You can start a private buddy thread but you would have to invite users. Maybe you could make a public thread for chat in the off topic area? It could go in New Leaf General if you wanted to keep the chat game related. If the purpose of the chatroom is to wifi it is probably best to just post in the wifi area.
I understand I just don't think the staff will work on it given the current situation with the bell shop and possibly re-writing the site. You could start a thread inviting users to an instant messenger or chatroom that is separate from ACC?
I feel that a public instant messaging chatroom would distract from the forum itself and would therefore decrease the site's activity on the forum. I know this from experience on another forum, so I don't think a public chatroom would be a good idea. Another negative effect would be that it is difficult to moderate.
But then again, it has quite the opposite effect on other forums (e. g. The Bell Tree) where the chatroom is quite inactive but the boards are very active.
Overall, I don't think it's necessary for ACC and, if it is implemented, it might even have negative effects on ACC's already dwindling activity.
That being said, I think it would be great for private conversations (like the PT system where people have to be invited, but modmins still have access). It makes it much easier to have conversations with others, and I think that if there are instant notifications, it could be an amazing feature.
Any sort of messaging would be very hard to moderate. Chatrooms and private chats don't have logs so it would be very hard for moderators to go through and deal with issues. Meanwhile, forums allow people to report specific posts and makes moderation easy.
A chatroom would also need to be coded. Coding things takes time and the time of our developers is limited. It wouldn't be a great use of their time to code something that there are already plenty of 3rd party options for.
However, I could see improvements to the PT system. The main complaint with them vs an instant messenger is that there is no notification until you load a new page on ACC. That could be solved by optional instant PT alerts and/or email alerts.
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This is true for some chatrooms, but if ACC is coding the chatroom from the ground up, there could be chat logs. It is definitely possible, but it might take longer to code.
"Meanwhile, forums allow people to report specific posts and makes moderation easy."
I'm going to have to disagree with that first part - posts from chatrooms can be reported too. That being said, I agree that it would be more difficult to moderate, but with the right tools it could be made easier.
"A chatroom would also need to be coded. Coding things takes time and the time of our developers is limited. It wouldn't be a great use of their time to code something that there are already plenty of 3rd party options for."
This I agree with, because as you said, there are many alternatives. However, the goal is to keep as many users on ACC for as long as possible to increase activity. Think about it; if ACC offers a community with all the features (I know it's impossible to please everybody, I'm just making a statement ) that people want, they'll stay on for longer and therefore get the activity to rise back up. I'm not saying I disagree that there are alternatives, there definitely are. However, if the Developers get more time for an extra project, this would be an excellent thing to work on as it would attract more members to stay.
"However, I could see improvements to the PT system. The main complaint with them vs an instant messenger is that there is no notification until you load a new page on ACC. That could be solved by optional instant PT alerts and/or email alerts."
I think that the instant site notification can be achieved with Node.js. Email notifications are also a big plus, though, because users don't constantly have to be online.To summarize my thoughts, I think this is a good idea but it would take a while to get on its feet. A lot of planning needs to go into it to make it easier to moderate, to make it last a long time without needing many updates, and to make it the best it can be. Is it necessary right now? No, because ACC is being redesigned. Should it be in ACC 2.0? Yes, in my opinion. Instant chat is a feature that many applications have and it is a key form of communication for many users of the net. Let's face the issue – forums have been slowly dying out. This is why I think that ACC should focus more on a variety of social aspects than just recreating a forum. With a broad selection of communication options like instant chat and posting (in the type of way of other social networks), ACC could very well be back at the top. Don't get me wrong, ACC shouldn't get rid of the boards/forum aspect, but I think that there should be a big focus on other ways to grab the attention of those who come upon the site and keep them here.