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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
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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
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@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
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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
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@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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Support. The main chatroom for robotics.stackexchange.com (http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/6221/asimovs-corner) was frozen for 38 days in 2015. As I didn't have anything specific to say, it seemed rude to hunt for a mod chat room to ask a mod to unfreeze it.

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This isn't really a proper answer to a feature request as you don't suggest anything different or new. Might fit as comment or edit to the question itself to strengthen the point. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 18 at 11:13
    
Anyway, you can hop into the Tavern and ping a dev there - they got diamonds everywhere. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 18 at 11:14
    
@ShadowWizard I don't understand your comment. I hate long strings of comments. Suggestions need a 'yes' answer or a 'no' answer so that users can vote to show their support and opposition. –  Qsigma Mar 18 at 11:15
    
@ShadowWizard Low rep users won't know about the Tavern, nor about the policy of manually unfreezing the main room. Nevertheless, why don't you post that as an answer? –  Qsigma Mar 18 at 11:16
    
Supporting a feature request should be indicated by upvote and maye a comment - 100 "yes, I support" answers on a popular feature request are just huge noise. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 18 at 11:19
    
@ShadowWizard 100 Yes answers are noise. One yes answer and one no answer are useful. Upvote Q can be misunderstood as "the question is useful and clear" (the hover text on the vote button.) –  Qsigma Mar 18 at 11:45
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As one of the Robotics protem-mods, I would be happy to prodded if I haven't noticed that Asimov's Corner has been frozen. *8') –  Mark Booth Mar 24 at 16:21

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