The trouble with something like this is that it would be almost impossible to moderate. You can't have staff in voice 24/7 and even watching the text chat there is just extra work.
New moderator applications could be considered for the task.
That's what the chat box is for.
Ehhhhh. Like I pointed out in the OP the chat box really doesn't serve the purpose -I- would like to use it for. I pop in maybe a few times a week and almost instantly lose interest in the topics being discussed, yet am still left with the desire to chat. So for me, and maybe others, that isn't true.
And ask yourself, honestly, if you would on a regular basis use the voice server for this site. I suspect that most of us already have other communities/guilds/whatever that we're in voice for. If it's just going to be another chat box, it doesn't serve much purpose.
As it's much more than just a voice serve, I don't think that's totally important. TESO-RP's Discord's Voice Chat doesn't seem incredibly active, but the option of having it is nice.
Edit: And you mentioned yourself that you wouldn't be interested in running it. Who would?
Another issue for after it's decided upon. Assuming someone wanted to and had the admins' blessing-... them.
...Making a non moderated community channel on server for each side would be much easier and lazy and cost effective.
The issues with in-game channels... Word doesn't seem to spread. People don't know about them. They leave and forget. They make new characters and forget to join. In-game channels just don't seem like a valid alternative to what I'm proposing, in any way. They fill up your in-game screen. You can't access it without being logged in. Imperial / Republic divide. Etc.
Discord and chat boxes kill forums. They usually wind up with just a few people in them and new people ask questions in there instead of making threads.
I'm not in BDO so I don't know how their Discord has affected their site, but TESO-RP still seems healthy enough after quite a while of theirs being live.
Plus every forum I use that has a Discord, every time I go in there it's just the same 5-10 people joking and flirting all day and it gets super cliqueish. So no thanks.
This happens literally anywhere. It's about a certain type of person, not the platform for their behavior.
From personal experience of RP communties and voice communication servers like this - They often do more harm than good, are ripe for abuse and honestly server little to no purpose when we have a chatbox. Considering the issues prevelant already in the site community and in turn, EH community in larger, I don't feel this would be a wise choice.
I'm personally tired of paying for other people's drama. I still have -no- idea why there are at least three different sites for SW:TOR's roleplaying community but have grudgingly accepted it and stuck here where some friends from past games are.
I am honestly tired of the division and stepping around egg-shells half the time, but I don't think having a Discord will create
much if anymore drama than already exists with the current methods of communication.