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Is there a way to be notified when any message is posted in a chat room? I participate in a couple of chat rooms with few participants in which every message is interesting to me. One of them is a private chat for the three moderators of UX.SE. We'd each like the other two to be notified whenever we post a message, but I can't find a way to do that.

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A manual way would to always include the other two mods @ names in the first message you post. A bit clunky, but it would work. – ChrisF Jul 25 '11 at 12:40
@ChrisF Does that actually work, though? I thought only the first \@mention was notified? – gitignore Jul 25 '11 at 13:01
In chat, multiple mentions will work. On Gaming, when there's important discussion matters in our room, we always ping everyone at the start. – Grace Note Jul 25 '11 at 13:01

If all you need is an alert in the form of a sound, then there is a setting that gets you most of the way there, if not all the way. In the top right of the room window, there is a sound icon which allows you to configure the sound settings between none, when mentioned, visible room, all rooms. The lattermost will cause sound alerts in any rooms that you are idling in (simply leave yourself logged in without leaving) whenever anyone posts a message. It may be wise to use headphones.

I think a case could be made for a narrower option that lets you specify which rooms, if for example one had to monitor a handful of small rooms but was also in a very active room.

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Okay, thanks. It's kind of like a cell phone that only rings once, is attached to my desk, and doesn't have a missed call notification. But this definitely gets me some of the way there. :) – gitignore Jul 25 '11 at 13:20
I had some thoughts about the global inbox regarding viability (you can check it in the source of my answer), but ultimately withdrew it because that seemed to be too tangential. – Grace Note Jul 25 '11 at 13:55
The biggest advantage of having a global inbox notification is I wouldn't have to keep the chat window open (or keep looking at it). – gitignore Jul 25 '11 at 14:45

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