I am a regular user of Ask Ubuntu. Simply, how can I make a chat room that only has SmokeDetector posting about Ask Ubuntu and Ask Ubuntu only?

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I've seen you already created a gallery chatroom for this purpose and added SmokeDetector to it. In theory, that means you can drop by in Charcoal HQ and ask one of the administrators or developers to add this room to the list of rooms Smokey posts in. There are other rooms in the network for exactly this purpose, like The Spam Blot on Graphic Design. It's a very simple change in SmokeDetector's codebase; in fact, if you have a GitHub account and know a little bit of Python, you can make the change yourself (it needs to be approved by one of the developers/admins though).

However, I have two questions (feel free to answer them here in the comments, but it's probably better if you head over to Charcoal HQ to discuss):

  1. SmokeDetector posts already in the Raiders of the Lost Downboat. Why do you need an extra chatroom for this?
  2. What's the purpose of making the room a gallery room instead of a public one?
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    Both for the same reason - so I don't get excess messages and can look back on there and only see SmokeDetector.
    – fosslinux
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:01
  • Also I just looked at the code. It shouldn't be too hard to make a pull request! Thanks for your help.
    – fosslinux
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:02
  • @Glorfindel, I agree with ubashu. I checked the Charcoal room 2 days before and spend some time there. It'll be good if there is a room in which only Smokey can add message. I am thinking of doing the same. but one question, will it make any impact on the api call limit? Jul 21, 2017 at 6:11
  • @SagarV for the SE API it doesn't matter. Chat itself is rate limited, but I don't know if that's a global limit or room-based.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:17
  • Can I filter it to send message reg- a specific site. ie stackoverflow? Jul 21, 2017 at 6:21
  • @SagarV for SO it might be different, because it's a separate chat server. I have to check once I'm not on mobile anymore. Filtering is automatic for special rooms.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:25
  • the room is not private, it's a gallery chat room. That's a rather different thing. Jul 21, 2017 at 7:48
  • @MadScientist thanks, corrected.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 21, 2017 at 8:08

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