Right now, the only periodic event we have in chat is a "recommendation chat", and there are no non-periodic events. Keeping in mind that we want the chat to (among other things) have discussions that cannot take place in the Q&A format, what other kind of events can we have on the chat?
It certainly would be fun to discuss a new popular book a few days after it came out. For instance, the day after something like a Harry Potter book comes out, or maybe after the season finale of any popular sci-fi series. Those would be non-periodic.
Periodic could including stuff like a monthly Star Gate/ Star Wars/ Harry Potter/ Star Gate chat (Each their own, of course), an off the beaten track chat for non-popular series, perhaps rotating each chat over a series or just having it be a free for all, a semi-reoccurring sci-fi fandom chat which discusses stuff like conventions and other ancillary stuff. Maybe even a genre identification chat, but these would be pretty sparse, maybe once every few months.
Basically, anything off topic to the FAQ, but still interesting, would be good as well.
So, just to put it in a nice, neat list, I'm proposing the following:
Once a week of the 4 largest sci-fi TV/movie franchise series, rotating each week which one it is.
- Star Trek
- Star Wars
- Dr. Who
- Star Gate
Once a month for each of these, at the same time and a week or so apart.
- Fandom/ state of the genre chat
- Scifi.SE meta discussion (On topic, moderation, what should we do to promote it, etc)
- Genre classification chat
- Recommendation's chat
Once a month chats for:
- Harry Potter
- Opened to any books
After some thought, I'm going to make a different suggestion, one that I hope will be more acceptable.
We should have only 1 chat a week, at least to start out with. The topic should rotate among 4 discussions, which are:
- TV Series
- Books (I suppose comics could be included in here)
- Recommendations, genre classification, fandom, etc.
I think once a week is just about right, so as to not be too crazy, but still be obtainable. Perhaps we'll spend some weeks focusing on key series, but those will be less frequent. If these chats become more popular, we can work towards the suggestions in my previous post.