Anyone with 100 reputation can create a chat room.
Note: Anyone can view a chat room; 20 reputation is required to talk in chat
When should I create a new chat room?
When you find yourself wanting to have an extended conversation about a topic that is not covered by one of the existing chat rooms, you should create a new room for it.
How do I ...
Use chat when its facilities are more suitable for improving the quality of the Q & A.
Comments are (intentionally) very limited, and quickly become difficult to follow and work with as the number and complexity of interactions rises.
The lasting value of our site lies in the Questions and Answers, not comments or chat.
Just to close the loop: an announcement was made to the moderator team by one of the DBA mods requesting that other moderators defer flags from The Heap to DBA mods and top users only.
Unfortunately, your specific feature request (to dramatically alter the chat-flag system for site-specific chatrooms) is going to be status-declined. However, generally, mods ...
The main problem isn't one that a one on one chat can easily solve, given all the different time zones, languages, and time constraints placed on both participants.
We've all been there where someone asks a question, there are comments asking for more information, and OP disappears for hours, days, or longer.
Any asynchronous process that ...
I think it can be useful at times, especially when peers comment on questions that I recognize (or that sound interesting) but where I wouldn't have received a notification about otherwise.
But a few changes I'd like to see:
The ability to move / resize the dialog (ultimately what would be awesome is the same functionality as the inbox in the toolbar on ...
I don't think it's a bad idea, but I wouldn't be willing to participate in the one-on-one. The thing about DBA.se is that I'm usually helping out more than one person in the process of using this site, because of repeat views, duplicating, and other such features. That's about the only incentive to drive participation here.
Generally speaking, I judge ...
The feedback and my own experience has mainly fallen into two categories, both are important and worthy of being considered when we decide if we ever want something like this running permanently:
Irritating features of the feeds themselves that perhaps could be easily fixed, but probably won't be. If there were just one or two that wouldn't be so bad but ...
Oh cool, let's see what snarky comment has come in and I click the link. New window opens up and I see the snark. All is well and good.
I close the new window, return to my chat and "Is that a new comment or the same one?" It's the same one, just the act of clicking on a link should make it depopulate from the list.
As suggested in chat by Shog9:
In the meantime, try Top Bar for Chat Rooms (stackapps)
Provides a fully functional top bar, including realtime notifications, easy chat server switching, and fast room list searching, at the top of all chat rooms. Keep tabs on your inbox and site activity while chatting.
For installation steps see ...
When this feature was first announced I was fairly against it as I found the notifications to be kind of obnoxious. I waited a few days now to give myself a chance to warm up to the feature. Heck I've even clicked on a bunch of the items to try in an attempt to see the feature in a new light. Unfortunately my opinion of the notifications has not improved.
It looks like the room was automatically judged "not worth retaining" by the system:
Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users.
Rooms not worth retaining which are inactive for 7 days will be deleted. ...
I tried to capture most of that content in a community wiki answer to the question, and I'm not sure the chat adds that much in this case.
On reflection, you're right: That chat doesn't add much value, so I'll delete my comment linking to the resurrected chat room.
The 404 is definitely undesirable - is there a way to make a chat be persistent, and not ...
I think the ticker was a nice idea, but I mostly find it annoying. Most of my dislike stems from the fact that I can't move it and constantly have to dismiss it. It is in a prominent area of screen real estate (important things go in the center or in the top left). And I hate having to dismiss it all the time. I'm like Zane in that I only care about certain ...
This is a really nice, welcoming idea. I struggled with the mechanics of this app initially (still do TBH). I imagine I'm typical in that.
However. I have a full time job. And a family. And a life. I help out here when I can, how I can. My opportunities to dedicate a (potentially large) block of time to a random internet user are quite limited.
For me DBA....
Perhaps an additional item that could help is for the notification to go away after N timeunits. I'm in chat, I look up, see what's listed and it's not of interest. Let it timeout so I can get that real estate back and possibly see a new notification that does interest me.
As it stands, my OCD for clicking the dismissal button vies with my stubbornness to ...
This is a known issue, and not specific to Database Administrators. There have been some attempts to fix the problem, but they're not foolproof. See these:
Stack Exchange chat name mention inbox confusion
Getting Marc's chat notifications
What are the rules for when chat messages appear in a user's inbox?
FWIW, not interested. Sorry.
I am disenchanted with noisy websites that want to actively tell mme things I have not asked about. I tend to jump into sites like that, find what I want, and get back out as quickly as possible.