Update: For quite a while, everyone has been on the new beta chat servers, so no one needs to request it anymore! I'm leaving this thread open for archive sake until I decide it is no longer needed.
Been a busy week of requests, and I know my inbox is going to hate me for posting this.
It is pretty obvious we have been aware of the week of chat issues. We have been long overdue for a new chat backend, but several issues along the way have really delayed the release. Each time we thought we were close, we had to start over.
This is different! We actually have a beta ready for this new chat, and it is looking promising! Luck be it that as we get close to being able to put the new chat available to more people, our old one is dieing right before our eyes. We are going all out in trying to get rid of the old chat once and for all, and make this new one count!
The new chat loads fast, and doesn't lag! The only issue is that it is being rewritten from scratch, so it only supports a few commands so far:
Timeout (/timeout name seconds, default 600 if no number is input)
Slow (/slow seconds, default 120 if no numbe is input: Does not warn the chat it was turned on (bug) )
Slowoff (does not warn the chat it was turned off)
We are now only waiting for some hardware to make it more widely available! We want this up as fast as we can!
If you want in on the early beta, despite the lack of features, simply send me an email. Russell@twitch.tv I already get tons of requests to add people to this beta, so please don't blame me if I can't respond quickly! Everyone is on beta chat now! Hoorah!
Also note, that I am really aiming and hoping that we can get a much broader release ready for everyone by next week. Even if that means making the not so finished chat available to everyone. Primative chat is better then no chat.
I'll try to keep you updated, but the primary focus right now is to actually finish the chat!
PS: The bonus of all this is once we are done, we can add all sorts of new cool functions to the chatroom that you all have wanted for quite some time, but no spoilers!
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