Please consider making the old, functional chat system a subscriber-only feature. I would subscribe to have this back!
If we did that at that point it would be basically ripping you off. We've made changes to the chat system again that will hopefully be better than the way it is now. These changes will come out this evening 1/14/2014 so keep an eye out. Sorry for about any inconveniences this caused.
There is already a post for chat issues. http://octgn.freshdesk.com/categories/57761/forums/228795/topics/64780 .