I was chilling out for a while in U&L chatroom, and was for my surprise that questions asked in the main site were feed into the chat room:

enter image description here

I was poking around about how could I get the same in the chatroom (yeah, I'm one of those guys that can't bring themself to leave +10 open tabs) so I could be alert of any interesting question that otherwise will miss my radars while I'm chatting.

Unfortunally, this is not a per-user preference but a per-room preference, so whatever changes will affect all of us. The characteristic is called "Ticker Feeds" (as you can see in the U&L chat room info) which differs of the "Message Feed" that we have set up in our chat room.

I believe chat owners can change this with couple strokes. The message is not intrusive. And works for any ATOM/RSS feed. So if you want your own feed, please just answer below.

enter image description here

enter image description here

This is how it would looks like just with the Recent Questions

enter image description here

  • A ticker feed of what?
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 15:35
  • @Oli I was thinking about "New Questions" but it can be of anything we can think about that has RSS/Atom
    – Braiam
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 15:47
  • 2
    NOOO Ticker feeds are incredibly annoying. Seriously.
    – Seth
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 20:07
  • Oooh. That's why I was invited to a mysteriously empty room =D.
    – Alaa Ali
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 16:24
  • @Seth this is how it looked like after a full night i.sstatic.net/Qf60L.png
    – Braiam
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 16:26
  • I HATE ticker feeds. When the U&L room was switched to a ticker feed, I left the room, not to return until I found a way to hide the feed. (Cc @Seth) Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 18:02

4 Answers 4


No, I don't want to be cool at all!

Leave it like that...

  • 3
    We've had this before, we get too many questions on the site. If you want to follow new questions on the site sign up for the RSS with your own RSS reader. Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 23:14

No, it's a chat room — it shouldn't aim to duplicate an RSS reader and the /questions/ page

I'm widely against a wide proposition for adding all sorts of things to the chat room. It's a chat room, for chatting. We've had various proposals over the time it has existed including feeds and bots and each time I come to the same conclusion: they just add more noise.

This particular feature has existed for a long time and we use its non-ticker brother for low-traffic important posts (Meta and Ubuntu posts on U&L) but I just can't see the value in replicating the busiest feed on the site (/questions/) with a five minute delay or even just reposting stuff that gets a certain number of votes. People in the chat room are usually already on the site.

I'm in a rush and I'm not sure I'm making the second part of that argument particularly well... I can't see any benefit while I can see quite a cost; an annoying banner sliding down the screen on a timed interval.


Well I like the Idea, But... maybe not the new questions.

How about the "Featured" questions https://askubuntu.com/feeds/featured


Yes, is a nice addition to the chat room... and is so COOL~!

What will being done:

Remember that you can feed almost anything here, from new, active, bounties, etc. Any RSS/Atom!

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .