Web-Based Chat Rooms
Short, concise description of the idea
An in-browser, web-based chat room system.
Full description of the idea
I think it would be extremely useful for a lot of communities if a chat room feature was implemented. Ideally, they would be Java-based - taking Yahoo!Group chats as an example - and users would only have to be logged in to their LiveJournal accounts in order to access them. Aesthetic design would be up to the coders, such as whether or not to include customizable fonts.
- It would be an entertaining place to hang out for community members who don't necessarily have anything to make an entry about.
- It would make it much, much easier for members with common interests to socialize and make friends with each other.
- In relation to the above point, roleplaying communities would especially find this useful for both in-character and out-of-character interaction.
- It would be especially appealing to users who are unable to access IM applications at work, school, or other places away from home.
- Moderation. (Moderators will not have time to watch over the chat rooms 24/7. However, they could easily be left unmoderated, as it is doubtful much more harm could be done in the chats in comparison to the spammers, trolls, and sockpuppets already rampant on the site.)
- Possible heavy load on the servers.
- Coding complications.