I noticed in some StackExchange sites that the Chatroom regularly appears in the sidebar.. but in others it does not and though it is on the help menu many users are not even aware it exists as the only link is across the bottom.

How does one permanently add a link to the primary chat rooms to the main side bar like on scifi.stackexchange.com?

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Playing around it seems there isn't a specific trigger related to it as far as number of users.. unless we simply are not hitting it with 3 and having recent activity.. clicking chat at the bottom of the screen brings up the following:

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And this is all we see down the side:

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I searched other questions like but not limited to:


Moderators don't have a tool to do this, and I don't believe that moderators request that CMs do it.

I'm not sure when, or to whom, the system decides to show rooms in the sidebar.

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  • If this is correct, does it automatically show up or is there an associated threshold with it showing up? – CRSouser May 24 '16 at 18:49
  • @CRSouser I'm less clear on how rooms are chosen, but for some reason I want to say the top few (2?) associated with the site are shown based on recent activity. – Undo - Reinstate Monica May 24 '16 at 18:50
  • They don't show up on M&TV at all... or on Seasoned Advice... Are you certain it's not something that's done manually? – Catija May 24 '16 at 18:51
  • @Catija It's definitely not done manually by moderators; but I'm failing to find a common denominator among graduated sites that don't have rooms in the sidebar. Of course, this all could have changed since the last time I looked into it. – Undo - Reinstate Monica May 24 '16 at 18:54
  • It's also possible that it's a CM thing that mods can request... or be related to rep on that site? I have low rep on SFF but higher rep on M&TV and Cooking. – Catija May 24 '16 at 18:56
  • I've been around for a while, including through a graduation, and I've never once seen a moderator request that of a CM. I'd highly doubt that. – Undo - Reinstate Monica May 24 '16 at 18:57
  • Never mind... I see them on ELL and that's my highest rep site... it's also very newly graduated... – Catija May 24 '16 at 18:58
  • @Catija they show only when logged in, and the top two active rooms. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You May 24 '16 at 19:04
  • @ShadowWizard Yes, but I'm not seeing them on Cooking, for example, even though I'm logged in. – Undo - Reinstate Monica May 24 '16 at 19:05
  • @ShadowWizard I'm logged in on all of the sites I've mentioned and I only see them on SFF and ELL. – Catija May 24 '16 at 19:06
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    I'm seeing them on Open Source - that's definitely a beta site – Zizouz212 May 24 '16 at 19:06
  • @Undo I do see it on cooking, though only one site. Can you check browser console for client side errors? The chat widget in sidebar is loaded using JS: StackExchange.chatAd.init(options); (you can also view the source and see if something is weird in the options) – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You May 24 '16 at 19:15
  • @ShadowWizard Nothing in the console. – Undo - Reinstate Monica May 24 '16 at 19:16
  • @Catija see my comment to Undo - maybe something is borked in the options? – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You May 24 '16 at 19:16
  • ... and now it is showing up on M&TV... and Cooking... Maybe someone nudged something? I certainly didn't do anything. – Catija May 24 '16 at 19:16

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