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  1. If there is anything in this thread that volunteers don't think should be here, then instead of deleting the entire thread please go through and deleted the selected parts. Thanks <£ I totally understand this is an extremely lengthy post, that consists of blocks of text only but if you want to read my opinions then here it is. I'm going to cover the issues I personally think there are, and probably not include fixes becus uno eh As someone whos been on xat a stupidily long time I can say I have a good overview of this stuffs. Powers In terms of powers it's hard to disagree with the points you raised. When originally released they were a fantastic idea (thanks tina eh) but at this point they're not thought out and are simply a way to force people to buy xats. Theres no innovation, the last thing that took some mild intelligence to create was hugs and they're far from great. The smiley makers do a good job, but they're smiley makers and are spending a great deal of their time on making them, so im not bashing them in anyway. Theres been some great ideas posted on the forums throughout the years and unfortunately they're rarely implemented which is a huge issue, which I'll discuss later. Everypower When everypowr was added it seemed like a good idea, rewards people who have all the powers with something, neat. Problem was its now something that can be abused to generate admins extra income. They're not releasing powers that are useful, they're releasing powers that are smilies and are only being added to force people to buy them to get everypower. I'm sure if xat had a way to track the powers used it'd show the new smiley powers are barely even used. Strategic value of worth This one has the potential to actually be a huge topic to discuss. I'll just outline it with my ideas. The value of xats themselves should decrease, if you buy from the store it's like $5 per 1k or something moronic. Resellers slightly changed that, but in the end they're not really a great help. Xats should be sold for a value around $2 per 1k, that would probably put a huge amount of resellers out of pocket however it would open up the larger quantities of xats up for the people who can't afford the $5 for 1k fee. Epic powers should be revisted and totally altered. 'Epic' powers should be the most expensive powers xat has to offer, anything from 25k+ upwards. 10k for namecolor is not epic, most people with xats can afford that. I don't see how that can easily be altered however maybe it could be? Resellers Don't think having official resellers is going to benefit you in anyway at all. Thats all I'm going to say about them. Volunteers At the start they were another good idea, the early team was great and put a huge amount of time into doing stuff. A lot of the early volunteers, Alex, Jesse, Christina, Charlie (theres probs more but yeah cool dude) dedicated a huge amount of time to benefit xat, Unfortunately, I don't see it like that anymore. Theres probably a few that will say i'm wrong but without proof my point stands. The main issue with volunteers at this point is its just a way to look like you're better than others. Theres a select few who aren't like that, I'm only going to list Brandon because I don't talk to anyone else. Power now seems to be more important than actually being useful. From what I've seen over the years the way you get volunteer now isn't by what you know its by who you know. Theres a select few, Sean and Maverick the only ones i'm willing to list, who got it because they know a huge amount about xat and actually deserve it. It started off with people who admins seen, now its volunteers recommended new ones. Sure thats a great way to get more people and admins can't see everything however getting ALMOST EVERYONE like that is no help at all. There is a select few that do infact deserve it, regardless of how they got it. Muffins and Kyle are two current ones who do deserve it, considering they've been on xat for a very long and time have done more than enough to warrant them getting it. It seems that once people get it, they stop caring and stop doing what they originally did to benefit them in getting it, which was helping. In essence the entire system has changed and it is almost certainly not for the better. Volunteers should be hidden, not only does this stop people being pestered but it also stops them using the fact they're a volunteer to have some kind of power. Smiley makers This section is not me bashing them, as i previously said. There is no way they can be expected to do both. They should be one or the other, like what Junior was to begin with. In theory they could do both but not to the standard they could do if they only had one role. Contributors This part is 100% going to cause some controversy however thats fine, discussions always good. Personally, I don't think it's worked. When I was in there it was a group of people who seemed very unwilling to actually discuss things and they literally agreed with everything volunteers said. For example, if a volunteer suggested someone 98% of the people there would just agree. Theres a select few who, other than me, who I know gave amazing discussion whilst i was in there. Paul and Stah are perfect examples and I'm sure Crow does now. The major issue with that group, is whilst in there, it actually felt like you had a say until it was discussed further, where at that point your opinion became invalid regardless of how valid the points were. My suggestion on what the group SHOULD of been : A group of selected users from the volunteers, current contributors can not suggest new ones. They're suggested, by volunteers, because of what they do on official chats or the forum. They are effectively people who, I guess, have slightly more say in things than 'normal' users. Theres always the chance for someone to say "ur just salty that u got removed" and that isn't the case. I've said similar things to volunteers previously, whilst in the group. They shouldn't be listed anywhere and they shouldn't have a forum badge. It should be a hidden group and I still don't see why it became a thing where everyone was known. Forum The idea of the forum being a talking point seems extremely bizarre to me. The general discussion section is a lil strange too. A chat site using 3rd party software to discuss things.... Everyone on the forum uses/used xat at one point but I feel like if everything was done on the chat directly it would make a lot more sense. The only thing I support with the forum is the suggestion section and features/games and things are never really accounted for. Sure smilies are sometimes added but thats because the smiley makers spend time on the forum and if they didn't nothing would ever get implemented from suggestions. Ticket system A lot of big companies use a ticket system however they actually work in a way that they should. I largest issue is the huge backlog of tickets which never seems to get smaller, granted I don't open tickets because I never need to. I get a lot of the backlog is caused because of the data breach and theirs only a select few who can deal with the email issues and the helds and stuff. However, when it's taking this long there is clearly a huge issue. If its a matter of people not knowing how to deal with the situation then it's simple, help them understand how to do it, however that seems like a large task /sarcasm. Having people come to help and saying things like "my ticket hasn't been answered for 4 months" its totally unacceptable and once a select handful said that, something should of been done to fix that. Bugs Touchy subject, considering theres a wide range of what could be considered as a bug. However, for the larger ones, or just for reporting a huge amount you should be rewarded. Nothing large, like powers/ids/regnames but just a small thank you in the form of xats or days. Not only would that encourage people to go out of their way to find them, it would also improve the user experience as they're not being bombarded by annoying bugs. Bugs don't seem to get fixed, or didn't. Not really sure considering I don't care enough to report them anymore. Iphone/Android App This one I really don't have much to say on. My main issue with it is that it is like 4 years too late. If they started the app in maybe 2010, had a beta by 2011 and then finally released it in like 2012 (yeah i know thats 5 years not 4) then it opened the idea up to a larger userbase than it is currently open to. Paid Staff Volunteers are great, you don't have to give them direct monetary wages. However, after a while that stops working and you need staff. However it seems like the admins are very relectuant to employ people. And when they're extremely far away, different countries, without a local HQ its very hard to do so. Staff requires a huge amount of trust and what not and it's something you can't build up with a distance like what xat could possibly give them. I don't think theres many people who should of got staff, or could even be able to do it, but a person who 100% should of got it was Spell. That guy was something else... OPs original points on how xat can be improved: Advertising - Personally don't see admins willingness to advertise at all, but if they did it would totally improve xat. Chat design - Changing the chat design imo isn't going to help, thats just going to cause more problems and requires a huge amount of time. Best bet would be doing something related to HTML5. In terms of the core and eye pleasingness, I don't think its actually that ugly, and people can adjust the outer and inner of their chat in terms of backgrounds and stuff. The core is very simple and has been established from the staff. A chat system. Weekly powers - covered already, but weekly powers shouldn't be a thing Interacting - I'm not sure how many people here will remember it, but you'd spot Chris/Darren around xat a lot of the time and they'd actually talk to you, now they don't seem to bother. At this point it's probably far too late to bring the old people back, but there is definitely opportunities to bring new people in. Xat had a huge opportunity, but in the end I feel like that didn't capitalize on it to the best of their ability. I will not be adding a tl;dr because I've spent enough time on this already. If you want to discuss my points, ensure you @ me so I know which replies to read because I don't plan on reading them all.
  2. Just because Atletico knocked us out yesterday, I'd love to see them finally win. Real Madrid yet again buying refs eh
  3. My favoroite pet to own would be infact a pet an xat admin this is what the admins would look like as my pet, if you wanted to know lol @Admin love u bro
  4. Karl

    ur disgustingly disgusting u watmerlon

  5. Karl

    There's 104 days of summer vacation
    And school comes along just to end it
    So the annual problem for our generation
    Is finding a good way to spend it

    Like maybe...
    Building a rocket
    Or fighting a mummy
    Or climbing up the Eiffel Tower

    Discovering something that doesn't exist (Hey!)
    Or giving a monkey a shower

    Surfing tidal waves
    Creating nanobots
    Or locating Frankenstein's brain (It's over here!)

    Finding a dodo bird
    Painting a continent
    Or driving your sister insane (Phineas!)

    As you can see
    There's a whole lot of stuff to do
    Before school starts this fall (Come on Perry)

    So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb
    Are gonna do it all
    So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb are
    Gonna do it all!
    (Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!!)

  6. Karl

    Yeah. What's up?
    Go Cory! (Go, go!)
    Go Cory! (Go, go, go, go!)
    Listen up
    Here we go!

    [Verse 1: Kyle Massey]

    I'm the new kid, moving in
    Getting it done
    And I'm officially the candidate
    For having some fun
    You know

    You better calm down Cory
    (yea yea)

    [Verse 2: Kyle Massey]

    I'm talking 'bout an all-out party
    And we're getting it started
    Mr. President, you mind some electric guitar?

    Washington D.C. will never be the same
    Cause we've got


    Cory, Cory, Cory
    In the House (Yeah! It's a party every week, baby!)

    Cory, Cory, Cory
    Check it out (That's right, I'm in the House!)

    He's gonna shake it up and change it (Shake it up)
    Take it all and rearrange it (Just a little bit)
    Got a new plan, hey Uncle Sam! (Look out now)
    We've got Cory in the House! (Par-ty!)
    Cory in the House! (I'm your man!)

  7. Karl

    Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger
    Mushroom mushroom
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    Mushroom mushroom
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    Mushroom Mushroom
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  8. Karl

    where are you lol 

  9. Thanks for re-writing the bible Mom, just what I needed
  10. Or just let people who actually know what they're talking about answer and not have someone who knows 8 words of english answer giving them false help which just complicates things even more eh
  11. Isn't the idea of that section to help people who ask for it? Not to provide help to people who think they know the answer when they actually don't eh
  12. @Flake Please read this thank you.. eh
  13. As you have previous done for me, I will now write an extremely emotional post to say goodbye. Flake, little did you know but you were in fact a huge part of my extremely short life, as I recently left the womb 1 month and 3 hours ago. I will start by telling everyone some of the extremely difficult things we have been through together.. Firstly, on a crisp monday morning back in 1992, me and Flake were the first infants to ever scale a mountain, and we didn't just scale any mountain. We scaled Everist. It was extremely tough and I almost died 5 times, but Flake was always there to save me. He gave me mouth to mouth on 9 different occasions and he stopped me from dying. Secondly, on our visit to Death Valley, I ran out of water. As the temeprature there is very hot, I was very dehydrated very fast and without Flake being there to give me water, I would of died, I know it. Finally, me and Flake have actually be inside Area 51. Now you might be thinking, what is this absolute tool saying here, but it is true. Flake and I were both captured by USA goverment and placed inside Area 51. If it wasn't for Flakes extremely fast movement and his ability to unlock doors using only a toothbrush, we would still be there. Xat will never be the same without you. You were the only person at Help who would have a joke and not act like Xat was their entire life. I respect you for that. You changed xat in so many ways and I really thought you were going to become a volunteer after the amazing post you made about them. You also created the word teehee which is now used by many across the website itself. Flake, I will be very sad to see you go and I really wish you didn't have to leave. But it was a pleasure knowing you and being able to call you my friend. You were my rock and you saved my life on more than one occasions. Thank you so very much and I really wish you good luck in your future life journeys thank you. I hope you dont cry because I am crying
  14. bye lol it was not a pleasure knowing you and i hpoe that u fall off a curb ecks dee lol XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
  15. A while back, you could use translate for free without requiring days. Recently, Google started charging to use the api, so I'm guessing thats the reason why you require days.
  16. I don't think you read this at all. It is for personal use as Jake already explained. Volunteers can also already see transfer/trade logs.
  17. Karl

    xat Power

    this is a really cool idea zuke i am really proud that you have me added, thank you for your wonderful suggestions week in, week out. i love you
  18. This is exactly the power that xat needs.
  19. If you're using chrome, then anti-aliasing was disabled in the latest update.
  20. Long live Harambe. I like this power. Very cool Very swag I like it lol I'm Harambe, and this is my zoo enclosure. I work here with my zoo keeper and my friend, cecil the lion. Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I've learned after 21 years - you never know WHO is gonna come over that fence.
  21. What happens on this holiday exactly? Does everyone get on xat and say how much they love jesse 1984, play club penguin and talk about powers all day?
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