Currently, the Chat feature link is hidden at the bottom of the page, leaving only experienced GIS users to find it.
The result is two fold:
- People (mostly new users) are posting chat-worthy discussion questions on the main Q&A site, which would be more appropriate on the chat site. They get their "hand slapped" for posting discussion questions, and I doubt that many of them return to the site.
- People are missing out on the conversations in the chat arena, and there is typically little traffic on the page.
- Reduce the number of chat-worthy questions on the main site
- Increase the amount of traffic on the chat site.
My proposed layout is below: