Every time I come on this site the little orange tab at the bottom right of the screen indicates "Chat" and a number. I assume this is intended to be the number of people signed into the site at any given time.
Assuming this is so, and please could "the management" enlighten me if I'm wrong, why is it that the number in the orange tab is never the same as the number of names when I open the tab to see who's about?
A more suspicious mind than mine (yeah OK, they don't exist I grant you) might suspect that there is a way for people to remain invisible. To observe and not be seen. To, in effect be a ghost.
This got me thinking (yes....thank you...lets get all the jokes about hearing the grinding of wheels out of the way shall we?) why would anyone need, or even more ominously. want to be unseen?
After much thought I could only come up with two scenarios. One for need (perhaps) and one for want.
Let's take need first. Admins might need to seem not to be there when on the hunt for scammers and/or underagers. However knowledge of who the admins are, published as members know, under "Meet the team" is not necessarily the first port of call for the ungodly or unwashed undesirables.
Now there's want. Why would anyone actually want to be invisible? After all, this is a chat site. We're here to chat, are we not? So why hide? There might be a few reasons, but none of those that occurred to me are either good, honest or remotely honourable.
Right! That's it! I've chucked the pebble into the still pond and the ripples will spread and eventually fade so the surface will appear as before, but the pond will be forever changed because it now has one more pebble.