This forum isn't used at all like a global chat would. Players can moderate themself by having an ignore/report list. It's not a huge issue. There wouldn't need any warning for people to talk when its minimized. If you don't want to see it to maximize it. No one is making you use it. It's a feature I would guess many would love to have You would be able to be more social. News and information can pass more freely. People will begin to make new friends or new foes. Trash talking can take place, without posting something and waiting hours for a response. A long with possible questions the community can answer right then and there. Tribe recruitment might even be boosted through this means. Introducing people to tribes or people they otherwise would never meet. Most people don't like the forums and find them as satisfying. The chat system doesn't even need to be popped open if you don't want to see it. With that said I guess I should debunk everything as i can. If people are afraid of others learning their schedules then the mail system should be removed by that logic. It would do exactly the same thing as a global chat would but instead players can carry a conversation without having to come across each other and message them. Also The first thing I check is my mail and my reports when i first log. Going off of that i'm making the assumption that a lot of others do aswell. It's not like anyone is making you use it. Why would you take something away from players that would be positive for other players when you simply can opt out and not use it. That seems selfish. Nobody is making you use this feature. Now, how would you fix spammers? EASILY! The devs would simply code it to where you can only send a maximum two messages per 5-10 seconds. If you vote no please justify your answer into the comments below.