After 30 days, the new chat is out of the beta! Thanks for all your testing and feedback.
As a side note, we have far more members in the new chat then the old one has ever had (on average). Even through idle members get disconnected after 2 hours (the old chat allowed you to stay idle as long as your connection would last).
The chat could not have had a better start and better acceptance. I knew change is hard to push, but I wanted to say thanks for your constructive feedback! It helped to develop the chat further!
Since a few days, a poll is running to decide the next features of the chat. Add your votes, the poll will stay open for another 7 days, then the roadmap for the next site update will be finalized. As small gift for today and finishing the beta, the currently most voted feature was implemented: Site notifications about new messages are now pushed to the chat as well.
Happy typing (and fighting!),