[Debate] Using Chatrooms On Your ProBoard Aug 12, 2006 15:55:49 GMT -8
Post by R Ø G U € » on Aug 12, 2006 15:55:49 GMT -8
myke said:Chatrooms - Not to be confused with shoutboxes or c-boxes chatrooms and c-boxes/shout boxes are two different things completely.
Remotely hosted chatrooms seems to be a rather common addition people are making to their ProBoards forums these days, but are chatrooms an addition you want to make?
Some people will tell you that open chatrooms added to a forum is a good way for a community to keep in touch by taking part in live chats. They will say that it brings extra opportunity to a forum for it's members/community to get to know one another, which will in turn make them want to come back to visit the forum.
Some people will tell you that a chatroom defeats the purpose of a forum, since the forum itself is a forum for members to to chat and hold conversations. Some people will also say that having an open chatroom on your forum will reduce the amount of activity and posts on a forum because people are too busy talking in the chatroom, thus the forum suffers as a result, and eventually no one will want to return to the forum because it's become inactive.
So, what's your opinion on using chatrooms on a ProBoard? Do you think it's a good idea or do you think it can potentially harm a forum?
I like the idea of a live chat. If there are no interesting topics at the time and you just want to chat, it can be a very fun. Especialy sice its not a standard PB feature.
I recently added an embedded Java Chat Room applet to my forum. My members love it!
Im constantly updating, fixing, and teaching on my board. I never get tired of it. The chat room has helped me a lot in those areas. There was an emergency on my forum at one time. A MAJOR coding error, had it not been for the live chat, my staff and I would not have been able to get the board fixed.