Saturday, December 31, 2005

Live chat?

Is anyone interested in a live chat area of the site? It's an idea I've been toying with for awhile, and now that we have our own server we can install anything we want on it. It would be cool to be able to chat with some of the users of the site when time permits it, but are the users interested in this?

Would you want to chat on the site? Not only with me (I say "me" because Dave has a lot more going on in his life and may not have time to chat online - I'm sure he'll chime in though), but with other members as well? I'd like to see the site grow more into a community where we can discuss various things, and this seems like it could be a fun step.

31 Comments:

At December 31, 2005 4:22 PM, Blogger The Thomas Montalto Blog said...

Personally, I would love it. Also, I would love to see our own type of PhpBB setup for the site :-)

 
At December 31, 2005 4:26 PM, Blogger Pete B said...

I definately would enjoy it... I love discussing my TV on DVD collection (and other things) as much as I do watching them. :-)

 
At December 31, 2005 7:15 PM, Anonymous jsummers said...

Absolutely! It seems like a great idea. I hope that you do it! Thanks.

 
At December 31, 2005 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a chat room would stray too far in subject. Discussion on this site is probably best left to a message board, as that is more structured.

 
At January 01, 2006 1:57 AM, Blogger Wezzo said...

Count me as interested in a chatroom.

Anon poster, we already have HTF for message board discussion.

 
At January 01, 2006 6:55 AM, Blogger Dave Lambert said...

re: "I say "me" because Dave has a lot more going on in his life and may not have time to chat online - I'm sure he'll chime in though"

Gord, you're right on the mark with that comment; I don't know when I'd have time to even show up there. If I got really bored at some point with nothing else to do, then of course I would check it out and chime in. But with so many TV-DVDs to watch, I don't know how I'd ever get to be bored! :) And my wife thinks I already spend too much time with TSoD...chatting isn't going to get me to spending time with her and/or my son any faster.



re: "I think a chat room would stray too far in subject."

That was my other first thought as well. I also wonder if we would be in trouble (read: "liable") if someone used our chatroom to set up something illegal while both Gord and I were unable to monitor the chatroom because we were otherwise occupied.

I would feel especially bad if, for instance, some youth was tricked into meeting with a pedophile because he or she was coming to the chatroom hoping to talk to someone about Kim Possible DVDs. :(

 
At January 01, 2006 12:57 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Sounds good to me

 
At January 02, 2006 4:17 AM, Blogger Aaron L. Sanko said...

Hmmm... My first inclination was that I was really excited to hear the prospect of a chat room, but after reading the comments listed by my colleagues, I took a double take. Trying not to repeat what others have said, I think the best option is somewhere in the middle of yes and no. My vote is to have a chat room with a specific topic that runs during pre-posted hours. That way it can be monitored when you guys have time, subject matter is controlled somewhat, and we have something specific to talk about so it's not just another trashy chat site. All other questions, ideas or proposed chat topics could be posted in a message board fashion. Hope this input is helpful.

 
At January 02, 2006 5:27 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

I already spend too much of my life on the site reading the news. A chat would wipe me out socially :) I'm more of a message board type of person, but hey, if you guys want to do the chat thing, I'm sure I'd be lured into it eventually.

 
At January 02, 2006 11:40 AM, Blogger Cindy said...

I would join in occasionally. It might be fun.

 
At January 02, 2006 2:30 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Live chat sounds interesting, but you should do a forum in my opinion.

 
At January 02, 2006 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Aaron Sanko hit the nail right on the head.

 
At January 03, 2006 3:00 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

Maybe this is a stretch, but I wouldn't mind participating in live chats with people in the TV/DVD industry or something like that. Sort of like celebrities used to do. I don't know how difficult that would be to arrange, or how much extra time it would take out of your schedules to pull it off, or even if it's already been done before, but I'm thinking it would be great for those who want to personally give their feedback/ask questions about TV-DVD releases and give input on what we'd like to see. If that came along, I'd be in whole-heartedly.

 
At January 03, 2006 8:47 AM, Anonymous Leah said...

I pretty much agree with aaron and some of the others. I think a message board is best. But a live chat could be cool. I think the best way to do it would maybe be like once a week for an hour or so. Maybe even less, maybe once a month.

 
At January 03, 2006 1:44 PM, Blogger charmedfan01 said...

i would love to talk to the other members of tvshowsondvd.com to what tv shows they want and have voted for! that would be really cool!!! id also like to compare what dvds people have!

 
At January 03, 2006 5:18 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

I'm all for a chat at specific times, preset...kind of like other spoiler chats I frequent on eonline and such. A message board would be cool, but don't we already have that on HTF?

On a sort of related note, I'm digging these blogs. Don't know why it's taken me this long to discover them!

 
At January 03, 2006 5:53 PM, Blogger kev said...

Do it! Do it!! DO it!!!!
It would be soooooooooooooooooooo cool. I'd love to be able to chat to people about the frustration of some shows that still have not come out on DVD!!

 
At January 04, 2006 2:06 PM, Blogger JGordo said...

As mentioned...
Set up chats at an assigned time.
Keep HTF as the forum of choice...

...It's all so clear. :›

P.S.

I'd like to see this more than once a month.
Thanks.

 
At January 07, 2006 6:18 PM, Anonymous E said...

chat would be cool

 
At January 08, 2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Bill P. in S.D. said...

GORDO! Greetings from San Diego. Love the Idea of a *LIVE CHAT* Be like "NIKE" "Just Do IT!"

 
At January 08, 2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Bill P. in S.D. said...

Gord...Love the Idea! San Diego says "Rock on!"

 
At January 11, 2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Road Warrior said...

I think a live chat sounds like a cool idea! :)

 
At January 11, 2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Nathaniel said...

Yeah, a chat would be cool, but I pretty much never remember to do those. I'd actually love to see an official forum actually based on the TV Shows on DVD website, as the Home Theater Forum kinda scares me due to its hugeness, and also its ads. Any chance of having a forum right on the site? I'd join that in a heartbeat.

 
At January 12, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Gord Lacey said...

We've thought about having a forum on the site, but it would take a lot of time to administer the board. I don't think Dave or I have the time that would be required.

 
At January 13, 2006 3:59 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

Recruit moderators then :) I have tons of experience :)

 
At January 13, 2006 4:00 AM, Blogger J.D. said...

Plus I'm in Memphis, and if I screwed it up, Dave could drive over and smack me about the ears.

 
At January 15, 2006 9:21 PM, Blogger Dean said...

I like the sound of a forum too. I know some of these forums can become tiresome but with good moderation these problems can be overcome. Would be a good way to include information on non-releases! (I've just read the blog comment on this and take the point entirely, but still would be good to have somewhere to find out problems associated with some shows.

 
At January 15, 2006 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a chatroom would be a great idea.....Like any site even if the topics do go astray from the purpose...there is no harm in it....If its posted off the tvshowsondvd website......then it will most likely stay on focus 95% of the time..Why not try a month trial of it? I can offer the chat room off my website....if that would help...moderation status can be given to Gord & Dave as well as anyone they see fit....a room discussion topic & chat warning can be made visible to a person when they first enter the room and anytime they enter the room. If this sounds like something you would like to try please feel free to email me mthomas860@yahoo.com

 
At January 17, 2006 4:14 AM, Blogger devil's own said...

Hi,
i think it would be a swell idea

 
At January 18, 2006 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to chat.

 
At February 19, 2006 7:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, and of course to rid yourselves of those juvenile minds who like to enter chat rooms and just start fights and insult people, be sure to have the "kick" buttom ready at all times...and have a language filter...i'd love to chat about missing in action tv shows...say son of the beach volume 2 , mad about you season 3, king of queens season 5, etc

 

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