Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

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?

share|improve this question
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
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

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.

share|improve this answer
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
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

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .