Quite a while ago, an incident occurred in The 2nd Monitor where some users continued a loud conversation whilst 'site business' (a user asking about site scope) was happening. When they were told to pause their conversation, or at least slow it down, they didn't take much notice.
The moderator in the room at the time mute-kicked the two of them, and when they returned, he suggested they take their conversation elsewhere.
They proceeded to make The Nth Monitor, a watercooler of sorts.
After the situation cooled, a 'decision' was made to move 'off-topic' conversations to The Nth Monitor when they began to interrupt site business.
As time went on, the ROs (and moderators) got a little more lenient on what they were moving, and instead of moving out of pure necessity and situational requirement, it became about moving whenever an off-topic conversation occurred.
Some of the chat regulars (including myself) grew a bit disgruntled by this over time. Trying to start of have conversations that ultimately will probably get moved to The Nth Monitor seems a little bit pointless.
Moving conversations solves the immediate problem of defusing a situation without resorting to mute-kicking or expecting users to pause their conversations, but users begin to avoid the room and the site by proxy.
In rolfl's answer, he described the chat policy as:
- The 2nd Monitor is the main chat room for the site.
- Official business always takes priority over anything else.
- General chat about Code Review is always welcome.
- Idle chat is allowed as long as it is not a distraction to the purpose of the room - which is for maintaining the Code Review site and its community.
I don't see how moving all 'off-topic' conversations is part of that.