August 8, 2015
Chatropolis is literally having to move
That will be all for sneak peeks for now. What is upcoming is just as important and sadly it has to be done. The data center that Chatropolis is currently hosted within is closing down at its current location. The host provider,
Peer1, has other locations but I will have to move all of the Chatropolis servers out and to another location by mid-November. Ugh, it has to be done so I have decided to change providers altogether and this time will move
all of the servers closer to home so I will be able to tend to the hardware/software personally if needed.
What does this mean for you all? Well it will mean a few things.
- I will be moving Chatropolis servers piece by piece to the new location and setting them up. That means all new IP address changes and DNS entries once I have that information available.
- In addition to that, it also means several outages for various services as they get moved such as email, support, and later cs10 and Underground chat servers.
- Unfortunately these machines will have to be boxed up and shipped to myself to be transported to their new homes so I will try to keep the downtime to a minimum. It will be costly but it will get done.
The process will be the non-critical stuff goes first like support and email. The critical stuff I will have shipped separately but at the same time and overnighted to myself. Then from there will go to the data center for
install in its new rightful home. Chatropolis may be offline completely for 2-3 days, 1 day if everything goes as smooth as butter but you know there are always complications in situations like these so hopefully 2-3 days
will not be so bad. On a positive note, the new Chatropoils software will be what you log back into as soon as Chatropolis is back up. One other unfortunate part is that some of the additional features I had planned will not
be ready with this move but should be ready by the end of the year. In any case, you all should know and you all should be prepared for late October/early November. I'll post more details to here later as I have more details.
June 19, 2015
Updated: June 26, 2015
Chatropolis software sneak peeks
- Top frame will stay stationary to prevent excess scrolling for mobile users.
- Telegraph feature will be restored for finding/communicating issues to moderators
- Ability to reserve a URL for private use.
- Avatar uploads will return for members, for temporary avatar hosting and storage.
- Number of images per message limited to prevent image flooding.
- Chat session limit to preserve room space.
- bbcode tags will be used to replace HTML tags.
June 12, 2015
A full read of the previous sneak peeks can be found on the Sneak Peek
New Chatropolis software update
As I have been made aware many times over the past few weeks and months, you all are wondering what is up with the "supposed" new chatro software update and when will it be ready? When will things be returned to normal? All good questions and I'm now prepared to leak out a few details as the time rolls by. First of all, the software is still under development and I would do you an injustice by rolling it out halfway done or rolling it out without everything in place to provide the services you hope for so I will make sure to get it done and done right before releasing it to you all.
Each Friday, I will give a new sneak peek as to what will be coming with the new software. In each subsequent week I will keep add a new line with the what is to come. That way in case you missed it, it will be there to review later. Let me be clear, the software is still under development and a lot of those suggestions and requests have been included and hence why it is taking longer than expected. You wanted it, you got it, but you also have to wait for it to be implemented and properly tested so it doesn't go buggy on you when you wish to use it.
What I will tell you right now is:
- Room limits will be returned to 25
- Additional rooms will be added based on room requests in the past
- Additional moderators will be brought on board. A bit of a hold right now until the new software is released and traning provided.
- Several buggy issues from this 9 year old software will be addressed.
Doesn't sound like much but at least, for this week, wanted to reassure you that some things will the same or better. Enough for now, see you next week.
June 1, 2015
IMPORTANT BILLING UPDATE
I want to remind all of you that are paying for some type of subscription, please know that you MUST input the correct information into the CCBill form for processing. I will review each of these memberships and if the
name, address, or zip code are false then I will void/refund the subscription upon witnessing it. I understand and respect your desire for privacy and in some cases anonymity, but if you cannot trust that I will protect this
information and not share it in any way, then there is not much I can do to help you. No PII(personally identifiable information) is stored on any servers of Chatropolis so be rest assured that your information is safe and
CCBill holds all relevant data in the mmost secure of ways. Thank you.
Feb 24, 2015
Membership Bundles available now
Why not buy a membership bundle for a friend or friends?
You can show your appreciation, settle a debt, or help out one that can't get a membership themselves.
April 10, 2012
The dreaded white chat screen/reload hell
Probably the most common and the biggest technical issue I experience is the dreaded white chat screen. It is a true pain in the ass for most chatters. What is this, you ask? It's the situation where you enter a chat room and the top and bottom frames load just fine but the middle frame is just white like it is trying to load and stalled. For others, it will default to a 404 error in the middle. For some others, it will load the text but the text does not scroll. All of these things are painfully irritating to most.
Everyone wants to blame it on Chatropolis and how laggy it is, how the servers aren't worth a bleep, and get upset because nothing is being done about it. Contrary to that popular belief, most typically this symptom is caused by your antivirus's webshield which is trying to preempt the open stream connection of the Chatropolis HTML chat room. It sees the open stream as a security threat because in most situations a web browser like IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc, opens a connection with the remote web server when you go to an address in the address bar. The browser requests the page information to be sent to it. The web server responds in kind with the most updated files it has stored and communication between browser and web server is brief and to the point. Once all data is loaded, the connection is closed.
Chatropolis rooms are not built like this so these web shields go nuts and try to close off that connection as virus tend to open connections and leave it open in order to transmit information from your end to whatever hacker created the virus. Chatropolis rooms, I rest assure you, merely transmit the data from the middle frame to your end from the server, that's it.
What you must do is look into adding exceptions for cs10.chatrpolis.com/* and cs12.chatropolis.com/* to the web/internet/surf shield so it will ignore the Chatropolis chat servers. You could also disable the antivirus program while chatting but I don't recommend that. The biggest issue with that is most do not know where that is within their own antivirus program and there are so many variants and names for it that I cannot know exactly where to guide you in order to add it. I can with AVG and perhaps Norton 360, but there are far more antivirus programs out there than just those two. If you wish for a compatible recommendation for Chatropolis then I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista and 7 users in addition to MalwareBytes for some of the best anti-spyware coverage that is free on the web.
This combination will keep you safe but allow you to chat without these white screen and 404 issues. This is ONLY a recommendation and not a requirement.