After the disastrous level of complaints over the (free) livestream of Sasuke 32, we decided to lock down access to the SMF-hosted stream in an invitation-only style system going forward, and so far it's worked out pretty well. Kunoichi 9, Sasuke 33, and Sasuke 34 each went pretty smoothly in terms of viewership and lack of complaints. Each event also had an increased number of viewers over the one before it.
Starting with the Sasuke 35 Navi, we are going to try out something different again. We're going to allow all registered and logged in members access to the live stream. Again, that means you need a registered account, and you must be logged in. No logged-out guests. It's not quite public, but not completely private either. We hope it's a nice middleground and we can keep it like this going forward.
We appreciate those that joined us for the livestreams of Kunoichi 9, Sasuke 33, and Sasuke 34; keeping it civil is what helped us decide to try opening it up again, albeit not completely public. Keep in mind, we will bring it back to an invitation-only system if we have to, so keep it civil. If all you want to do is complain, find your own stream, there's plenty out there on the web. We don't have to do this at all.
In addition, we have changed the chatroom from the embedded IRC chatroom, to the ProBoards built-in "Shoutbox." We have always tried to do what's best for the users and for the mods to maintain control, without much hassle for one or the other. The Shoutbox is built-in, you're automatically logged in, and there's decent moderator controls. First we had that laggy Java-based chatroom, then we went with IRC, and that worked out well, but it was hard to moderate and not everyone is familiar with IRC. Now, it's a simple solution, easier for everyone.