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In the "Overview" of some of the Stack Exchange chat rooms, the number of "all time messages" is shown for some of the room owners and not shown for the rest.

For example, let's take The h Bar:

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Here I can see 83.8k for ACuriousMind and 19.2k for DavidZ, and nothing for the rest. For a similar example, check out the SO Python room. Is this a bug?

Update:

@ACuriousMind pointed out that:

The room owners for which the message numbers are shown are exactly the ones that also appear in the list "currently in room" to the right.

Okay, that makes sense now. But I still don't understand why the "all time messages" should be shown only for "currently in room" ROs. Is there any justification for this? Or is this an unintentional design flaw?

  • There's nothing special about ROs here. You can see all-time room messages for everyone currently in the room, and not for anyone currently not in it. You might rephrase your question to "why can't we see all-time messages in a particular room for every user", for which the answer would probably be "why bother storing all that info". – Rand al'Thor Feb 2 at 17:50
  • @Randal'Thor 1. "You can see all-time room messages for everyone currently in the room, and not for anyone currently not in it." - Not true. Check out the "frequently in room" tab here. I can see the number for all of them although most of them are not in the room. 2. "why bother storing all that info" - That info is already stored by the system. You can check out the "all time messages" (in any specific room) of any user whenever they visit that room. Why they don't make it always visible is something only SE knows. – Blue Feb 2 at 18:12
  • For some related discussion, check out this transcript. – Blue Feb 2 at 18:16

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