Opening Weekend at WP Chat
Some big names joined us in chat including well-known WordPress designers such as Brian Gardner, Jason Schuller, and Darren Hoyt, WordPress community rockstar Jeff Chandler, and WPMU gurus Ron and Andrea Rennick, among others.
While it was very successful on its first Friday night, I couldn’t help but notice activity diminished greatly in the following Saturday and Sunday. I received a lot of great constructive feedback on Twitter and directly in the chat. It seems a number of you would rather have an IRC channel instead of a purely web-based chat like phpFreeChat. If I chose to use IRC, there would still be a web-based interface on the actual website so you would not need to use an IRC client to access it.
Understandably, some were concerned that there may be impersonators in the room, considering there is no registration required and you can choose any nickname you’d like. While I didn’t perceive this to be a problem, I believe it’s a legitimate concern for the future. This problem may be partially solved if I choose to transition to an IRC network, as you would be able to register your own nicknames easily. Or if I chose to keep the current chat interface, requiring registration to access the chat may also help.
Some of you mentioned you would like to have a fixed weekly time for chat activity to occur. While the chat could remain open 24/7 for impromptu chats and whatnot, I was thinking a set time each week could be a good idea as I’m sure all of you have busy schedules, but could have a set aside time for some laid-back WordPress-related chatter and networking with other like-minded individuals.
So I have two questions that I’d like to hear your responses in the comments:
- Would you rather have an IRC-based chat? – This way people who would rather chat via IRC clients could join in, and people who don’t could still access chat via a web-based interface here. Seems like a win-win situation to me. If you have any suggestions on IRC networks and/or web-based clients to use (for the WP Chat website) I’d love to hear them.
- What is a good time for you? – I’d like to have one time per week where most people could gather in the chat at once. I’m thinking Friday at around 8 PM (EST) might work, but I understand this may not be so convenient people in different time zones.
Looking forward to your responses. Once I’ve gathered enough feedback I’ll make a decision regarding the IRC and weekly time.