Posted by mtb, 2012-05-03 06:32 BST
The nature of online, realtime chat in my experience is that topics wander all over the place, unless there is a specific focus that is enforced by mods. (An example of this is for software support, where things tend to stay on-topic for the most part.)
I doubt jugglers would ever be this organised, and this has indeed been the case thus far. The conversation has meandered all over, obviously with a bent towards juggling-related topics, but I see no reason that we can not accommodate people talking about nearly anything.
Also, most groups I chat with are happy to welcome newcomers. Stumbling blind into some channels is daunting, but is not necessarily an issue, since, if you have good people in it, you are likely to be welcomed. Actually explaining what is being discussed I have not seen happen too often. But if you ask, it will be recapped.
Which brings me to one more important point: if you do wander into a chatroom, take a couple minutes to see what is being spoken about (if anything). Then just jump in. Unless it is political or religious in nature until you know the group a little better.
But certainly, come join us.
Regarding the original topic from LP, I think it is a great idea, especially if we get good buy-in from other sites.