Etiquette means the rules or norms (written or unwritten) of polite behavior within a social group. There are three significant sources of Stack Exchange chat etiquette, listed in order of highest priority.
Norms formally established by Stack Exchange Inc. (the owners). Whenever there is a potential conflict of norms, these take priority.
Local social norms ...
I understand why you were upset and I don't want you to feel discouraged from coming to chat. I think it was a series of misunderstandings that happened after you and others had some back-and-forth commentary that wasn't immediately visible to me.
Chat is one means of bringing potential problems up to a moderator. Flagging for mod attention and comments ...
What is the best use of chat vs when should you post or comment?
A rule of thumb (which I just made up) is, if what you have to say is oriented toward the site -- for example, you're pointing out a logical or factual error in a post, or asking for clarification -- then it should stay on the site, i.e. as a comment. If what you have to say is oriented toward ...
The room topic of the ELU chat room has traditionally been something along the lines of "The Incomprehensible Room" or "The off-topic room". Sometimes it changes to something more obscure, like the "some son of god" one. I think the room's title is sufficiently self-explanatory that the topic isn't really needed, and I feel it would be a shame to lose that ...
You're right to want to come to chat. It's a wonderful place where lots of great and constructive discussion happens.
To find your way to chat you'll have to look at the top of the site, to the left of where your avatar is:
There you'll see the Stack Exchange logo. Click on that and a menu will appear.
I have highlighted there the link to chat. Click on ...
There's a post on main Meta about this, from Community Manager bluefeet. I've copied it pretty much verbatim below, as it seems to answer your questions about what a room owner can/can't/should do.
As for your last question about finding and identifying room owners, they're listed on the info page for a given chatroom. E.g. for the main ELU chatroom:
I appreciate the OP's bewilderment, I do. A similar thing happened to me some years ago: I had posted a question which attracted a fair number of comments, the comments were nearly all on-topic and I thought really useful for anyone intrigued by my question. But the list of comments continued to grow until a moderator transferred all of them to chat.
When I ...
The chat room was deleted automatically for lack of activity. I'm a little surprised that that happens.
It's been undeleted, since that's possible, but there's no guarantee it won't disappear again. Comments are ephemeral.
In the name of solidarity, I present the reasons Dan Dislikes Chat:
Chat is, effectively, unusable from a phone, my preferred and most frequent interface to SE.
I talk too fast and Chat doesn't talk fast enough. Whenever I log in I see something like "14 users currently chatting, last message sent 2 hours ago".
Due to (2), I often feel anxious that I'm ...
As you note in your question, it is possible to edit your messages, within a 2 minute window of posting them.
There are two method's for editing.
The easiest is to push the up arrow key ↑, and that will put your last message in the text box for creating messages.
You'll notice that the background of the text box is darker now that ...
Anyone who enters a new space with preconceived notions will be surprised and perhaps disappointed. While I think your suggestion is fine, I don't think it will do much to curb new user shock, because, as Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, "It's always something". For you, it was the bot, and the tagline. Personally, the first time I said "hello" to KitSox ...
Since comments are ephemeral, I'm moving Dan Bron's to this answer. ;)
I don’t think there’s a policy that overly-long comments must be moved to chat. That’s one option for what to do with them, but it’s not the only option. The policy is “overly long or chatty comments are distracting from Q&A and so must be removed”. One way to remove them is to ...
I think you have made some great suggestions.
We don't have a chat rules page, but we could write a blog article or series of articles about our chat ...
If you create a chat room you can invite a user to it. The limitation is that the user has to have used chat before, in order that they have a chat user to invite.
First of all you have to find the user you want to invite.
visit the chat.se users tab
type in the name of the user you want to invite:
select that user by clicking on their name
Then you need ...
Edit: Looks like this bug was fixed. If you have 10,000 reputation network-wide you will be able to see the now-deleted chatroom.
While tchrist is right about HTTP/HTTPS, there is actually a valid link to the chat room on the page. It's just hidden:
This is a bug and has already been reported on the main meta.
The problem is that your credentials are associated with the https version:
And not the http one in the link.
There are a lot of traditions associated with the ELU main chatroom that have evolved over the years. Most of these are all in good fun, but this is the main room that represents our site in the chat system, and it can beneficial to have someone report on these traditions with fresh eyes, as you've done here. As Daniel Snyder is being reminded right now, ...