Could the responsible person(s) remove the Sumo Judge hat from the list?
Or is this intentional and the SE leadership wants the regulars to stop using chat? This hat is causing a starfest in various chat rooms.
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Speaking as a regular (and room owner) in the most star-happy room on Stack Exchange:
They're only shown in the right-side bar, below all the (supposedly) more important pinned messages.
If you're using stars as a kind of "bookmark" and want to for some reason restrict the number of stars in a chat room, then you should really reconsider your approach. There is no way of preventing people from starring messages.
It really is just a matter of time before a room will be @Malachi'd (filled with a bunch of stars), and I honestly don't see anything wrong with that.
I did not say stars are pointless. I find stars often useful and fun - yes, at the same time. When I search for messages in the chat, sorting by the number of stars a message has received can be very useful. As fun things are often said and starred in chat, it can be fun just looking randomly through the list of starred messages just to remember previous conversations.
As for why there's a hat for it: Probably for the same reason as the hats and Winterbash exists at all.
You must be able to get the hats somehow, I find a hat for starring other people's messages to be a good one - people get introduced to the starring system.
You might not be entirely happy with what they star today, but hopefully they will discover how useful it can be to star things and will then reflect more on what they should star or not. (that probably depends on the chat room though, in the room I come from we haven't changed our starring patterns today. Things that got starred today would also have gotten starred yesterday). In fact, few people even know that there's a star cap of 20 messages per day, per person, per room. I think getting people to use stars more is a good initiative.
Or is this intentional and the SE leadership wants the regulars to stop using chat?
Why would regulars stop using chat just because there are more messages that are starred? Even if you find it a bit annoying that these stars are used in a way that you are not used to, why would that make you stop chat entirely? The most important usefulness of chat is to.... chat. In real-time. You don't need a star-free zone in order to do that.
This hat is causing a starfest in various chat rooms.
This is not saying anything at all about what exactly is starred.
If "random" messages are starred, then I believe that the signal is still greater than the noise - the most interesting messages has more than one star and is therefore easier to notice than the messages with only one star.
If the same messages are starred (gathering more than one star), then perhaps those messages were star-worthy after all?
As someone who
having had a pinned message urging me to leave regular chat rooms alone and star messages in the "sandbox" would have directed me and maybe prevented some unhapiness.
I'd think one of those two could solve that problem:
defining the hat requirements to:
give stars to 8 users in the sandbox
pin down a message on chat landing page directing hat collectors to the sandbox.