XAT Chats – Are They the Best Way?

4:36 pm EST – All armies have postponed any scheduled events.

4:22 pm EST – No other progress made so far. HSA has 16 people on its chatango.

4:02 pm EST – XAT is officially back up it seems. Traders have packed xatTrade, which now has 200 people, and armies like the Nachos have their chats back up.

3:55 pm EST – So far only ACP and IW chats are up, HSA chat was recently up, but some problems were experienced. According to the xat popular chats page, all chats have less than 20 people except help.

3:50 pm EST – Chats are going back up. The worst seems to be over.

3:42 pm EST – No more out of site errors for many people, but some chat boxes still wont load. People are seeing CT errors.

Edit : If you cannot access XAT, don’t worry. A lot of other people are going though the same problem. Until XAT is up, you can use the mobile version. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A MOBILE DEVICE TO USE THE MOBILE XAT. Just go to http://m.xat.com/ or type “m.xat.com” into your URL bar.

Hello everyone, I am here today to post about XAT, and why we should have an alternative whenever XAT has problems. Every single CP army uses XAT. I have narrowed it down to 3 reasons.

  • It’s easy to use and its completely free.
  • You can rank people, and give people specific abilities.
  • You can communicate with your army instantly, and have private conversations.

But what do we do when there are issues, and we cannot connect to XAT?

Nothing.

That’s right, nothing at all. We just wait until the problems are fixed, and postpone any events. But why is it that we do this? It is because we have no alternative, no “back-up” whatsoever. We’ve tried things, but to no avail it is unsuccessful.

WordPress:

Pro’s:

  • We can convey a mass message easily.
  • Troops can respond through the comments.
  • We can simply delete any unnecessary comments.

Con’s:

  • Only the high ranks can post.
  • The website will be flooded with these “chat posts”, and the important posts will be dropped to the bottom of the website, or even pages back.
  • You have to wait for your comment to be approved.

Tinychat:

Pro’s:

  • We can communicate easily with our troops.
  • We can have some sort of distinction (Moderator).
  • It’s easy to use.

Con’s

  • Leader’s would be sharing the same abilities with the other owners and mods.
  • People would broadcast themselves, diverting attention from an event.
  • People can play any Youtube video they want, and people would be arguing over the slot.

We can go on and on with different things we have used, and how they haven’t worked out. But now, we need to look toward the future, and find a backup. Before I proceed on the subject of this post, you may be wondering, why am I making this post? I am making this post because I, and many other people have been experiencing problems with xat, including:

All of these errors deny us access to the XAT website. Now that you know why this post is being made, lets go back to the actual post. The alternate method of communication. I am sure a lot of you have ideas on this, which is good. But save those for the comments. Before I bring this post to an end, I am going to share with you the many problems that happen with XAT.

  • People cant access XAT site – No communication at all
  • Friends list doesn’t show who is only – No way to contact and notify online troops of an event who aren’t on your chat.
  • Can’t log in – People could think you may be a scam since you aren’t logged in, you wont have your powers which control the chat (like hush), and you wont have any friends.

If you have any solutions to the problems, other than the m.xat.com trick, please comment them. Also comment how you feel about finding an alternate XAT.

-Mach

The Funnies 9 will be out by May 6th. It was delayed due to the XAT issue.

46 Responses

  1. HSA is using chatango, it works well but is simple and boring. http://prntscr.com/13kqsn

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  2. Mobile does NOT work. I tried it so many times and it doesn’t work.

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  3. an alternative would be xat

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  4. This is a major problem.

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  5. WordPress communication is not entirely bad. Commoando717, Oagalthorp, and Pink Mafias did it, so why can’t we? The only problem with it is that you can’t convey orders properly, but I’m sure saying them on Club Penguin wouldn’t hurt.

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  6. We can all just get XFire and Steam, completely free, easy to contact troops, can post events, start group chats, voice chat, etc.

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  7. AR is using Club Penguin Lodge

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  8. wait it keeps awaiting moderation…. go to penguinlodge . com / chat/ tracker but no spaces

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  9. Romans chat is still down. So no, it isnt all fixed.

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  10. I do not see these issues as occuring frequently enough, or for long enough periods of time to warrant a mass platform change or any sort of mass chaos.

    Yeah, sure, Xat occasionally goes down, but it works the majority of the time, and when it is down, it’s never for more than a day. I just don’t think this is a large enough problem that we really need to consider building up some sort of iron-clad backup server. Postpone your events for a day, it won’t kill anyone.

    I just think that this has happened and all of a sudden everyone’s whipped themselves into a frenzy believing it is some major issue. Our current methods of communication work the majority of the time (and I highly doubt any of the platforms others have suggested we switch to are uber-reliable and work 100% of the time either), so why change what isn’t broken?

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    • Bluesockwa, I agree that when this happens, it isn’t a HUGE issue, but why let things stop. Armies have reached weakened states before, and when xat goes down, there needs to be a way we can continue. And it is simple to postpone/cancel events, but what if it is an army that is on the verge of falling, and needs something. What if problems like this demotivate people. I just think that things should continue to go on even if there are issues with xat. If we drop everything, it shows we cannot LIVE without xat. What if xat was targeted by a hacking group one day, and xat was down for a week. Are we just suppose to wait until its over? Or find another way, and proceed?

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  11. Tinychat would be fine as a back up, honestly. No distinction between owner and mod? It doesn’t really matter honestly if it’s temporary. You can adjust ranks prior to emergency (i.e. Gerald will be this rank, Herald will be this rank).

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  12. Problems like this occur so rarely with XAT that I feel like it’s unnecessary to have other means of communication besides WordPress updates and a chat box. If worse comes to worst, we could use CPAC and popular army sites to advertise a temporary chat site.

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  15. I agree it is not a frequent enough problem. However, I think we could still benefit from finding another way to communicate. Every few events, we could have a battle led only on CP. It could be fun, and if we practice at it, an alternative when XAT inevitably goes down. It also adds a new element. An unforeseeable element. Just sayin.

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  16. Like what some of you are saying, it doesn’t happen frequently enough and also all sites go down now and again. We don’t know, Tinychat could be down more than xat. Also, if xat ever is down, its only for a few hours max.

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  17. You guys also experience Morgan Freeman when trying to get on xat?

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  18. I only think Tinychat should be a plan B, due to the many flaws of Broadcasting and videos during battles.
    Great post, btw,

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  19. Great post Mach. So trueeee.

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  20. nice post,Mach, when chat goes down i think we do need a plan-B. WordPress is a good one since the owners can post the orders, then when the battle is over they can delete the posts, members dont need to comment on the posts anyway.

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