I don’t know if I’m in the right category, if not, feel free to move.
I was wondering if Discourse could be used as a chat application. A group of friends of mine used to have an irc channel where we gather when we have time. With our lives and work taking more and more time, the maximum number of simultaneous participant is never more than 4 to 5. Most of the conversations are a-synchronous (even the simplest questions such as “How are you?” get answers maybe 24h later). Some conversations are even lost for some participants (when unconnected.)
What would be needed to have the same kind of functionalities as a chat application would be minimal:
- a clearly visible online status for users
- answers should appear on others’ view as soon as they are posted
- If possible we should see whenever a user is typing an answer
- Chatrooms instead of threads? (Not particularly needed actually)
Or should this be handled through plugins?
What I miss the most about an irc channel is a way to have easily browsable archives (or even recent conversations) and categories for discussions. The ease-of-sharing links, images, videos, etc… is also great.
So do you think forums and chat channels could be mixed? Could Discourse be used for that? What do you think?