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:


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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.

  • If this is correct, does it automatically show up or is there an associated threshold with it showing up?
    – CRSouser
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 18:57
  • Never mind... I see them on ELL and that's my highest rep site... it's also very newly graduated...
    – Catija
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 18:58
  • @Catija they show only when logged in, and the top two active rooms. Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:04
  • @ShadowWizard Yes, but I'm not seeing them on Cooking, for example, even though I'm logged in.
    – Undo
    Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:06
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    I'm seeing them on Open Source - that's definitely a beta site
    – Zizouz212
    Commented May 24, 2016 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) Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:15
  • @ShadowWizard Nothing in the console.
    – Undo
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:16
  • @Catija see my comment to Undo - maybe something is borked in the options? Commented May 24, 2016 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
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:16

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