I have been playing with the Jabber instant messaging service. This provides two services:
- You can elect to be notified of replies to your messages via Jabber
- You can converse with me (as board admin) or other users, who also have a Jabber account, via text, audio or even video chat.
When you have got your Jabber account, simply change the notification settings on the Board Preferences page of your User Control Panel to receive notifications of replies to your messages.
If you want to advertise that you can be contacted via Jabber, just add your Jabber address to the Profile page of your User Control Panel.
Of course, being total Luddites, what with our interest in "old" technology, I don't know if this will be of too much interest but it can be useful if you need to discuss a problem with someon more expert, without spending a fortune on phone calls.
For those who have Mac computers, you can even use the screen sharing facilities to (get) help with programs like Photoshop