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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; This board is going to implode. No chat? Tell me it's only temporary....

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Old 10-15-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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OMG... What happened to Chat?

This board is going to implode. No chat? Tell me it's only temporary.

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Old 10-16-2010, 06:01 AM   #2
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...so I can think of about 2 people that will be affected by this.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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So why was chat moved? Do you like it better?

First avatars... now this.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:03 PM   #4
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So why was chat moved? Do you like it better?

First avatars... now this.

Chatboxes and Shoutboxes can be "forum killers" if you let them. If a forum based website allows a Chatbox to suck energy away from the forum, the administrator has one shot to nip the situation in the bud, otherwise you can forget about it.

The following below is not pointed at any particular member(s), just general observations.

I noticed a gradual decrease in members interaction on ANY forums below the Saints forum. Instead of less popular forums getting at least a post per day, they went to 1 post per week in some instances.

Chatboxes and shoutboxes can be great fun but there were the 2 factors that sealed our Chatbox fate. (1) I also saw people merely logging in and idling to look at the Chatbox alone; and (2) on 2 separate occasions I saw important "breaking news" for the forum and homepage was being discussed exclusively in the chatbox with no thread in the Saints forum... so members were like "let's just talk about it in the chatbox... oh forget about that forum thingy."

Therefore, instead of just closing down the entire website and just making it one big "chatbox" (which, btw, chatboxes do not produce any revenue with Ads etc.), I decided to remove the feature from the Forums home page only and put it back where it was for years before I inserted it on the forums home page during the playoffs last season.

The minute I turned it off I immediately saw people reading and posting threads and replying to threads in the forums, which is kind of the point of our site.
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Just wait until we take away all the guns and weaponry, and freeze all the money in everyone's bank account.

Muhaha, You ain't seen nothing yet!!

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Old 10-18-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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OK Halo. I understand that. You need people posting to make the board fun and interesting.
Maybe just put up chat on Monday nights during MNF.
People can chat about that game and the Saints Sunday game.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:09 AM   #7
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Internet chat used to be all about teenagers and a bunch of stalkers.

These days it is the facebook generation.

Browser based chat is like a Yugo but then most of the facebook generation isn't smart enough to even log on to IRC.
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Just wait until we take away all the guns and weaponry, and freeze all the money in everyone's bank account.

Muhaha, You ain't seen nothing yet!!
I don't know Halo... It seems as soon as all the beautiful girls left the board's traffic went down.

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The only problem with chat is that you can't see activity on the other boards. I actually use the other boards. It's no big deal. My job has me working 50 hours a week and the weather is too beautiful to spend as much time on any board.

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Im good with it.

We're all still here. We aint going nowhere.

Whats up FF???

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Originally Posted by skymike View Post
Im good with it.

We're all still here. We aint going nowhere.

Whats up FF???
The question is where have you been? Still too buzy to play on the board.
I know the feeling. It may get worse before it gets better.
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