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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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You need 20 rep on meta to participate in chat.meta.stackoverflow.com.

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Which he just got thanks to this question :-) –  Ivo Flipse Aug 11 '10 at 18:16
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@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
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@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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