Why should that be the responsibility of NANFA or a NANFA volunteer to provide and maintain that service (as well as assure that things that could reflect upon NANFA poorly or be it worse illegal) in leiu of those other direct services that are widely and readily available.
I agree that an open 24/7 chat room is not responsibility or even close to what we should be striving to provide. I think that (the proposed chat) will be a great tool that people can use to set up discussions on putting together a trip to a stream, projects or other NANFA related items.
There are other places to go to chat, most cell phone plans are free after 7:00. Besides there have been to many wierd things that have been televised about chat rooms and although we can not prevent any thing from happening we do not need to provide an easier window to craw through.