Chat Feature Replaced with PageJune 4, 2011
We tried out the chat feature in the lower right corner of the web site (not the live video chats for members, but the text-only chat for all visitors), to see if it would help visitors and members of the Giza Death Star community connect, & have their own discussions about related topics. The challenge was that if you weren't there at the same time as someone else, it wasn't very helpful. Maintaining a traditional forum would be extremely time consuming (requiring at least moderation), and the extra participation would take away attention from Dr. Farrell's creation of valuable content. So instead, we've replaced the text chat feature from the site with the new [Facebook page].
In addition to Dr. Farrell's personal profile, there is now a Giza Death Star page, where you can have the discussions so many of you indicated would be valuable, yet it frees Dr. Farrell from having to moderate. Moderation is a built-in feature of Facebook itself, and you can treat the Giza Death Star page like any other page in Facebook, according to the protocols and rules of that social network. Dr. Farrell will continue, as before, to interact with the Giza Death Star community on his Facebook profile, in web site comments, and in the members only events (like the live video chats). But now there is also a place to share your interest in Dr. Farrell's work with friends (you can suggest the page to any of your freinds, and they can like the page too, in order to participate) and to discuss issues raised in Dr. Farrell's many books and lectures.