Bam and MV,
That was also part of the issue. As mods we already spend a lot of time here responding to and monitoring posts.
I for one did not have time to also keep much of an eye on our chatroom...and as you know, a chatroom that is left without monitoring has the potential to get...at best, off topic...and at the worst, ugly.
I remember some problems with bullying of some participants. We had people in chat that never posted in the forum for that very reason...they knew it wasn't often watched, and they could get away with saying things there that they would never be able to here.
So when the new format was established, the chat rooms did not make the transition.
I am sorry that part of your favorite aspect of HW is no longer. I can suggest as Medved has done, to find a group that still has a chat...
...but to also keep posting here in our forum for great support/advice/sharing.
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT