It is a great idea for the most part. Chatters seem to move between the two very often, some sticking on one more than the other. I think however that it would continue even if there were a separate chatter. People have the option of personal messaging each other to keep their socializing out of the main part of chatter but I dont see them doing so very often.
Linda is right it didn't work at all, was rather a bigger confusing mess. I guess the older members could show by example, and encourage newer members to take plain social butterfly interactions to PM's. Thus not having to make any drastic chatter changes and achieving the needed goal.
(Which means I need to follow my own advice *facepalms* )
We don't particularly have grounds to blame the lack the oftwo chats being the reason for this issue seeing as it is a rule that members use the chat for magic topics. How strictly that rule is applied is entirely up to those enforcing it.
they would actully be forced to actully to read the fourm, and the many wonderfull threads it provides. ie the starting out thread, basics,writing your own spells, both of those thread answers a lot of question which save the rest of us some irratation.