Has Stack Overflow released any regular information about how much traffic the chat feature gets? When it first came out, it seemed like there was a lot more activity and interest, but whenever I wander in there these days, it seems pretty empty, which makes me want to go to chat even less.
Clearly the team put a lot of effort into it, and it's a great product that seems to have gone to waste. I'm curious from the team's perspective has the chat feature met its goals and lived up to its expectations?
Would it make sense to surface chat data more frequently into the main site? Maybe a sidebar widget with the top most recent chat messages on the home page? Or if I'm looking at a question tagged PHP, show recent chats in the sidebar from the PHP room. Stuff like that