Our general chat room is Ten fold. We sometimes describe it as being, "just for gossip and grumbles". People occasionally ask substantive statistics or machine learning questions there, and we often request they ask on the main site instead. There are some simple reasons why questions should be asked on the main site instead of chat:
- The question will get more attention from potential answerers.
- There is more room to give a proper answer, and there are better facilities for doing so (e.g., formatting).
- The information will be better preserved and more easily findable by future people with the same question.
In light of this, it might be better to have something in the chat room's description that says questions should be asked on the main site (this idea comes from a suggestion by @ankii). Right now it just says,
CrossValidated general room.
What should it say?