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I've created a public (not gallery, or private (mod-only)) room with the intent of talking to a user with low site reputation (less than 20). I know that a user needs 20 rep to chat but I noticed a button to "grant user explicit write access" which comes with the description "Explicit write access - Even when this room is read-only or their reputation is too low, these users will be able to talk in this room."

I go to grant the user write access... enter image description here

...but when I click "change"...

...I get a nice red error message about needing 20 rep to talk. enter image description here

So how is this function supposed to work? If they need 20 rep to talk the description should not read "reputation too low".

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Only moderators can grant write access to users with less than 20 reputation. For regular users this is only useful in gallery chat rooms. –  Mad Scientist Jan 22 '13 at 13:47
    
+1 Good point. @MadScientist Then he's right that the wording should change/be more precise. –  Alenanno Jan 22 '13 at 13:48
    
@MadScientist, so I'd have to create a gallery room, then grant them access, then they have to request to join, then I accept...and then they can talk? :/ –  tombull89 Jan 22 '13 at 13:49
    
Somewhat related: Adding a new user to a chat room access list is confusing –  Tim Stone Jan 22 '13 at 13:51
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@tombull89 As a regular user you can't give someone write access to chat that doesn't have 20 reputation, only moderators can do that. –  Mad Scientist Jan 22 '13 at 13:56
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The description is correct though, as it's not describing what you can do by clicking the button, but the (currently empty) list of users in that group. If a user is in that list they can indeed chat even if their reputation is too low, you just can't add them to that list in that case without being a moderator. The clarification should probably be in the non-moderator "Please note..." message in the dialog. –  Tim Stone Jan 22 '13 at 14:01
    
@TimStone Exactly, the wording should be modified. –  Alenanno Jan 22 '13 at 14:26
    
@JonClements What source could be more credible than Tim Stone? –  balpha Mar 14 '13 at 15:48

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