I created a test room on chat, but I can't see how to delete it.

  • that's because you can't :) we're not sure yet under what circumstances a non-moderator should be allowed to delete a room
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 17:58
  • @balpha even as a moderator, I can't seem to find a mechanism for deleting a room Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 18:12
  • @balpha: Talking about deleted rooms, what a certain room deleted recently?
    – perbert
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 18:13
  • @kyle I've posted about that in the moderator room
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 18:39
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    yes , chats should be deleted for the same reason as a comment is deleted. By the same person who wrote the chat. SE should state the reason why a chat is not allowed to be delete Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 19:40
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    @balpha They created the room... Shouldn't they be allowed to delete it?
    – Rubydesic
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 13:26
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    @balpha can I ask you as a moderator to delete this chat room? I wanted to create it in area51 but it was accidentally created in stack overflow Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:48
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    @sepideh Done, but you needn't worry about these in general. Unused rooms are auto-deleted.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 18:51
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    If only moderators can delete a chat room then there should be a system for chat room delete request.
    – user334271
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 10:32
  • comments aren't deleted after a period of time why should chat rooms
    – William
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 20:46

2 Answers 2


Only moderators can delete rooms at the moment.

We're still working out the details on room-level actions.

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    How can I inform the moderators to delete a certain chat room? Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 22:07
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    Still no reply to this comment. Hello, can anyone hear me...? Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 14:13
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    So I had a chat room here but then it was automatically closed after 7 days and I can't even access the history. Is there anyway for me to access the history of it? Or as a general question does this mean that whatever that goes to a chat, is likely to be deleted very soon and I'd better save whatever I want to save from it?
    – Honey
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 14:55
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    Still? We should at least be able to request deletion of a room we made, that is, set a flag to call a mod's attention to it Commented May 1, 2018 at 16:32
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    Still? I accidentally created one...atleast a warning ? Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 11:51

Provided that the room had less than 15 messages or fewer than 2 users that posted, it will get deleted automatically if it is inactive for 7 days. You thus don't have to do anything (other than not post) to get it deleted.

If you need to ensure deletion of a room you own, and you have at least 1,000 chat reputation, you could set the chat room permissions to Gallery, to make sure that others don't post and keep it alive.

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    How long does that take?
    – Daniel
    Commented May 24, 2013 at 23:00
  • Not 14 days? Or does it get frozen, then deleted or?
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Mar 29, 2014 at 0:21
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    What if the room has been frozen for at least a year and still hasn't been deleted? Is there a way I can request deletion of a room?
    – ell
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 9:20

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