@mickmackusa [Joomla 3][Gantry 5][PHP 7.2] Mick, sounds like a solid plan on the consolidation. In my opinion, the issue with Gitter is the single thread without subject segregation. I have voiced this more than once but, so far, there has not been any change in the overall functionality. Sure, you can create separate conversations which I have used a few times with other users but that 'really' isn't the same thing. With Google Groups we had that capability just like Joomla Stack Exchange.
Hopefully, the development team at Gitter will re-evaluate this and give an option to add a subject line with a option in the left sidebar under ALL CONVERSATION to have an option for All comments which would give a display like the one it has now and another option for All Subjects which would give a summary of Subject lines. That way, those who like it now can still have that functionality but those of us who would prefer seeing the subject title of each thread would be provided that ability.
Right now, it is just way too difficult to follow different inputs into the same problem someone is having.