I posted an answer to a question, and a user posted a comment that I feel is better handled in chat. In a previous question, I was prompted to move the comment to chat when it went over a certain limit. Can I move comments to chat without having hit that limit?

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    spam a bit. it will show you your link
    – genesis
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:11
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    @genesis, are you suggesting that I add a bunch of nonsense comments in order for the link to come up? Sep 16 '11 at 21:14
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    But be sure to clean up the spam afterward....
    – squillman
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:14
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    @MicahHainline: it was a joke. But to be honest, yes, but delete them afterwards
    – genesis
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:15
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    Or you could just post a comment saying "@user Can we discuss this in chat? link_to_chat_room_you_created"
    – agf
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:18
  • I tried that solution @genesis, and couldn't get it to work. Sep 16 '11 at 21:21
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    I'd turn that into a feature-request. Nov 12 '12 at 22:03
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    The feature-request: Request the ability to move to chat before it is suggested.
    – awe
    Aug 19 '13 at 9:15
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    Holy crap, for some reason, sometimes I can't seem to get prompted. I just tried it, but after 12 posts ... still nothing! any idea how to force this? does the content of the comments have to contain many characters? Does the other party have to respond often too? May 15 '15 at 9:21
  • @BenPhilipp It may be a requirement that there actually be a two-way discussion. I didn't see the link on this question until the last comment I made to Oded. I am guessing there has to be a minimum number of discussion comments going on before it prompts, as sometimes I see it immediately, sometimes not so much. Jun 10 '15 at 18:38
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    After trying to get OP into a chat I learned today that they need at least a rep of 20 to participate in chat. I tried.
    – ficuscr
    Jul 24 '15 at 20:56
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    Pretty suboptimal state of affairs. I they really want to stop chat in the comments this should be made easier.
    – geotheory
    Nov 30 '15 at 13:29
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    I think you can bypass the 20 rep limit, by giving the users with less than <20 reps you want to chat a write access to your chatroom.
    – yanes
    Dec 3 '15 at 1:16
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    Related feature request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/100967/…
    – Martin
    Sep 11 '16 at 6:28
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    @genesis Why not solve the problem (adding a new button or something) instead of asking millions of users to apply crooked workarounds?
    – Rodrigo
    Aug 22 '17 at 14:31

There are a few options to move comments to chat. You can create your own chat room and manually invite the other user to chat. You can also add a few extra messages to the conversation in the comments so that the option to move the conversation to chat comes up. You can then delete the extra messages and possibly tell the other user what you were doing. One last option is very cool, but can only be done by a moderator on the site where the conversation is taking place. All that you have to do is this command into the Javascript console:

$.post('admin/posts/' + post_id + '/move-comments-to-chat', {fkey:StackExchange.options.user.fkey});

where post_id is the id of the post with the comments you want to move to chat (obviously). This will leave a comment inviting the other user to chat, but the messages will still have to be manually deleted, which is easy if you are a moderator.

This is a bot run by @michaelpri a moderator on two SE sites

  • The javascript code doesn't work for me.
    – mikeazo
    Jun 29 '15 at 15:19
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    @GeorgeBailey I am a moderator on a site. It has been a while, but I believe I tried it on the site that I moderate and it didn't work. Either way, mods now have a menu option to move everything to chat before the limit is reached.
    – mikeazo
    Sep 1 '16 at 15:26
  • The 2nd option (available to (almost) everyone and that doesn't involve creating a chat room), seems more like a lame workaround (gainarie) :) .
    – CristiFati
    Dec 27 '17 at 22:32
  • spamming does not work.
    – tatsu
    Apr 19 '19 at 14:04

agf's comment is correct. Move the discussion to chat by discussing in chat, and stop commenting on the post. If the other user doesn't want to move, that's OK, you don't have to discuss it. Flag one of the comments for moderator cleanup if need be, and move on :)

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    I'm interested in how the feature actually works. It's more of a how-to question than a why-should. If the answer is "It's impossible to move a small set of comments to chat" that's fine. That's what I'm interested to know though. Sep 16 '11 at 21:36
  • @MicahHainline I can't find anything about the specifics of how it works, oddly, but there is no way to do it before it prompts you.
    – user154510
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:41
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    be aware that you can create your own room to have a discussion.
    – studiohack
    Sep 16 '11 at 21:46
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    @studiohack But then the previous comments dont get migrated to the room like they would with the generated link.
    – chown
    Nov 15 '11 at 22:49
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    Also when you have the option to automatically move the discussion to chat, you will have a generated link back to the origin at the beginning of the chat. It is much more work to do this manually by first having to create a new chat thread, then add a link to the original comments, and then create a link to the chat from the original comments. Yes, it is a posible workaround, but it would be much better to have the option to do it in one click - Maybe as a link button on the right side of the comment field above the help link button saying "move to chat".
    – awe
    Aug 19 '13 at 9:10
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    @awe How about a Greasemonkey script before StackExchange rolls out such functionality? Dec 19 '16 at 15:14

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