Update: I've altered the
/chat URL on each site to go to the chatroom list, so for
*.stackexchange.com/chat, you'll be redirected to
https://chat.stackexchange.com/?tab=site&host=*.stackexchange.com (e.g. https://scifi.stackexchange.com/chat will redirect to https://chat.stackexchange.com/?tab=site&host=scifi.stackexchange.com)
Thanks for the feedback, and hope this works as an equally useful alternative.
Unfortunately, this didn't ever work for most sites - there's a very specific list we supported:
It wasn't ever "every" site, just the ones that had graduated up until some point in time. However, we are unlikely to revisit this because:
- It takes effort to set every one up - chat isn't as tied into the site list as some other things.
- They don't support SSL, because we'd need to make certificate changes to support
chat.*.stackexchange.com (you can only do a wildcard on the left).
In light of #2, all links not having proper TLS support will be painful once we go HSTS preload (there are other blockers there -
stackoverflow.com is likely to go first). In short, it's just not worth supporting - to my knowledge we do not generate these links anywhere - if we do that's a bug and we should address it (please point me to any instance of this!).
For a shortcut though, note that we do support
https://<site>.stackexchange.com/chat for convenience which hopefully serves (or could serve) your use case. It goes to the general chat site, for instance https://scifi.stackexchange.com/chat goes to https://chat.stackexchange.com/, but maybe it should go to https://chat.stackexchange.com/?tab=site&host=scifi.stackexchange.com instead.
Would such a change be something we should do?