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Private chat rooms are reserved for moderation purposes, they are only meant for stuff diamond moderators can't talk about in public. While we have the ability to create private rooms and give regular users access, SE has told us moderators that private rooms for anything but actual moderation purposes are not allowed. A room like this would violate that ...


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Mods can unfreeze a chatroom. The mod would do so from the "access" tab of the room's overview page (accessed via the "info" link).


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I think the issue is that the main site has relatively few really active users, and only a subset of these are visiting chat (for different reasons). Therefore the chat is rather inactive. However, I think the inactivity of chat is a symptom and not something that can be fixed by only trying to improve the chat per se. If the userbase of Bio-SE grows, the ...


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Chat rooms are automatically deleted for inactivity. There were no posts in that room for 7 days so it was automatically removed by the system. Here is more information about the chat room retention policy.


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I don't see the point of starting another room, as everything that's been mentioned here so far would fit in with The Biosphere. Here's the thing with chat: it is what you make of it, and the attitude of the participants is everything. I spend a lot of time in the Python chat room on Stack Overflow, and a conversation like this would be pretty much ...


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If you message user @Floern on the SEBotics chatroom about the @GenericBot and ask about the chatroom antifreeze feature, your chatroom will live eternally.


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With respect to item 2, TeX SX has an occasional session called "Answer The Unanswered". This is a session in which people sit down and go through unanswered questions in order to answer them, close them, or otherwise deal with them. This session does not seem to have a fixed duration. I asked how long it lasts for, and Joseph Wright replied "Formally two ...


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Here is my personal opinion: What topics should we discuss at our chat sessions? We cannot be chatting "Hello" to everybody who enters! We need a topic! I propose that our first topic should be "Top Biology news of 2015" (assuming we get this done by mid-January) It looks to me as if you are searching for topics to discuss, as was evident in your ...


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While the suggestion is not to start a chat room that already covers the topic, it appears from your repeated lobbying that The Biosphere does not fulfill your requirements. As such, I do not see the reason for you not to start your own chat room. You have more than enough reputation. Call it something like TanMath Talks Bio. Then anyone who feels they want ...


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I'd counter your question how do we improve chat with the question what's wrong with chat? I don't see chat as dead, there are often users around willing to chat, and if I want to discuss something scientific I can. The limiting factor on the quality of such chats is the number of users familiar with my field. If I want an advanced discussion about a ...


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I have just pushed a fix to give the logo a lighter background color, so you have a chance of seeing it. This will go out with the next chat build (some time today). Thanks for pointing it out!


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