I've just created a web-based chatroom for ARM. You can reach it by clicking the "Chatroom" link near the top of the forum main page, after logging into the forum.
It looks a bit like IRC, but it's actually purely web-based.
The idea isn't to replace the forums, or to make people spend more time typing random things there than on here, it's more as an alternative to AIM or IRC, for people who want to quickly join an ARM live chat and say hi.
One big difference to the forum is that you can't see conversation history (past the most recent 20 messages when you join the chatroom), so if you want to have some interesting conversation, try to keep it on the forum, for other people to be able to read through later and be able to comment on. That's one thing that makes ARM such an interesting place .
I'm not sure how good an idea this is, but I thought I'd give it a try and see how well it works out. I'll close it down if the staff or other members thinks it's going to cause problems. By the way, it is possible to setup moderators on the live chat, if we need something like that later.
There are also a few IRC-like commands you can run on the live chat:
For instance, one interesting command is /join, which will let you create a new chatroom if the main one is too crowded, eg:
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There is also the ability to send private chat messages to individual users (by clicking on their name in the online members list on the right side of the screen).
Anyway, I hope I can see a few of you in the chatroom sometime
edit: To learn more about the ARM Chatroom, you can read this wiki article.