Wouldn't it answer everyone's dilemmas by allowing the server host to decide whether or not to have chat? A simple addition to Hosting Options would allow the server host to host with or without chat.
In addition, people should have the ability to toggle in their options whether or whether or not to view chat while in a server, which would decide whether the server decides to send the 'bytes' (that supposedly lag) of chat to their client. The default setting would be off, so new players wouldn't know, and people won't have to complain about seeing chat.
tl;dr (highly doubt it): Chat can be on/off with new option
You can already do this in vinmod, except it's not off by default.
tl;i/wdr: vinmod does this
trog I read fucking everything
it's obvious that you think vanilla text chat or plugins are a good idea
they aren't going to be in vanilla
Vanilla text chat? As in chat in vanilla? Didn't I just... bleh
Any reason plugins won't be in vanilla?
tl;i/wdr: why no plugin