I am just getting to know the forum but have belonged to other forums in the past so I do have some experience with how to use a forum.
I would definetly be interested in a chat room. We had one on a poetry forum I moderated and it was a great way to communicate with others and so much easier than sending private messages back and forth when you want to discuss something in depth with other members.
The way it was set up, it could be used any time by any member, so if you see at the bottom of the index page that someone is signed in that you would like to chat with you could send them a pm asking them to meet you in the chat room to talk if they like.
We also had a regular time for a group discussion for an hour once a week where anyone who wanted to could stop in and chat as a group. It was a great way to get to know other members better and also having a weekly schedualed meeting gave us a chance to discuss specific topics and share information more efficiently. And anyone who wanted to stay and chat longer than an hour could . It was great for a nightowl like me, as I am often up till the wee hours and it is my favorite time to chat.
I will leave more feedback as I get a chance to explore the other parts of the forum. So far I have only been to three or four of the forums and have not had a chance to check the whole site out.
Keep up the good work! I am so glad to have found my way here!