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Our chatroom The Nineteenth Byte currently has 3 message feeds. For example, when there is a new meta post, it is automatically posted in chat.

Do we want to have new questions from the main page be a new feed?

(Note that feeds are not the same as chatbots per se. Anyone owner of a chatroom can add RSS feeds to it; SE chat specifically supports the feature.)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Shouldn't this be tagged feature-request or similar? \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. May 18 '15 at 3:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. I added it but we're not technically asking for a new feature so I'm not sure it's entirely applicable. \$\endgroup\$ – Calvin's Hobbies May 18 '15 at 3:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Seems like a new feature to me... \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. May 18 '15 at 3:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ For those that don't know, we used to have a bot that did this (and a bit more). See this meta post for info, but the takeaway is that we had this and got rid of it once. Opinions may have changed in the meantime, but I think the discussion is lacking if nobody points it out. \$\endgroup\$ – Geobits May 18 '15 at 13:05
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Yes

We should add posts to the main page to our chat feeds.

Reasons

  • People in chat will be aware of new challenges more readily
  • People who join chat a while after the challenge is posted will also be informed of the recently posted challenge
  • (add more if desired)
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Yes, as an overlay feed

We should add posts to the main page as a feed, but using an overlay feed instead of a chatbot. This is what it looks like.

Pros

  • People in chat will be aware of new challenges more readily.
  • Less obtrusive than a chatbot.
  • (add more if desired)

Cons

  • Overlay feeds do not stay in chat history and can't be linked or referred back to
  • (add more if desired)
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No

We should not add posts to the main page to our chat feeds.

Reasons

  • They will clog chat
  • (add more if desired)
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Provided this only posts new questions (and not every time a question has activity), then we don't have enough questions to clog chat. \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax May 17 '15 at 18:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax Most definitely I'm only talking about new questions. (I'm not sure if activity can be auto posted.) \$\endgroup\$ – Calvin's Hobbies May 17 '15 at 18:59

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