December 17, 2014
Clarification on the "Ideas" request
Let me clear up a few things about the request for ideas from members I made a couple of days ago. First, let me dispel some myths.
Now, with that being said, please refrain from offering up ideas that reiterate bringing back the regular chat room capacity, your favorite rooms, or continue to ask when cs12 will be restored and/or when the new chat software will be ready.
Now you have a clue of what's going on, you'll find these aren't ideas so much as hopeful recommendations of things that are going to be restored anyway. I want fresh ideas that can be perhaps added to the new chat software. I want ideas
of what you feel is of value. I want ideas of what you believe are the portions of your membership that make you cherish it the most. I also want ideas of what additional value you would like to see that isn't there so far.
- The room limit of 20 per room is NOT a membership drive. It is not my choice but it is a must and I'll tell you why.
- There are two servers for a reason. Balance and load of chatters across almost 80 rooms.
- cs12 went down for repairs. If I were to put all rooms and all users on cs10, there wouldn't be a cs10 much longer.
- To restore as much room functionality as possible, I had to create as many rooms as I could and put onto cs10.
- I then realized that if I kept the room limit 25, with an additional 30+ rooms now on cs10, there a load imbalance and a lot of server crashes. Who wants that?!?
- I decreased the room limit to 20 across about 70 or so rooms. I realize some users and their favorite rooms got left out. I'm sorry but it's the nature of the beast right now.
- Once the new chat server software is in place, both cs10 and cs12 will be restored to full capacity and all rooms will be back to where they were.
- The telegraph feature has been disabled and will be restored with the new chat software with a lot more restrictions to prevent abuse.
Thank you for your reading time.
December 15, 2014
Chatropolis Members: ALERT
I want to hear from all of you Chatropolis members about what you value you get from your membership. Tell me what you like, wish you had more of, what you dislike with the
membership, as well as any value ideas that you feel I would like to know that should be added. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me have it. This is not a voice your grievance request nor an invitation to inquire about at timeline on completion request. Non-appropriate
emails will be ignored. However, I do want you members to let me know what value you receive and what you may also like to receive with your membership.
December 15, 2014
Thank you all for your support!
Another chat server update
Things are really coming along. The new structure, design, and implementation is complete and now it's just a matter of adding more tweaks to the backend.
That may not sound like much but now that the foundation is in place, we can start adding in all the good features that you know and love as well as new ones.
More to come, promise!
July 10, 2014
Alright so here is the deal so far. There have been extended delays in getting cs12 restored because now, upon further review, I think it's time to move past the old IFCS2 software
which our chat servers are currently running and focus on the new v3. So I have made preparations to have the chat software redone, a different way, that hopefully will fix
a few of the glitches that keep haunting us, like the white screen from hell, and a few login issues. The bonus of this is that the software will be far more portable to allow
for operating system and environment upgrades in order to keep up with the latest technologies available. The current software is limited since Mike's passing and I cannot
However, with the new software plans, I've already taken steps to find extra security measures to help all chatters feel safer and more secure. I'll be trying to keep the
look about the same but there may be some distinct variances in how things look overall in a chat room. But be rest assured, I'm not trying turn everything upside down so you
lose that familiar experience you've come to love.
The software is under development and will extend the delay of cs12's restoration. However, after testing and testing again upon completion, cs12 will be the first server
with the new v3 of the Chatro software. The delay may be another month or two, depending on how things go. Once cs12 is converted successfully, cs10 will be converted next but
those plans are down the line and I will keep you informed. Hang in there, it's about to get better.
Feb 24, 2014
Membership Bundles available now
Why not buy a membership bundle for a friend or friends?
You can show your appreciation, settle a debt, or help out one that can't get a membership themselves.
April 10, 2012
The dreaded white chat screen/reload hell
Probably the most common and the biggest technical issue I experience is the dreaded white chat screen. It is a true pain in the ass for most chatters. What is this, you ask? It's the situation where you enter a chat room and the top and bottom frames load just fine but the middle frame is just white like it is trying to load and stalled. For others, it will default to a 404 error in the middle. For some others, it will load the text but the text does not scroll. All of these things are painfully irritating to most.
Everyone wants to blame it on Chatropolis and how laggy it is, how the servers aren't worth a bleep, and get upset because nothing is being done about it. Contrary to that popular belief, most typically this symptom is caused by your antivirus's webshield which is trying to preempt the open stream connection of the Chatropolis HTML chat room. It sees the open stream as a security threat because in most situations a web browser like IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc, opens a connection with the remote web server when you go to an address in the address bar. The browser requests the page information to be sent to it. The web server responds in kind with the most updated files it has stored and communication between browser and web server is brief and to the point. Once all data is loaded, the connection is closed.
Chatropolis rooms are not built like this so these web shields go nuts and try to close off that connection as virus tend to open connections and leave it open in order to transmit information from your end to whatever hacker created the virus. Chatropolis rooms, I rest assure you, merely transmit the data from the middle frame to your end from the server, that's it.
What you must do is look into adding exceptions for cs10.chatrpolis.com/* and cs12.chatropolis.com/* to the web/internet/surf shield so it will ignore the Chatropolis chat servers. You could also disable the antivirus program while chatting but I don't recommend that. The biggest issue with that is most do not know where that is within their own antivirus program and there are so many variants and names for it that I cannot know exactly where to guide you in order to add it. I can with AVG and perhaps Norton 360, but there are far more antivirus programs out there than just those two. If you wish for a compatible recommendation for Chatropolis then I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista and 7 users in addition to MalwareBytes for some of the best anti-spyware coverage that is free on the web.
This combination will keep you safe but allow you to chat without these white screen and 404 issues. This is ONLY a recommendation and not a requirement.