The old chat program was having problems and hogging server resources. Essentially the chat room was crashing and also making the Forums real sluggish or impossible to reach. As a result I've removed it and signed up for a free chat service from ParaChat (link is above).
This new chat service operates much smoother than the old one. It's a Java system so your browser will need to have Java enabled. Depending on your connection and computer speed there will be a delay as the Java applets are being loaded.
Since this is a free service you're going to have to tolerate some popups (hey, they need to pay their bills). According to their site information you'll get hit with two waves of popups...one when you first get into the chat room and a second five minutes later. I tested it a couple times and that's all I received, though when they're popping up it semi-freezes the chat room (just be patient and let them load).