Few days ago I was helping a user solve his problem, the discussion became long in the comment section. I wanted to move it to chat, but I've never ever used chat on SE before and he's from a different timezone so we can't chat. I comment, he replies after 12h or so.

I'm not going to give him my email, nor ask him for his email. So if I leave him instructions in the chat room, will he be able to read them whenever he clicks on the link? Maybe after 2 days or so? And is it private? Like private messaging on forums?

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    Generally, the chat transcript lasts forever. Some low-activity rooms are deleted after a while (> 14d), but everything else will be stored eternally. That said, chat is also fully public and indexed by Google.
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 15, 2014 at 13:26
  • @FEichinger ok thank you
    – Lynob
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 1:22

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Yes he can. The chat transcript for the room is public and readable unless and until the room is made private or the room is deleted my a moderator or if it is autodeleted(No activity within 14d.

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