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Would chat capability make Inward Quest better? Let’s talk about it!

Sometimes I just want to talk to like minded people, not ask any specific questions per se - just connect. I have often thought that it would be nice if one could chat with IQ members keeping our anonymous identities intact.

Would other members like somthing like that and more importantly Simon can you do something like that at this site?

asked 28 Jun '11, 19:43

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I Think Therefore I Am

closed 30 Dec '11, 11:43

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Kathleen Kelly ♦♦

The StackExchange 2.0 platform supports chat, and a number of other enhancements. InwardQuest runs on StackExchange 1.0. Unfortunately, I don't think InwardQuest would be welcome on StackExchange 2.0; the way new sites are proposed and vetted has changed dramatically, and I don't think InwardQuest would survive the new vetting process.

(28 Jun '11, 19:49) Vesuvius

Perfectly stated, Vesuvius

(28 Jun '11, 21:52) Simon Templeton ♦♦

The question has been closed for the following reason "Duplicate Question" by Kathleen Kelly 30 Dec '11, 11:43

This has been up before and Simon says:

There is no way to contact individual people on the website other than to publically post a comment to something they have written (unless they place contact information in their profile, of course).

The designers of the website software that Inward Quest uses deliberately made it difficult to "chat" with other website users.

The reason for this is that the designers found that most internet forums become worthless over time as sources of useful information because, as the forums became more and more popular, they tend to descend into trivial "chat" rather than stay focused on the purpose of the forum.

So, as you may have noticed, the website software we use makes it quite difficult to do anything other than ask questions and provide answers to them.

But looking at the consistently high quality of the information that is accumulating on Inward Quest, compared to many other "normal" internet forums, we think most of those original software design decisions have been wise ones.

We do, however, appreciate that some users would like to become more "social" with others. So, for that reason, we have set up an Inward Quest Facebook page and anyone that is interested can post their profile there and become friends with others who are there - and you can even hold social discussions on Facebook itself.

But, beyond that, we don't have any plans for any "chat" type forums related to the website because that's not primarily what Inward Quest is about.

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answered 28 Jun '11, 20:58

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...and also this comment is relevant in that we don't have any control over the features in the current website software and it isn't being developed any further. Considering the changes that have happened to StackExchange, we are "lucky" Inward Quest is still here

(28 Jun '11, 21:55) Simon Templeton ♦♦

Is there a risk that we could loose the site :O?

(29 Jun '11, 06:49) ursixx

When StackExchange switched over from being privately run (like Inward Quest) to being community-operated only, all the less successful sites were gradually shut down, and the others were given a year. That deadline passed a few months ago and we are still here. There was also an assurance at the switchover time that "successful" sites (no criteria given) would not be shut down. IQ's popularity has been increasing steadily for months and we've recently started a major SEO campaign to push it further. I've tried contacting the owners but they have not responded. So we'll have to wait and see.

(29 Jun '11, 15:55) Simon Templeton ♦♦
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