I’ve added a chat box to the side bar. I’m hoping this will give people who want to a place to chat/frazzle/rejoice during matches. This is the free version of the chat. I don’t see any reason to pay for one until I know if you guys like it and want to use it. Since it’s free, you’ll see adverts just above the box where you put your name in. Also, there’s no integration with the site membership here, which is kind of a bummer. One of the benefits of this chat box is that the code and traffic are not on my server, so it won’t overload things. :) The free version doesn’t auto-refresh when there’s a new chat post. To refresh the chat and not impact the server, click the little “refresh” link that shows in the box just above where you put in your email/url. I’m not sure how useful it will be as a chat box without the auto-refresh feature, but we’ll see.
Update: Screw it. It was just $6 for a 3 month trial. I upgraded to paid.
Want your avatar to show up? Just paste the url to your avatar image into the “email/url” box – use the base avatar url, not the one with any size variables in it. It should look something like this: “http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/16db7230cffe8ecd5d209496caef416a.png” if you are using Gravatar. If you registered here and upload an image for your avatar, just right click on your image and copy the image url (delete the http:// part, though). I’m trying to see if I can integrate it with your login to this site so that the avatar is automatic, but that might take a bit. Thanks for your patience.
Does the sound on post annoy you? Click on the sound icon below the input box to turn the volume down. Click again to mute it. Forget that. The sounds were way too annoying – especially if you were just browsing and didn’t give a flip about the chat. I’ve disabled that feature.
Useful? Silly? Fun? Why bother? Let me know.