A place to talk for our community
I know we have waited long enough for this. Now we have a place to talk to each other. I set up two channels on Freenode: ##duolingo for general talk and ##duolingo-fr for people who want to speak French. IRC may sound old for some but it is a great tool for a large community like us!
If you don't know your way around Freenode or IRC, all you need to do is to go
Type in a nickname, type in the captcha, and voila! At the top of the page you will see the names of those two channels and on the right you see the names of the people on the channel.
We should add channels for other languages, too! Actually, people from Duolingo should show up and get #duolingo for us. (I tried to get this one but Freenode stuff was kind enough to remind me that it is only possible for people who actually is a part of the team.)
If you are looking for someone to talk to, come right away!
An official Staff endorsement might be difficult to get. But, then again maybe not.
I am guessing (only guessing) that DL doesn't have more of a chat feature on site because it would take more maintenance, troubleshooting, moderating, and possibly liability insurance.
(Although, we have a great community of people here, there probably wouldn't be a shortage of awesome people who could moderate.)