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To have a chat room (not only a channel in a server, have our own server) would be a big plus to have help on-the-go.

That is, for sure, something to think for in future development.

I have an idea that is certainly a great idea. If an IRC server is done someday, adding it to Paint.net would be nice... Just saying.

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Several thoughts:

  • I don't think adding it to Paint.NET would be a good idea. If it was promoted in the interface as a way to get help it would just encourage unresearched questions. It would also add bloat.
  • The three web-based chatrooms that have been set up are pretty much dead. I don't see why an IRC/XMPP one wouldn't suffer the same fate unless it was only open at specific times early on). Based on what happened with the previous chatrooms I also doubt it will be officially promoted (this is just speculation, of course).
  • The chat would also need moderators able to cover the times of day the chat is online.
  • Using chat to ask questions would make it harder (or impossible) to find the answers at a later date. Also, if someone can't be bothered to post a topic for their question, they probably haven't done that much research.

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Several thoughts:

  • I don't think adding it to Paint.NET would be a good idea. If it was promoted in the interface as a way to get help it would just encourage unresearched questions. It would also add bloat.
  • The three web-based chatrooms that have been set up are pretty much dead. I don't see why an IRC/XMPP one wouldn't suffer the same fate unless it was only open at specific times early on). Based on what happened with the previous chatrooms I also doubt it will be officially promoted (this is just speculation, of course).
  • The chat would also need moderators able to cover the times of day the chat is online.
  • Using chat to ask questions would make it harder (or impossible) to find the answers at a later date. Also, if someone can't be bothered to post a topic for their question, they probably haven't done that much research.
Answer to your thoughts:
An IRC client can easily be inserted in the Forum itself, preventing the death of this one.
Moderation is mainly done by bots, moderators don't have to be always online.

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It's definitely an interesting proposal, especially if it was implemented into the forum directly (which is not hard). Simon Brown does have a good point, though... people would probably try to resort to the IRC to get questions answered rather than trying to search, further corrupted our generation! err, I mean... uh... But also, it would probably decrease forum posting, and therefore actually have an adverse effect on the forum (hypothetically, anyway).

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