A number of people have expressed an interest in having a chat room onsite. There's been some discussion in the back rooms as to the best way of covering the fairly large network overhead and resources required to support this.
The current proposal is to fence off the chat system to a (low cost) subscription based part of the site. Along with this we might be able to also support video storage and other goodies. Utilizing space for Ads might also go some way to offset the costs, and is also being considered. The rest of the site, eg; most of the current facilities, would remain free to use for all logged in (no cost) members.
There is a poll associated with this question, for how to fund such a facility, here: http://www.naktiv.net/poll/458/chat-facility-feedback-proposals-what-are-your-thoughts/
There is also a related poll for whether a chat facility is actually wanted at all, and if so, with what features, here: http://www.naktiv.net/poll/438/should-we-have-chatrooms-with-video-voice-and-text-options-this-is-a-more-d/
The question is how much do people want a chat facility, etc, and how might it be supported.
UPDATE: There has been some interest (pro-chat) in the idea of a chat facility here. However, there are sufficient (anti-chat) posts to indicate a fairly heavy swell of opinion against the idea too. Therefore, implementation of chat on the site will take a firm rain-check in the immediate term, perhaps to be revisited, in some form, at some undefined time, maybe. Thanks everybody, for all of your feedback.
(Exec. decision = no chat for now).