As mentioned in the August 3 edition of This Week In Doctor Who, I'm going
to have the first official chat in the TWIDW chatroom
. The chat room is
open to all subscribers with a Yahoo! ID at any time, but a specific time
can improve the odds of finding someone else when you get there. Anyone who
is a subscriber to the group is invited to come and get to meet each other.
I'd invite anyone who reads my column anywhere, but Yahoo restricts chatters
to people subscribed to the specific group, so for now, it's just the 132 of
us who can take part.
Time - 9:30PM Eastern Daylight Time (8:30PM Central Daylight Time, 7:30PM
Mountain Daylight Time, 6:30PM Pacific Daylight Time)
9:30PM Eastern Daylight Time is 1:30AM Grenwich Mean Time, so chatters
outside the US can figure out the chat time that way. The UK is on daylight
savings time, so even though it will be 1:30AM Grenwich Time, it will be
2:30AM in London.
The chat is tentatively scheduled to last 45 minutes. Look for "thebfe" -
that is MY yahoo id. As this is a Yahoo! Group, the chat room looks like the
one that Shaun Lyon at Outpost Gallifrey http://www.gallifreyone.com/
recently set up. Those of us who are members of Shaun's group as well can
attest that this time of room works very well for chatting purposes. Colors,
emoticons, easy to read, an ignore feature if someone gets annoying - all
the bells and whistles you want for an easy chat.
Since this is the first official chat, I'd like it to be largely an open
forum. Questions about the TWIDW column, thoughts on an idea or two I have
for the webpage http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thisweekindoctorwho/
Who on TV, what times work best for chats, and any other *clean* topics that
frequently turn up in chat rooms. As the owner of the group, I can restrict
someone's membership to keep them out of the chatroom, so no abuse of people
in the room, please. If you see bad behavior in the room when I'm not
around, alert me and I will investigate.
Subsequent chats will be advertised in advance on the web site. I've been
out of town and busy recently, or else this one would have been advertised
there as well.
I'd like to think the chat room could be used by people who want to chat
about the state of Doctor Who on TV and similar matters. As I said before,
it's open all the time, so you can stop by anytime and see if someone shows
up. Or if someone wants to use it to have their own chat with other
subscribers, tell me the time and I'll note the time on the website so
potential chatters can find out about it.
Hope to see some of you in a bit under 7 hours.
Benjamin F. Elliott
editor, This Week In Doctor Who