I am in favor of this feature request for all the reasons cited above plus one more.
Here is some background for my reasoning. I have researched having a ‘chat’ feature in Discourse and understand the position of the Discourse team on people using private multi-recipient messages for chatting.
I know that both Babble and ‘Quick messages’ plugins use the multi-recipient PMs at their core.
I think ‘Quick Messages’ is almost exactly what suits us.
We want to have just a few selected people on our site who are allowed to chat but it seems to me that the feature requested by this topic, if implemented as a feature, would mitigate most of the negative issues with using multi-recipient PMs as a form of chatting.
Actually I hate chat, but it has its purpose for a team of people who are working together on creating a DRAFT of a long helpful general forum topic. The chat sidebar, can be on top while all the good stuff that results from the chatting gets transferred to the DRAFT topic, on the same screen below (preferably beside) the chat sidebar.
Our team is using RocketChat beside a Discourse window right now but I want an All-in-one solution…
Just my 2 cents and I really would like if this feature were added soon
I would like a ‘chat now’ button beside each topic, so that ‘chat’ on the topic could be found easily in the future vs having to wade through a bunch of PM’s to see it there was a chat for a topic
EDIT: I am suggesting that ‘deleting replies after X days’ in these ‘linked to a topic’ multi-recipient PMs that can also show up in a expandable/hide-able chat sidebar (in the chat sidebar, the PM is ‘compressed’ by removing dead space and using image thumbnails), would be the ultimate for us.
Also, I do not think whispers are a close enough solution for our issue.