Ok, so the last few days have been pretty busy on the site, with a few changes that I want to tell you all about.
Firstly, the Party Room has been retired. It wasn't used very often and because it was stand-a-lone from the other chat rooms it consumed resources that I felt could be put to better use elsewhere.
The Lobby (general chat room) has always been the main room, and that is not going to change. However, it has been mentioned increasingly that some Chatters find the Lobby too fast and difficult to keep up with the conversation; especially when there are lots in the room. Hence the reason why I have introduced two new rooms for you to enjoy too.
The Think Tank
This new room will be a quieter room, perfect for Chatters who want a slower paced chat and are interested in more topical discussions. A room where you can put the world-to-rights so to speak. This room will now also cater for any political or religious chat too.
This room is for quick, punchy chat, ideal for those Chatters seeking light-hearted conversation where the emphasis is on humor, one liners, and genuinely just having a laugh. All in good taste of course.
You will now find a "Who's Where" list of members in Chat on the homepage, with login buttons to each of the main rooms. However, newbies will ONLY be able to login directly to the Lobby, the 'Think Tank' and 'Giggle' rooms are still accessible to newbies, but ONLY once they are logged into the Lobby. Premium Members (not trial members) will have a choice as to which main room they want to login to.
This ensures that the first point of contact for newbies is always going to be the Lobby.
Chat room rules and site terms and conditions still apply to ALL ROOMS. A Site Admin/Monitor will still monitor the rooms. Moving forward, it may be that I need to request the services of some additional monitors to help - we'll see... Also, you may ONLY access one room at a time. Please do not attempt to join multiple chat rooms concurrently.
I hope you like the new changes? I realize some people would prefer having just the one room. In a perfect world - yes, I would agree. However, it's never going to be perfect and as the site continues to develop, impossible to cater for everyone's taste. Due to our International reach there are bound to be clashes and differences of opinions among members. This can only escalate in a live chat environment where words and meanings can quickly become misconstrued. That said, I don't think it's too much to ask for all of us to be courteous and respectful to the people we meet, no matter who or where you are. Manners cost nothing.
By providing a choice of chat rooms I hope we can cater for the vast majority of people on the site. As I've said before, nothing is set-in-stone. I'm happy to hear about any ideas you have, and will do my best to offer a service that continues to help people build friendships as quickly as possible in a safe fun and friendly environment.
All the best