Thinking about chat - A suggestion
I have noticed a couple things about Flash Chat. First the quick link has not returned. Second you really do not know if anyone is there unless you go there, which requires finding the "Flash Chat" thread, looking up the link and then going there. Alternatively, you could bookmark the chat link. If no one is there, then you start PMing people.
Therefore, I would like to suggest / ask this: Could a section be put on the portal that shows who is in the chat room and possibly the heading of the section would be the link to go there? In my opinion, that would promote use of chat and make it easy for folks to visit.
If I am out of line, please delete this thread.
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