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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Should There Be Forums And Chat?

Written by Kodi Wolf at 6:28 AM

I'm trying to decide if I want to set up a forum and chat room. I have a phpBB installation on my server, which I've half-heartedly set up for people to post reviews, offer informal beta-reading comments, and discuss each of my stories, but I already know that I won't have time to monitor it, much less respond to people if they ask me to, since I'd honestly rather be writing.

The chat room, on the other hand, is something I think I could make time for on a regular basis (maybe once a month or every few months?), but the php script I have installed can be a little buggy (it's free), so I'm not even sure if I could offer a chat.

If I don't offer forums or a chat room, then I can probably get rid of the Member Conduct and Content Submitted sections of the TOS, which would make me a little happier legally, since I wouldn't have to worry about what people might post (ads, copyright infringement, flame wars, etc.)... Now I just remembered I have comments turned on for this blog, so I probably still need to keep those sections in the TOS (or else turn comments off).

The real problem is that I really like hearing from people, but then I get all anxious about responding. I'm really shy most of the time and have social phobia (along with every other anxiety disorder there is), so even though I do really well with writing something like this (which is to everyone who comes across it), writing one-on-one just scares the shit out of me.

Well, I guess I'm not going to decide this right this second. I just need to think about it some more.