I’ve never been a fan of chat boxes on forums. In the past the implementation in the Myce forums was less intrusive. I still didn’t like it but it was not as in your face and didn’t take up as much space.
I’ve been traveling for a few weeks and returned to find chat has been implemented again in the forums. Wow. Sorry, but it is truly obnoxious, takes up too much screen real estate, and while there is option in user settings to disable it under the Interface settings the simple fact is that the setting doesn’t work! If you check the box to disable the Babble Chat the setting doesn’t hold and after a page refresh it’s unchecked again. Seems silly to have an option to disable that doesn’t work.
Please, please, please make it so the setting actually works to disable Babble Chat. I have zero interest in it, it is distracting, takes away usable screen space, impacts load time, etc.
NOTE: Consider this both site feedback and a bug report.