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Under a chat room's access panel you can do things like set owners, one of the things is add read access.

Explicit read access add a user

Even when this room is private, these users will be able to read the conversations in this room.

What I don't understand is how to get a private room, I thought all rooms were always readable, as there seems to be no private option.

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Private rooms are a moderator-only tool reserved for moderation purposes. So there are essentially no private rooms except a few used by moderators and there is no way for a normal user to make a room private.

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Ah, is the rational behind that on meta somewhere? –  Incognito Mar 7 '12 at 15:58
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@Incognito: The rationale is pretty simple, we have to have some way to moderate the chat rooms. A while back, we had an epidemic of problems regarding bad behavior in the chat rooms. Those users wanted to create private rooms where "anything goes", but no one else in the community felt that was a good idea. I don't think there's any specific documentation of this on Meta beyond the regular site FAQ, which explains the theory behind community moderation and edit ability. –  Cody Gray Mar 7 '12 at 21:49

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