A core of regulars would form, resulting in either a welcoming environment for newbies or an exclusionary, clique-driven hierarchy, depending on where you went. But as one woman observed in the Sex Drive forum, chat has changed.
Good cybersex requires imagination, communication, emotion. It always involves an element of suspense, because you can't be certain what the other person is going to do.
(As Carly Milne of Pornblography says, it's a condiment, not the entire meal.
You wouldn't eat a bowl of mustard, would you?
Having recently tried to find good cybersex myself, I see why it's taking them so long. In the olden days, you could find chat rooms where adults bantered, flirted and seduced one another in a supportive community.
People developed relationships that ranged from casual friendship to erotic involvement to love affairs.
We've been talking about that in the forum, too.