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Choosing the name of the chat room

Upvote this if you want the name changed back to the h bar. Using my superpowers as a room owner I will change the name back if this gets ten upvotes (provided no competing suggestion gets more ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Should discussions on topics which disturb long time users of the chat room be banned?

You left out a lot of context; I'm tempted to think you're just cherry-picking bits of that conversation to make others look bad while ignoring your own behavior and how it contributed to the ...
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Choosing the name of the chat room

How has Schrodinger's Chat not been suggested? It's both alive and dead until you open it to observe.
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Raising issues with the chat room

OK, there are a couple different things going on here. Potentially inflammatory posts It's certainly true that chat bystanders can often tell when a conversation is about to turn nasty. And you're ...
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Choosing the name of the chat room

I vote that we keep it as the h bar. It has the excellent property that it shares its name with the postgraduate bar back at my uni in London: As you can see, not only is it a very clever name, but ...
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Choosing the name of the chat room

As much as I'm all for getting consensus before any significant changes to anything, the chat room name is not a terribly important thing, and I can see the value in allowing a room owner to change it ...
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Ethical violation in chat?

Users (whether moderators or not) are free to disengage from any conversation - in chat or on the main site - whenever they like. You are not entitled to anyone's time on this platform (we're all here ...
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Why do I keep getting kicked from chat?

I kicked you, twice, and I said: If your sole concern in posting something here is whether it might get flagged or not, I might suspect you are not partipating in good faith in the first place. ...
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An alternative to MathJax in chat

The Unicode character set contains most of the characters that are needed to construct equations. For example you can write: ds² = -(1 - 2GM/c²r)c²dt² + (1 - 2GM/c²r)⁻¹ dr² + r²dθ² + r² sin²(θ)dφ² ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Comments sent to chat and addition of a new comment after that

The "move comments to chat" button only works once. After that, comments can be deleted, but not moved. When we move comments to chat, we'll sometimes rescue one or two comments that are ...
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Are there any advanced undergraduate study chat rooms on Physics Stack Exchange?

It's worth a try, and I see you've now created a chat room for the purpose. The problem is finding enough like minded site members to keep the room active. Over the eleven years I've been a site ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Is it okay to get into a long to and fro discussion in the comments?

Comments aren't a good medium for back-and-forth; that's that chat is for. There's a Chat FAQ which is useful to re-read once a year or so. The privileges of talking in chat and creating chat rooms ...
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Why do we have a profile page and an ability to chat if SE is not a social network?

The distinction between having social features (like a profile page and chat) and being a social network is also discussed in this mother meta question and in particular this answer. Jeff Atwood ...
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Chat and the moderation thereof

My view is that the h bar should be a place where the users of Physics SE can hang out and discuss any topic under the sun with other users of Physics SE while maintain respect for one another. ...
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Should we cancel the fortnightly chat session in the Physics chat room?

I think we should cancel it. I've been pretty active in chat for the last several months, and I haven't once seen the chat session used as a special event. If anything, it usually falls on a time ...
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Raising issues with the chat room

David Z has it right. As a moderator who spends a lot of time moderating chat myself, I'll clear up a few misconceptions: Flagging That flag button on the right-hand end of a message? That one is ...
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What should we name our chat room?

I know I'm late to the party, but I'd like to formally suggest Schrödinger's Chat - complete with umlaut.
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Why did I get chat suspended for a year?

Disclaimer: I'm not a moderator so I can't say exactly what happened in this particular case even if I wanted to. For example I can't see the deleted messages. However as a room owner I've been party ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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How can we improve the participation of subject experts and enthusiastic physics students in chat?

I am absolutely in favour of reviving the chat sessions if anyone has good ideas. Likewise, I think an ad could indeed increase at least the awareness that chat exists. However, I think we need to be ...
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How can I use the chat full transcript?

There is no functionality for this exposed in the UI, but it's pretty easy to do by writing the URL manually. The current URL pattern for chat transcripts is ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Should discussions on topics which disturb long time users of the chat room be banned?

As background to my message cited in the question, I said this earlier in the same conversation: No one has a monopoly on this room but when multiple people ask if you not perhaps want to take your ...
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Chat and the moderation thereof

To your first list, I'd like to add another point: Chat is a third place: When it comes to effort, the primary focus should be on keeping the main site looking its best. The secondary focus is meta, ...
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Additional chat room owners?

I say yes. And yes, I know my opinion doesn't carry a massive weight on this site itself, but since I'm around the chat a reasonable amount I thought I'd drop it in. Over the past few months there ...
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How do I access chat?

The URL is: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/71/the-h-bar Alternatively on the main site click the down triangle near the top left of the page: and click on the word chat. Then click the link ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Increase in the duration of chat suspension for [insert-here-the-user-who-shall-not-be-named]

The longer sentence was imposed after a day's consultation between the physics moderators; the delay occurred because we're always reluctant to impose suspensions on regular users and try not to act ...
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Notifications about chat room messages

If you want to notify someone you should @ them. If you don't @ anyone, nobody will be notified.
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Chat and the moderation thereof

The recent undertakings in making the chat conflict-free showed, in my opinion, a deep lack of prepare or consideration from the moderation team. I talk to most of you frequently, and I know you are ...
Bernardo Meurer's user avatar
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Chat and the moderation thereof

It seems to me that one of the motivations for the "no politics" policy is that it often leads to uncivil behaviour, and moderators and chat owners want to avoid such a behaviour instead of correcting ...
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