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    I really like these forums. They are an excellent place to talk/get decent IT information. I like them even better as they are not watered down with general chat type sections, with people talking about frivolous things like what they got up to last night or what’s there fav pizza topping.

    Am I right in thinking that this 'Pit' place is/was some kind of General Discussion section? If so, I think this place is much better off without it - keep things in the coding/development areas of discussion and not try to be something which you aren’t. But hey, I have only been a member 2 weeks

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    Originally posted by Sparky
    Am I right in thinking that this 'Pit' place is/was some kind of General Discussion section?
    Yes

    General Chat?

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    We used to have one. It was usually empty though .
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    I think what makes this place what it is, is the fact that we don't have a general discussion forum!

    We all have little off topic chats in threads every now and again but no outright chatting, IMO if we had a forum specifically for chatting, attention would go from coding into that like the old WA forum did..

    Also we have private messaging nowdays so that and the small 1 or 2 post off topic chats we have are more than enough to keep this community ontrack yet giving some freedom and the chance to get to know each other a little bit better.
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    I can think of 3 'major' coding forums of the top of my head that have both coding and more general forums , none with any great issue it appears nor with that much diversion from the real purpose of the forums.

    I dont think that a general chat/whassup forum in anyway detracts from a community of any sort and personally think it greatly enhances it.

    But we know thats what I think & I hate to repeat myself but still manage to do so a fair bit
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    It could enhance the forums yes, but that all comes at a significant cost, in that like I said before (I think) many people will just post at the general forums, and that would be it.

    Anyway, I thought that this was for IRC chat... - which I am pretty much against too, seeing as it will need ops on it all the time.
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    I remember the pit, it was great. I got lots of laughs out of it, I would be happy to see it back somewhat but its not going to happen because like ionsurge said, cost. If I remember correctly, half the monthly bandwidth usuage went to the pit, which is a lot and why it was closed. I think the board is fine without general discussion for now.

    An IRC channel has some advantages but like said before it just wouldn't work because people would try to use it to solve their coding problems faster by asking on it and plus it would have to have ops on it 24/7.
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    It's been tried and tested a few times before. All failed within days due to many people being in different time zones. I don't think 'geek' irc rooms will work, due to most 'geeks' coding than chatting...

    Am I a 'geek' as I spend most my time with clients at the pub talking 'geeky' things? or am I just a drunken coder?

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    Originally posted by Nightfire
    Am I a 'geek' as I spend most my time with clients at the pub talking 'geeky' things? or am I just a drunken coder?
    I think the technical term is drunken geek
    resistance is...

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    Originally posted by Nightfire
    It's been tried and tested a few times before. All failed within days due to many people being in different time zones. I don't think 'geek' irc rooms will work, due to most 'geeks' coding than chatting...

    If the IRC room became more popular, you could expect that many people would be there asking questions, or chatting nonsense, and it will be a hell hole.


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