Text chat is wonderfully near-real-time: you can think out loud and somebody might respond right away or quite a while later or not at all.
The random rewards of gambling are much more seductive than a more predictable reward cycle. — Your brain on gambling
I'm usually in the #swig IRC channel when I'm hacking, and this nugget from Dave Beckett hit the nail on the head:
<DanC> lots about mouse clicks and files and folders. sigh. I think folks want TOC items like: instant messagining, email, and web browsing. maybe photo editing, CD ripping <DanC> "Configuring a CD Database" is under "9. Using Preference Tools" <DanC> er... wha? how do I actually see the documents that these search results refer to? http://gnomedesktop.org/search/node/keyring <DanC> oh... wierd... the headlines are invisible <Ontogon_> dan, are you talking to yourself? <dajobe> he's talking to the web