We have now had the chat system open for members for 24 hours as a trial. If you have not used it, or looked at it so far, please feel free to take a look. Just click on the 'general photography' tab in the chat system and give it a go.
We will leave the chat open for the entire weekend, so more members can check it out.
We do not plan to have the chat system available 24/7/365. Our plan is to pre-announce on the forums a set date and time that chat will be open and a topic for that chat session.
Members who are interested in the topic, or perhaps who just want to learn more about photography can join in the chat when it is open. It will be very informal, but there will be a set topic for debate/discussion/knowledge sharing.
For example, we might post in the forums "The Ausphotography Q & A chat room will be open Wednesday 20th May 2015 between 8.00pm and 9.00pm AEST, for a discussion on The Benefits/Disadvantages of shooting in Raw/JPG". So members that are interested in learning more about that, or feel they have information to share with others can join in and ask questions/give answers during that chat session. All sessions will be announced with several days notice, and the topic will be given at that time.
We envisage the chat system will be a good place for more advanced/intermediate members to help beginners understand more about photography, or even have an in-depth discussion on some of the more technical aspects, things like colourspaces etc, in a less formal setting than the forums. We also hope to get some 'guest' chat members on board to let you talk to them about their photography, processing, get advice, ideas etc. Even things like photography in a particular country, where to go, etc. The chat sessions will be moulded based on what members want.
General banter between members is also not an issue. We would ask that members participating respect others views, and if you do disagree, keep it to the topic and why. Personal comments (other than general banter) will not be tolerated. We do have the ability to ban someone from using chat permanently or temporarily. We hope we do not have to use that feature.
So now, over to you. Feedback time.
1. Do you think the chat system used as described above would be something you will participate in, even if just occasionally?
2. How often would you like to see the chat open for a topic discussion? A few times a week, once a week, fortnightly? And for how long. An hour, a few hours, half a day, a whole day?
3. Are there any discussion topics you would like us to consider, if so, what and why?
4. Do you think the chat system is a good idea for others, but not something you would use?
5. Do you think it is not a good idea, and that we should not have it at all?
Tell us what you think, cause your replies here will help us decide if we keep the chat, or not. How often we use it, and what for, if we do keep it.
Looking forward to getting your opinions.