Chatbox Problem - PLEASE READ, need your cooperation
With our increase in membership, the Chatbox usage is too high for the shared server, even with our business account. If we kept the chat software we are using now, we'd have to move to a dedicated server, which would cost $150/month - way too much.
So instead I am going to reprogram the site to use a different type of chat software that is hosted on a third-party server. While this other chat software costs less than $150/month, it does cost money (what we're using now is free), so I am going to create a subscription option for use of that part of the Web site. I don't yet know how much, but it will not be a lot - I'm still working out the details.
HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I NEED FROM EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW:
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The programming I need to do to make these changes will take some time. For starters, I have to upgrade the version of Drupal we're using. That's very time consuming because they make no attempt at backward compatibility and modules always break. I won't go through all it will take to do the programming. The point is, I can't do it immediately. I have some time-urgent work-related tasks that I must complete in the next month, so I have asked our Web host to give me some time. They said okay, but if our usage gets so high that it hurts others on the server, they will place limits on this site without warning.
So here is what I need from you:
For the next month (until the changeover), please get very BUSINESS-LIKE about your use of the Chatbox. Use the Chatbox only for what it's intended for: meetings and checking in, staying on task. Do not waste CPU time by typing in the Chatbox unnecessarily. NO CHIT-CHAT. If you want to just talk about stuff with a friend, do it somewhere else. Talk in email, or IM on Facebook or Skype, but don't do it in the PA Chatbox.
If you see someone chit-chatting in the Chatbox, please let them know about this problem by pointing them to this post. Don't be embarrassed to do this. Blame it on me - say I instructed everyone to do this. Here is the link:
The Chatbox is an extremely useful resource, and I don't want us to lose it completely during the month before I can reprogram the site. You can prevent this from happening by using it responsibly, and making sure others are using it responsibly.
I'll let you know when I'm ready to make the changes. The plan is mid-December.
Thank you for your cooperation!