Adrian, the public chat is a nice idea, but reality is we are dealing with time zones around the world, the 8 hour difference between me in Oregon, USA and the UK gives me enough trouble contacting folks as it is. We need an easy to use method that allows for time differentials and differing schedules.
That said, I think the Forum, tweaked somewhat can be a bigger resource.
First of all, I do not like anonymous postings, it makes it difficult to track who is replying/posting and know if you have corresponded with this person before.
Secondly it would be great if we could "subscribe" to a topic and get an email when someone posts to that topic.
Thirdly, a private messaging method would reduce the need for you to forward on contact requests.
Fourth. The ability to have a public profile with your research interests, location, and ability to send a private message and make contact.
Hey, you have lots of time to develop these, right????
Adrian, thank you for what you have done with this site, it is Greatly Appreciated.