LOL, Craig, I see you really like this idea. I do like it too and I'd love to chat with all of you. That would be lovely
But I will refrain from voting. Because if it will really make the forums ineffective, then I'd rather not have it. Suppose Mike creates the chat, and then some rude people will start coming in. Plus, imagine if someone gives a bad advice to someone in need. Then I don't want to be blamed for having thought of this idea. I WANT EVERYONE TO CLEARLY REMEMBER THAT IT WAS ONLY A SUGGESTION ON MY PART, nothing more.
If Mike decides to create the chat, maybe it should be timed. For example, the chat would be open only at certain times and on certain days. Because there will probably not be enough people to chat every day at all times. Plus, maybe it's inconvenient at all for Mike to have this chatroom - we have to think about it too. Maybe it's too much of a trouble for him. This website is already free and we're getting here so much good advice for free. This alone should be really appreciated.
I think the chat room is a really good idea so that we could all get to know each other but I think the problem with people being rude can be avoided if we put certain topics to the chat room. Like where are we from or hobbies, etc. that way we can avoid rude people. Plus I think the moderators would be in charge of keeping order in the chatroom.
Yes chat rooms are a lot of fun, and they are usually only active for a couple of hours a week, and are moderated.
The last I heard was Mike was going to see if our site hardware or whatever you call it could handle a Chatroom. Haven't heard yet. Theres a lot involved site wise and program wise to setting a chatroom up. We'll just have to wait and see. Patience folks
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of people that don't necessarily sign up to be a member with us. They just browse the forum and what I think makes this place so great is the fact that you all help each other out so much and the folks just browsing get to benefit from reading your advice.
I don't think you all realize how many people you've helped over the past several months that just lurk around and read your posts.
If we have a chatroom that would effectively squelch that process. There are some other possible drawbacks in addition to those already mentioned, such as:
From a legal perspective, a chatroom could open FishLore up to a whole lot of potential problems with the bad people that abuse chat software.
Also, to my knowledge there is not a way to archive chats.
I said yes, but it could also be dangerous to be talking to someone that you don't know. Don't take that the wrong way, though, it's just that you always have to be cautious. But listen, I know I can trust FishLore, because the people are nice and wouldn't do anything like that!