolanoChat Pro, i'll give you my integration script (free of charge), which has a fully featured backend, usergroup based permissions and works with the vB language module. Everything that's customizable in VolanoChat, i have integrated into my script.

Dean C 24 Sep 2007 08:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by MisterPopularity (Post 1345765)
Don't use FlashChat, it takes about 15 concurrent connections to bog down your mysql server!

Don't listen to what anyone says about IRC. IRC is and has always been a MAJOR security risk if you host it yourself. It's not very user friendly and will not be very appealing to your novice computer users.

I recommend VolanoChat. www.volano.com VolanoChat is 100% Java and is benchmarked to handle 30,000 simultaneous connections while not affecting performance at all! If you decide to go with VolanoChat Pro, i'll give you my integration script (free of charge), which has a fully featured backend, usergroup based permissions and works with the vB language module. Everything that's customizable in VolanoChat, i have integrated into my script.

That's absolute nonsense. IRC is *not* a security risk. Also it is extremely user-friendly if you use an applet, then no-one has to install third-party software. I would 100% reccommend using it for any size forum to be honest, as the only overhead you have is your applet. I agree that third-party software is generally overwhelming for your average john smith, but as long as you have the applet or whatever on your site, it's no different to having FlashChat or anything like that, except your server doesn't bear the bruteforce of the IRC protocol traffic. I wouldn't reccomend hosting your own IRC server, but instead I'd reccomend using a big network like Quakenet or Linknet, where you can own your own chat rooms, instead of Efnet which is entirely open.


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