Ay Up Buggles,
Chat rooms are great in their own context,,,,,
They do detract from the main purpose of a site when there are few members. My site has about 10 active members who post regularly - the Chat! is a laugh for us as well as people who do not wish to participate in Pub life! Rusty's Pub is not a business, but Chat! (including the 'Fancy a Pint???' thread) - gives people an easy and fleeting option NOT to contribute to the site's main purpose - Vaping and Pubs!
If I ran a business - Chat! would not be an option due to its transient nature. A business needs HARD COPY for people to refer to,,,,forum posts extolling the virtues of various products, a forum which has readable examples of FUN had by all, that are there in Black and White for new
people to refer to - Chat! detracts from all that.
The Pub has a chatroom for anyone to join in and it is there and will be there for all LF forum members and other vapers, as well the Nutters!
Just my thoughts Buggles