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On Stack Overflow, I have a reputation of 189 and I used to have the ability to review posts. On Stack Overflow chat, I had no restrictions on chatting.

Now, suddenly, the "Review" option has disappeared, and in chat, most rooms seem to be locked.

Nothing appears to have changed on my SO profile, and I received no notifications of any sort that my rights were somehow being limited.

Has there been changes to SO policies/levels? If so, what were those changes? If there hasn't been any change to SO policies, then what gives with my account?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Gilles, Caleb, hims056, Antony Aug 1 '13 at 10:02

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2013-07-26: The reputation requirement to access the First Posts and Late Answers queue was bumped up to fill the empty 500 reputation privilege (from Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange) – Martin Aug 1 '13 at 9:33
So the reputation required has been modified. I was granted the review right at 150 Rep...but now it has been upped to 500. – Ali Samii Aug 1 '13 at 9:33
Please clarify what you mean by "most rooms seem to be locked." – balpha Aug 1 '13 at 9:35
If you look at this screenshot you will see that most rooms have a lock icon and a diamond next to them. For example, I logged into the javascript room and there was a message at the bottom that said "Only users nominated can talk here". I opened a chat room with one of the owners of the room, and he messaged me with @alisamii in the Javascript room and I was able to chat again. – Ali Samii Aug 1 '13 at 9:39
I think they are galary chat room. – Vigbyor Aug 1 '13 at 9:42

Has there been changes to SO policies/levels ?

Yes, the privileges for review has been transfer from 125 reputation to minimun 500 reputation on Stack Overflow.

Two reviews Late Answers & First Posts can be possible only once you crossed 500 reputation.

For more information you can visit privileges page.

Regarding the chat room locked, whenever any chat room has lock icon that chat room is in galary mode and you require to grant access to talk in to that chat room. Room owner can grant to this access.

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share|improve this answer, users previously granted the priviledge have been stripped of that priviledge. That is too bad. But as for my chat priviledges...why are many of the rooms now locked? – Ali Samii Aug 1 '13 at 9:35
which specific room you are talking about ? – Vigbyor Aug 1 '13 at 9:36
Many, for example, Javascript for one. @OctavianDamiean confirmed that the room is not in gallery mode, so I am unsure why I was locked out until he messaged me directly in the room. – Ali Samii Aug 1 '13 at 9:42
@alisamii does it shows lock icon near diamond icon ? – Vigbyor Aug 1 '13 at 9:48
@alisamii Java script chat room in in galary mode – Vigbyor Aug 1 '13 at 9:49
yes, it does... – Ali Samii Aug 1 '13 at 9:49

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