We regretfully need to announce that the BYC chat system will be removed from BYC. Please know this was NOT an easy or a quick decision. There were very lengthy discussions with members and between our moderation staff to weigh the pros and cons of leaving the chat system active on BYC. At the end of all the discussions we recognized that some great things come from having a live chat system, but we also realized that there were too many cons that overall outweighed the benefits. As I mentioned, there were a lot of points we discussed, but here are the key deciding factors: 1) Chat is VERY hard for our moderators to police. 2) Chat has been a place where very inappropriate topics and discussions have "slipped through" and not been reported. 3) Chat requires a lot of server resources, especially when there are a lot of members on all the time 4) Most of the topics in chat are not chicken related and again, are too frequently inappropriate 5) Proportionately we see more fighting and drama reports from chat than we do from the forum. This problem is compounded with the lack of reporting and moderation tools in chat. 6) When there are helpful topics and discussion in chat they come and go and are lost forever. The beauty of the BYC forum is that once wonderful information is posted, it remains public forever! The search engines find it and it has the ability to help thousands of people. Chat on the other hand is VERY limiting because it only helps the peeps that happen to be online at that very moment. These were the key factors in our decision. I want to emphasize that it wasn't an easy decision, but after much thought we realized it was a necessary one. Again, we're sorry to have to make this announcement, but at the end of the day we need to make hard decisions to maintain our safe and friendly community for the long run so we can celebrate another wonderful 4 years of chicken fun!