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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 upvotes). Downvote if you don't want the name changed back.


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How has Schrodinger's Chat not been suggested? It's both alive and dead until you open it to observe.


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In general, we don't care what happens in chat rooms associated with the site, so if some users want to set up a chat room for discussion in a foreign language, that should be okay. However, if chat moderators have reason to suspect that the foreign language is being used to disguise communication that would otherwise be unacceptable (e.g. insults), they'll ...


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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 definitely right that it's better to prevent nasty exchanges from breaking out in the first place than to allow them to happen and deal with them afterwards. ...


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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 situation. Here's something I would consider a really critical bit of context: (for casual readers: "anonymous" in this thread is the OP here, the user now calling ...


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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 it is also thought to be a unique and clever name by a bunch of different institutions (example, example, example).


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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 temporarily in the spirit of fun. Accordingly, how's this: Any future changes to the room name, description, or tags should be reverted after roughly 24 hours,...


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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. The Be Nice policy, and indeed every sort of rule for behaviour expected of you both on the Stack Exchange sites themselves and in their chats, are not burdens ...


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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 voluntarily!), and to suggest that it is "unethical" for someone to stop participating in a conversation they no longer deem useful or interesting is simply ...


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A direct link to the hbar chat room appears e.g. in the right margin on the front page of the physics meta site. Alternatively, the hbar chat room can be found on chat.stackexchange.com. From any page on the physics main site or the physics meta site, single-click on the word 'StackExchange' in the upper left corner of the page. A menu should open. A click ...


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Why the minimum rep is fine enough to prevent trolling This is effectively answered on the Mother Meta. The answers there are probably not sufficient for you, so I'm going to continue with a few extra points: Chat is a place where people who spend their time answer questions here can hang out and respond to each other in real time (that's important). ...


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I am more than happy to answer most General Relativity questions.


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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 come pretty early in the privilege hierarchy. If you leave a comment with the text Let us continue this discussion in [chat] then the special comment markdown ...


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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 explains the importance of having not only a main site and a meta but also a chat in the blog post introducing chat thus: Because you not only need a place to have ...


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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 just using Unicode characters. The problem is that from a keyboard the only way to enter Unicode characters requires you to remember their character code and few ...


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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. Physics is likely the most commonly discussed topic, but I don't think topics that aren't physics related should be deemed off topic and I also welcome controversial ...


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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 when things are pretty quiet. I haven't seen it brought up in meta for several years. Any important discussion seems to flow pretty well in comments on meta ...


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A while ago a meta post clarified what we expect from members in the way of prior research. Armed with this very detailed and precise discussion I now vote to close questions if I think they show insufficient prior research. This has in the past raised some controversy, though more recently the site members have either come to agree with me or have got bored ...


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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 for offensive or inappropriate messages. It's not designed to be used for messages that aren't themselves offensive, but might turn a conversation toxic, because ...


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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 to various discussions involving moderators from lots of sites (not just our mods), and including the SE community managers such as Shog9 and Ana. What I can do ...


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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 careful with the formalization of chat due to its inherently informal nature. Room rules themselves - "no no-effort homework, don't flood the chat, don't ask ...


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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 for the h Bar:


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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 conversations about a specific topic to another room I'd kindly ask you to consider that. This already answers the question posed here: No one has a monopoly ...


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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, where site policies and norms are crafted. Chat, as the place for social and informal gathering, should not require much, if any, moderation work. In the last ...


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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 hastily in such cases. As usually, we will not discuss the reasons in public, but [insert-here-the-user-who-shall-not-be-named] was sent a mod message and ...


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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 have been a number of flags from The h Bar. Only some of them have been valid, but each one has required a little moderator time to resolve (yes, I'm aware 10k ...


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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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If you want to notify someone you should @ them. If you don't @ anyone, nobody will be notified.


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