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My guild uses a chat channel at the moment for some people in the guild, so they can privately talk about stuff without bothering the guild chat. However this was just created by doing a /join and it doesn't have a password or anything. This consequently also makes the first one to come online on a day the owner of the channel.
However, now we want to join forces with another guild and want interested members of both to be able to join the channel. But naturally we want to set this up in an orderly fashion, preferably with just one persistant owner, a password and the channel existing even when there's nobody online. And certainly not the first person to come online being the owner.
Finally, I also read something about making channels "sticky", so you could basically use them like party or guild chat: i.e. when you simply press the Enter key to chat, it would open up to talk in that channel if you last talked in it.
I looked around a bit, like on Wowwiki, but couldn't really find solid information to accomplish this set up. :)
This sounds like something that a blue poster at Blizz Tech Support ought to be able to help you with.
Personally, I've never heard anything about having a custom chat channel that didn't disappear when no one was using it.
You can't keep a channel open when no one is in it, or keep retain ownership without persistently being the leader. There is absolutely nothing you can do regarding this other than keep people in the channel.
Your best option would just be to relax the rules on it, and if someone got the channel before you, just make a new one and get everyone over into that one.
I assume making a new chat window and having it just show that channel (+/w etc.) would let you type in that chat by just pressing enter.
Having said that, it's been a while since I was in a channel other than the defaults.
One person needs to have a server that just runs the game with a dummy bot character. This character would always be logged on and thus you would ensure you have ownership of the channel. The guild would need to pay that $15 subscription, but maybe the members are already paying for website hosting. It wouldn't be much more to add this. (and I'm sure someone has an old computer to setup as a server.)
You can create a new window for the chat channel. I think you have to type the slash to chat in that channel, but then it is saved for that session. You just hit enter to type messages in that channel. I think you can even change the text color to something else besides pink or white.
One person needs to have a server that just runs the game with a dummy bot character.
It should be noted that this violates Blizzard's TOS. Doing this risks having accounts banned if you're caught.
A permanent channel with a permanent owner is impossible to create legally as has been stated. As for sticky channels, the easiest way is to get an addon like Prat. Most chat addons have a feature that remembers your last channel and lets you automatically write in it (personally I don't understand why the default settings only do that for a couple of channels).
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