Menyak and I discussed the chat this week but did not have enough time to implement any changes. We are planning to get issues squared away and the chat returned by next week.
We did not want to put last year's chat back into place without resolving some of its bugs and have Cafe users making the same complaints, such as the 'noflood' issue they experienced. A huge problem was that members who experienced 'flooding' and other issues would typically not follow up with Menyak or me with browser info, operating system, screenshots, etc. in order to diagnose the problem. When someone has a problem and then won't get you the info you need to solve the problem, it just results in a ton of frustration.
So hopefully we'll be able to get the information we need this year and get a bug-free chat in place.