Have you ever found yourself booted out of Yahoo Chat and you have no idea why? It may be that you have crossed paths with a so-called “Yahoo booter”. Yahoo booters are people who, for whatever reason, will flood your yahoochat session with data, causing you to get dumped out of Yahoochat.
The bottom line is that Yahoo booters are able to boot people because of the way Yahoo and the chat clients handle it when the target is flooded with too much data. The problem is a combination of how Yahoo buffers the data, and how the chat client handles the process. If the Yahoo booters target’s chat client isn’t able to handle the overflow from the data, they can get booted offline. Yahoo booting is done typically to annoy or harass the Yahoo booters target.
In the end, it comes down to what chat client you are using, as that is the one variable over which you have control. Ironically, Yahoo’s own chat client, Yahoo Messenger, seems to be particularly sensitive to this problem, and so Yahoo booters are able to boot people using Yahoo Messenger fairly easily.
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There are many different 3rd-party Yahoo chat clients available, however, and one of them in particular, Y!mlite (also known as “Ymlite”) makes it its mission to be essentially unbootable.
If you are experiencing frustration at the hands of a Yahoo booter, you may want to check out Y!mlite here: http://www.ymlitechat.com/.
Y!mlite’s author, Craig C., has written a fairly comprehensive explanation of how the whole Yahoo booting thing works, as well, in a forum post [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead].
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