I am replying to this post that was dated Jan 7th 2010.
It is now 31st of March 2013 and when I went in search of a Scrabble chat forum there was nothing very recent/current. And what I did find wasn't exactly what I was looking for.
But having said that, this is the best Scrabble site I could find.
It's only been in the last few weeks that I've been bitten by the Scrabble Bug... again.
Before that it has probably been over 10 years since I last played a game. After being bitten this time around, I decided to buy that Collins Official Scrabble Words book and was amazed at the contents. After a few (recent) games us friendly players decided to try and use only the words that we knew the meaning of. That way we felt we were learning as we progressed, rather than using (allowable) words (if it's in the book it is allowed) and not having one iota of their meaning.
Seeing as how it has been over 3 years since the last posting, I am wondering what caused the 'stoppage' on this subject. The good news is that what has already been posted here is just as relevent now as when it was first posted. :-)