While we moved to Discourse as our new forum software, you might have noticed the chatbox is gone. This is unintentional and shouldn’t have happened.
Discourse has an excellent chat plugin called Babble and I was planning to use that. Unfortunately our hosting plan doesn’t allow it, and our hosting company doesn’t want to make an exception.
Our hosting company is run by the developers of the software.This makes sure we can quickly report bugs, security is dealt with and they are the experts when anything goes wrong. They also helped to import from Vbulletin to Discourse which was a lot of work and therefore we have a year contract.
Our current plan is listed as having support for ‘advanced plugins’ and I should have clicked that. It lists a couple of plugins that are supported and that’s it.
When I signed up, I didn’t click and thus didn’t know upfront we couldn’t have the chat plugin on our site. I’m terribly ashamed and I feel very bad. Therefore I’ve tried to explain to the hosters how much I would like the chatbox back, but I was told to upgrade to an enterprise plan, which is 5x more expensive! ($1000 a month!)
That’s simply not an option. Therefore, I have to announce we can’t have a chatbox like we used to, where you could chat with your Club Myce account.
Obviously there are solutions and I will do my best to accommodate those who want to chat!
I’ve created a Slack account. It’s a powerful chat application used by millions around the web. To get in fill in your email address and you will be automatically approved. Discourse has some integration with Slack too, so if it’s get used a lot, we can turn that on.
Anyway, enough talking, if you want to join the chat, subscribe here:
I hope to see you there!
I fully understand it’s not like you’re used too and I can understand Slack isn’t something you’re after. Again, I terribly regret for not reading better upfront, but all I can do is to try to accommodate those who want to chat. I wish there was more I can do, if you have suggestions, then don’t hesitate to post or PM me!