Originally Posted by Mitz
Myeah like I said; Skype will probably be less effective as more people start joining the group. So a program tailored to handling bigger groups will probably be best. I say Ventrilo because that's the most likely thing people will have, but I'm sure there's good alternatives as well so.
For regular chat, IRC seems pretty good as long as people don't have to download clients or register and so on.
Originally Posted by Polantaris
An IRC is probably the best idea.
I know a great many people who do not like Microphones/headsets at all (I'm not a fan of them myself), so TeamSpeak/Ventrillo would be a hassle for some people. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's not a fan of Voice Chat. Plus, with many people in the Alpha, it could get way too crowded.
An IRC, however, would be perfect. Could log on whenever you want and chat. Skype groups are huge hassles because when you have a huge group, and notifications on, you hear the "New Message" notification literally every second. I was in a group of about 20 people and it drove me to leave the group even though I had no problem with the group themselves. I wanted to keep the notifications on for everyone else, but that specific group, when using the chat, would drive you insane with the constant bloops. IRC has no sound unless you turn it on (Or none at all). Would be the best idea.
Anyone who wants to voice chat could easily make a temporary group conversation on Skype and voice chat that way, plus they might only want their group, and in a Skype group you cannot do that. Ventrillo and TeamSpeak have user limits last I checked as well.
While having a voice chat server would be a nice idea, I would suggest using ts3 as opposed to vent.
My last experiences of vent were rather terrible; it had poor security features and simply didn't really benefit for those who didn't want to use voice.
Ts3 has that option of either talking or im chatting... It would benefit everyone in the end.
If not, IRC is just fine.
Just don't use vent...