Right now if I try to start a chat page with a user with a reputation of 1, it spits out the common:
User X on has Y reputation, not yet enough to chat
I certainly understand that the user should not be able to start a chat themselves but why can't I (reputation 16k) start a chat with them? Typically if I'm trying to help someone semi-interactively they'll most likely be a low reputation user! What this ends up in is that we have a monstrous comment session which doesn't sound very useful for posterity.
Maybe we need another reputation level which is something like:
Able to start chat with low reputation users.
Since I'm at 16k we can make that, let's say, 15k.