i like the consensus that seems to have emerged. game threads in the main forum (with a chance of archival, but that makes it a little tricky. how soon do you archive it? might be easier to just let them slip to the bottom of the page)
reducing the chat will probably increase the game thread activity, which i think will be a net positive. the threads could use a little more of the chat atmosphere, so hopefully that will carry over. plus they make good places to post gifs, videos, photos, and of course analysis.
what should the chat be open for? lottery. draft. playoffs (ha). division rivalries? i need a place to make the occasional jack at the half comment.