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"Graphical multi-user environments" section[edit]

lots of errors and it does not make sense... I would have fixed it but was not sure what it is supposed to be communicating precisely Ann Vole (talk) 11:35, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

What is a Chat Room, and how does it differentiate from other IM applications?[edit]


Article says "Recently much chat room and instant messaging technology has begun to merge as the dominance of the big three instant messaging providers (AOL, Yahoo and MSN) have tied chat rooms directly into their instant messaging interfaces.". But what *is* the difference between Chat Rooms and IM? An encyclopedic article shoud define it. In both pages emphasis is given on the difference with forums and with e-mail, but not to distinguish one from the other. Diego Moya 12:14, 31 August 2005 (UTC)


Does anyone have a history of how chat rooms were first created?
It's a big debate in many places I've been to, some people saying that chat rooms were made for people to misspell intentionally, or generally be lazy.
It would be very nice to have a sort of history on them, but I have no Googling skills at all, and so I can't seem to find any information... But I have a nagging feeling that one who thinks chat rooms were made for the lazy is dead wrong.
A big thanks to anyone who can dig up stuff on the history of chat rooms.--Kenjoki 01:16, Jun 8, 2005 (UTC)

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I would also like to see more information about the varieties of, and differences between, chat software, especially for the webmaster. Natcolley 07:05, 4 October 2005 (UTC)

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Article says: A chat room is an online forum where people and purves and paedophiles can chat online. WTF???
That was vandalism. Already solved. My first revert!!


I think chatroom (or chat room) is a general non-technical term, popularised by the media. Technical folk tend to say exactly what they mean: IRC, Instant Messaging, Web forum, Usenet News, or whatever. Not sure how to phrase that though. - Paul 21:48, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

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A chat room is an umbrella term for any system where the norm is for people to converse as a group - it's people chatting in a (virtual) room. Instant messaging is typically a one-to-one system; you can get IM software that will also allow you to add people to a conversation and talk between more than 2 people, but it's geared up for small and private rather than more public group conversations. --82.70.156.254 (talk) 01:36, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

UNIX and IRC[edit]

The article erroneously remarks that IRC was part of a standard UNIX build. This is incorrect. While most IRC servers and their early clients were primarily written on and for UNIX systems, neither were included in any standard UNIX distribution. I've removed this part of the article. -- Shinmawa 21:29, 20 December 2005 (UTC) hello. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 59.178.65.238 (talk) 13:52, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Random chat[edit]

I think it would be interesting to tell something about random chat (chat to unknown random people). ICQ has made an option to random chat [1] [2] but it's not very popular [3] [4], whereas there are some other attempts [5]... This kind of chat is a way to avoid buddy list chat. What is your opinion ? --Serenity-Fr 00:29, 5 August 2006 (UTC) hi . i am ali. i am from iran —Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.191.149.71 (talk) 15:07, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Graffiti on the page...???[edit]

This is my first Wikipedia comment, so please forgive me if I fail on netiquette.

I noticed two apparent bugs on this page which appear to be some kind of "Graffiti" Part way down, "Smelly Poopers" appears in line with the text under one of the sections.

Some time later, it appeared to have disappeared. Maybe just a glitch, but it seems unlikely to be random. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.130.202.123 (talk) 23:57, 2 January 2007 (UTC).

someone vandalised two sections, reverted them back to original 136.206.1.17 11:50, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

It happens a lot here. No need to discuss it, just go ahead and remove the vandalism. You might also want to notify the vandal with the appropriate warning. There may be enough vandalism to request semiprotection Wikipedia:Requests_for_page_protection. --Ronz 16:04, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

List of Chat room software!?[edit]

On (2007-03-01T05:31:00) 190.49.150.84 added phpMyChat GPL/GNU opensource phpMyChat Project to the External Links. It doesn't fit the other links as they all talk about chatrooms, not implement them. One would have to make a fair list of software, which I guess already takes place in online chat and in web chat site. The latter seems more fitting. --lynX 22:33, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

Etymology?[edit]

when was this first used? did "chat room" come before or after IRC "channel"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pete Iriarte (talkcontribs)

This comment needs to go[edit]

"Chat rooms are a alternative (not always postitive) to real life acitivites!" I'm getting rid of that one. If anybody has any objections, post them here. DancingWithTheStarsGuy (talk) 17:39, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Common knowledge[edit]

Now come on, who put the post that citations are needed? Some things are common knowledge, something as simple as a chat room does not require the citations that other subjects do. Like it would be ridicules to need a citation when stating that the Titanic was a ship or George Washington was a president.

Cyber Bullying in Chat Rooms, FBI IC3 Unit[edit]

Was a victum of Cyber bullying maybe article didnt mention. FBI has a special Cyber Crime unit for this Cyber Bullying and other Cyber crimes FBI Cyber Crime Unit IC3 its called. helpe me! Thanks! (Dr.Edson Andre' johnonson D.D.ULC Sat. Afternoon, Sept.26,2009,21stCent.NMWWRm!)Edsonbrasil (talk) 23:50, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

hey does anyone know how to fix an old mitsubishi tv (projecter screen) the picture went kinda sideways?24.49.36.12 (talk) 15:38, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

[[File:Example.jpg]] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 210.192.100.186 (talk) 08:33, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Chat Rooms and Cyber Sex[edit]

From reading the 'activities' section you'd get the impression that 99% of all chat rooms are only there for cyber sex and swapping nude photos (cited from the Daily Mail)! I've reordered and neatened it up a bit; moving 'sex' and 'games' into subsections. If anyone can think of any other good examples of things that could go into the 'activities' section (live online debates with famous people, perhaps?) it could do with a bit more padding. --82.70.156.254 (talk) 01:36, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

  • Thank you! People are of the opinion that Wikipedia should be here to scare parents and their children into thinking the internet is out to get them. - BalthCat (talk) 10:26, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

I have to say that being the webmaster of a chat room website, I am not happy to read about the "Chat Rooms and Cyber Sex". Chat rooms should not be associated with "Cyber Sex", this should be more closely linked to chat software and instant messenger protocols, such as Skype, MSN and Yahoo messenger, NOT public chat rooms. I have a team of over 50 admins and moderators, invisible and visible, monitoring all our chat rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, searching for internet predators and banning / reporting IP addresses of possible pedophiles and people who look for Cyber Sex. We and most chat room sites monitor chat rooms all of the time, making them safer than instant messenger software as people chat in public and are monitored to protect minors and any possible activity that is against the law. Chat rooms should be spoken about as the safer way to chat to strangers online and not classed as a place where people can find Cyber Sex! Please create a different article promoting the dangers of instant messenger services, as they are never monitored and are the more dangerous chat protocols than public chat rooms. If not, at least write about the advantages of public chat rooms for safety reasons against the dangers of instant messenger services. If you pop by my chat rooms sometime, you will see all the admins and moderators in BOLD on the user list, try something and see how long you last in the chat rooms before being banned! The site is http://www.liveonlinechat.net and I am sorry to post a link here, just want to prove a point! My team and I do the best we can to make chat rooms safer than ever before, for any age and any gender. Thank you. Free Chat Rooms 02:02, 26 January 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by LiveOnlineChat (talkcontribs)

Sorry to say AOL /AIM chat rooms no longer ![edit]

Sat. Dec 11,2010 AIM(AOL) Chat rooms have closed! Seems that Chat rooms are being replaced by "Social Networks " Twiiter,FaceBook etc. Soon a part of PC history will be lost forever! Andre' by the SeaVICTORMOI (talk) 23:13, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

a mess.[edit]

tags need working in process. --71.173.75.231 (talk) 01:01, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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tpmo — Preceding unsigned comment added by 180.149.7.124 (talk) 18:55, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

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Graffiti walls[edit]

I was surprised to see that we have no article (or even mention) of graffiti walls, which preceded the generation of more interactive web-based mediums like Yahoo! Chat in the mid-1990s.   — C M B J   09:59, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Business link[edit]

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