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I tried to visit the PHP room today on the Stackoverflow chat page and normally when I do so it will load for 2 to 3 seconds and then it loads. Just now I tried to enter it except that it keeps loading, it's trying to load for about 10 minutes now. The loading message is as follows:

Loading [channel] Just a second...

I tried to check if the question was already posted or if a certain channel gets closed if there are no users in it but I couldn't find anything concrete. Not on Meta or Stackoverflow.

So I have a few questions:

  • Does the channel close if there are less than x amount of users? If so I would like a notification that the channel is currently closed to avoid confusion. Will these rooms last forever
  • Does the client require any special plugins for the chat room to load? For example: Flashplayer/Silverlight. They don't, no need for plugins.

I am using Mozilla Firefox v17.0.1 on a Windows 7 machine.

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recently, there was a DDoS attack going on by some Indian teenager. That may be the cause for the slowness too I think ;) – user251196 Feb 7 '14 at 11:56
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No plugins are required. Inactive channels eventually do get cleaned up, but for a popular room like the PHP room that won't be the case for quite some time. See Will these rooms last forever? in the chat FAQ; if the room went idle for 14 days it'll be marked as 'frozen' (and will not be deleted).

Try a force-reload, you are probably just experiencing a network hickup somewhere. Chat rooms, including the PHP room, load fine for me.

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I tried multiple reloads and I restarted my browser as well, no luck yet. I also didn't come across the page you linked me before, it's a bit hard to find. I would upvote, but I lack the reputation. – Mario S Jan 5 '13 at 13:02
@MarioS: It's linked from the pages (faq in the top bar); you can also find it in each room (bottom right, faq again, and the help popup also points to it for more info). – Martijn Pieters Jan 5 '13 at 13:04
It's not listed in the FAQ, hence my statement about being hard to find. – Mario S Jan 5 '13 at 13:05
@MarioS: what is not listed in the FAQ? Note that I linked you to a section in the FAQ. – Martijn Pieters Jan 5 '13 at 13:11
Ah yes you're right. I misread it however the problem still persists. I cannot enter the chat room. – Mario S Jan 5 '13 at 13:17
It seems the problem magically solved itself. Didn't update anything but it seems to work fine now. As you suggested a network hiccup probably. – Mario S Jan 12 '13 at 11:56

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