Machines are taking over the chat. That is, there are currently more posts by the feed bot than actual user activity. So, couldn't we drop the feeds that aren't security-related? We would also make the chat look more inviting and on-topic by not burying the rare signs of human activity between unrelated feeds.

xkcd feed: Other sites have democratically decided to remove the xkcd feed from their chats and I think the same arguments would work for the DMZ. The majority of xkcd strips isn't about security - and those that are could be posted manually.

SO Blog feed: It's nice to stay informed about the developments at SO but since new blog posts are also prominently announced in the sidebar on every page, it wouldn't be necessary to auto-post them in chat.

Do we want to keep having all xkcd strips and SO Blog articles auto-posted in chat?

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    I'm supportive of this, but let's give it a few days so that people can comment (some may be off on holiday at present as well - kids are off school at the moment here, for example)
    – Rory Alsop Mod
    Apr 4, 2017 at 9:12
  • @RoryAlsop I agree that there is no hurry - waiting a bit will not hurt anyone.
    – Anders
    Apr 5, 2017 at 9:54

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No, we do not need them. Yes, please remove them.

While I (like everybody else) love XKCD, there is no need for it in chat. If I want to read it, I know where to find it. (Plus, it should be read together with the title which is not posted in chat.)

The blog feed is at least a bit more on topic, but nine times out of ten it is just promotion of something I don't want to read anyway (like another episode of the podcast or some random silly data analysis).

Instead of being spoon fed mostly irrelevant content from a bot, I think it would be better if we the users post things we think others can be interested in.

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