This is the first time I've seen the Google-Fu chat room frozen: enter image description here

Can't we keep the Google-Fu chat room permanently active?

If not, I want it to be.

I'm in this chat room, if you want to chat: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/13056/spreadsheet-nerds

== edit ==
Did the rules change or did somebody listen: enter image description here

  • Added status-declined because it's well known that this will not be changed any time soon (was requested in Meta SE since 2010).
    – Rubén Mod
    Apr 2 at 8:13

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It is ludicrous that Google-Fu is subject to being frozen. There is advice all over the place for some matters to "take it to chat" and yet 93,441 users here may not be able to.

At the very least the Help Center might caution "but don't bother to try to if there has been no eligible activity there for two weeks".


You just need to have at least two different users talking in a room and to not leave a room empty (empty based on messages, not users logged in) for two weeks in order to keep it alive.

It is a minimal requirement really, so just pop in every now and then (but within 14 days) and it should stay open.

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    Yeah I know that. Jul 15, 2014 at 4:28
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    So if it can't sustain one message every 14 days between two users, the room doesn't need to exist Jul 15, 2014 at 12:29
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    So, your answer is: No, that's not possible? In our help (webapps.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/chat) we refer to the chat possibility. Two chat rooms appear and one of them is frozen !! That's the way to build a community. BTW, I've retagged the question to contain the feature-request tag. Jul 15, 2014 at 12:37
  • @JacobJanTuinstra the way to build a community is to have chat active with people.. having it permanently open with no activity isn't going to do anything Jul 15, 2014 at 14:57
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    @Sathya I disagree with you on that. Jul 15, 2014 at 15:03
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    Not a no. But a "If we want to be open, we need to be talking." Jul 15, 2014 at 15:38

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