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According to this answer to Exclude the main chat room from automatic freezing/deletion

This is now implemented. Main chat rooms do not freeze automatically due to inactivity.


It looks that the above is wrong (see the first answer to this Q and newest comments to the above referred answer).

Another finding from Meta SE, Main chatroom for a SE site and chatroom pruning,

The SE software keeps always one room for each SE site alive. But no particular room is chosen as the "main" room for a site.


By the other hand, what is the point to have a chat room that is use very rarely and the most common topic over the last months is

Posting a dummy post to keep the room from getting frozen.

Searching for dummy post returns 22 posts.

When someone post a comment, a widget is shown on Meta right panel

It's a bit annoying to find that the newest message in the last 2 weeks is a dummy post. Considering that to create a new chat room is required a rep 100, and that to participate on Meta it's just a rep 5 and usually people that require a someone to talk gets and answer faster on Meta than on chat...

Please, stop posting dummy comments.

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The answer you are referring to is wrong. "Main" chatrooms freeze just like any other (they have no special status at all). The only exception is that the last non-frozen room is prevented from freezing. For an illustration, I dropped by Open Data site and created a room: soon thereafter, their main room was frozen for inactivity because it lost its status of being the only non-frozen room. (Sorry, Open Data users.)

That said, it's true that Google-Fu will not freeze as long as it's the only non-frozen room, and therefore dummy messages are not needed for the time being. In other words Alex's dummy message is correct in observing it is not needed.

  • Thanks. What do you think about posting dummy comments every two weeks by several months just to keep a chat room unfrozen? – Rubén Feb 10 at 2:09
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    I don't really care, but if they are going to post something, it makes more sense to post with some content. What's the weather like today, a book read recently, what I had for breakfast, ... - anything would be better than a copy-paste of a dummy message. – user380 Feb 10 at 22:57

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