We believe that our Zello channel offers a great opportunity to connect with other members of the community and talk about the things that interest us as vision-impaired users of Apple products.
Unfortunately, a user or two can spoil things for everyone in a channel. Usually, these are people who have no interest in the channel itself, but get their kicks from harassing genuine users. This has become an escalating problem for us over recent months - mainly because Zello changed the way that channels are listed, which made it far more likely that this type of idiot will find the AppleVis Channel.
A number of our regular users of the channel have the ability to block users, but we simply cannot guarantee that somebody will always be available to monitor the channel and block anybody behaving inappropriately.
So, we have decided to restrict access to the channel by making it password protected.
It is a shame that this is necessary, but it is important that we protect the integrity of the channel and ensure that it continues to be the great resource that it has become over the past year. We firmly believe that limiting access in this way will help to ensure that the AppleVis Channel is a positive experience for everyone who uses it.
The password that you will need to access the AppleVis Channel is: zellovis
If it is ever necessary to change the password, the current one will always be available from the home page of the AppleVis website.
If you're not familiar with Zello, it's a real-time chat service that enables you to talk with individual users or to join channels where you can engage in group conversations.
Zello offers both an iOS app and a Windows application that can be used to access the service. Both are free to download.
If you want to learn more about using Zello and the AppleVis Channel, you should listen to the podcast recorded by AnonyMouse.
We hope that you will see this as a positive move on our part, and we look forward to chatting with you on Zello.
The AppleVis Editorial Team