There has been a trial Chat page or two on KM UK now for over a week so I thought it was time to get some feedback on the options we’ve seen.
The very first one, which we’ll call Chat 0, was OK but I had some concerns about the way it was going to work longer term and the lack management tools. On the plus side it did have a sort of Login option and used Gravatar avatars for each person when available. It was relatively easy to make some cosmetic adjustments to give a better layout. It had a sound notification of new posts but no automatic scrolling.
That was quickly followed by Chat 1. A definite improvement in the way in the way it handled comments in terms of spam protection and management but did suffer from a few false positives. Cosmetic tweaks had it looking like it belonged on KM UK. The chat was paged rather than a continuous list, which had its pluses and minuses.
Chat 2 is, in many ways, much like Chat 0. Similar in layout but it has some filtering and management options that Chat 0 didn’t have. The comment handling lacks a little compared to Chat 1 though. There also appears to be a performance issue with the Safari web browser, including that found on the iOS (iPhone, iPad & iPod touch). Sound notification and auto-scrolling are both options.
Chat 1 and Chat 2 are both available for testing. They are both listed in the menu on the right, for now.
Now is the time to decide which way we’re going to go with it. Chat 0 was quickly replaced with the superior Chat 1, so that is not an option, but number 2 is still in the running.
So, which chat would you like to see KM UK keep? Or do you want it scrapped completely?
We’ll leave this running for a few days. Feel free to leave any feedback, suggestions and comments below.
Which Chat should we use?
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