On the travel.SE beta site we're trying to get more people to use our underutilized chat room since it's more amenable to going over ideas than in comments.
One reason we are thinking it's rarely used is that nobody is aware of its existence. There is a link to it from meta.travel.SE sidebar but not directly from the travel.SE sidebar.
So we're wondering about the feasibility of having the sidebar also on the main site, possibly in place of the stats sidebar.
Can this be done on a per-site basis? Is there a general policy or reasoning for it to be the way it is that I can read about?
Please consider this a feature request.
Currently, the Travel.SE main site home page shows this...
...and the Travel.SE meta shows this
Activity on chat for Travel.SE has been fairly low, and we were wondering whether, if by switching the placement so that the main site shows chat activity box and the meta site shows the stats box instead, we would be able to encourage more people to join our chat room.
Chat box is only shown in the sidebar of Q&A pages on main site, not on the home page itself currently.