I think that chat is bad because it is permanent and searchable. If it existed for some reasonable time, like 30 days - no problem. I don't want my words retained for posterity and findable by anyone who chooses to look. This is far worse than Facebook, it needs to stop.
I never agree when people want to take something to chat, I just stop. But I discovered that if the comments of any post are moved to chat, my comments go right along. I do not want this to happen. I don't want to be in chat, I don't want my words in chat, no way, no how. "I do not want it in a box, I do not want it with a fox, I do not want it here or there, I do not want it anywhere."
Is there some way that I can NOT be dragged into chat, short of simply deleting all of my profiles on all SE sites (which is my next move)?