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I recently had a conversation with one of the chat room owners about removing bookmarked chats in Chat rooms. The purpose of having bookmark according to me is to keep a track of useful conversation(i.e. like during technical events etc.) But it has come to know that in chat rooms any user can bookmark conversation (same like starring interesting chat.), but room owners do not have authority to remove them like they have authority to remove unnecessary starred chats. As there is no restriction on bookmarking and lack of authority to room owners to remove those bookmarks, sometimes chat room bookmarks gets flooded with unnecessary bookmarked conversations and useful bookmarked conversation gets hidden in them.

It is my humble request to SO team to come up with any feasible solution or suggest a way to overcome this issue so that chat rooms also remain a great source of information. Thanks.

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Moderators can remove bookmarks, so that would be one option –  Mad Scientist Oct 19 '12 at 18:27
    
How much pain we will give to Mods? They already have bunch of other responsibilities. This kind of minor sweeping task authority better be given to room owners who has best interest for their room.@MadScientist –  rohan-patel Oct 19 '12 at 20:12
    
That's why I didn't post this as an answer, more as a workaround. –  Mad Scientist Oct 19 '12 at 20:14
    
Yup. I understand and appreciate that. This task better not be left for mods. Imagine room owners leave message to Mods for each bookmarks he/she wants to remove. It's not feasible I think. Mods will become mad otherwise. :-)) @MadScientist –  rohan-patel Oct 19 '12 at 20:16
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The problem is that a user might want to bookmark a conversation for his own use, but any bookmark is necessarily associated with both the user and the room. If you kill the bookmark in the room you also kill it for the user. These would need to be decoupled to avoid hindering users who want to keep stuff that's important to them but not to other room users. –  Monica Cellio Jan 2 at 16:18

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I recently joined the NSChat room for help with an Objective C/C++ problem I was needing to bounce around, and I noticed how the room had formed its own community, with its own rules, policies, guidelines, and social norms.

It seemed that the room owners were operating independent of site moderators and were even doing some chat moderation of their own. For instance, I saw an abusive help vampire get booted from the room after one too many times of abuse.

While I don't think the room owner should be able to clear the bookmarks that a person has bookmarked himself/herself, the owner should be able to remove it from the public view to help reduce clutter.

In other words, give room owners the ability to mark a bookmark as "private" so that only the person who bookmarked it can see it. This will prevent room owners and other users from having to sort through needless clutter, while also making sure that someone who bookmarks something for his or her own use doesn't lose it.

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That's what something is a good option. Person who bookmarks it should be private and should visible to him only. –  rohan-patel Oct 19 '12 at 20:26
    
The only issue is in implementation details. Something like that would be more challenging to implement than, let's say, just plain removing the bookmark altogether. But I'm wondering if some of the code used for "favorites" in the user profile could be reused/repurposed for bookmarked chats as well, possibly saving dev time and making this more feasible/desirable... –  jmort253 Oct 19 '12 at 20:29
    
I would support this with one tweak: let the bookmark remain publicly-visible (and thus linkable, should anyone care) on the user's "conversations" list, but disconnect from the room. There is a reasonable middle ground between "pasted to the room for all to see, no matter how useless" and "invisible to all but the one person who made the bookmark". Think disconnection, not privatization. –  Monica Cellio Jan 5 at 20:16

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