Okay, it’s not like I don’t already spend too much time checking this board, but I was just thinking it’d be slick to have a chat room here.
My other geek obsession board, Miata.net, runs some kind of Java thing that works pretty well. There’s never a huge crowd, but it’s fun to drop into chat at weird hours when you need a break from a late-night writing marathon.
I was thinking more along the lines of a QT3 channel on Battle.net. Anyone up for a game of WC3? I get off work tonight at 6:00p.m. (pacific time). The question is: Should it be the East Coast or West Coast server?
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I would vote for an IRC channel on irc.enterthegame.com. I know an op there and he can set it up and it is easy to use. Plus I idle there all the time as it is. I would definitely be around. If it is something other than irc I don’t know how much I would use it.
Well, IRC nowadays requires you to figure out which net (DALnet, yadda yadda) you’re on, install MIRC, yadda yadda again. It’s not something you’re going to get the casual QT3 user to go through. (I used to be a heavy IRC user years ago, but pretty much gave it up about five or six years ago.)
See how Miata.net does it… This page is just the “chat” link off their front page. Gives both a nice friendly chat page, as well as one that can be reached by the IRC crowd.
Mark, if you want it let me know. We do it on POE. I always tend to be terrified of people who spend all day on chat. But occasionally I will pop in and when the forums are hot and there will be some interesting things.
Our chat uses a small public irc server so you can actually reserve a fair number of names (not all are taken) and you can use the little java thing or mirc or whatever. It would take all of 30 seconds to setup.
Having said that - I think it is a bad idea. Chat is nonsensical words in real time where you end up discussing the mundane and 99% of the activity is not well thought out. On forums, people can think before they post, look at it, edit it and then of course, always be remembered in time for others to rip apart. If chat stopped one thread from starting, it would be bad.
Actually, I don’t think a chat room will kill any threads. As you say, chat seems to be a place where you discuss the mundane… “God, I had a cruddy day. How are you?” “The coolest thing happened in Warcraft III today…” “Hey, I came in to my office this morning and my 18-month old was playing Kingpin. Should I be proud or aghast?” It’s a different kind of conversation.
If anything, it might inspire new threads… I just don’t see forums and chat as competitive.
I’d say go for it. It feels like there’s more drivel getting put up on this board anyway. Maybe people will divert some if it to chat, especially since most threads end up turning into a two person pissing contest in chat form.
Is it just me, or has there been a large influx of new people recently? It seems that at the start of the new board most people used their real names but now there’s pseudonyms everywhere. I’m just waiting for the l33t nicks to make an appearance. Thank god people aren’t attaching images as sigs…yet.
Man, the older I get, the more I start to sound like like Old Salt. I gotta take this shit less seriously.
I agree. People spend most of their time on chat waiting for someone else to say something. Makes for a rather pointless exercise. Besides I don’t have time for chat - it would eat into my online IL2 flying time.
And then there becomes a seperation of users, those who chat and those who don’t. Those that do will start making little in comments that if you were in chat would make sense, to everyone else they wouldn’t.
I have seen chat fragment a community before.
Right now, the way the site is segregated is much easier to deal with.
Are you using Jpilot Chet? I think its the easiest to use for an interface like this. I was planning on using it on our site, but then we went and setup a #battlecruiser IRC channel on gamesnet instead.