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Please look at the "entries" there over the last few hours. Here's one:

I would, but last time I did I got photoshopped into a horrible picture of a pornstar taking it from behind.

So, I ask what is the purpose of this room. In my opinion, it's very far from the stated purpose. I've even seen moderators of Ask Ubuntu carrying on sustained surreal conversations.

Just to be clear, I have no objection to the material I quoted or to mods carrying on surreal conversations, but please could the stated objective of the room be modified to reflect its actual usage?

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    So, you are asking for the description to be changed?
    – Braiam
    Feb 2, 2014 at 2:33
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    It's a bloody chat room, what do you expect? If there's nothing Ubuntu-related to talk about, is everyone supposed to remain silent until that changes?
    – user98085
    Feb 2, 2014 at 2:34
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  • @Braiam And for a long time it also included a "usually it's just off-topic nonsense" section.
    – user98085
    Feb 2, 2014 at 2:37
  • @FEichinger so because it's a bloody chat room, something has to go on all the time? Bloody brilliant.
    – user25656
    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:08
  • @Braiam, is asking for the stated objective to reflect what's going on unreasonable?
    – user25656
    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:09
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    FEichinger's point is that it's a chat room, so stop complaining when people use it as such. And yes, I do think it's brilliant. Nice compliment.
    – Seth
    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:42
  • @Seth, what exactly do you mean by "stop complaining"? Do you mean that posting such a question in Meta is wrong? Or do you think it's just not worth complaining about: things will stay as they are?
    – user25656
    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:45
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    @vasa1 no, posting on meta was the right thing to do, I think I must take responsibility to the reaction you had (even though I didn't actually post on your question) because my initial reaction in chat after you posted this was "oh, another person is complaining about stuff I do" and I feel that may have influenced the outcome here a little. Meta is the correct place to post queries about anything to do the with the site and the way it works.
    – Flyk
    Feb 5, 2014 at 21:23

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It's a chat room.
It's there for our users to relax and chat in. Not every message will —or should— be about Ubuntu.

I'm less concerned about the subjects talked about and more concerned by the way people talk to each other. The room is governed by the same rules as the main site:

If we see people being wilfully horrible or causing bedlam (so that others can't use chat), we'll politely ask them to slow down or step out. This does happen from time to time.

  • I don't see anything about a code of conduct in the Terms and Conditions (couldn't find anything Canonical calls "Terms of Service"). The Ubuntu Code of Conduct seems to be its own entity.
    – Cerran
    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:12
  • @Cerran It's in our Terms and Conditions (end of section 4. Restrictions): "When accessing the askubuntu.com, meta.askubuntu.com, or chat.askubuntu.com sites ("AskUbuntu"), Subscriber will also abide by the most current Ubuntu Code of Conduct, which can be found at ubuntu.com/community/conduct, and is hereby incorporated by reference, but solely with regard to AskUbuntu."
    – Oli Mod
    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:14
  • Oh, right; thanks for the clarification, though it should have been obvious.
    – Cerran
    Feb 6, 2014 at 9:15
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    +1 for the ubuntu code of conduct.
    – don.joey
    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:03
  • Oli, Ubuntu Code of Conduct is no longer mentioned in the Stack Terms of Service. Please read this: meta.stackexchange.com/q/324001. Also, please consider editing your answer accordingly. Jul 16, 2022 at 19:40
  • @RandomPerson I'd rather fix the T&Cs
    – Oli Mod
    Jul 19, 2022 at 10:10
  • @Oli So, you're gonna talk to SE staff about it? Jul 19, 2022 at 12:10

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