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samcarter
completed feature-request
I would like to keep track of chat rooms like the Tavern or the main chat room of the tex site, but I don't always post messages in them, so they age away. 

Would it be possible to somehow pin them to my list of chat rooms at the top right?
Top Answer
Jack Douglas
We are trialling an alternative…

> I would like to keep track of chat rooms like the Tavern or the main chat room of the tex site, but I don't always post messages in them, so they age away.

Rather than let you choose which rooms to pin manually, the system now shows rooms that you chat in more, for longer. If you leave a single comment, the room will hang around in the list for a few days. If you leave hundreds, the room will remain in the list for up to three months even if you stop chatting entirely, and forever if you comment at least once every three months.

> Would it be possible to somehow pin them to my list of chat rooms at the top right?

We've also sorted the room list by total comments (and then most recent comment). This has the effect of keeping the sort order quite stable, especially for rooms we chat in fairly often. You should find that The Tavern and TopTeX are effectively pinned now.

Please note these changes are experimental and subject to being rolled back if feedback is negative! We can also tweak the algorithm in various directions if you need us to.
Pin a chatroom permanantly to list of rooms
Monica replying to Jack Douglas
That's a good point; if the list is the union of (relevant) rooms from all communities, then knowing which rooms are from which communities is important.
Monica replying to Jack Douglas
Oh I see.  Thanks for that clarification; I did in fact think you meant the larger set.
samcarter
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Jack Douglas replying to Monica
Thanks for the feedback — and I agree on both counts: they are harder to distinguish and aren't very meaningful either. There was a suggestion to simply have single-colour squares for question rooms. The main thing that I think is an improvement is that one piece of information is now conveyed much more clearly: what community the room belongs to. That will matter much more when there are more communities I think. I'd be grateful to have further feedback once a few days have passed…
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
I meant "rooms you chat in more" and I've updated my answer to make that clear, thanks. I'm cautious about showing rooms just because other people are chatting though — one person's interesting activity is another person's noise isn't it?
samcarter
@Jack Great! Thanks a lot for implementing this! 
Monica
I'm not a fan of the change to room icons using only the community color.  The little gray blobs are harder to distinguish then one gray, one green, the beer mug, another green with a different shape, etc.  On the other hand, they're not especially *meaningful*, being idenicons, so maybe it won't matter by tomorrow.
Monica replying to Jack Douglas
Stable order is nice.  When you say "rooms we chat in more", are you talking about overall activity or individual views?  (Assuming the former since you used the plural.)  That is, if *people* talk a lot in room X but I haven't yet, does it still show up there?  I think it should; it's one way people find out where the activity is.
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
I'm afraid your 'pin a question for later' requirement isn't met with the changes we just made — but we are still giving it thought. Suggestions welcome of course!
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
there is one other way — resize the chat area temporarily. Fixing the notifications is coming soon…
Monica
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Monica replying to Jack Douglas
BTW, I'm missing the "dismiss" link on this notification; the only way to dismiss it seems to be to reply to it.
samcarter replying to Jack Douglas
Sounds great! Thanks a lot!
Jack Douglas replying to samcarter
by time pinned seems right to me because then if you are careful you can pin them in exactly the order you want — we'll figure out later if we also need a way to reorder them…
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
this is a bit of an omission — currently no notification history is even stored. definitely something we need to fix!
Monica
(BTW, is there a list of notifications I've received somewhere, or are they gone forever once I dismiss them?)
Monica replying to Jack Douglas
I'm not sure how I would use that.  I'd have to keep the notification around unhandled?  That's not how I tend to use notifications.
samcarter replying to Jack Douglas
Putting them on top sounds good. However I would prefer if their order would not change over time (for the muscle memory to click them :) ) How about alphabetically? By time created?
Jack Douglas
it might be nice to be able to have the pinned rooms in a specific order but I think a UI for that would be a bit more difficult
Jack Douglas
@samcarter this sounds like a no-brainer to me, thanks for the suggestion. I guess the pinned rooms should just appear at the top of the list, still sorted (among pinned rooms) by when you last chatted in them?
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
For that specific task, I have also been wondering about adding another 'action' icon to chat messages that adds the message to your notifications — what do you think of that idea?
Monica
For me, even more important is pinning that discussion tied to that one question I want to get back to but haven't yet.