I noticed a few of you started common chat in the forum.
No, it's not against the rules, though there may be better ways of doing it.Â For the most part, I intend the forum posts to remain archived indefinitely (well, except for that entire tree I nuked by accident) which raises the question, should these chat threads be subject to archiving?Â It is nice to be able to poke someone passing by and say "Hi!", on the other hand, that discussion has very little importance once it's over.
My goal is to provide a "proper" place for people who want to chat, so that it is easier for them and reduces the topic derailment.
I'd like some ideas and feedback.
Ideas so far:
Â - Shoutbox style chat (it shows up as one of the panes like the 'active topics' and shows the last few messages)
Â Â - Full blown web chat.
Â Â - Using a single topic in the forum for chat that gets cleared periodically.
Â - Having a 'Chat' forum where individual topics become locked and later deleted after varying stages of inactivity.Â