I'd really like to see SE add a blogging feature to the site so that any member (or at least any member meeting a threshold reputation) has a blog on their profile page.
This would allow the member to post things that aren't really questions. More importantly, questions raised by the blog post would be voted on, so that the blog author could focus on ...
Once you have a reputation of 20 or more you will have the Talk In Chat privilege.
To find the GIS Chat Rooms since the New top bar is live:
From the Main (or Meta) site click on the Stack Exchange "burger" near top right and then next to Geographic Information Systems you will see chat.
Click on chat to see the GIS Chat Rooms with the main one being ...
First off I think Good Subjective, Bad Subjective should be required reading for any potentially subjective question. However, I don't know of any accepted SE guidelines for career-related questions. I just know that career-development questions have been more or less eradicated on StackOverflow by a Mass clean-up of career-development questions, so they ...
In addition to PolyGeo's answer, you could create a chat room and invite that user to the chat and discuss with them in there.
While not private, you will be free to discuss in there without polluting the comment thread. You could link to that new chat room in the comments so the user is aware of it.
I would prefer to see fewer rather than more career-related questions here because the users most likely to be seeking career advice seem often to be amongst those least likely to read Good Subjective, Bad Subjective.
My view on career-related questions is pretty much summed up in this answer from Meta Programmers SE:
Questions seeking career or ...
GIS Stack Exchange Chat would be your best source for getting feedback on your portfolio. The main GIS SE Q & A site would be an inappropriate forum because any answers would be subjective and based entirely on opinion. Alternatively, you can post maps at Cartotalk's Map Gallery and get feedback from professionals.
Basically because, this is a Q& A site. If you have a question related to GIS, this is the place for it. A job or consultancy as such does not fit within the parameters of the site, as defined in the FAQ
There are several discussion fourms dedicated to GIS and I am glad, that here the community has maintained the site according to the vision it was ...
To achieve a change such as this the place to ask would be Meta Stack Exchange because it is not something that can be customized on a per-site basis.
That question has already been asked there as:
Include both the chat and blog links permanently in the header
What I think prevents the Chat button being made more prominent is that chat is designed for ...
You seem to be asking whether the place for such questions on GIS Stack Exchange is Main or Meta or ...?
I think the place for open-ended, and more conversational, questions is the GIS Chat Room which can be accessed from the GUI using instructions at Where are GIS Chat Rooms?
It's not clear that any of the examples suggest a compelling need for a "complementary forum." Let's see how they might fit in to what we already have.
Announcement for releasing something (e.g., a new release of software x that comes up daily on GIS.SE).
In many cases this can be handled with a community promotion ad.
Brainstorming for approaches to ...
In my opinion that would not be a good idea. There is SE for questions with definite answers and chat for others. If more questions would be posted in chat, maybe more people would log in. Forums where "everything goes" can be found all over the web.
For job adds, there is careers.
The current GIS Chat Room is located at http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/939/gis
Please use this to ask questions about GIS tutorials, Training opportunities, Recent happenings, and any other questions that are a poor fit for the focussed Q&A format of Main.
Given that SE has a "related jobs" panel on the main site, I would expect that a job posted to careers.stackoverflow.com could somehow be made to appear there. A lot of the jobs I see in that panel are not very "related" ... providing members the ability to post jobs to careers.stackoverflow.com and tag so they appear at gis.se would make sense as an ...
I agree with the impulse behind the question and ensuing discussion: the Stack Exchange milieu is missing something. That amorphous something looks a bit like a forum and smells somewhat like chat, but isn't either of those.
There is nothing stopping us or anyone from creating a vendor neutral offsite forum using google groups or whatever and just making a ...