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We recently had our main chat room frozen on the DIY site because we're not that talkative. I'd suggest a feature to allow moderators to explicitly protect chatrooms that would exclude them from these automatic freezing and deletion routines so that discussions appropriate for this forum have a place to go.

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Note Drupal.SE also had their main chat room frozen recently as well, so it's not just a problem isolated to DIY. –  user149432 Aug 1 '11 at 13:54
The "main" chat rooms are actually just a normal chat room that people have created and then decided is the main one, the system doesn't have any concept of a "main" room, so they receive no special treatment. To complete your request, either that needs changing or mods need to be given a way to "protect" arbitrary rooms from automatic shutdown. But, personally, I'm not entirely convinced this is necessary - if a main room sees no activity at all for 14 days then it's not really much of a main room, is it? –  DMA57361 Aug 1 '11 at 14:41
@DMA57361, on low volume sites, there aren't any other rooms either, which limits chatting to only people with 100 rep. Allowing mods to make a protected room sounds like a good solution. Maybe sort those up top as the primary rooms for a site. –  BMitch Aug 1 '11 at 15:58
Same thing happened on DSP.SE. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/1090/signal-processing meta.dsp.stackexchange.com/a/1232/29 chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/9727/uhh General discussion chat room should never be frozen. –  endolith Jul 24 '13 at 19:10
Count Programming Puzzles & Code Golf in. Frozen/unfrozen several times. –  Johannes Kuhn Dec 3 '13 at 12:47
Perhaps limit it so that each site must have at least one chat room that isn't frozen? –  3ventic Dec 3 '13 at 13:26
@3ventic when I've seen that suggestion, the criteria was the last active room would not be frozen. This makes a situation where a new room started for a specific topic would get considered active and instantly freeze the main room if the main room hasn't been used in a while. IMO, protecting a room should be a mod feature so that one or more rooms per site can be designated as always available. E.g. some sites have rooms specifically to contact the mods that are relatively unused but should never be frozen due to their purpose. –  BMitch Dec 3 '13 at 13:58

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