I was wondering if it's possible to have a chatroom on FishLore. I think it would be really interesting if we all could chat together. I would love to talk live with all of the nice people we have here. I think our chatroom would be a very lively one Do you think Mike could do something like this?
Hey Everybody - I'm not sure if we have access to that type of functionality. Let me look into it and if I find anything we could use I'll post back here.
I can see a coupla flaws with having a chatroom...

1: There aren't usually enough people online at once to justify having one; the majority of conversations on the forum happen over a period of hours, days or even weeks.

2. If there are enough users online to make the chatroom worthwhile, it'll effectively kill the forum
Rob - while your points make sense, and it's good that you mentioned them so that people can decide what they think about the chatroom idea - my comment was merely a SUGGESTION. I did not intend to divert people's attention from the forums. Of course, if there never will be enough people to chat, the chatroom will be useless. However, if there happen to be people with emergencies (ex. questions about fish diseases requiring quick answers) perhaps someone in the chatroom will be able to help them right away. That is certainly not to say that people have to wait long for answers in the forums, because they're getting them very quickly, especially thanks to Gunnie and Butterfly

I don't think the chatroom would actually "kill" the forums. It would rather be COMPLEMENTARY to the forums. Forums were and will be the main focus. But as I have said - it was only a SUGGESTION. Nevertheless it wouldn't hurt to try. And if it turned out ineffective, then the chatroom could be cancelled. If it would indeed divert people's attention from the forums and if not enough people would participate in the chat, then I'd even want it to be terminated.

One more time: just a suggestion, an idea. And it's completely up to the administrator of this website. I don't "absolutely" need this chatroom to exist, and if it existed, it wouldn't be just for me but for all FishLore members. I rather had in mind a live talk with all the nice people we have here. I was curious how it would be if we could all heartily chat together. I came to like very much this warm community we've all created here.

Mike, if the chatroom is useless on FishLore, and if there is a possibility that it will ruin the forums, please disregard my suggestion.
In the chatrooms I have been in all the conversations aren't necessarily just about fish. We chat about going out to eat, what we had, also fish etc...... just like standing face to face in a group and visiting. It is a lot of fun. If Mike can swing it I think it would be a good addition. Usually Chat is set for a particular start time and a specific day. Chat doesn't go on all the time like the forums would. Just my 2 cents worth
Me? I am not having second thoughts. But as I have already said twice: it was merely a suggestion. If it's a bad idea, the chatroom never has to exist.
I agree with isabella it is a good idea but if it doesn't fit in then don't bother but I honestly think it would b a great additon 2 a fantastic website we can get 2 know one another better and talk about other stuff other than fish butterfly put it perfectly so I am definitely 4 it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come on Mike what do u think sir anymore thoughts on the matter??

I think a chat room is a great idea, but may be a little premature for the site right now. I post on another site that has a chat room, and know firsthand that there really needs to be some sort of monitoring of the chat room, which would be almost impossible right now. A troll in the chat room could really hurt the site if not dealt with right away, and could scare off new members. A chat room is also sometimes used for immediate answers to fish emergency questions, and if the only people in the chat room are too new to give the right answers, they could give bad advice and it would reflect on the whole site. I think this site needs to grow a little more, and we seem to get new members everyday, so it won't take long!
Gunnie, yes, indeed it makes sense. Maybe it's better to wait for now. Since you have personally seen what a chatroom on an aquatic website looks like, I can't possibly argue with you because I don't have the necessary experience. The least thing we want are disrespectful individuals in a chatroom as well as incorrect information provided to those who need advice immediately. I agree.
trolls are scary aaaahhhhhhh there's one ohh wait never mind well anyway the possible chat room is cool as long as there is monitors so people don't go getting off the subject and taking it into pms and stuff

Not sure of the best way to do this... obviously not everyone will want to post their MSN address in a publicly-viewable forum.

Everyone could IM me their addresses and I can orchestrate something from there if you think that'd work
Maybe it would be feasible for everyone to create a new screen name just for the purpose of using it for chats with FishLore members. I personally don't even have an MSN screen name, but an AOL and AIM screen names. AIM is free but I don't know if it's possible to have group chats on AIM. I hardly ever use AIM, but would be willing to do so if we all could chat together. Or perhaps I should get an MSN screen name. How does MSN work? Is it free too?

If it were to be a timed chat, I think the best time to chat would be the time range between which most FishLore members are online. I see most people on FishLore during evening hours (ET). Or maybe we could all agree on a specific private chatroom name, and whenever someone would like to chat, he or she could simply type the chatroom name and enter the chat to see if anyone is there. The chatroom would be at the place of our agreed choice, such as MSN for example.
The only problem with that is that users outside of the US can no longer use the MSN chatrooms, hence my suggestion that we use MSN.

MSN is free, you can download it from .

Follow the instructions on that site to set up an account if you don't already have one.
OK, I've created a new account so we can see if this'll work...

Add to your contacts, we'll take it from there
It might be fun maybe ya can have both. but I kind of agree with Rob 2k that it might kill the forums. But somtimes it's easy to get lost in these forums and go back and see if anyone responded to your questions because by the time you get back your question may be on say page 4 but thay are already on page 9. I am still learning this site though.
betta waita if you post your question in the species specific forum you are more likely to get an answer to your question

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