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A problem has been festering in SFF's chatroom for some time now. And in spite of the best efforts of your moderators and room owners, it doesn't seem to be going away. I've observed the activity in SFF chat for some time now, and I've come to believe that the problem boils down to a fundamental lack of respect for each other by some of the most active ...


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While I agree with the general sentiment of what you've said (e.g. not having protracted discussions about users who aren't present) the main issue is that there is a total lack of information emanating from the Community Managers and Community Moderators when major events occur. It is often down to the users themselves to work out what the hell is ...


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I hope the new chat room succeeds. It's a great way for users to discuss the site or just have a relaxing chat with each other. In order for the new chat room to succeed, though, users will have to learn lessons from the failure of Mos Eisley and be mindful of the existing guidelines regarding chat etiquette. Some of those guidelines to keep in mind include:...


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A year and a half ago, I froze Mos. We don't need to rehash that again here; the linked discussion covers it thoroughly. At the time, we (the employees of Stack Exchange) were of two minds as to whether we should reinstate the room at all; eventually we decided to do so, with the hope that a bit of encouragement could avoid future problems. I've come to ...


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As recently being suspended I myself was never told anything more than a canned answer, which lead to other users inquiring on my behalf. While in the end I was to blame for my suspension, my initial contact lead me to believe that I was being wrongly suspended, and after responding via the proper methods, I never received an update or personal explanation ...


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Ok, here's the deal. I don't often come to this chat often and do not frequent it. But when I do it's not because the chat has set off a lot of flags. I come because I occasionally ask questions on Scifi and want feedback or just to discuss them. The fact that I feel I have to make that disclaimer about why I visit should say something. I want to address ...


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Every group of people who interact on a regular basis develop their own social norms, unique to the blend of individuals who comprise the whole. Different customs, humor, jargon, they all become key to a group identity. The glue that holds us together. Chat flags are a representation, a stand in, for something else entirely; The opportunity for anyone who ...


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Pedantic answer: we don't know. Reprimanding normal users for bad behaviour might take place in public or in private chats/messages. Reprimanding moderators for bad behaviour would usually take place in private chats or emails. Reprimanding Community Managers ... I don't know where that happens, it's above my pay grade. Maybe in company meetings? Not in ...


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I wasn't in Mos Eisley at the time of it being frozen so I may be wrong about this but I feel a big problem with Mos was its attitude towards flagging. Many users insulted flaggers as cowards and had an us-and-them mentality about flaggers. This led to me (and possibly other users) seeing content that possibly should have been flagged but not flagging ...


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Leave it as is, I'm happy with the name: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


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Yes, we should add @Slytherincess as a room owner because she's awesome. Also: She's active (and is able to jump in very quickly if pinged). She's observant and assertive (she's not likely to misunderstand what the conversation is - unless it's about Maths). She's trusted. --Mooz


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You were suspended for posting inappropriate content by a mod who has been entrusted by the powers that be (read: the community team) to make that judgment. In my opinion, it was merited. And for your sake, I really don't think you want to discuss the specifics publicly. Wait 12 hours, come back to chat, and try to be nicer in the future.


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Mainly, no Comments are not for discussion. That’s why we can flag comments as, for example, “too chatty.” You can respond to questions and statements that users make about the question itself, but even then, if a conversation gets too long, it should be moved to chat. The fact that banned users won’t be able to follow you there may be a bit inconvenient, ...


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ArtOfCode put it very well, but I'm chiming in here for the sake of clarity. SFF's main chatroom is in an unusual place right now in that it's being guided back to the Be Nice standards of the rest of the Stack Exchange network so that the community here can continue to enjoy it. As such, tolerance for things which fall into gray areas is unusually low ...


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No, we shouldn't limit our movie nights to PG-13-or-under movies. TL;DR: The movie itself isn't being hosted on SE, so its content is irrelevant. In any case, ratings applied by the MPAA and FCC only count in the US, and many of our members don't live in the US, so those ratings aren't a useful metric (two different countries will use different criteria ...


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TBH, I'd give it a while. Emotions are heated, people are mad - I'd recommend at the very least, to wait and see what your moderators say (those lovely folks you elected) before starting a new room. I'd like to start by saying I'm an avid user of chat. There's only one organic user who chats more than me (and of course, Smokey, but Smokey essentially ...


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Ten Forward Clearly, the last room was too much of a wretched hive of scum and villainy. So let's name our room after that more civilized establishment from that other major sci-fi franchise — a place where anyone can go to let their hair down and enjoy their beverage of choice without hassle. Corresponding ...


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People can be banned from chat for one of two reasons: one or more of their messages is flagged as rude or abusive and the flag is validated by other users; they are temporarily suspended by a moderator, usually for inappropriate conduct. See the Stack Exchange chat FAQ, specifically the Be Nice section: Do I have to be nice? Yes. We expect ...


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I think we should move the main-site questions feed out. Because the ratio of main-site questions to chat activity is so high now, having that feed makes the room look even deader than it is. If people join the room and see a stream of mostly automated feeds, they might not bother trying to start a conversation; if they see just the messages that were in ...


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Mos Eisley Renaming the chatroom won't solve any of its problems; let's leave the name as it is.


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No We should not rename our main chatroom.


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I nominate Gallifreyan. He seems pretty level-headed, is in the room regularly and I've not seen him get involved in any drama. Gallifreyan here: I would be happy and honoured to help keep our wretched hive of scum and villainy cozy and warm! I'm around almost at the same time Mos has most messages posted (I live in GMT +3), so I can see almost everything ...


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I nominate KutuluMike. He is a well-respected user and in my experience has always shown good judgment. I am confident that he would treat others fairly along with being helpful as I have witnessed him do in the past. KutuluMike is always in the chat room whenever I am around, which is on a daily basis (mostly). He appears to be available at times when ...


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Because they do things where a temporary ban in the appropriate response, most often coming in violation of StackExchange's "Be Nice" policy. I recommend you read it, but the full policy can be summed up as simply "Be nice to people".


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Do it yourself I'll start off with this quote: Be the change you want to see in the world.-Commonly attributed to Gandhi. Honestly, if you want to make TREU interesting, then all you have to do is: try it yourself. Make the place be the way that you want it to be. The community is not here to make an interesting place for you, ready for you to pop-in ...


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No, the chat feed should keep its name Obie the Interrupting OneBox has had its name for over a year. Users taking that name for themselves is not a reason to rename the chat feed. If the situation is too confusing, have a mod rename any users named Obie. Renaming the chat feed won't prevent this situation from occurring again in the future.


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I think that SFF can survive without a primary chat room for a week without significant negative repercussions.... it hasn't even been 12 hours. I strongly recommend that this room be closed in deference to Shog's edict and that a new one should not be opened until this community has a discussion regarding how to moderate their chat community more ...


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I'd like to nominate @Praxis. Why? Because Praxis is friendly Praxis is fair Praxis is reasonable Praxis can be firm when Praxis wants to Praxis is just a generally good guy. Vote 1 for Praxis!


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