I normally prefer the regular forum where I can take my time before I decide on what I want to post, even when just visiting with friends. I am horrible about re-wording a post 4 different ways before I'm satisfied with it and chat tends to move too quickly for folks like me. Most of the time, I only have enough time to check my subscribed threads and respond to them and new threads before either needing to go back to work or go to bed so I often don't even look to see if anyone is in chat.
Not to mention that I always feel awkward trying to find a way to excuse myself from chat conversation when I need to leave. It feels like walking away right in the middle of a conversation to me and makes me feel rude. It doesn't seem the same way to me on the regular forum, it's easier for me just to log off instead of making an excuse or explaining why
I need to log off. You know what I mean