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  • tRidiot
    Club Member
    • Dec 2015
    • 660
    • NE OK
    • Traeger BBQ124
      Yoder YS480
      Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

    Anyone interested in a chat room?

    One forum I visit a little has a "shout box" that displays a few lines at the top of the page, and you can expand it to larger, or open it in a new tab full size if you like.

    I have been an internet forum hopper for nearly 3 decades, but got my start in chat rooms - mainly mIRC way back in the day, and used MSN Messenger some, as well. But I was thinking, a chat room might be a cool way for some of us to interact a little more on a drop-in basis, get to know each other on a more personal level, and it's instant response, instead of having to check threads over and over.

    I like the idea of a Meat-n-Greet chatroom (cripes, that could be really taken the wrong way in this day and age!) kinda thing. Anyone else interested? I'm not sure if it's even feasible on the site, just thought I'd bring it up.
  • Abom
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 192
    • Verona, PA
    • (RJ) Kamado K7

      Weber 22" kettle

      Thermapen

      DigiQ Dx2

      GeneCafe Coffee Roaster

    #2
    It would be even easier to use chat software "Discord" to set up a free chat server. Gamers use this all the time. Very powerful (even allows video calls) and free.

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    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 379
      • Eastern NC
      • 2018 MAK 2 Star
        Charbroil Big Easy SRG

      #3
      FWIW, a forum I used to moderate added the chat room feature you speak of. What happened is the forum died because the regulars stopped posting and started chatting which led to search engines not reporting the site back etc... Facebook was the final straw and eventually membership wasn't attainable. Site was setup similar to this where paid members funded the web hosting and such, but we had the majority of the forum available on the free side. Didn't matter, forum post count went down and the new members trickled down faster than we would have ever suspected, subscriptions stopped and we went to non-sustainable.

      Now this is a MUCH larger community, we only had maybe 500 paid members at our high point and this site has many reasons to sustain paid membership, but just something to think of. I don't want to rain on your parade, I did like the chat feature but it directly led to the dissolution of my on-line community.

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      • surfdog
        surfdog commented
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        Yep...similar experience. It’s all great and then it’s gone. :-/
        The one I belonged to was music related... Started off strong...but because people have lives outside of “pick topic” the “chat” not only slows down but the posts did as well... IDK, sounds like a good idea on paper...but perhaps not so much in practice.

      • surfdog
        surfdog commented
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        Oh yeah...and search engines never seemed to find it. The death knell of online communities.
    • tRidiot
      Club Member
      • Dec 2015
      • 660
      • NE OK
      • Traeger BBQ124
        Yoder YS480
        Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

      #4
      Well, I'm open to other ideas. I just like the idea of actually chatting with people. I'm going to look into Discord, I don't know anything about it.

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      • tRidiot
        Club Member
        • Dec 2015
        • 660
        • NE OK
        • Traeger BBQ124
          Yoder YS480
          Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

        #5
        Ok, I made a server on Discord. You can join as temps or make a permanent nickname, I believe. This link is set to never expire, I guess.

        https://discord.gg/YhmydvH

        It seems like an interesting service. We'll see how it goes, if anyone wants to hang out and chat, you can even do it on your phone, too. I like the idea of realtime, but that's just me.

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        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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          Disco is a good service, we use it for a few communities I'm in.
      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 6782
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        #6
        I am not a server/forum/hopper/software geek. I thought as far as ’talkin to one anotherl’, I thought that’s what this is & works mighty fine fer me. I never thought of myself as a chatty guy anyways.
        By observance & maybe ignorance, I didn’t know there was anything else needed. If “it” added to the AR experience that exists “it” maybe, should be considered. But, and a big butt “this” is, if “it” diminished the AR experience we now have, than I vote 👎 in the poll.

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        • johnec00
          johnec00 commented
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          +1

        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          I’m With you on this one FireMan
      • Mr. Bones
        Birthday Hat Master
        • Sep 2016
        • 7881
        • Kansas Territory
        • Grills / Smokers
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          Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
          Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
          Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
          Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
          Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
          Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
          Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
          Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
          Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

          Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
          Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
          Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

          Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
          Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
          Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
          Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
          Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
          Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
          (Lime Green)
          Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
          Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



          Thermometers:
          *********************************************
          Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
          Maverick ET-732, (Black)
          Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
          ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
          Blue ThermaPen Mk4
          Orange Thermapen Mk4
          Pink Thermapen Mk4
          ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
          ThermoWorks Smoke
          ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
          4 Pro Series cable extensions
          Smoke Gateway

          Accessories:
          *********************************************
          2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
          BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
          Warming shelf
          MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
          Backyard Grill marinade injector
          Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
          Bear Paws
          Meat Rakes
          BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



          Cookware:
          Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
          G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
          '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
          60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
          50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
          Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
          Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

          Cutlery, etc.:
          Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
          Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
          Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
          Multiple steels, from all over the planet
          Crock sticks
          Diamond stones, various
          Lansky Sharpening System

          Tableware
          Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
          Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
          Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

        #7
        I popped in there, fer a few...
        Exchanged pleasantries, then went back to business...
        No Deities killed any puppies...

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        • EdF
          EdF commented
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          Likewise. We'll see.

        • FireMan
          FireMan commented
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          No deities & puppies eh? Hmmmm. 🤔
      • tRidiot
        Club Member
        • Dec 2015
        • 660
        • NE OK
        • Traeger BBQ124
          Yoder YS480
          Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

        #8
        It's no biggie, I'm just hanging out in there, I'll come and go over time, and we'll see if it strikes anyone as cool.

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        • Abom
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 192
          • Verona, PA
          • (RJ) Kamado K7

            Weber 22" kettle

            Thermapen

            DigiQ Dx2

            GeneCafe Coffee Roaster

          #9
          I joined up. My discord is always open anyway. Its almost a forum software in it's own right, although I wouldn't use it for that. I think the biggest thing it brings to the table is the ability to have a voice chatroom, where you could actually TALK to one another. Maybe set up a time to talk about a specific subject. Could be fun!

          edit: Just to be clear, it's currently set up with one text channel only, but more can be added.

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          • For-A-Song
            Club Member
            • Aug 2018
            • 55
            • Berllingham, WA
            • Green Mountain Grill - Daniel Boon
              Thermapen

            #10
            Discord would be great. Can have voice rooms and posts.

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            • Abom
              Club Member
              • Sep 2016
              • 192
              • Verona, PA
              • (RJ) Kamado K7

                Weber 22" kettle

                Thermapen

                DigiQ Dx2

                GeneCafe Coffee Roaster

              #11
              Except that it's suddenly gone...

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              • Thom Emery
                Former Member
                • Sep 2014
                • 452
                • Indio Ca

                #12
                just a word of caution
                Real time conversations are great but forums without tons on ongoing threads soon fade
                Would the number of forum posts decrease if side realtime conversations were popular ? Just asking for a friend
                Facebook has just about wiped out most of the competition bbq related forums
                Content fresh content brings new members which brings health to the forum

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                • tRidiot
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2015
                  • 660
                  • NE OK
                  • Traeger BBQ124
                    Yoder YS480
                    Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

                  #13
                  I don't see it diminishing things. It has actually brought me here more, personally, and I tab back and forth. I think it can help bring us more together. Of course, anyone who doesn't like chatting, won't participate. I put up a voice channel now, too, for those who want to actually chat instead of type. lol I don't have a mic or anything though, and I usually keep my speakers muted because I am in the family room. Maybe if I set up my laptop on my recliner I might plug in some headphones, but I still only have my XboxOne headset - I don't think that will work.

                  Either way, I logged back in this morning (was not there yesterday at all) to find the room/server still existed, which pleased me. lol.

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                  • MBMorgan
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2015
                    • 5738
                    • Colorado
                    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                      > Thermoworks Smoke
                      > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                      > Thermoworks Thermapen
                      > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                      > Anova sous vide circulator
                      > Searzall torch
                      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                    #14
                    Since saying nothing accomplishes nothing, I'll go on record as having zero interest in a chat room ... sorry ...

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                    • Henrik
                      Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 3785
                      • Stockholm, Sweden

                      #15
                      I'm with MBMorgan, just not interested.

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