I recently found that this site (meta) has a chat room permanently attached to it:

Welcome to chat for: Mathematics Meta
This is a general discussion room

Nobody posted there for 829 days, but the room did not freeze for inactivity: apparently, the "official" chat rooms never freeze the system does not allow all of site's rooms to be frozen. This looks like a valuable feature of the room: in the specialized rooms attached to the main site we sometimes have to post filler just to prevent freezing.

There are no room owners. So, my questions are:

  1. Can this room be a useful addition to the main chat room? For example, to discuss the workings of the meta site itself?
  2. And if so, who should the room owners be?
  • $\begingroup$ The MO-room did freeze. Perhaps it is the case that not all rooms of a site will freeze. There is not even really a notion of "official" chat room AFAIK. $\endgroup$ – quid Dec 30 '14 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting. I though the official status is conferred by the fact that the room was not created by a regular user. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Dec 30 '14 at 21:42
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    $\begingroup$ This MSE feature-request for not freezing main is where I believe I saw the statement that there is no official room; the source is not official though. $\endgroup$ – quid Dec 30 '14 at 22:02
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    $\begingroup$ As explained in this answer, the room is assigned an owner if there is enough activity in the room. (Low activity room are viewed as not in a need of owner.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 30 '14 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ The fact that the room is frozen seems strange to me. Here you can find some cases where even "main chatroom" was frozen. And here is another example of a room which was kept unfrozen for a very long time. (See also here.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 30 '14 at 23:06
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak I think the explanation that quid suggested (and you tested in chat before) is correct: the room does not freeze because it's the only room attached to the meta.math site. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Dec 30 '14 at 23:18

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