I use Skype when I can. My problem with the chat is i have very limited vision. I am blind in one eye and macular degeneration and Glaucoma in the "good" eye , i have to use a magnifier, and I play in full screen. To use the chat I have to take off the magnifier, reduce screen, go back to full screen and re-focus everything.
I wish the chat would not be used for constant chatter, and do you really have to comment on each and every shot regardless if it's good, bad or ??
If I'm playing with some one I don't know I'm always concerned that they will think me rude if I don't say thank you or nice shot etc. So I start off by explaining my vision problems and I assure them that any time I make a half way decent shot I will automatically say thank out loud.When they make a shot I'll stand up clap my hands, say atta boy/gal nice shot, but I cannot type in or read all the kudos.