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Since the time this site came, we haven't seen much of engagement of users in chatroom. I personally feel chatroom is good place where many things can be discussed and sorted out. Of course a continuous moderation of chat is also needed by Room Owners in case the conversation gets heated or goes off topic. Couple of good reasons why I think it can be a good place if a lot of users join the chat:

  1. If users from different topic preference will join the chat, they can see the feeds of newly posted questions. And can track their topic queue.

  2. We can also discuss with others before answering any question or posting any question, that will help in making the post quality better.

  3. Post treatment will improve; for example if some question/answer needed to be hammered or edited or anything else, it can be handled quickly.

  4. Users involvement will be better. Currently most of the users starts jumping into heated discussion under question/answer post, which can be avoided.

For making Hinduism chatroom a better place. We also added set of rules to be followed when discussing in chat, which is pinned in starred messages board. The link to the chat rules has other useful details too like Chat formatting guide and How a new user can get started etc. We are working to improve chat rules link in order to make it more useful for newbies and regular users as well.

So here I am looking for advice as to how we can improve and make full use of chatroom and bring more users to the chatroom.

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    Thanks for this positive post.. Will definitely join chat. – Mr_Green Mar 19 '20 at 7:56
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    Thanks and also help in improving the hinduismsechat site :) @Mr_Green – TheLittleNaruto Mar 19 '20 at 8:11
  • 'Why don't we start a sect-wise chat rooms on Hinduism SE?' :P – sv. Mar 19 '20 at 13:53
  • @sv. I am looking for better suggestions than this. :) – TheLittleNaruto Mar 19 '20 at 14:51
  • That room itself was the place where heated debates used to take place. And, the atmosphere there was dirty and horrible for many years, where regularly some people used to do nothing but criticize other users and their actions behind their backs.Finally even the Mods were forced to change the owners of the room. So, I don't exactly understand what's the long term benefits of having such rooms and trying to increase participation in them.. I personally will never go to that room. If there is one room that is really needed then that's the Moderation room IMO. @TheLittleNaruto – Rickross Mar 19 '20 at 16:01
  • As far as I am concerned, if everything goes well as per the Rules of this site and if moderators remain unbiased, I don't find any necessity for chat room. Sorry if it hurts you @TheLittleNaruto – Srimannarayana K V Mar 19 '20 at 16:16
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    @Rickross I can't tell for past, I can only tell of present. Would be great if you and others join and make it better. :) – TheLittleNaruto Mar 19 '20 at 17:38
  • @srimannarayanakv No it didn't. You're open to keep your opinion. Anyway I am looking for all possibilities here, good or bad. – TheLittleNaruto Mar 19 '20 at 17:39
  • @TheLittleNaruto, I don't know if you've gone through archived chats here. If not, grab a bag of popcorn and set aside a couple of hours. It's good fun if your idea of fun is taking a ringside view to ding dong verbal jousts – iruvar Mar 19 '20 at 20:40
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    @iruvar I'll say same thing again, I can't talk of past. But let's make it a better place now. – TheLittleNaruto Mar 20 '20 at 1:06
  • @srimannarayanakv Stay safe and participate in chatroom :P – TheLittleNaruto Mar 20 '20 at 12:24
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    Great suggestion and great Resource for Learning & Sharing information! Thank you :) – M H Nov 11 '20 at 8:27
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I want to add that chat can also be used for casual community discussions. These discussions do help a lot in growing as a community - we understand each other. This is what had helped us to grow from private to earlier beta stage of this site.

We used to have lot of discussions on asking questions, answering questions & helping each other to answer questions, proposing new on-topic / off-topic posts, debating and cooling ourselves off later.

You can check the earlier discussions just to get the gist (if you have time :P)

I am sure this will help to graduate this site as well.

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    Thanks for the positive answer. :-) – TheLittleNaruto Mar 23 '20 at 17:40
  • True, what could be the reason for inactiveness of users nowadays according to you? – Pandya May 2 '20 at 6:07
  • I am not much active but seeing the users' mod activities I am thinking that it might be that there are no mutual agreements because of different beliefs. People are finding hard to digest that this site is not for persuading their beliefs on others. They should just present the scriptural reference and move on. If we do so, this site will be as sacred as a temple (where all people with different beliefs are welcome and just to pray in their own ways). – Mr_Green May 3 '20 at 9:16
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I've been a part of WhatsApp chat group on religion created by batch mates and alumni, and without moderation it very soon reduced to a cesspool of vitriol. I think there is scope for such a chatroom (with moderators in place) as

  1. It helps in more fast paced discussion. In HSE, answers are to be complete in themselves. In chat, outcome may be known at the end of discussion

  2. Discussions can result in high quality questions in HSE. Many a times, a gap emerges from a discussion which is best resolved by answer from legitimate source.

One point to consider -

If and when chatroom takes off then we need to formulate a way to capture the discussions in a Q&A format on HSE.

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  • Thanks Carmen for the answer, Noted your point. – TheLittleNaruto Mar 23 '20 at 11:45

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