About Us

How did Chalk start?

We started Chalk with a mission to be ad-free and user-centric.

Current discussion forums and social media chat groups have become convoluted with ads. Commercial needs were prioritized over user needs.

We hope Chalk is a breathe of fresh air for many of you and grow into a thriving community as your first choice discussion forum to discuss, debate and discover. The learn and teach central theme for the forum came naturally to us as well. In life, we are either learning or teaching at different stages of our lives.

Can I join Chalk if I do not consider myself a learner or teacher?

Definitely! We welcome anyone who wish to engage in civilized discourse. There is a wide range of categories that cater to everything under the sun, be it on-topic or off-topic.

What sets Chalk apart from other discussion forums or social media chat groups?

Chalk is ad-free, user-centric, community-based and open-source

  • Ad-free: We commit to an ad-free experience. Ads have become a necessity for many. Not here.

  • User-centric: Built with users in mind, there is a myriad of controls for creating and accessing content. The user interface is also highly customizable via personal user preferences and presented in an optimal view for the device of your choosing

  • Community-based: We are all about creating a thriving community. Make new friends and connect with others on topics close to your heart. As you participate in conversations and contribute to the community, you will be granted advanced member functions. Proven members who have been with us for a while can also choose to exercise basic moderator rights to keep the community healthy through self moderation.

  • Open-source: Based on open-source Discourse, we had the freedom to adapt the technology layer for a Singapore audience. Being open-source, the forum will be enhanced continuously as the platform improves. We hope you fall in love with the fast loading speed, modern features and intuitive UI that was designed for asynchronous written conversations.

Is Chalk free to join?

Yes, it is absolutely free to join. Joining allows you to create new topics, reply to topics and enjoy all of the member functions.

Are the topics on Chalk accessible without joining?

Yes, topics within open categories are accessible to everyone, even for anonymous readers who do not join as members. Only topics in exclusive categories for fans and staff are off limits to the general public.

How does Chalk make money?

Right now it is a self-funded hobby of ours. We have subscriptions available for fans to defray the costs of hosting and maintaining the servers.

What are the benefits of becoming a fan?

Fans get access to an exclusive category, exclusive avatar badge, voting rights for enhancements, early bird previews, an additional twelve forum skins to choose from… learn more

Why can’t I find any information or social media presence of Chalk?

Chalk launched in July 2021 and is new to Singapore’s discussion forum scene. We hope to win you over by providing the best discussion forum user experience.

How can I get more involved with Chalk?

Sign up and start posting to contribute your queries, expertise and experience. Flag offensive posts which step out of line. If you are satisfied with your Chalk experience, spread the word and invite your peers, friends and families into this community as well.

Do you share my details with anyone after I sign up?

No, Chalk is against harvesting data. Your details are used for facilitating the usage of the forum only.

Using Chalk

How do I start?

Spend some time reading through the publicly available topics to get a sense of what Chalk offers. If keen to join, click on the sign up button at the top right and sign up using an email address. You can opt for social logins for Google or Twitter too. Once verified, you can start topics or reply to others. Help is available in the how-to category.

What are the community guidelines?

Be civil, post responsibly, flag problems and respect each other.

  • Be civil: This is a public forum and search engines index these discussions, so keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

  • Post responsibly: Spreading inaccurate or false information is incredibly irresponsible. Important information has to have credible sources, especially in this era of fake news. Doxxing, astroturfing and masquerading are prohibited. Offenders will not only go against Chalk rules, but that of the Singapore law. Be responsible or face the consequences.

  • Flag problems: If you see a problem, flag it. When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken automatically or by moderator intervention. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators and not the police.

  • Respect each other: Do not harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.

What is muting?

Muting allows you to hide categories that do not interest you. This gives you the power to control the content you wish to see. Muted categories stay hidden at the bottom of the forum index and can be unmuted at any point in time … learn more

Why can’t I (fill in the blank) while other members can?

New users have many restrictions to protect themselves and the existing community. As new users progress into members, senior members then trusted leaders, restrictions will be removed and new abilities will be granted progressively.

Why is my post or account removed?

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and Chalk take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

What are the Terms & Conditions that I need to take note of?

Click to learn more about our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.