I want to talk live with others online but can't seem to contact them and tell them I want to talk. When I go to the chat room it would be nice if all members online would get a popup notification that would tell them that the chatroom now has at least one person in it.
The system actually does say how many people there are in it, but at the moment it's only showing in forum area. Adding it all across the site would REALLY boost participation in the chat room, but our experience is that it dies off pretty quickly after an initial spike.
What do others think? Increase visibility of the chat room?
I think it would be a great idea.!!! Very helpful to be able to instantly know who can talk to who.
Personally I like the way things are. Im not big fan of the "live chat" and prefer reading a post and its comments. Others may wana chat live, but I think if that is advertised across the whole site it may start to dominate it. This site has grown to what it is today by a simple post & reply method and think that should stay its main feature, rather than a chat room with all kinds of random conversation going on.
thats my thought