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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

They're for playing puzzley games in real time. Each of them has a pinned message to explain the rules of the game. Anyone is welcome to take part, and the room owners tend to be people who are ...
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Best "Cryptic Clue Chat Chains" (CCCC) Questions

Note: I'm going to have to bend a few rules with this submission. For example, even though it's technically about a single clue, I'd have to at least mention many other clues for reasons that will be ...
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Nominate additional Room Owners for The Sphinx's Lair

Gareth McCaughan Gareth McCaughan has been an active and polite user in The Sphinx's Lair. He always strikes me as level-headed and insightful, and is willing and able to give helpful tips on ...
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A private and offensive chatroom

Here's the full name of the room: The Room© for Puzzling Mods'™ Irritating©® and Obnoxious© Alarm®™ System™ The way I read it, the adjectives refer to the alarm system not to any particular person....
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It makes wet god - disgusting! (6) — Deusovi Explanation Description
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Mistake Gates for Jobs? (7) — Sp3000 Explanation Description
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Can we use private chat rooms for collaborating on puzzles?

So the main concern with a private chatroom is that it's difficult to moderate. We really don't want to stumble across an illicit puzzle piracy ring (or much, much worse) a few months/years down the ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Spyfall Overview Spyfall is best played with 4 or more players. All players are in some location. This could be a circus tent, a space station, a theater, etc. Each player is also assigned a role ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Codenames Overview Codenames has an espionage setting, in which players in teams try to identify their own team's secret agents, based on their agents' code names. Codenames is a game of guessing ...
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What are these chatrooms with names like 'Codenames', 'Contact', and 'Spyfall'? What are they for?

Contact Overview Contact requires at least three people, one person to create a word and at least two people to guess it. The word creator thinks of a word and gives the guessers the first letter. ...
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Chat game rooms

Oh God, please don't combine them. Can you imagine how confusing it would be to have both games going on at the same time? You say that's unlikely to happen, but many people in chat have roughly ...
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Nominate additional Room Owners for The Sphinx's Lair

Rubio It isn't clear to me whether we need more room owners at this point, but if so then I think Rubio is an obvious choice. Rubio is one of the more active chat users isn't already a mod or room ...
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000-ish (5) — Deusovi Explanation Description
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Can we use private chat rooms for collaborating on puzzles?

Sure. There's already at least one precedent for this that I'm aware of: Deusovi set up a private chatroom for those of us who'd volunteered to be involved in the Community Metapuzzle he made a while ...
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Should we have a "weekly puzzle"?

I'm in favor of a regular puzzle chat event. If nothing else, it will help get people into chat, which will help keep the site going strong.
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Do we want all new questions to show up in The Sphinx's Lair?

FWIW I ... quite like it think it's a little too intrusive and would be better if (I've no idea whether this is possible) its posts looked like ordinary users', without the extra-wide margin and big ...
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Enough reputation, but can't chat?

Caching. Chat profiles aren't synced immediately with your network account; it automatically refreshes every couple hours or so (or when a moderator force-refreshes your chat profile). Especially for ...
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Do we want all new questions to show up in The Sphinx's Lair?

The "Sphinx" bot is better than the dropdown because: you can "ignore" the bot, as you can any other user after a screenful of chat, the bot's box scrolls up off the screen, whereas the dropdown ...
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Rename the Green Llama!

The Green Llama Vote for this if you don't want to change the name. That Green Thing is pretty cute, no? ;)
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Nominate additional Room Owners for The Sphinx's Lair

Beastly Gerbil Split original answer into 3 to be voted on separately I am in the top 10 of the frequently active list. The fact that I am in the top 10 of the list shows that I am very active in chat....
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Nominate additional Room Owners for The Sphinx's Lair

The Sphinx's Lair doesn't need additional room owners. Compared to places like the Bridge, the Nineteenth Byte, and a certain wretched hive of scum and villainy which I frequent, the Sphinx's Lair is ...
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Are chat games with a prize allowed?

While I like the idea of fostering community and having fun, I'm afraid I don't like this particular idea. You sum up most of my objections fairly clearly yourself, but in the interests of finding a ...
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Nominate additional Room Owners for The Sphinx's Lair

dcfyj Split original answer into 3 to be voted on separately dcfyj is in the top 10 of the frequently active list. The fact that he is in the top 10 of the list shows he is very active in chat. He is ...
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Rename the Green Llama!

Puzzlers' Plaza suggested by @pacoverflow (my other answer was not a suggestion, just wanted to give people the option of voting to keep the current name)
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Am I allowed to join the The Sphinx's Lair?

You should be allowed to join - there's no mechanic that bars people from entry like that. It sounds like there's some sort of internet connection issue. (Maybe a firewall?)
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