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I'm new to the stack exchange sites and meta stack overflow. How do I get enough of a reputation in order to participate in chats?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You need 20 rep on meta to participate in

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Which he just got thanks to this question :-) – Ivo Flipse Aug 11 '10 at 18:16
@Ivo Flipse That's a level of support i don't think people get very often. – James Aug 11 '10 at 18:17
Woo hoo! Thanks. – wdypdx22 Aug 11 '10 at 18:22
I just "discovered" stack exchange 4 days ago when I ran across a mention on the Facebook Ubuntu group. It's already made my life better. – wdypdx22 Aug 11 '10 at 18:24
@wdy - welcome and enjoy! – user27414 Aug 11 '10 at 18:25

On the other hand, if you have any existing high-rep account at one of the other sites (SO, SF, SU), then you can also just associate your meta account. You'll get a bonus of 100 rep. Check the Accounts tab in your user profile.

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-1, OP doesn't have a qualifying account. – Pops Aug 11 '10 at 18:26
@Popu: Sorry, I can't smell that and I learn nothing from a downvote plus nitpick :) – BalusC Aug 11 '10 at 18:29
how high does the high-rep account have to be? – lathomas64 Aug 11 '10 at 18:35
@latho: according to the faq it's 200 points. – BalusC Aug 11 '10 at 18:37
@Popu: I am still waiting for your instructive explanation how you can be 100% sure that he doesn't have a qualifying account. How about the unregistered ones at different browsers? How about registered ones using a different email/openid which he hasn't ever logged in for on the current browser? Can you please tell me how I can smell that? – BalusC Aug 11 '10 at 18:40
@Balus, look at his comment on the accepted answer - " I just "discovered" stack exchange 4 days ago when I ran across a mention on the Facebook Ubuntu group. It's already made my life better." So, he is brand new, and his Ubuntu account doesn't have enough rep yet. – jjnguy Aug 11 '10 at 18:55
@jjnguy: but, but, but that comment was posted 30 seconds before my answer! ~sigh. Even then, in one day you can easily earn 200 rep. – BalusC Aug 11 '10 at 18:59
@Balus, 31 seconds! :p – jjnguy Aug 11 '10 at 19:00
@Balus: it's technically possible that the OP has such an account. But based on context -- i.e. what @jjnguy said -- it's such an outside possibility that it's ignore-worthy. – Pops Aug 11 '10 at 19:04
@Popu: there's always such possibility. But how on earth is that worth a downvote? I didn't even explicitly state that he has such one account. Is my effort not appreciated? It this knowledge not valuable for others who happen to land on this question after a search? Or is it just because it's me? Should I change the nickname? – BalusC Aug 11 '10 at 19:05
@Balus, for better or for worse, there's no objective definition of the appropriate weight of a downvote, especially on Meta. It just seemed worth it to me in this case. – Pops Aug 11 '10 at 19:26
@Balus I've just tried this, but am still left with only a reputation of 1. I'd rather not needlessly create a question just for the sake of it. I'll sreach and see if this is a bug... – mathewbutler Aug 12 '10 at 12:51
@matthed: you really need 20 rep. You must somehow have an association with stackexchange. Just post a helpful answer somewhere and you'll get votes. – BalusC Aug 12 '10 at 13:57

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