" and moved the thread from General Questions to In My Humble Opinion. Supposedly they are some kind of chat line where you can talk with other people in the area--is that not the case? Like the OP I always wondered how they worked and who their clientele was.For instance a local chat line in Chicago may be in Iowa or Louisiana but it's free if you have free long distance. I'm still hoping we'll get someone in here who's actually called one.
I used to have a good friend who owned a chat line. But as of then, I had a pretty good idea of how it worked from the owner/operator POV.
I've never called one, but I have talked with the people who do all the jobs on one.
Technologically, it operated like an ordinary business conference call.
One female employee / contractor was on duty on the call as the "moderator" to keep the conversations going & spice it up if it got flat.
Not sure if this is the right forum - this might end up being more IMHO. Seems like it's going to be all dudes, or something, based on how they advertise (generally women in bikinis, from what I see here in Cleveland). Is that not why we have bars (and/or the internet)?
I'm married and have no inclination to actually call one of these "party lines" or "chat lines", but I've always sort of wondered - these late-night chat lines must be profitable or else they wouldn't buy up all the advertising after 11PM. The only one which seemed remotely likely to accomplish its purpose was one for a gay chat line, where presumably everybody knows exactly what to expect. It's often called a "poor man's Internet." Some of these chat line like on Talkee Free Chat Lines ( Are free, well in the sense if you have free long distance. I know Northern Illinois University shooter Steve Kazmierczak picked up both women and at least one man off Craigslist, before he went on the shooting rampage, just for sex. We don't get much spam here (that I've seen) so I couldn't resist. Does this mean we'll only get those people in here who actually would call those lines? Why would someone pay a fee to call a number to talk to a bunch of strangers or people who are pretending to be other people? When I posted, I was debating whether to use that title or not. They are one of those things I could never understand.Customers would call the advertised 800#, give their credit card info, and be connected to the conference for $X/minute.The moderator kept track of people's times & also had a way to bounce anybody who got to be a problem.A conference was limited to about 10 callers, and additional conferences were spun up as demand dictated.