On a site I moderate we have a couple chat rooms that are valuable but infrequently-used, so the odds are good that when somebody does want to use the room it's been automatically frozen and they need to get a moderator to unfreeze it first. That creates a bottleneck and is a bit of hassle for all involved. As a moderator, I would like to be able to empower specific users to unfreeze (and, for parity, freeze). That would allow me to appoint a trusted caretaker from among the room's regular users.
Room owners do not currently have this ability. While adding freeze/unfreeze to the powers of room owners would fix my problem, that might raise other problems. Room owners are automatically assigned to ownerless rooms (like new ones) based on activity not merit, and anybody with a little reputation can create a room on his parent site and then would be able to keep it alive forever. Maybe that's not a problem (if a room starts generating complaints moderators can change its owners), but it's something to consider.
I'm tagging this discussion rather than feature-request because I have a problem and one possible way to fix it. But before I ask for expanded room-owner powers I'm asking: what would be the best way to enable selected non-moderators to administer designated chat rooms? Is giving the power to room owners a reasonable approach? Is there a better one?
In the specific case that prompts this question, we have a user who wrote and maintains some tools that are very valuable on our site, and we've found that the best venue on the network for discussing bugs and feature requests is a dedicated chat room. I want to make it easy for that user to make things easier for the rest of our users.