When I was reading the newest announcement regarding chat rooms at:


I noticed

2011-06-10: When adding a new comment to a post with many comments between two users in a short time, a link is provided to create a chat room to continue the conversation.

What is the exact time used for 'in a short time'?

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    Note that according to the current faq (at the bottom, under miscellaneous) it states the prompt is given if two users exchange at least 4 pairs of back-and-forth comments. It says nothing about time anymore, so it may well be there currently is no 'short time' parameter in play anymore. – Tinkeringbell Aug 31 '20 at 13:09
  • That's a very old statement, it's no longer true. – Mast Aug 31 '20 at 13:50
  • How do you define "announcement regarding chat rooms"? You linked to the entry for the first half of 2011, but chat were also mentioned in younger entries. – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Aug 31 '20 at 16:00
  • Short amount of time probably means 6 to 8 minutes in this context :) – πάντα ῥεῖ Aug 31 '20 at 18:36
  • @Tinkeringbell I'm pretty sure it's three back and forth comments and I'm also pretty sure it does get canceled. I actually tried it with 2 accounts. Even more confusing, if during the back and forth comments, another user also comments (e.g., thus breaking the chain). It won't trigger... – Cosmos Zhu Sep 1 '20 at 6:52
  • @Mast I've once read the condition to trigger the chat room and after a few days, the option is no longer there (in 2020). So I think it should still be there... – Cosmos Zhu Sep 1 '20 at 6:53
  • @P.Mort.-forgotClayShirky_q I've gone through the entire history in that post. The quote was the only one regarding triggering the option. – Cosmos Zhu Sep 1 '20 at 6:54
  • @πάνταῥεῖ I just tried again. And after 20 minutes it's still there. So not 6~8 minutes I guess... – Cosmos Zhu Sep 1 '20 at 7:13
  • @CosmosZhu well, then I hope you'll get an answer soon, and we can update the FAQ :) (btw, the 6-8 from πάνταῥεῖ refers to meta.stackexchange.com/a/19514/369802 ) – Tinkeringbell Sep 1 '20 at 8:57

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