In a comment on "Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them?", heather made the following suggestion:
It might be interesting to have the topic challenge, but also an, e.g., bimonthly chat session discussing it - easier to jump in and participate.
In the chat room, Gareth Rees wrote that one of the goals of the topic challenges seems to be
Promote shared experience, i.e. situation in which everyone is reading a text at the same time, like a book club.
Since book clubs in "physical" space (as opposed to cyberspace) typically organise face-to-face sessions to discuss the work or author they are reading, it seems like a good idea to try to recreate this in our community.
Since we are spread out across different time zones, the main difficulty is finding an appropriate time slot. Perhaps we should first look when activity in the chat room is highest. Based on the grey bar charts on our chat room's statistics page, the best days appear to be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The best time is a bit harder to establish; possibly somewhere in the afternoon (assuming the bar charts are based on UTC). However, it is not entirely clear whether these bar charts are based on chat room activity during the last week, month, quarter or year (or even a longer period).
For this reason, I will post a few time slots below, giving people to vote on them and to add new ones.