Latest updates

Growth
Growth has been fast and steady for Mibbit. Back in December, we were handling 250 IRC lines a second, turns out that was nothing and we now do over 700! that’s 1.8bn per month.  This creates very interesting challenges in terms of scaling and memory management :)

Some details on the couple of recent restarts, mainly to the widget backend. There has been a very slow burning memory leak, which has meant that it runs out after a few days. Sorry if you happened to be around when we restarted.  Memory leak fix expected in the new release.

New features

  • Widget channel key prompt – you can now tell your widget to ask the user for a channel key.  This is very useful to keep your channel private.  Just make sure your users know the key :)
  • Highlight chat from one user – hover over a nickname and all of their lines of chat will be highlighted.  This is especially useful for busy channels where there may be several conversations going on at once.
  • Smiley packs – yay! you can now load up preset smiley packs.  Just go to prefs->smileys, pick one, and click on load.  More coming soon.
  • Main UI translated to Polish.  Many thanks to Kamil for translating! go to prefs to change UI language.  Wódki all round!
Abuse
As you know, Mibbit was never intended to be a tool to be misused or abused. It is not our intention to allow anyone to evade bans or abuse networks using Mibbit, and we do all we can to prevent this.
With this release, we now check the excellent dronebl.org blacklist.  If the user is listed, they will be told, and directed to the dronebl website where they will find removal instructions.
 
This should make it more difficult for people to connect to Mibbit through proxies, botnets, etc. Which should mean less abuse to networks, and improved execution of bans.

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