I created a chatroom and now I no longer want it. How do I delete it? I can't find a 'delete chatroom' option anywhere in the room

I see many chatrooms have been inactive for days. Would they be automatically deleted after some time? If they would, then my problem is solved.


From the FAQ https://chat.stackexchange.com/faq#retention

Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users.

So my room will be deleted after 7 days because there are only two messages.

But there's still no option to manually delete a room. Or is there?

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There is no option to delete chatrooms for regular users, but ♦ moderators can (thanks @Becky for double-checking), after they've joined the room:

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I guess you could ping a moderator in chat, or flag a post to request deletion, but IMHO it shouldn't be a problem to wait a week. The worst thing that can happen is that somebody else posts a message ...

  • Now I am waiting for the update from Glorfindel
    – Tang Ho Mod
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:11
  • @TangHo I have updated the answer :)
    – Glorfindel
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:12
  • Can a ♦ moderator from other sites like you, deletes a room under Chinese SE?
    – Tang Ho Mod
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:20
  • @TangHo, yes, I can. Whether I should do that is another matter; I'd prefer not to moderate chatrooms belonging to another site if it's not urgent (like one user being rude to another one).
    – Glorfindel
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:21
  • It is not urgent, I'll just wait for the soft delete function takes effect. No one goes there anyway. Thanks for the info
    – Tang Ho Mod
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:24
  • You're welcome!
    – Glorfindel
    Jul 6, 2020 at 11:25
  • Even the main chat room is basically silent. But that's okay, we came here for Q&A, after all.
    – Becky 李蓓 Mod
    Jul 6, 2020 at 12:37

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