A couple of weeks ago I asked a question in Physics chat (the only time I ever went there) and was referred to the Pod Bay chat. I spoke briefly to someone in there and now when I'm in English Language & Usage chat I am constantly getting notifications of events in Pod Bay that are soon to occur.

One of the offending notifications

I don't want to get these notifications. I did not register for anything. How do I turn them off?

I looked at How do I stop getting notifications for a chat event?, which tells you how to stop getting notifications you registered for. Again, I registered for nothing. So this does not apply.


The Pod Bay chat is not favorited by me, nor have I, to my knowledge, stated a preference for it in any other way. See below:

How Pod Bay chat appears to me


Now it's also happening for Physics, the other chat I visited once:

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  • Have you tried registering and unregistering?
    – wythagoras
    Nov 2, 2015 at 14:12
  • No, I haven't tried that. I don't even know how to register. I just went and looked and it seems each event has a "Register" link next to it. Does that mean I would have to register for everything as it comes up and then unregister? Seems kinda cumbersome.
    – Robusto
    Nov 2, 2015 at 14:23
  • Maybe you've favorited The Pod Bay (the big star after the name - if it's yellow, you starred the room - then click it again to unstar)?
    – nicael
    Nov 2, 2015 at 18:24
  • @nicael: Nice try and thanks for the thought, but as you can see (above image) that is not the case.
    – Robusto
    Nov 2, 2015 at 20:05
  • I am fairly certain this is by-design, you're getting the notifications because you visited The Pod Bay in the past X days (I think it's something like 7-14 days). The notifications will cease after that period
    – JohnB
    Nov 3, 2015 at 18:12
  • Ok, maybe you should "leave" those rooms?
    – nicael
    Nov 3, 2015 at 18:13
  • @nicael: Can you describe how much more one has to do to "leave" those rooms beyond merely leaving them? They don't show up above the starboard on my regular EL&U chat, as they would if I were active in them.
    – Robusto
    Nov 3, 2015 at 19:26
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    You mean enter the room again to leave it? I don't understand. The info on that room has a button that says "join this room" which ought to mean I am not in it.
    – Robusto
    Nov 3, 2015 at 19:37
  • OK, I did that now (clicked "leave (all)") and then when I went back into ELU chat it showed that I was in the Trash room, where I had sent a few ELU chag messages recently, so I left that one using the up arrow link (a procedure I followed to "leave" the other chats after I saw them above the starboard once I'd physically left them. So we'll see if that helps. Thanks.
    – Robusto
    Nov 3, 2015 at 19:40
  • "join room" appears anyway, even if you're already in the room. It's just a link to the chat.
    – nicael
    Nov 3, 2015 at 20:31
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    I've had this problem too. The only workaround for the time being is to not go back to either of those rooms for 3-7 days and the notifications should stop. Extremely annoying.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Nov 5, 2015 at 20:24
  • Did the notifications stop coming?
    – nicael
    Nov 6, 2015 at 9:57
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    @nicael: No. Got one just now.
    – Robusto
    Nov 6, 2015 at 11:58

1 Answer 1


I would suggest you take the advice of those who commented. Staying out of the chat room for some time should eventually cause you to stop getting notifications:

So from now on, the definition of "room you're interested in" is as follows:

  • Either you're in the room right now,
  • or you have ever spoken in this room, and at least one of these two is true:
    • the last time you spoke here was less than 30 days ago, or
    • the last time you were in the room was less than 7 days ago.

If they still keep coming in even after a month of not talking (and 7 days of not entering), create a bug report here and note that in your post.

  • Well, I've never gone back to those chats and it's getting close to a month now. And I thought the people who created this site check the bug queue from time to time.
    – Robusto
    Nov 6, 2015 at 20:29
  • Are you still getting notifications? Nov 6, 2015 at 20:31
  • Read the comment chain under the question, you'll see.
    – Robusto
    Nov 6, 2015 at 20:33
  • Have you asked the creators of this site network? They might have a solution. Nov 6, 2015 at 20:41
  • +0 for an unsatisfying answer after a comment that shows it does not work
    – Mitch
    Nov 6, 2015 at 21:16
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    @mitch Hey, it's better than having no answer at all. Nov 6, 2015 at 21:42
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    This is the correct answer. I've added a link and quote from an answer by one of the chat devs to back up the advice.
    – Shog9
    Nov 6, 2015 at 22:31
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    @Shog9 those notifications are quite intrusive, no chance to implement some "ignore" or "forget me" feature for a chat room? Personally I don't really need it, but OP here appears to use chat very often and do care a lot about this. Nov 6, 2015 at 22:57
  • I use chat very often, @ShadowWizard. This isn't my favorite feature either, but honestly it's not that big of a deal unless someone's creating a ton of chat events. I'd support a "dismiss forever for this room" option that also prevented ever registering for a chat event in said room if someone cared to write up the feature-request. Still, there are a few things that'd probably come first on the TODO list of chat enhancements.
    – Shog9
    Nov 6, 2015 at 23:40
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    @Shog9: Perhaps a warning then on the chat placard before you click "enter"? Something like: "Warning, this chat sent out 29 event notifications over the last two days. You will get notifications at this rate for an unpredictable amount of time if you enter here and you will not be able to prevent this."
    – Robusto
    Nov 7, 2015 at 0:11
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    @Mitch: I interpret “it’s getting close to a month now” as less than a month, so it does not disprove the answer.
    – chirlu
    Nov 7, 2015 at 0:18

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