The rise of global channels begs an update to the chat interface. You have to switch through all of them to get an idea if someone has said anything. This doesn’t work if you’re looking for a hunt or to answer any help questions that might have been asked. I propose to have an option to keep something of the chat always visible, and an option to have always visible unread message counts.
Something like this maybe? You might even hide the ones with no activity to make it more compact.
This could be expanded to reveal the current chat interface, although it might benefit from some small changes as well, like better keyboard navigation.