I've used the chat function occasionally, but I am not a big user. I know there are others here which really like the function. But I think there is a problem. When chat is enabled, my performance when visiting tuDiabetes is really slowed down. And this rolls over to impact my entire machine. If I leave tuDiabetes open in a browser window, the image grows to eventually be bigger than 1GB. At this point, all use of the browser becomes impossible. I can get around this by exiting all my browser windows and restarting every hour or so, but that seems like a poor solution. I think something may be a memory leak somewhere.
I am using Internet explorer.
Are there others that have run into this problem?
Is there a way to actually disable chat, as opposed to just "disconnecting" which still leaves chat running?
If we can't fix it and these problems are affecting lots of people, should chat only be turned on for certain times?
Re what Doris is saying, and she was a person who I thought of as "I know Doris likes chat..." as I've seen your comments about it in threads, etc. is that the instant answer can be very good. What I find more useful are the ongoing threads where different people throw out different approaches to the same problem, sometimes from different angles, basal vs. bolus, low-carb vs. adjust doses or whatever and the dialogue is similar to what's in my head. I don't think I've posted too many "what do I do here?" threads. I don't think that it's that I'm "shy" or whatever, I just find that anything I have a question about there's sort of a dialogue and I like participating in the dialogues while I listen to the voices in my head that are solving my own problems.
A lot of threads sort of die out but there's a few people who aren't here all the time but have popped up every now and then and it's great to hear about someone who's made progress or worked on things and learned stuff. I don't get that from chat. One person asks another question, two people answer, both with things, then another person asks a question and soon there are several threads going. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's sort of fun but I think that the message board will get the best answers if the participants in threads keep them going.
I always like it when there's what I call "ghost threads" that someone brings up from a couple of years ago with a bunch of people asking questions that are still very valid today, some may not be members but the thread itself still has useful tips, etc.
Thanks so much for bringing this up. I am able to move around the site during chats with no problem. But I can barely participate in a chat, if I am so inclined. I am also Inetrnet Explorer. I may just be inept. But when I see the chat window and maybe add one little comment, everyting disappears and then returns to the top of the chat window hours ago, before I was on.....So, essentially, to be up-to-date for me is seriously confusing. So, I just lurk!.....
Same here. I add one comment on chat and it comes back up to the top. Not a frequent Tudiabetes chatter. I am not fond of chatting on FB either. I am old-school, I use the telephone to text only if I have to. Like AR, I just find the discussion threads more useful for a variety of in-depth answers/comments to questions/concerns. The chat has a good social function and I am not advocating its demise. It's just that even if I did chat, I would not use it for info, just for friendly chit chat. But then, I e-message my Tufriends, so maybe not. To each his/her own.
And amazingly, as though someone actually listens to the old squeeky wheel, I bring up tuDiabetes this morning and it is fast like greased lightning.
I may be totally wrong, we shall see. But I think this is a valuable discussion. I'm interested to hear everyones experience on chat.