Continuing the discussion from Should we stop holding weekly developer forums?:
In general, I agree with using Talk by default (following both the “avoid private conversations” and the “If it didn’t happen on a mailing list, it didn’t happen.” best practices and aiding communication across timezones); however, it’s still true for information exchange bandwidth: forum < live chat < voice chat < video chat < in-person. In developer forums and design forums, we can cover in an hour what could take days or weeks of typing. Likewise, in-person interactions can be even more productive. Personally, I still see great benefit in having voice & in-person interactions as part of our portfolio as long as their publicly available and we summarize those interactions online (in forum/wiki).
What I really want is a way to have real-time auto-transcribed video chats asynchronously in Talk. But I think this would require a time machine or access to the fourth dimension. Maybe Google or Amazon or the smart people at Discourse will figure out a way to make it possible.
BTW… I just created the http://om.rs/avoid-private short link and will start using it in my reply to inappropriately private conversations. Thanks again to @kfogel for making the world a better place!