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Is there a list of privileges that users have on any Stack Exchange chat rooms, and which lists the minimum permission required for each privilege?

If such list doesn't exist, what is the reputation required for the chat privileges?

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Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange each have their own chat; the rest of the network (Stack Overflow in non-English languages, Super User, Server Fault, Stack Exchange 2.0) has a combined chat site (Stack Exchange chat). Privileges apply based on your total reputation on the associated site(s):

  • On SO and MSE chat, privileges apply based on your reputation or moderator on the associated site.
  • On the combined Stack Exchange chat site, privileges apply based on your total reputation over all sites concerned (i.e. all but SO and MSE).

The privilege levels are:

  • public: read messages in non-private rooms
  • registered: talk in any room if invited
  • 20 rep: participation (specifically, talking)
  • 100 rep: create a bookmark
  • 100 rep: create a room
  • 1000 rep: create a gallery, i.e., a room where only whitelisted users can talk
  • 10k rep:
    1. be notified of spam/offensive flags (the number of active flags appears in a circle on your gravatar)
    2. view frozen and deleted rooms (read access only if allowed).
  • room owner:
    1. edit the room name and description
    2. pin a message (a pin is a super-star)
    3. remove stars from messages
    4. grant explicit read or write access
    5. grant room ownership
    6. create and remove feeds
    7. move messages to a different room
    8. schedule events
    9. kick-mute users
  • ♦ moderator (on chat.SE, moderator on any site, even SO or MSE):
    1. all the above[1]
    2. edit or delete any message at any time
    3. view moderator flags
    4. mark flags as valid or invalid
    5. ban users from chat (in multiples of 1 hour)
    6. put room in timeout
    7. freeze/unfreeze room
    8. delete/undelete room, list deleted rooms
    9. moderators cannot be kicked or suspended from chat
  • ♦ moderator on the site associated with the chat room:
    1. create private rooms (where only whitelisted users can read content)
    2. see and access private rooms
    3. change which site is associated with the room

[1] When moderators create a scheduled event for the chat room associated with the SE site where they are moderators, the event will be published also in the main site.

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The privileges page covers the big ones too: participation, create a room, create a gallery – Michael Mrozek Apr 17 '11 at 23:24
10K users should not then see the "blue badge" that reports there are flagged posts. Is that correct? – kiamlaluno Apr 18 '11 at 4:38
@kiamlaluno: That's an undocumented feature. I've made that answer CW so it can serve as a chat privilege FAQ. One thing I don't know is what reputation is taken into account on chat.SE: the total amongst all the relevant sites? or the largest on any relevant site? – Gilles Apr 18 '11 at 7:21
I've added some owner and mod features, I'm not 100% sure if I got the differences between owner and mod right. – Mad Scientist Apr 18 '11 at 13:36
I am getting blue bubbles in the English chatroom; I have 9500ish rep on English, but about 10500 on all SE sites. I think it is related to total rep on SE? – Cerberus Apr 18 '11 at 13:48
@Cerberus - Yes, this is correct. More accurately, these stats are related to your chat user. Notably, this applies to moderator accounts: If your chat user has a parent account of a site where you're not a mod, then you won't get moderator privileges. – Kevin Vermeer Dec 2 '11 at 17:09

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