Well, that's it guys! AFC Messsenger will be shut down within the next two or three days. Support for the messenger will be closed, as will new registrations (unless you ask *really* nicely
However, it will be coming back again, with some very cool new features, including status images (little glowing images which you can put in your sig, website or posts which will tell you wether you are online or not; you can even make your own icons!), AFC Web Messenger and intergration with the forums (one click access to members and chat rooms).
And best of all, the new AFC Messenger (including Spark) is likely to be compatible with MSN, YAHOO, ICQ, AIM and IRC Messengers! This is still a MAYBE, not a definite. But still, things are looking up, with the release of the AFC Messenger due with the next forum update, within about a month. Keep an eye out!
These forums will be locked from here on, and will be disabled from the day the Messenger is shut down.
A big thankyou to all who helped test out.