When I go to chat via the SE logo I arrive at the chat room list of the particular stack I am on, the SFF chat room list in our case.

So far so good, but how is the order in which they are displayed derived?

For me it looks like this:

Taken 2018-01-15 13:11:12 UTC

Does the placement change with latest addition? Because then you have to actively search for your favourite chatroom every time.

Regardless though, shouldn't the main general discussion room for the site as a whole (i.e. Restaurant), not be "pinned" at the top spot, then followed by either the specific community room(s) first, and then the discussion chats for specific fandoms (sorted either by most recent activity or - better yet - alphabetically) or the other way around.

Having the continuation of comment thread chat rooms at the end, i get, since they are of interest only to a limited number of people.

Or maybe I'm just not using this feature correctly?

Related: Why doesn't the "visit chat" link go straight to the chat room?

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    Because TQAT is the best!
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:25

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It's because you're on the "Active" tab, where the chat rooms are sorted by activity. You can see that the Quill's last activity was 6 minutes ago, and the Restaurant's 5 hours ago.

There are other tabs there - "Event" (I assume it sorts the rooms by the last event time), "People" (sorts by the number of people, descending), and "Created" (creation date, descending).

As for your request - SE chat doesn't seem to have a "main room" functionality. It appears that a main room is expected to be the most active room, so it'd always appear on top. That's not always the case after the Great Mos Purge, but that's another story.

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    -1 for lack of freehand circles
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:27
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    @Edlothiad - I mean, I ask you. A line. Pfft.
    – Valorum
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:35
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    @Valorum not even a freehand line
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:39
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    @Edlothiad It is a freehand line. I just have a steady hand if I need to Jan 15, 2018 at 15:40
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    @Edlothiad - I know, right? I can't even.
    – Valorum
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:41
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    @Gallifreyan *Enhance and sharpen*
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:44
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    @Edlothiad - Zooooooom.
    – Valorum
    Jan 15, 2018 at 15:44

Seems to be .

You have the "active" box ticked. This means the first room to show will be the one with the most recent activity.

Keep in mind that many other SE sites do not even have more than one chat room.

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