It already will only let LiveJournal users connect, but dormando insists we add some value for paid users.
So the question is, who here can think of a cool feature we could give paid users, in a chat room?
Here's some details on the technicalities:
Channels obviously only show up when people are in them.
The permission system is done like this:
Owner of a Journal or Community are auto-oped by ChanServ
Friends of a Journal, or Members of a community are voiced
The server doesn't care about IP, reverses and it doesn't even try to lookup ident - We arn't efnet! Only valid usernames are allowed to connect, and must authenticate with a LJ password. The ircd will not allow them to join a channel or message anybody until they have identifed. The ircd will also not allow them to change nicknames.
I expect the majority of users to use a java client we'll have on the site, so these details won't bother most people.
As for the technical details, modified Bahumut with HURT-style capability by default (no messaging, joining until +r'ed by NickServ).
Custom services authenticating channels and users against the LJ database.
Custom java applet to allow 'normal folks' to just have a simple chatroom on their journals.