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Is there are reason the chat boxes are alphabetically categorized? Shouldn't they be movable and closeable? At least an option to remove the inactive chat rooms would be great.

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About week ago chat boxes were categorized (i think) by most users but after update it's now alphabetically I have asked for ability to remove some chats if you don't want but as I understood they didn't want to make it. However if you leave certain group, chat will disappear along.
Hey arctic & Tomas, so before the update the chats were assigned pretty much randomly, and weren't consistent (the user couldn't change the order). It's a fairly difficult process to add the functionality you're talking about, so for now we've put them in alphabetical order to give some order. We're definitely aware of this need however, and we'll let you know our plans. Thanks!
however math group always was the first :D because it had most users

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Not really, no. You might have gotten lucky in that regard, but ordering of chats was completely random until the release a few days ago :)
really? it can't be completely random because I always (or nearly always except after downtimes) had math first
It was not randomized per se. It depended on how some of the backend systems interacted with each other to subscribe you to the set of groups you belong to so you could get real-time updates.
I think it would be best if they were like the google chrome tabs, i.e. can be arranged in any order I wish
Not high priority, but it would be very useful to be able to move them for very functional reasons. Right now, I'm constantly dropping out of groups so that I can move the open Physics chat box to a location where I can still read and scroll the Physics questions.
yeah and if you want to chat in group A and Z and between them have more groups, you need always to click those arrows
I will admit that this bugs me as well. But the solution is so aesthetically fluffy and our site is already doing so much work in yr browser that it hasn't really seemed worthwhile to try and tackle right now. Glad to hear others want it though; maybe we can think of a functional yet simple solution.
"At least an option to remove the inactive chat rooms would be great." what about this one? this shouldn't be so hard to implement
Hey! I think I just saw a bug: I didn't get any notification for all these replies that followed after my post, and not even for the medal that I received.
As its been done before, why doesnt the dev team take a look at this and work on it. I am sure it wont be that difficult of them.
What's been done before, again?
Read the first comment.
sorting.
The first comment indicates a functionality that was never there.
As my subsequent comments indicate :)
That said, are you saying you would rather chat be sorted by number online than alphabetically? Mostly we sort them alphabetically because it's stable, meaning the order won't change randomly on you.
Or, apparently randomly.
no, he wants to be able to move chat boxes or remove some of them
That's the actual post. And it hasn't been done on this site. Please realize that mattfeury and I are both developers, 2 of the 3 working on the site, and we have a lot of stuff we're working on. When we say something isn't trivial, we're not being lazy, we're saying it isn't trivial and we don't know when we'll have time to get to it ;) But rest assured, we're keeping track of the stuff you're asking for.
i agree that moving shouldn't be trivial, but what about closing some of them? is it also hard to do?
Hey shadowfiend, what about using features of IRC on these chat boxes? Is that possible?
haha, i don't think so
Features like what? -> Tomas—it's not hard, it's just a different way of approaching the communities around groups than we want to have at the moment.
Basically the idea of creating own channels and rooms, joining leaving at will.
Others if needed may be, mod, admin categorization etc
Active user list, personal message box for private chat too would be great :P
@shadowfiend, we very much understand that you are not being lazy ever. Actually you have set out an example for other organizations who work on the concept "it will come when it will come" Whatever you have done within this short period time is unbelievable.
And I also feel that things that we point out, actually in a way need not to be mentioned, since in the past, I have always found that whatever we suggested, had their own time to come up, all by itself. I mean when we come up with some idea, you always say, that you have that in your mind, and true enough they appear in due time, and in the mean time those things first appear, which we later realize should have appeared before anything..
I never use chat rooms, can we just have a setting to completely remove them altogether in our profile? They're just annoying flashing lights to me. Thanks! =D

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