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View Poll Results: Add Chat Feature to Sailnet?
Yes 36 42.35%
No 49 57.65%
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We all have email and the internets...and Skype and iChat and all the others if we want them...and we can get the email address of members here and go "off net" with them when we want.

What is gained by having chat here?

If others want it, fine. As for me, I won't use it. But because I think it will degrade the conversation on here, I voted no.
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+ Chat is in real time.. someone could actually use it to help out in a situation. Kind of like using the phone while you "talk through" things with the person having the real time problem.

- Chat is time consuming, full of drama, people taken out of context, statements copied and used as "ammo" . Chat managers get the brunt of the Drama in PMs and Email.

Topic specific chats are somewhat more civil then "open" chat. Chat is the ultimate in real time socializing with real people that can say or be anything they are or want to be.

Regulated and sign in features are pretty much required to keep chat on topic and free of spam, spam bots, and email collectors.
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While it would be convenient and useful in many ways, I don't think we really need it. Particularly if it could affect performance on the rest of the site.
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I say yes, trial period to see what and how it's going to work here.
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I saw it tried on another site and it was really lame. For a forum, I think chat is pretty redundant - and a bit goofy. But so was that other forum - so who knows?
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I saw it tried on another site and it was really lame. For a forum, I think chat is pretty redundant - and a bit goofy. But so was that other forum - so who knows?
True about redundant, but I like the use fullness of being able to help someone realtime.
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I'm kind of thinking instead of an open chat room the ability to chat one on one with other members.

let's say you notice someone on line and you'd like to ask them a question without posting it in a thread or it might be iterative in nature where a lot of PM's back and forth may not be a good investment of time.
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Now that's a cool idea. Can we cuss?
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I very easily found IGNORE feature is VERY necessary for PM chats.
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Reinventing the wheel. You're not going to get a chat widget with features that rival Google+ or facebook. Much better way to spend that time and energy is to make it easier for Sail Net members to connect on social networking.

I did like the suggestion of being able to help out with problems in real-time. However,i think a chat is not the best medium for that. Better would be some way for the person with the problem to stream video and audio of what's going on, and folks could "call in" with audio or text to offer suggestions. Audio would be best because it would allow the host to focus on his problem and keep his head in the bilge our wherever.

A chat widget feels like a very 1990s solution.
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