This has been bothering me for a while now. When you are in a chat-room for example in Stack Overflow, you are also able to be in, at the same time, as many other rooms in the Stack Overflow chat.

The same goes for Meta Stack Overflow, Super User, etcetera.

The problem is that for each different Stack Exchange site you need to be in a different tab (or window depending on your browser) for each Stack Exchange chat area, and you are able to be in many chat-rooms in those windows (depending on your reputation points).

What I am requesting (suggesting) is for a Stack Exchange chat-room area where you have all of the rooms that you are in on the Exchange in one place and are able to get all of the responses and replies in one place without the need to change windows as you do now.

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    All the cool kids hang out at the Tavern: chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/rooms/89/tavern-on-the-meta – random Jul 12 '11 at 21:53
  • @random, I am not sure what this has to do with this question. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 12 '11 at 21:54
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    So you want a mega room that has all the comments thrown together? The sidebar should show you messages coming in from other rooms you're in – random Jul 12 '11 at 22:00
  • @random, basically, idk abt mega but basically, if one is in a few rooms, there attention is only on one or two at a time – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 12 '11 at 22:01
  • possible duplicate of Why so many chats? – Tim Stone Jul 12 '11 at 22:01
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    Not a duplicate. This question is asking for a "list all rooms I'm in, regardless of server" page; the other one is asking for "merge chat.SO, chat.MSO and chat.SE together." @Tim – Pops Jul 13 '11 at 13:56
  • @PopularDemand -- thank you, that is exactly what i am asking! – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 13 '11 at 14:06
  • @PopularDemand "get all of the responses and replies in one place" says "I want all of my chats accessible from one tab" to me, which is functionally the same as merging all of the servers. – Tim Stone Jul 13 '11 at 14:16

There are only 3 chat servers:

  1. chat.meta - rooms associated with meta.stackoverflow.com
  2. chat.so - rooms associated with stackoverflow.com
  3. chat.se - rooms associated with SU, SF, and all of the SE2.0 sites.

When you click the chat link at the top of a site, it takes you to a filtered view showing you just the rooms associated with that site, since presumably that's what you are interested in as you came from that site. However, you can view all of the rooms rather than limiting it to a certain site.

So, for me, I have one tab for chat.se and I am in rooms for english.se, crypto.se, security.se, music.se, gaming.se, etc.

So, if I've understood your post correctly, we already have what you're asking for with the exception of Stack Overflow (because it is so much larger) and Meta Stack Overflow (because the unicorns here are special and demanding).

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    +1 for special and demanding unicorns. – Robert Harvey Jul 12 '11 at 22:02
  • demanding meaning "Need to be kept away from the other kids", no? :) – Pëkka Jul 12 '11 at 22:04
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    @Rebecca Any chance of being able to view/join favourite rooms regardless of the server they're on? Something like a unified chat dashboard? – Adam Lear Jul 12 '11 at 22:11
  • I believe when we were asked the consensus was "let's merge with chat.SE" -- and then nothing happened :) – Michael Mrozek Jul 12 '11 at 22:14
  • @AdamLear, that is basically my question. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jul 13 '11 at 4:02
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    Sounds like a userscript is in order! – The Unhandled Exception May 27 '12 at 12:21
  • @TheUnhandledException - if it was something that could be done with a userscript that'd be perfect. – Flexo May 27 '12 at 13:15
  • I think this answer needs an update. – NVZ Aug 28 '16 at 7:28

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