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Playing with friends is the best. Individually messaging 20 people when you're looking for a game is the worst. Is there a way to make a persistent group chat (you rejoin it after restarting Steam) or some other way to reliably communicate with multiple people over Steam?

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Create a large group chat and Hibernate instead of shutting down? –  Jeffrey Lin May 10 '13 at 0:25
    
@jeffreylin_ that would require far too much work from all involved, I may as well herd them into a 3rd party IM group chat. –  kotekzot May 10 '13 at 0:38
    
That would work, but what if they leave when they get bored? That also requires much maintenance on your part. –  Jeffrey Lin May 10 '13 at 0:43
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Use IRC or SE chat instead? –  MBraedley May 10 '13 at 0:55
    
@MBraedley I've considered trying to talk my friends into using SE chat, but the rep requirement kinda scares them off (yes, I know, it's only 20, but that seems like a lot to someone if it's standing in their way, and they're new to SE). –  John the Green May 10 '13 at 1:56

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Not sure is this would work for you, but id say to try and make your own steam community group https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2092-QLZX-8453#create and then use the chat function in there.

Also, is suggest making it private/invite only if you JUST want your friends. I havent tested the persistence of this, but i know the chatroom will always be available...

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Ive read that the chat room is permanent, but im not sure about persistence... additionally, if it isnt, you can still post to the group itself as comments for persistence! –  n0ttsweet May 17 '13 at 11:59
    
That would at least eliminate the problem with having to personally invite people back in after they restart Steam. –  kotekzot May 17 '13 at 14:38

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