I wanted to ask a question in the Android room on SO chat just now, but it's currently in gallery mode. That means I can't say anything unless I am granted permission by one of the room owners. Unfortunately, none of the room owners are present to grant me permission!

What should I do? Is there an accepted solution to this problem? Can this be addressed somehow?

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It looks like that's just how they run their channel. They appear to grant write access on a per-user basis. –  animuson Apr 24 '12 at 18:48
    
Seems like a fair way of running that particular room, considering all the noise it tends to accumulate otherwise... –  Cody Gray Apr 24 '12 at 18:49
    
I just find it strange that a chat room with the same name as an extremely popular tag used throughout the community is controlled by a mere 6 people. –  Spencer Ruport Apr 24 '12 at 18:49
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Apparently the room was overrun with noise. Much like the Android tag on Stack Overflow. –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 18:51
    
@RobertHarvey - So instead it's muted so no conversation takes place at all? There's got to be a better solution. –  Spencer Ruport Apr 24 '12 at 18:53
    
It's in Gallery mode. Have you requested access? –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 18:55
    
Yes, it's a social problem that's being handled with a technical solution. I agree that's sub-par, but human psychology has only come so far. If you have some better solutions, don't keep them to yourself! –  Cody Gray Apr 24 '12 at 18:56
    
I don't see you on the "requested access" list. –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 18:56
    
@RobertHarvey - I have. –  Spencer Ruport Apr 24 '12 at 18:56
    
@TheEstablishment - Well it just seems like the answer would be to treat chat rooms the same way we treat questions. Members with a certain amount of reputation have the ability to remove messages and kick users. –  Spencer Ruport Apr 24 '12 at 18:58
    
I granted you read/write access. [Waits for the Keepers of the Android to come knocking on my door] –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 19:00
    
@RobertHarvey - Thanks! –  Spencer Ruport Apr 24 '12 at 19:05
    
@RobertHarvey Did you grant him write access or was it me? Because I have added him to the write permission list too. :) –  Octavian Damiean Apr 24 '12 at 19:16
    
@TheUnicornWhisperer: So now he has Double-Secret Write Access™. –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 19:17
    
Hah, we've created a chat monster. That means no one can revoke his write access anymore. :P –  Octavian Damiean Apr 24 '12 at 19:18
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We've had quite a lot of troubles in the past to keep the room troll free and the overall quality at a certain level.

I agree that it is not an ideal solution and that the system was never meant to be used like that but that is the only way to have a room where like-minded people can have a proper conversation without millions of hai-gief-me-teh-codez-plox messages flying around.

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Yeah, we have the same problem with the [android] tag on Stack Overflow. Guess that $100 barrier to entry that Apple erects has some purpose after all. –  Robert Harvey Apr 24 '12 at 19:08
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Wow, they can't even misspell "plz" correctly? –  Cody Gray Apr 24 '12 at 19:08
    
@RobertHarvey Yea, I kinda understand that too now. –  Octavian Damiean Apr 24 '12 at 19:14
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