I was searching for some Persona info, when I came across this neat faq. On the bottom right of the page, there is this very neat little chat applet, that I think would be great here. Is there a way to integrate this into the board/frontpage??
Do both. I'm pretty sure there are IRC applets you can get that could be used to connect to a set channel that you could throw on a front page - that way people who want it simple applet could do so, and seen as it's a regular irc channel they're accessing people who want it that way (I pretty much have mIRC on all my waking hours and half my sleeping ones, heh) could do that too.
On the other hand I'm far too lazy to mess around with setting up such things myself so yeah, just throwing that out there.