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Demise Of The Kacked IRC Chatroom

Finally shit-canned the irc chatroom I had been running for a couple of years. It was amusing and provided some learning experience. But got to be a drag. Occasionally someone new would login using a real client and hang out for a while. Mostly though people stopped by using the chat interface. This got really annoying. People would click on the chatroom link on my web site and since it's a web site (after all) expect the chat part to happen in "web time". People have a tendency to be very impatient when using the web. This doesn't really work well on IRC.

Anyway, I ended up feeling like a monkey in a box --every now and then someone would stop to bang on my bars. Never sticking around long enough for a reply. One way conversations are not that exciting for me (or you, for that matter.) The average visit would be a couple of minutes at most, I would talk to people about it later and they would say stuff like: "I tried your chatroom but you're never around", etc.

I appreciate my buddy Michael hanging with the experiment as long as he did. He would hang out in there and basically it was our own private chatline. I wanted it to be more than that but there never seemed to be any type of critical mass of bodies. Maybe I'll try again once that rock star gig comes thru.



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