My main reasons was:
- No one there, usually.
- Drupal Association News I was not interested in. If someone ever wrote anything, it was drowned under these, and slow conversations wasn't possible
- Login problems - but that was probably my issue with firewall I'm behind. After I finally got logged in, it was hard to find Drupal chatroom again.
So what kind of room would you actually use? My ideas for chat I would frequent more are:
- Weekly or monthly meetings, to talk about Drupal news, meta issues etc
- No automatic posts from any organization. I know it may be hard, and I don't know what was the deal between Drupal Association and Stack Exchange team, but honestly, if I will want to know their news, I can see their website, right? And if they are posting it in chat to gain visibility, they are failing miserably now.
- Rules clearly less stiff. Things loosely associated with Drupal, or just bordering Drupal development, should still be allowed there.
- Question-specific chats (created due to large amount of comments) should get automatically announced - this would allow anyone with time to chat to participate and help, even if they didn't notice the original post in the first place (due to being in chat, for example).