Question: For an answer on a stack exchange site with say 8 comments, how can I / is it possible to import the comments into a chat room?

Background: I was helping with a question and made several comments before I saw the link to auto-import comments into a chat room. This was awesome by the way!! Note that the person who asked the question left a link to the chat room in a comment.

I wanted to make a similar chat room out of this question because I edited an answer which wasn't mine and added a paragraph. I wanted to chat with the answer's author @JonHopkins to say, 'hey feel free to remove my edit -- just wanted to add my $0.02' -- especially as the stack exchange engines said not to add an additional answer. HOWEVER, there was no link to auto-import the comments -- probably because I hadn't previously left one, but I'm not sure.

So I ask here, Stack Exchange Gurus, could a static link be added to auto-import a series of comments into a chat session?

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Is it possible to beg for this feature? –  M. Tibbits Jun 28 '11 at 19:44
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Point more people here, to vote. (I just added my vote.) –  Paŭlo Ebermann Jul 8 '11 at 1:04
    
I offered a bounty. I don't have much rep. I would like to merge bounties... –  M. Tibbits Jul 8 '11 at 1:10
    
I don't think that a bounty will bring much here, other that bringing another answer like the one already bountied. I thought more on posting links in the right places (like whenever you have such a comment thread). –  Paŭlo Ebermann Jul 8 '11 at 1:39
    
I shall do so. Excellent suggestion. –  M. Tibbits Jul 8 '11 at 1:41
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possible duplicate of Provide a tool for moderators to migrate comments to chat –  user149432 Oct 14 '11 at 17:14
    
@Geo Btw, after the bounty is awarded the bounty note is not visible anywhere, even in /revisions. I'm certain of this. –  Manishearth Dec 28 '12 at 21:52
    
@Manishearth ok, thx! I'll award this bounty, take a snapshot and open a question addressing this tomorrow (can't award fresh bounty for 24 hours). –  Geo Dec 28 '12 at 21:59
    
I have created a chat discussion for this question here. –  awe Aug 19 '13 at 10:30
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That isn't possible (yet) but it may be a good feature to think about adding in the future.

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So, is there any movement on this? I asked a similar question that was closed due to being a duplicate. People seem to want this so... will it happen?

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Same here. This seems to be needed. –  Richard Oct 7 '11 at 15:31
    
@Richard: That one is request for a moderator tool, which is not quite the same as this one. I would rather have this as available to anyone (maybe limited by a rep limit). –  awe Aug 19 '13 at 9:52
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This issue has been brought up twice recently, amusingly by mods from the same site:

I think the use case is a little bit different than this post, but since they keep getting closed as duplicates I will make my case here.

The feature we are looking for already exists, it seems to be just a matter of who has access to it. The migration of chat comments already happens if one of the commentors clicks the suggested link to do so. The point I was trying to suggest was that a moderator should be able to instigate this action before they scrub too-chatty comments from a post so that commentors that were still going at it could reference the conversation.

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If this is now the canonical place for asking for a moderator tool to move comments to chat (doubt it), here's the original request I made for posterity: Provide a tool for moderators to migrate comments to chat –  user149432 Oct 14 '11 at 17:15
    
@MarkTrapp Actually this answer was in frustration at having had my question closed of a duplicate of something I didn't think it was. Your post seems to be the one that it should have been closed as a duplicate of. That should be the canonical place for this one. (And if I thought they were really duplicates I would VTC this one to yours ;-) –  Caleb Oct 14 '11 at 19:06
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Technically, this question isn't for moderator tools. It's for users to be able to recognize that a comment conversation will not end quickly and can just say, "OK, everyone who cares, meet me in chat" and have a chat room already set up with previous comments and everything. –  Nicol Bolas Oct 26 '11 at 4:28
    
The problem is that the 2 questions you refer to was closed as duplicate of the wrong question. The first moderator related question that your question should really be closed as duplicate of was the Provide a tool for moderators to migrate comments to chat originally posted by @user149432. –  awe Aug 19 '13 at 9:44
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Copy the comments to a plain text editor, such as notepad, so that the UTF and link information is stripped from them. Afterwards, copy and paste the contents from the notepad editor into the chat window, and the comments will appear.

They may not be formatted very well, but they won't be links. However, they will be there, in your chat, for reference.

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Not really a solution to the feature-request. Merely a complicated workaround. There is also the things you have to do with adding a link back to the original question/answer where the discussion originated, and also a link on the original comments place to direct people to the chat so the "discussion" is not continued in the comments. –  awe Aug 19 '13 at 9:48
    
You can copy and paste the comment links e.g. this one into chat and it will be oneboxed, with formatting and names and everything. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 22 at 14:35
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