Jax, I totally see what you mean. I feel however, that starting smaller with one-on-one’s will help build a sense of friendship and then when we do have scheduled chats in the chatroom it will be more likely that people will come to hangout with those that they are familiar with. It’s kind of creating a bridge to bigger and better things.
Though, after everyone gets more comfortable with one another I feel that directing chats to the chat room could be effective, though it wouldn’t be something that I feel would be useful until the point that the people are already familiar and comfortable with one another enough to be willing to really participate.
Also, I like the Jediism idea, but if that was all we had I feel it would go just as unused as the counselor position did. People are more likely to talk about things to those that they feel more at home with rather than just strangers that they have seen post on the forum. It’s definitely something worthy of including, but the extra personal investment can go a long way at times.
Inari, I really do like your idea of creating a roster. How would you see it formatted? Would it be categorized into the time zones that people are at and their expected time online? Or would it just be a list of names and what not?