Hi! The Chat has been gated off in it's own little space, on it's own little page for a while now. We did that because we figured that's how our members wanted it. Just like the old site. The thing is, the Shoutbox has been getting more traffic and life than the chat. So, we're thinking of changing something. As standard, the chat is able to sit on the site at the bottom of the screen. It'll stay put, allowing you access to the chat while you look around. Much like the Facebook style of chat bar. We figured that if it's more within reach, it would be more used. Like the Shoutbox, which is nice for short messages and shoutouts but not conversations, really. Would you use the chat if we allowed it to follow you around? Let us know.