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Dom, I think that you and I must have been separated at birth (regardless of the fact that I am probably somewhat older than yourself!). We both enjoy courting contention.
Since I have been using this site there have always been two (min.) chatrooms in operation.
I do not make use of them and have no desire to do so.
However, just as the forums are a major part of many FR users online time, myself included, I see the chatrooms as being the sister to them.
Many members depend on this contact in their lives and it would be an unfortunate decision that precluded their main site usage. It needs also to be borne in mind that the resultant effect could be a definitive decrease in your income to FR. I do not think that this would serve any of us, would it?!
The chatrooms and the forums are the site applications that cause lay members to take up full membership. I appreciate that several hundred thousand simply search here and that suffices their needs.
If there is a financial issue here, why not start charging a nominal amount for basic members. Many other search site do so.
Give ’em a break Dom. Whilst we would appreciate their joining the forums, why should they give up what they prefer to involve themselves in for something that they may consider ’second best’?
I would feel the same way if the boot were on the other foot.
Damnant quod non intellegunt.