Thank you for your interest in this functionality! No major updates on progress here – we still have a number of ideas, but no immediate plans yet.
We will continue to update this and the other top voted issues here in our public issues tracker, so please watch this issue and you'll be notified about future updates.
We welcome you to continue to leave your feedback and concerns here, but we'd also like to invite you to take the next step in helping us envision and build this and other new features for HipChat. Go to https://www.atlassian.com/user-research and enroll in our Design Feedback Group. You'll have the opportunity to speak with our researchers about new features and inform how HipChat designs and builds the things that are important to you. We're working on this — come help us!
The HipChat Team