Chat rooms that have been inactive for a period of time and which have fewer than 15 messages are automatically deleted. This is a very reasonable thing to do in general, but not when the room was created to host a conversation that had begun in the comments.

When two users exchange too many comments under a post, they are prompted to take it to chat. However, this prompt can appear before they've reached the threshold of 15 messages that ensures that the room isn't deleted, resulting in rooms that have potentially useful discussions relevant to a post being deleted for inactivity.

Since we already have users complaining that the only reason we want to move stuff to chat is to shut them up, having their discussion deleted after they did The Right Thing® and moved it to chat doesn't feel right.

So, I am proposing that if a room was created by moving a conversation to chat, it should be protected from autodeletion no matter how many messages they contain or how old the room is.

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    This feature request seems related to the same problem: Make chat room transcripts forever public if the room was auto-deleted. – Martin Mar 11 '19 at 10:59
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    We need this desperately. Moderators from across the SE network regularly move "crowded" comment threads to chat, using it as an "archive". Yet, within six months, the chat room can be automatically deleted, taking all of the information with it. This defeats the purpose of chat as an archive. We might as well just delete the comments altogether. I just got a flag on one of my auto-comments, generated from moving a discussion from comments to chat. The flag said that the chat room link is dead. Doh! It sure was. That's a broken feature. – Cody Gray Dec 22 '20 at 9:13

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