It would be great to see a channel for chameleonforums.com on EFnet or another decent IRC server. The live chat would be really nice for helping people out with emergency situations, questions, comments, etc. I'd be there
For those of you unfamiliar with IRC, it stands for Internet Relay Chat, which is used for chatting in "channels" with others, all around the world. All you need is a IRC client program (such as mIRC) and an internet connection (which you must have if you're reading this ). Install the software, create a user name (or nick name as its called) and connect to a server and channel! This is one of the earliest chat mechanisms (started in 1988) that continues to thrive today. The chameleon forums would definitely benefit from this.
We actually used to have an irc channel on efnet - #chameleons. I don't think many people were excited about having to download and use a separate program for chat. Some of those that did try it had configuration problems; the learning curve can be steep compared to more recent technology. There was an optional java client that some members used, but the majority of people had problems with that as well. All of this resulted in an irc channel that was probably empty 99% of the time.
I like irc and have been using it for longer than I can remember. However, because of the reasons listed above I am not sure it is the best solution for this community. I guess if enough people showed interest we could try again and start a new channel.
It looks like a lot of people are unsure what irc is. The link above offers a detailed explanation. IRC is old, yet remains the best solution for large scale chat over the internet. When you join the chameleon chatroom, you are actually joining one small channel on a network of thousands of other channels. The learning curve of IRC can be much steeper than your average instant message program. One way to get around that is to use the automated java client available on this site. Some people unfortunately will have problems with the java client and will have to download a client/program.
I used to use IRC all the time. It is ok - easy enough to set up a room. Don't even think of ICQ, it is one of those programs that worms it's way into your computer and is hard to get rid of when you no longer want it.