Worldbuilding has a somewhat active chat that's maintained decent levels of participation since the start of the site. We're lucky; that's not the case with all sites. I thought we could take advantage of that to use chat as a tool to figure out site problems, get to know the users here - especially those who don't use chat much - and just generally promote site activity.
There are a couple ideas I had in mind, some of which I've had first-hand experience with on Physics Stack Exchange. I've linked to their implementations on other sites:
- Regular chat sessions (or irregular chat sessions!) focused maybe on a specific worldbuilding topic (cartography, language construction, etc.) or some other thing about the site.
- Ask Me Anythings, where people come up with questions in advance for a particular user, and the user answers those (and other questions) during a special chat session.
- Town Hall chat sessions, designed to discuss site issues and the solutions to them going forward.
- Movie viewing sessions (or book discussions!) of a specific work (followed, hopefully, by a discussion of the work and the worldbuilding principles used).
If anyone has more ideas, that would be fantastic.
So, should we try to implement chat sessions focused on one of the above themes (or something else entirely)? If so, what sort of format, timing, content, etc. should they contain?