We now have a chat box at the top of the main forum page as well as a more private chat room.
It still takes a minute load…if you don't want to weigth for it to reload everytime use the back button to get back to the forum start page. But it will not interfere with anything while it's loading all though it may slow down navigation to a forum category just slightly. I don't really know.
How's that for service? :)