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Occasionally a colloquy on a post will prompt a commenter to move the discussion to chat, as recently happened to me. The chat room thereby created: is it persistent, or does it expire after some time?

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Rooms with any sort of meaningful content exist forever.

As outlined in the chat FAQ, "A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users." Any such room is available for everyone (including non site members) to find on this list of RPG.SE chat rooms, for as long as the Stack exists. Also they're seeded to Google.

The original Question/Answer page doesn't automatically get a link to that chat room, because anything productive to improving the main site content should be applied via edits to the questions and answers. The chat is there to reduce the clutter so questions and answers are easily found, not to add to the reading someone needs to do to get a good answer.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ ahh... thanks. I'd been poking around in the comments portion of the site's FAQ, not the chat FAQ. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jan 3 '16 at 1:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ As an aside, is the discussion moved to chat link in the comment the sole indicator that a chat exists about a question or answer? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jan 3 '16 at 10:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan Added a line about how they can be found and why they aren't automagically linked on the main site. \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Jan 3 '16 at 11:41

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