We're so sorry to tell you that we need to discontinue the chat functionality. We worked very hard to build it, and we did so based on your feedback. So this is not easy for us.
However, we received a lot of requests from schools and universities that the chat is distracting and that it is a reason to stop using OceanHero.
We do not want to cause problems for anyone. Our mission is to save the oceans, and we feel that this topic has been very distracting for us too. Therefore, we will stop offering the chat functionality within the next few days.
We understand that this announcement can upset some of you. Please feel free to share your feelings with us. We are here to listen. You can contact us through the following link: https://oceanhero.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
The OceanHero team
this is terrible
That's so horrible. Are you removing the chat function forever? :(
and no, it is NOT distracting me
That sounds like a very bad idea. It's not like Schools and Universities are banning messaging apps in schools. Or are they?
couldn't there be an option to restrict chat? maybe administrators could control whether or not students could use it.
I personally feel as if we should be allowed to chat if we want to, but if schools feel as if it is distracting us, it can be banned while we are at school.
I don't feel like removing the chat function is a good idea personally! If anything, I find the memes more distracting then the chat, but really neither are distracting. If schools and universities are having problems with it, maybe you guys could make a setting to disable the chat? I really like the chat and I think it was a great addition to the site!! With removing it, more people are probably not going to want to use the extension anymore.
when will you get rid of it because i can still collect with friends even though i don't ?
i still love this search engine even though loging into another computer deletes your bottles.
thank you for letting us know !
BEST CHANGE EVER so many people were distracted -room 16
Noooooooooo! I love the chat feature. My friend and I would send cat memes to each other, and it ALWAYS made my day better. It never distracted us. It just put a smile on my face and now it's gone.
The OceanHero team probably won't personally read this nor respond, but I think that it's unfair to remove the chat feature permanently because people may use it to talk to co workers, people outside of school or they may use it as simply a way to talk to others. not everyone who uses OceanHero is in school. I love this app because it helps the environment and the chat feature is one of the main compartments to OceanHero that make it great. One of my ideas to solve this problem is to ask whether or not the user is going to school and if the user says yes, the chat feature will either have limits or be turned off.
many comments already have stated this but instead of just getting rid of the chat u really should put a restriction mode on it!
Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. We carefully read all of your comments and reviewed them with the team.
Please note that we are not disabling the sending of memes—just the chat.
At the moment, we are discussing how we could implement your suggestions. Specifically, developing a school/university version that has the chat feature disabled. We are unsure if this would solve the problem, but we are doing our best to investigate this option.
Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to us!
Carlos from the OceanHero Team
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this is one of the only ways i can contact my gf bc her parents are strict i think you should maybe look into a way to disable the chat and she would always send me a cat meme to put a smile on my face now that smile is gone.
AWWW darn it how is it distracting well miss you chat feature
Big oof! It was incredibly fun chatting through the messaging system with this one person I met on discord who I couldn't reconnect with outside of Oceanhero. Have you considered a child lock that schools can implement to disable chatting and require a password to disable/enable set by the schools? j/ That would probably be too much work lol.
Personally, I just am gonna say: dangggggggg. That is kinda unfair because it doesn't cause a distraction to many people.
Here's an idea. If it was distracting maybe. Just maybe they should use some willpower that they obv don't have and ignore it. instead of complaining.... Just a thought. Why should the rest of us suffer just because some people can't help themselves?
Even though some people are against removing the chat, I see how it can be distracting and some kids will be distracted by it. I understand why they are removing it and it is a reasonable solution. Hopefully, this solution will help others. I may not be glad that this is happening but education is more important.
noooo please don't i do home school and my friend has really strict parents and shes not allowed to have a phone number so this is the only way we can talk to each other :(
this is horrable!!
Nooooooooooo!!! besides helping the environment this was loke MY FAVORITE FEATURE!!! :( :( :(
i never really used the chat feature I'm new to oceanhero
Noooo this was the only way I could chat with my friend that moved away~~~~
Just make a child lock like schools shouldn't get in the way of it! Memes are more distracting than chat, so I'd rather you just take away the memes, or take away nothing.
please don't take the chat feature. I and my sis always talk on the chat you guys provided us :( just please bring it back later :((((
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