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Eh, sorta... You can set robots.txt to not index the transcripts of particular rooms or the whole site. But: That doesn't stop anyone from copying the content, and allowing it to be indexed from their site. Google's a bit slow at updating the "rules" from robots.txt if it's already indexed a site. Rule #5 - The Internet Never Forgives or Forgets


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My short answer: I think the SF members in chat need to chill out a bit and consider that they also started out somewhere, and if someone has a legitimate question, maybe try and ask why they are asking rather then seeing it as live support. TL;DR I have to admit that I am one of the culprits with regards to asking. I am not a full time server admin, ...


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You've got two choices: If the comment train gets long enough you'll be prompted to automatically create a room for both of you. You'll both get invitations and life's pretty easy from there. There is a manual way; unfortunately it's still kinds of difficult: Send user a link to the room where you want to chat. Note, you must be an owner of the room (...


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The "take this discussion to chat" button appears automatically if the thread is long enough, but I don't see a way for either users or moderators to force this to happen for shorter discussions. Cheap workaround: Maybe just add a few bogus comments.


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There's two issues here I think. Firstly we have to manage expectations - people cannot come into chat and expect to be able to have a discussion on whatever they want to talk about. It may be that the people in chat are not interested in a subject, or lack the knowledge to talk about it. We'd need to be careful about how we phrase making it "officially ok"....


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To some extent this already exists. If someone asks a question on the main site and a comment conversation starts, then the parties are invited to go to chat. If they accept then a chat room is created and the discussion surrounding the question is captured and correctly attributed for posterity. I doubt that most people who drop in looking for support ...


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