I have been waiting for some more consensus thought to develop here first before commenting. I would still like to hear from more board members about how they feel about this and whether they would find it of value and use it. Not everyone must think it is a marvelous idea before it is done but this is not enough input yet. One of my first thoughts was that I do not see the lack of a chat room from inhibiting chatting between board members as it is, just tacked onto and spread throughout the regular board. That is in fact one of the intended functions of 'Wud I say' but formal efforts are not made to keep it there. I don't know if a real chat room can be made a function of the BB system software or not. I will look into that and have some sources of information available. If anyone has technical knowledge and experience covering this, please let me know. If there is desire for a more formally "designated chat area" as a real chat room among the board contributors, and if this reduces chatting in more serious discussion areas, then this is of potential value. I would hate to find that the functioning of the board as a place for serious questions and answers, extended discussions of the content and concepts of MBT is reduced in any way as the real purpose of the board in existing.
For your general information, I see the board organization and development as there are more members and more posts, as requiring 3 areas as things are developing.
1) The present first area for discussions of the Books of Tom Campbell, just like it says now.
2) The present second area for discussions of the particular aspects of reality as now with potential additions.
3) The present third area as a reference forum where the most important information from the BB as searched out by members is archived and available for ready reference by those new to the board and with specific questions.
As there are more members and posts, and there is growth going on, following the board and managing it will be more and more of a problem. Tom is and will apparently remain busy on the talk circuit and hopefully with some more writing and still doing consulting work. I can keep up with things for a while yet. What will a chat room do in terms of board management. This is generally a pretty well behaved group most times, but I am not familiar with chat rooms and how much of a behavior problem they can become as I do not use them. I want things to improve, including self discipline, rather than have new problems and what I hear is that chat rooms can be a problem. How are chat room privileges normally managed and what options are there. Can they be consensus managed in some way so that I don't have to read every word or wait for complaints? I presently read everything although that can be hard to keep up with at times. I only contribute when I think I have a contribution and know something of value to the discussion that is not being brought out. I could trust the consensus of this membership to collectively manage a chat room, I think, but most have made no comment on this subject and I have no idea of their interest and if they will participate. A chat room that only a few want will be more of a problem in my thinking.
I have brought this to Tom's attention but no decision has been made. I need a lot more input as mentioned above before a decision is made. Do we have the software at present or not? Is it available and will it cost money? I will not be making this decision, or certainly not alone, but a lot more input is needed by a wider spectrum of the membership of the BB giving their opinions.