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Important Chat Updates

22/01/2020 12:32 Written by Shadow_X

 

Dear Passengers and Crew

 

A few days ago the owners of chat, put a heart felt message on the bridge about how we need you in order to keep chat afloat, thank you to those that are helping, its still very much on a knife edge on whether or not chat can survive.  We have made some important changes to chat, which we feel will make having a chat package more valuable to you, and in the long run, help keep chat afloat.

 

Embarkation Port

 

We know how a lot of you like to chat in Embarkation Port, but due to rank restrictions you cannot access the room once you are passed a certain rank.  Now if you have a diamond the room restriction does not apply, and you can enter all rooms regardless of the rank restriction.

 

You currently have to have the diamond on display, otherwise it won't allow you access to the room.

 

Embarkation Starboard

 

Previously you could not use any throw emotes, or custom emotes you created with a chat package, that restriction has been lifted, so you can make full use of any chat package you have in the room.

 

Please remember though, that Starboard is still a welcome room for new chatters, so should you want to have a more relaxed and more adult chat, then use one of the adult rooms.

 

Private Messages

 

As was made clear a few days ago, ad revenue is one of the ways chat makes money, using an ad blocker obviously stops that income stream.  So if you have an ad blocker installed or use a browser with one built in, you will not be able to PM other chatters.  We are aware for some of you, that will be something you don't like, however, we feel that this ensures you can still use chat for free if you wish, and we still get the income from adverts.  Disabling your ad blocker, or purchasing ad free or a diamond will obviously bypass that restriction. 

 

Please note : Browsers like Opera and Brave have a built in ad blocker, so you will need to add chat as an exclusion to be able to PM

 

As you can see we have listened, and made some changes, we will monitor the changes to ensure they keep making chat a fun place and give you added value.

 

From all of us on the Navigator Team and Chat Team thank you for sticking with us and thank you for your continued support.

 

 

All Hands On Deck!

19/01/2020 23:19 Written by TigerBear

Dear Passengers and Crew

 

We would like to tell you a little story… It’s a sad story with what we hope will be a happy ending…

 

In 2009 Lycos Europe closed its doors.  With a passion and drive, two people, who are husband and wife, in a desperate bid to keep the chat that they met through going, bought the chat from them and the two of them have been running the chat, with the help of an AMAZING group of volunteers ever since.  We could NEVER have done it without them.

 

TigerBear and Larholm have, in the last 11 years, fought tooth and nail to keep the chat afloat.  The chat costs us £4,500 a month and survives by one of two means.  Advertising revenue or people buying chat packages.  When people block advertising or don’t engage with the ads that interest them and decide not to purchase any packages, we can’t pay our bills. 

 

We have tried to balance this by adding more and more adverts, however as ad blocking becomes more popular, our revenue, and our ability to continue paying our bills has reached crisis point.

 

For about 18 months, the chat was just about making its own way, paying its own bills, however about 6 months ago, the revenue became too low to do this and both TigerBear and Larholm have been funding the chat themselves out of love.  In an effort to be totally transparent, it’s necessary to also let you know that both of them have had to take jobs outside of the Chat in order to pay their own bills too.  This is why so little innovation has happened over the last two years.

 

The world of chat has changed over the last 20 years since this chat first set sail from Denmark in 1997 with the UK in 2000 and all others shortly after.  With the invention of other social media, our little ship has lost passengers and momentum and we are very sad to say that unless things change drastically in the next 11 days, we will be forced to dock and drop our anchor one last time at the end of the month.

 

However, it doesn’t need to be like this!  We can save this chat together!  450 diamonds sold this and every month would guarantee the chats survival for the following month.  If you were prepared to sacrifice one packet of cigarettes a month, or a cup of coffee and instead invest in a chat package, we could stay afloat.

 

So the question is, what are you willing to do to keep this chat alive? Are you ready to let the good ship Lycos Chat sink forever or will you come and fight with us?

 

We really hope that you’ll support it and we will see you all online the good ship Lycos Chat in February.

 

Thanking you all for taking the time to read this.

 

Aly (aka TigerBear) & Brian (aka Larholm)

My New Year's resolution is to help all my friends gain ten pounds so I look skinnier.

04/01/2020 09:21 Written by Shadow_X

 

 

It's that time of the year for our Quiz on what happened last year.  All the questions relate to what happened in 2019 so everyone is bound to know some of the answers, if you don't, where have you been ?

 

The Quiz will be held on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 8.01 pm in the Quiz Show room.

 

Prizes are up for grabs including sapphire's and throw emotes.

 

Have fun, and don't forget unless you have been living in an igloo all last year, you will know some of the answers.

 

Your friendly fun Games Team

Happy New Year

01/01/2020 23:21 Written by TigerBear

Dear Passengers and Crew

 

As we embark into 2020, the ChatTeam would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy New Year.

 

We look forward to sailing the seas with you again this year.

 

Best wishes
ChatTeam

How do people make new mates? Asking for a friend.

30/12/2019 20:07 Written by Shadow_X

 

Congratulations to everyone that took part in the Christmas Game, all names where put into a random name picker, and the winners are.....

 

1st Prize a 30 day Sapphire

Marie_Chatter

 

2nd Prize a 10 day Sapphire

Arlyse

 

3rd Prize a 7 day Sapphire

Bar_man_andy

 

 

Oh before I forget the answers are

 

1. Holly
2. Snow Angel
3. Elves
4. Santa
5. Christmas Tree
6. Snowman
7. Bells
8. Reindeer
9. Lights
10. Snow Globe
11. Snow

 

The Quiz of what happened in 2019 will happen on 5th January at 8.01pm, a further bridge notice will follow.

 

Thank you, and have a great New Year.

Let's both be naughty this year and save Santa the trip.

18/12/2019 08:08 Written by Shadow_X

 

It's that time of the year, time for a Christmas Chat Game.

 

This one is all about riddles. 

 

Mail the answer to each riddle to ChatGames profile by 25th December, and all those that get them correct will be entered into a draw to win one of 3 prizes. 

 

Prizes will be awarded and winners announced together with details of a special New Years Quiz before the end of the year.

 

Riddle 1

 

Prick yourself at Christmas
This leaf might be to blame
It has the same title
As a certain girl’s name

Riddle 2

 

If you lay down in white flakes
Out in the winter air
Move your arms and legs about
What is it you leave there?

Riddle 3

These are in the Harry Potter books
And Lord Of The Rings too
Some help to make lots of Christmas gifts
That Santa brings to you

Riddle 4


When he gets on his vehicle
He tells his animals to go go go
And he’s a jolly old fellow
As he is always going ho ho ho

Riddle 5

I’m green but I’m not a leprechaun
I have lights but I’m not a car
I have a skirt but I’m not a girl
I have branches but I’m not a bank
I have needles but no thread

Riddle 6


They call me a man but i'll never have a wife
I was given a body but not a life
They made me a mouth but didn't give me life
But the sun gives me death

Riddle 7


If you hear these jingling around
The night just before Christmas Day
You had better try to get to sleep
As you are hearing Santa’s sleigh

Riddle 8

You might never see one of these
As you should be asleep in bed
They stop by your house once a year
And one has a nose that is red

Riddle 9


On a Christmas tree you have garland
And ornaments that look so fine
But you also need some strings of these
To help make sure that it will shine

Riddle 10


Want to see something special?
Then just give me a few shakes
Put me down and watch the scene
Be transformed by falling flakes

Riddle 11


I float when I am born lay down when I am alive
I run when I am dead. What am I ?


Come on, enjoy the fun, and win some great prizes.

 

Christmas Is Coming ...

06/12/2019 11:17 Written by Stevesterrrr

Posted to all passengers, crew, reindeer and elves

 

Christmas is coming

 

The goose is getting fat

 

Please put a penny in the old man's hat

 

If you haven't got a penny

 

Then collect all the presents

 

On Lycos Chat

 

(C) Charles Dickens April 1786

 

 

It's true!  The Christmas Ornament Quest is back.  Collect as many ornaments as you can during December and you might bag yourself a 7 day sapphire and or an extra special Christmas throw emote.  Be sure to search all the chat rooms to find them.

 

Tell all your friends, you wouldn't want them to miss out.  Would you?

 

Happy Christmas from all at Lycos Chat UK

 

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Only very experienced chatters become Navigators, so if you feel like helping others and want to help make the chat a nice place for everyone, it could be just the challenge for you.

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Being a Navigator is not an easy role to fulfil. It is demanding, takes hard work and dedication and a lot of online time. Despite this, it's also great fun. Many navigators much prefer it to being a chatter.

  1. As a navigator you're an ambassador for the Chat. This means that chatters watch everything you say and do. Behave inappropriately, and it gives all Navigators a bad name. Being helpful at all times when on and off watch, shows what a great team we are.
  2. Navigators are the first people new chatters meet and their most important task is to make sure that these newbies have a good experience the first time they are on board.
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If you are the kind of person who gets emotional easily, then being a navigator may not be for you. You must be objective always; NEVER taking sides, even when your friends are involved, and always play devils advocate. Never make assumptions.
You must be able to keep confidences, both chatters and other Navigators may come to you with problems. And you will also be the first to find out about new things too – you must be able to keep these things close to your chest! Having the patience of a saint too is necessary! Some chatters take a while to help, and you need to ensure that your personality can cope with these demanding times.

You should also ask yourself, Am I a team player? This is a very important question as the Navigator system can only work with a team spirit. All ranks working together for a common goal.

All this said, being a navigator is very rewarding. Just ask any of our existing Navigators and they will tell you that nothing beats the feeling of when you help a chatter or solve a dispute and receive a huge Thank you.
So, still interested? Then you also need to meet the following criteria.
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  2. You must have a minimum chat rank of Midshipman (although exceptions may be made by Chiefs).
  3. You must have a clear chat record, with no serious bans/behaviour issues in the last 6 months.
  4. You must also have completed the 5 standard chat quests. /sing, /shout, /whisper, /sleep, /love.

    If you are a former navigator ranked 3rd or above and wish to return to the team on any name, please contact a chief navigator to discuss your options.



If you meet the criteria above, you can apply to become a navigator. Depending on the recruitment needs, you may be approached directly, you may be able to contact a 1st or Chief Navigator and express interest, or you may have to take the exam, or any combination of these. We reserve the right to change the recruitment methods at any time, and this is at the discretion of Chief Navigators.

If you would like to be a navigator, and do not qualify yet, then take this time to get to know everything there is to know about the chat. The more you know, the more you'll be able to help others.

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