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All data from public chat rooms should be available in the data dumps and queryable in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer. Of course, deleted messages should not be available (since the general public doesn't have the ability to view contents of deleted chat messages). Mod only and any other private / non-public chat rooms should also not be indexed, for obvious reasons.

  • And why would that be needed? – rene Nov 21 '15 at 10:14
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    @rene For completeness of the data access? To allow people to make interesting queries? To provide off-line access to all SE data (chat is part of SE data)? I think including it in SEDE would be the most interesting to people. There are some interesting queries - I'd like to see what people can do if they also include chat data. – Thomas Owens Nov 21 '15 at 13:58
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    I can imagine all that but for SEDE you can argue that having that data helps the community to detect trends, to find relations between posts, to find dubious content, all to improve on the goal and vision of the SE network, to have a collection of (high) quality questions and answers. I'm not sure how having access to chat data in SEDE is helping improving post quality. If there are interesting queries you have in your mind, can you share those? – rene Nov 21 '15 at 14:54
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    @rene I don't have anything in mind now. But I don't see how that really matters. I'm asking for this data to be included so that users who have interesting ideas can make queries, and maybe those queries can be used to find information that turns into other feature requests or discussions. – Thomas Owens Nov 21 '15 at 14:57
  • Data liberation should be a reflex, not something to fight for… – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 30 at 1:00

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