I love this site with a passion but...

It saddens me that the chat is usually dead when I get on, and people I befriend and initiate conversations with usually never come back within a week or two :(

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Comment by Reggie on July 11, 2009 at 11:01am
I don't drink enough in Scotland to support my chat habits

Like Misty, you'll only find me in chat while drunk, which I have been cutting back on my imbibing.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 16, 2009 at 8:03pm
I will try to be more on the chat, just signed up, but still; I will do my best. :)

-NB
Comment by Tony / San Francisco on July 17, 2009 at 7:46pm
IMO, it takes some commitment to chat with the same people. I'd have to remember "are they married?", or "she lives in Denver" = too much for me. I like to enter my thoughts, I ALWAYS GO BACK TO SEE REPLIES, and then I move on. Some people have the time and desire. I hope this gives you one guy's thoughts on your topic.
Comment by Doug Reardon on July 17, 2009 at 9:06pm
When I try to find chat I get a message that it is under construction?
Comment by Tasha on July 18, 2009 at 11:20pm
I love you all <3

except you... you know who you are!
Comment by D'Holbach on July 20, 2009 at 1:11pm
I'm glad that someone posted this discussion. Perhaps my hopes for this site were too high, but it seems to attract those who are more interested in declaring their atheistic views than in interacting with like-minded people.
Comment by Reggie on July 20, 2009 at 1:19pm
I'm glad that someone posted this discussion. Perhaps my hopes for this site were too high, but it seems to attract those who are more interested in declaring their atheistic views than in interacting with like-minded people.

I have been noticing this. There a re a lot of folks who had a strong presence here for a few months and then completely disappeared. Also, many folks seem to be venting their stories of atheism. At first I thought it may be vanity (myself included), but I now think it is an outlet that many folks do not have in the real world at once they have told their story, they lose a desire to stick around.

The chat for me goes unnoticed. If there were an option for an alert for new messages like the flashing tray bar of many IM programs, it would be easier for me to know if there was a conversation going on. The few times I check it the, last message was posted hours before and the one before that was hours before even that.
Comment by Dave G on July 20, 2009 at 2:15pm
The chat is quieter, I feel, just because it is unobtrusive. People often forget to check it, and even when they do, there's no visual 'flash' to draw attention to new messages. There is an audio cue, however.
Comment by Matthew on July 20, 2009 at 2:17pm
This site definitely started as, and continues to be a place to vent my atheist frustrations with little or no preaching in return. Sometimes I get challenges to my thoughts, but always in a respectful way that helps me learn. Which is just a good conversation, IMHO. And that's the sort of interaction I was hoping for.

That said, for a couple months I have been spending a lot of (too much?) time here because it's summer and I'm a teacher. I'm sure my presence will be much reduced once the school year starts. And even during the summer, I have stuff to do and simply don't have time to chat, though I wish I did.

If you leave messages on walls, or pm people, they get notification and probably will be more likely to carry on a sustained interaction. On the other hand, this is just an internet social site and people are flaky with these things.
Comment by D'Holbach on July 20, 2009 at 3:09pm
I hasten to add that my last remark does NOT apply to everyone here--I didn't mean to generalize.

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