I have never seen the use for a chat room on a internet forum, the web is full of chat rooms and chat programs, like IM, Yahoo, etc. In fact, there must be at least a dozen free chat programs advailable for anyone who wished to chat with friends, putting one on a bonsai forum is redundant at the least. Now you can even Skype friends for free....
A lot can be learned in a chat room as well...
Establishes a better report between members!
Sometimes when the English words are lacking it can better teach each other to see better!
Learn more about friends from other countries.
In my opinion, chat areas simply allow information to be passed along without review by our peers, bad information can go unchallenged or uncorrected when it is basically hidden from the forum members eyes.
Also chat doesn't allow for good content to be archived, searched, and read by members in the future, in effect, chat produces temporary information that may be good or bad and then it gone with the wind.
Many forums base their worth on the number of members they have, or the number of hits they get, some even intelligently base their worth on the number of truly active members and just not on the names in the member list. However, the nitty-gritty of the matter is that a forum should be judged by the content it has, a bonsai forum with 60% non-bonsai related content is only 40% good, as related to bonsai and those seeking info on the same. A chat area adds zero content to a forum and, judged on the previous thought, it is worthless.
Chris, this in no way was said or implied, you are reading your own personal grudges into my words, it is unbecomming to say the least.Translation: "There will be subversive content that Vance and I will not be able to control. People might say things about us we don't like."
Translation: "There is a great value to stuffiness, and friendliness is only important to those of us we think can move us up the ladder."
We've heard all these arguments before, and they just don't wash. Peer review? Archiving? Crap!
Strange that Vance was brought into the debate. But I can say that when Vance came into chat at bonsaiTALK a couple of months ago he was treated with great respect and cordially returned that respect. Vance provided great insight when asked questions related to bonsai and this was appreciated by those involved. I can also vouch that when he left there were no sly comments, in fact people were in awe and commented favourably. We have had a lot of 'big' names visit chat recently and these are great moments for those involved. It is a sharing facility which nowadays involves a lot more bonsai related questions being asked but it is also a social experience which as Irene said, bonds people from all over the world.
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