Sadly participation in our general chat room became low to none.
Communicating through chat is vital to a healthy site. Only there we can discuss matters of the site's design or its content. In chat we may find definitions on where the site should go, and we can discuss how to improve poor content.
New users will benefit from help through chat the same as do alte Hasen who would like to hear other people's opinion before they comment or vote too hastily.
In addition we can quickly provide help on smaller issues in spelling or grammar for noth beginners, and the advanced. This may eventually lead to a boost in questions that may have evolved from an ongoing chat discussion.
But how do we bring back life to our chat?