Offline Chat Visibility
I cannot stress enough how important offline chat is to creating a tight-knit community and maintaining a connection to one another even while the stream is offline. I know many streamers use Discord as a social media platform to communicate with one another while stream is offline, but sometimes people are looking for interaction on the channel itself. In addition, posting links and other references might be easier with Twitch chat because I would say the majority of people I talk to are using a web browser as opposed to an application to use Twitch Chat while people are using an application to use Discord.
That being said, I find it disappointing how if a channel is offline when going to that channel's page, offline chat does not automatically appear. Not only is this frustrating because of the frequency of this error, but I think it actually severs communication on some level. A lot of people who might have heard about a certain streamer and Twitch generally from YouTube or elsewhere might come to check out the channel. If they see that there are people actively talking in the channel, they might get involved and could benefit both themselves, that streamer's community, and Twitch because of future participation.
I also really miss the ability to browse videos and other areas of the channel whilst still being able to talk in offline chat. I understand that some people might want to close chat because of the distraction it may pose, but in my experience, very few people hold this opinion (then again, the people I talk to are talking in offline chat LUL). In any case, I would strongly recommend for chat to open immediately upon arriving to a channel's page regardless of whether they are online or offline. Additionally, chat should still be accessible and interactable when viewing other tabs in the channel like videos or the schedule). Even if you are watching a video of a past stream or a clip, or something, it might be an interesting feature to still view current chat while also viewing the chat from the video that you may be watching.
Well said, I'd agree and got here whilst searching for offline chat. Was curious if my OBS chat was showing up somewhere while offline when I have been testing things.