Is this Possible?

Okay.

Completely random, as I am not for completely sure if this is possible in any form.

But, what if were to have like a hosted sort of chat thing, in which we can chat with MeiLin, or someone, and the things that follow the chattinn-age becomce available for all to read?

'Tis prolly completely a load of bollocks, as I'm not sure if there is a program/software that does that sort of thing, and if it's even worth all the trouble that it might be.

Just wondered if it would be a fun sort of thing to do, like a "earn points to spend them" to chat live with MeiLin.

Sorry for the.....ADD tendencies of this post...but my head swims with Milk Secretion and the wonders of biosynthesis.... Reading

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I used to visit a couple chat rooms. Some of them would let you create a room that could be open to the public or require a key word to log into. Are you thinking about something like that?

judisheshok's picture

Postulant

Sort of? I knoes about those, but I wasn't sure if their contents could be posted via the nature of the program other than by copying and pasting into some document and then posting for all to see.

So, sort of like a chatroom, but only open at specific times, and only for specific things.

Like I said, prolly a doofy idea, but one I wanted to see/hear what people thought. Smile

V's picture

Embodiment

It would seem that all you need is a common program (like AOL Instant Messenger), a way to communicate the name of even a public room (like PMs here) and a teensy bit of motivation to do the laborious "control-a, control-c, control-v" to paste it into a new topic or page on here Smile The limiting factor would seem to be 1) Someone to coordinate programs and times and 2) MeiLin's availability (note: set a finishing time). Perhaps a quarterly or semi-annual chat, open to all? Or as you suggested, if she wants more ways to spend points, burn them to join.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

But the thing is, I can only interact with you guys so much! Biggrin I love you all, but I need time to write and see my family and eat and stuff. So I might set up chat here and schedule a once-a-month event.

V's picture

Embodiment

If you don't decide to set a periodic chat, consider using them as a special event. Example: After the conclusion of each book, when you take a week or two or whatever to regroup, fill the gap with a "Draft completed party". At the same time you post the final chapter, post the time and contact info for the chat party, a few days or a week later. Everyone stays in touch with the site and there's a good opportunity for feedback on the finished book and speculation/teasers about the new one.

Yes, you ninja'd my earlier post Blum 3

judisheshok's picture

Postulant

Likes I saids, MeiLin, you would be the primary driving force for it, and the control.

Well, maybe I said it, I don't remember, even if what I posted is just right here.

I think it would be a neat way to get people to be involved and to join the site "Actually chat with the wonderful kick arse author of this story" Smile

And yeah...why would you want to be available ALL the time? That, would be no fun, no fun at all. Just a fun little thought. Idea

V's picture

Embodiment

Another way to get actual webcam face time with said writer is to organize meetups in your local area. Comic conventions, renaissance fairs, "Hey everyone I have a really big house"--not much excuse is really needed, and I suspect the minimum number of readers is only a half-dozen or so, before she really hits the big-time. Hurry now, before any meetup with less than a hundred is small time!

judisheshok's picture

Postulant

This, is a good point:)....But, not what I was after. More of an additional way to make the site more immersive. I mean, MeiLin already gets down and into the forums, but it's still a neat little thing, especially if people ectually like the idea and it takes hold.

blwinteler's picture

Supplicant

I wouldn't be here.
Luckily, in a different chat altogether, we were talking about vices (about a year or so ago), and MeiLin shared this site with the group. I have been hooked since.
I would love to chat once in a while with the people here. It would be fun. I would say we could organize an AIM chat easily enough.
Anyway, if one occurs after 4pm Pacific, I'll be glad to attend (weekends I can come any time).

judisheshok's picture

Postulant

Bo Fo Sho! lol

That, is something that I would totally be up for, in a not exactly site affliated way.

THe only thing against chatting like that, is the same issue that I have seen given on the site...in that in not being entirely accessible to all, it could leave ppl's out and take away from the awesomeness that is our forums.

A Rock and Hard place....a stupid place to be. Grr. lol

Katie's picture

Embodiment

I posted a teamspeak (voice chat) a while ago. That can be recorded by anyone, and I guess we could post the file here if anyone really wanted to listen to it.

Or there might be some IRC's that create logs? Dunno.

Shark Bait's picture

One of my forums set up a user group in Skype, which is basically a chatroom available only to the people in the group. It's invite-only, so not anyone can stumble onto it, but anyone in the group can invite people in, so it's not exceptionally secure. One nice thing, though, is it logs messages while you're offline, so you can, if you choose, follow discussions held while you're away. Granted, we're talking about a group of 13 people, which I'd expect to be far smaller than any group this fanbase can put together.

Anyway, I use MSN, Skype, and Googletalk for my IM needs.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I used to use IRC a lot, and it's pretty easy to set up. Other than that, I dont really chat extensively. I visit a few forums, but that's it.

Rafante's picture

Petitioner

Looking forward to this. I'm still below the petitioner mark, but I'm not too well acquainted with people here yet anyhow. I look forward to using this once I'm a bit more integrated into the community Biggrin

judisheshok's picture

Postulant

It's not too bad to get up to Petitioner, just be active...or refer some new ppl, or donate! lol

V's picture

Embodiment

and sometimes people will throw points at you Smile Only 12 to go. I forgot back when you made your intro post.

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