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Would it be possible to extend chat to notify when certain keywords appear, like IRC stalkwords? That is, when someone writes a keyword they've configured like "unicorn" or "pony", an alert is triggered. This would be shown similar to an @username mention (count over avatar, favicon change, count prefixed to page title).

There are certain topics that I'm interested in learning more about when they come up in a particular room. Also it would be useful in Teacher's Lounge when someone writes "anyone from XYZ SE here?" and you happen to be the mod of XYZ.

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Are you only looking for specifically stackexchange sites or .. what? –  jcolebrand May 4 '11 at 2:50
    
Like IRC stalk words? This is something we might consider adding to the SE Chat Modification userscript if your request for native support is declined. Feel free to suggest it if that happens. –  Tim Stone May 4 '11 at 3:12
    
@drachenstern: Yes but it would be probably be handy for more than just that. –  Alex Angas May 4 '11 at 3:41
    
@TimStone: Yes! I didn't know that term until now. Thanks –  Alex Angas May 4 '11 at 3:42
    
@AlexAngas it is always helpful to provide more explicit hints of what you want. So far I figure you just want IDs for specific site names. If you can give more exact details, then it is more likely this can be implemented in some way. –  jcolebrand May 4 '11 at 3:44
    
For public rooms you can grab the RSS –  random May 4 '11 at 4:09
    
@TimStone bear in mind that it is most likely going to be necessary to re-enter the list once on each browser, yes? –  jcolebrand May 4 '11 at 4:09

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If you don't need the breathing-down-the-neck timeliness of having it appear as spoken, you can grab the RSS of a search.

If you're munching for "salads" you'll find the RSS like so:

http://chat.stackexchange.com/feeds/search/salads

Public rooms only though.

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