Shoutboxes

Tagobs's picture

How do you feel a shoutbox or chatbox affects your community. Does it make the community closer and more friendly, or does it just serve to drive away all activity from the forum boards?

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WisTex's picture

It depends on the community.

It depends on the community. In my experience, a shoutbox or chat room will reduce posts on the forum, but alternatively it may keep them on the website longer, depending how lively the chat is.

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I have never got the point of

I have never got the point of shoutboxes.

Chat rooms, yes, but then yes they will reduce forum posts. HOWEVER, it can also keep general chitchat and silliness off the forum, leaving that for more factual posts. It just depends on the topic.