This chat system never ceases to annoy me. Every time I get on I'll have a message get cut off before I send it. It has been a while since I played FFXI, but couldn't you type more on it than on FFXIV? It blows me away that you can't really put on any filters. On FFXI you could separate all the types of chat messages. I would look at all the tells I received in FFXI. Making it really easy to remember what someone said to me. I try to scroll through on FFXIV and every time I receive a message it will move down some. Making it take even longer to find that one message I'm looking for.
I'm pretty dang sure I remember SE saying that we can give our friends a nickname. So, all we have to do is type the nickname and we can talk to them personally. I haven't figured out how to do that and I don't even think its possible to do. I do like the game and I understand it is new. That's why I'm still playing the game, giving them a chance to work on these issues. But, it just seems that some of these problems are ridiculous.
Sometimes I feel that they are just trying to be different from FFXI and other MMO's just for the sake of being unique. I personally really liked the chat system in FFXI. Played other mmo's and didn't like the chat system as much. In wow I had to put in addons to set it up just right. Loved the fact that the chat bar was down on the bottom and it was really easy for me to read. I really don't like it being off to the side, but that's just me. Now I'm going into a rant, oh well lol.