I notice that our chat room, Ham Shack, is overall less active than it used to be, even though the Q/A activity has been improving a bit recently (all subjective, I have no numbers to back this up). I also notice that the sidebar widget that shows chat rooms hasn't been showing up on the main site at all lately (though I just saw it briefly on this meta, and I could be wrong about it never showing up).

Is there some broken association that can be fixed to make it show up on main as well as meta reliably? I think having chat more obviously available will help improve general participation indirectly.

I recognize that it might be that public beta sites don't have it, but comments there indicate that it should be showing up on question/answer pages (and in fact it does on meta, but not on main).

New observation July 8: The “n People Chatting” sidebar item is showing up frequently (though not on the front page), but it does not list the Ham Shack room or any other — oh wait, I said something in the room and now it does after a few minutes. Whew. So, problem fixed? I'll wait to make other observations or for official word.

  • $\begingroup$ I see it on Meta, but not on the main site. Odd. Interestingly enough, I don't see any link to the chat room on this page. $\endgroup$ – a CVn Jun 23 '14 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's part of a random selection of sidebar choices. But it also seems to be never on any page on the main. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jun 23 '14 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ I'm hoping someone from SE can fix this up easily or tell us what's going on. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jun 23 '14 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ I'm looking into this now, I'll post a proper answer once someone in NYC wakes up that I can ping. $\endgroup$ – Tim Post Jun 24 '14 at 4:44
  • $\begingroup$ @TimPost Any updates? It seems to be working this minute — fluke or did someone poke something? $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jul 8 '14 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ From what I can gather, it's not going to advertise a room that has been idle for quite a while. However, I'm going to see if we can get one of our chat wizards to weigh in on this. $\endgroup$ – Tim Post Jul 9 '14 at 8:25

As far as I can tell, this worked itself out as the activity in the room picked up:

there it is :)

If it drops out again completely, and the room has been active for the last day, then please report it (again) as a bug.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure this isn't the actual problem: when it started working the chat widget said "N people chatting" but listing no rooms, and then I talked in the room and the room appeared under that message. But for a long time before that, there was no "people chatting" at all. Outside of that, I agree with your statement of what to do in the future. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jul 18 '14 at 15:00

I see it on meta and the main site:

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't mean that link, but the one in the right sidebar of the page that's visible without any clicking. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jun 24 '14 at 15:36

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