Note: this is an alternative proposal to Make "Move to Chat" automatic, moving all comments. Direct all further comments to the chat room and enable OP notifications

The manner in which comments are moved to chat on "noisy" websites is incredibly disruptive. It goes something like this:

  1. Several comments are moved to chat by a moderator and linked to the chat room.
  2. More comments are written under the post.
  3. Moderator returns and deletes all of the new comments, leaving a new comment "Comments cannot be moved to chat twice. Any further comments will be deleted."

The workflow for moving comments to chat is very haphazard. You never know when the "would you like to move this conversation to chat" link will appear, and when it does, it doesn't actually move the comments, nor does it "move" all of them. This is also true of moderator chat conversions.

The policy of deleting further comments because they can't be moved into the chatroom is just terrible in so many ways.

Several mods have expressed an interest in retaining better control over this process. Therefore, I suggest that we allow diamond moderators to move new comments to an existing "move to chat" chatroom (preserving time order).

  • Hmm, people like this better I guess.
    – user340193
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 17:54
  • Those new comments would all appear as one batch in the transcript, right? Not fancy stuff to insert them with respect to the timeline?
    – rene
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 17:56
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    @rene: My suggestion would be insertion in time order (which will still put the comments at the end of the transcript, 95 percent of the time). Doing it any other way wouldn't make much sense.
    – user102937
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:03
  • In 5 percent it would be highly confusing ...
    – rene
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:08
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    Not if it's in time order. It's basically a merge.
    – user102937
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:15
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    I think this is the same as meta.stackexchange.com/questions/266693/… ?
    – Cascabel
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:21
  • @Jefromi: Great post, but nothing much seems to be happening there, other than a lot of upvotes.
    – user102937
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:22
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    @RobertHarvey Well, sure - the point is, I don't think there's much to discuss here, since the idea seems to already have overwhelming support (upvotes, nobody voicing concerns). We just need SE to respond.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 18:35
  • dupe target apparently lacks bounties
    – gnat
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 6:45