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Dear Talk Citizens:

Talk City is dedicated to maintaining a clean, friendly, well-lit environment, in which everyone feels welcome and respected. Unfortunately, we've found that a small minority of people who use certain IRC (Internet Relay Chat) clients diminish the Talk City experience by initiating flood attacks on groups and individuals in chat rooms.

We value and appreciate our IRC users-they're a very active and important part of our community, but we can't allow this disruptive behavior to continue.

So here's what we're doing:

On April 12, 2000, Talk City will start limiting our support of IRC clients to specially programmed IRC clients called TC Pirch (for PCs) and TC Ircle (for Macs). These clients have many of the powerful features of other IRC clients, but rein in users' disruptive abilities.

We encourage all current IRC users to make the switch to TC Pirch or TC Ircle (or to our browser-based client, EZ Talk 3) as soon as possible. We think you'll find that these clients offer comparable features without the disruption. Here's a brief rundown of what you get with these clients.

TC Pirch features:

  • Contains all Pirch98 features
  • EZ Mode for beginners to Pirch98 (all the expert features are available with a button press)
  • View profiles on Talk Citizens
  • One click button to call for help or technical support
  • List of hosted chat rooms
  • List of Favorite Talk City chat rooms to visit (including Upcoming Events)
  • Continuous scroll of newsflash messages
  • Information on upcoming Talk City events
  • Automatically connects you to the correct Talk City server when entering rooms
  • Auditorium question button
  • Free!

TC Ircle features:

  • Contains all Ircle features
  • Help menu entries to call for help or technical support
  • List of hosted chat rooms (coming soon)
  • List of Favorite Talk City chat rooms to visit (including Upcoming Events)
  • Automatically connects you to the correct Talk City server when entering rooms (coming soon)
  • Works on 680x0 and PowerPC Macs
  • Free!
So starting on April 12, people who have been using IRC clients will now need to switch over to TC Pirch or TC Ircle. You may do this simply by clicking here.

Some of our WebTV users will also be affected by these changes, as Talk City will no longer be supporting IRC Scripts for WebTV. Users will need to enter Talk City chats through the Community area of WebTV's home page, or through the Talk City Web site at http://www.talkcity.com. if you enter through the Talk City web site you'll be able to use the new Talk City WebTV Client which provides many of he functions of the most popular IRC script sites.

We're also announcing that we have today (4/10/00) concluded negotiations to provide a Talk City version of IRCLE for our Macintosh users. This client can be downloaded from here.

Message boards have also been posted for you to provide feedback on these changes. A transcript of the Town Meeting of April 7, 2000 has been posted, and the transcript for the second meeting on April 19. 2000 is here.

Talk City values each and every Talk Citizen. We hope that by preparing you for the changes ahead, that you will continue to be a part of this wonderful community

Thank you for supporting us in making these changes!

The Talk City Team



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TC Pirch

In order to support the upcoming changes at Talk City, there is a new version of Talk City Pirch. All versions of Talk City Pirch, including at http://www.pirchat.com and other places on the Internet, that were downloaded before April 1, 2000, will not support these changes and will need to be updated. This free software is available for download at http://www.talkcity.com/download/. Starting April 12, 2000, you will not be able to access Talk City without this new version. We are doing everything possible to make this transition smooth and easy for all Talk Citizens. This new version of Pirch will ensure that Talk City remains the friendly environment that you are accustomed to.