This is how it works at the time of this writing. The RSS feed receives new questions every few minutes (usually around 10-15 minutes it seems), and posts each individual question link as if the feed were a regular chat user:
Easy to get a bird's eye summary of the question which allows for easier handling for moderation
The ability to "reply" to a specific post (as seen by @Vogel612 in screenshot) with commentary
Shows clickable tags as part of the message
Causes the chat room to feel active during non-active periods
More easily sparks discussion regarding questions (and perhaps the feed itself) from users
Feed information persists for all users in the room currently, and new users joining the room
Takes up a lot of vertical room (roughly 5-6 normal chat post lines) for each message
Can be distracting when users are trying to have a conversation
During certain times, e.g. when the feed might be lagging, it's not uncommon for 4-5+ questions to get posted at the same time, effectively scrolling down a whole screen
Can confuse new users; "Who's @CaptainObvious?" is a frequent phrase
Okay just to illustrate what I'm talking about. The following two images are the twelve hours between 23:50 and 12:50 MEST:
I have marked the "real users" that were active during that time in the chatroom with red dots ...
This is a very discouraging image for me, because it gives the impression that the room is essentially deserted.
Zak and I noticed that the room is significantly less active as of recent and it's something that we as RoomOwners want to find reasons to so that we can eliminate them ... I think the high volume of Bot posts is one reason for lack of conversation especially in European activity times :/