This was decided on due to the fact that the Shoutbox was frequently being used more like a chatroom, which is not only beyond its intended purpose, but also makes it harder to use for things aside from general chatting. To clarify a bit more, the Shoutbox should mainly be used for stuff directed to the entire site, like announcements, questions and one-off thoughts you want to let the entire site know, and then the occasional shorter exchange here or there relating to those things.wrote:Please use the Shoutbox only for announcements and shorter exchanges. Longer conversations should be held in the Chatroom, Chatroom Topic, or PMs.
To define "shorter exchanges" a bit better, I'd classify that as any conversations that extend anywhere from a couple messages to a single page in the Shoutbox, and also includes stuff like general questions to the site's members, or a simple 1-2 message thought you may want to share with the entire site. While I don't plan to be overly strict in enforcing this, I request that everyone is mindful of these guidelines, and tries to do most of their more personal general chatting in places other than the Shoutbox.
If anyone has any thoughts or confusion about any of this, feel free to voice it here.