Adult web development and design with chat rooms
Because chat room messages are spontaneous and instantly visible, there is a potential for abuse, which may or may not be intentional.
Site hosts typically post a frequently asked questions (FAQ) list to guide users to appropriate chat room behavior, such as introducing yourself when you enter a room, making it clear when you are directing a question or response to a specific user, and reporting disruptive users, for example.
The software is currently unsupported by Open Text or any of its previous owners, and many members of the community now consider the software abandonware and provide support for existing versions on unofficial web sites.
The original domain was bought by a long time Palace user, and is now used as a directory for other sites.
The Palace (or Palace Chat, Chat Palace, Palace) is a computer program to access graphical chat room servers, called palaces, in which users may interact with one another using graphical avatars overlaid on a graphical backdrop.
The software concept was originally created by Jim Bumgardner and produced by Time Warner Interactive in 1994, and was first opened to the public in November 1995.
By clicking on certain areas in a room called doors, users can travel either to different rooms in the same palace, another palace server, or an address leading to a different service, such as websites and email.
In some rooms, users are allowed to paint on the backdrop using a simple suite of drawing tools similar to oekaki.
Signing into The Palace does not require any registration or personal information.
All of these new clients support improved high-color avatars, larger room backgrounds (also in high-color), and modern sound formats (such as MP3), and are designed for modern operating systems.
However, there are some drawbacks to the new clients, such as not being fully compatible with older clients (because of the latter's limitations), and many users have chosen to remain with older alternatives.
User messages appear as chat bubbles above their avatar, similar to those in comic books, and stored in a chat log.
Each room in a palace is represented by a large image that serves as a backdrop for users.Notably, the group Desktop Theatre staged interventions and performances in their own and public Palaces from 1997 until 2002.