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I get the advice to move the discussion to the chat, but one of the users in the discussion has no chat privileges yet. So I think it's a bug to advice a user without chat privileges to move the discussion to the chat area.

  • Can you please be more specific about what the "bug" exactly is? Are you saying that the option should not be available?
    – Lix
    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:34
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    @gamecat - The OP does have chat privileges, it's the other user that does not.
    – Lix
    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:40
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    This has been asked dozens of times - example: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/142069/…
    – JonH
    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:55
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    I'd like to remind everyone that some assumptions were made with regard to the actual question/bug in this post. The current question is quite different from the OP's version.
    – Lix
    Oct 5, 2012 at 12:03

2 Answers 2


This is not a bug. Users can only use chat when they have 20 reputation points. This is part of the Talk in chat privilege

Why do I need 20 rep to talk in chat?

Your reputation on chat is the same as your reputation on the parent site.

You can always enter chat rooms and listen with no rep at all.

We can't allow anonymous participation on chat, so we require a small bit of parent site reputation to ensure that chat is reserved for active, engaged members of the community.

With regard to why that suggestion appears at all when not all the participants are capable of using the chat rooms, I think the main idea that is trying to be conveyed is

Please avoid extended discussions in comments.

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    Perhaps the suggestion to move the discussion to chat is the bug? :-P Oct 5, 2012 at 11:32
  • @MartijnPieters Even if it were, this has probably been asked many times here.
    – nanofarad
    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:33
  • Sure, and thus it probably should be marked as a dupe. Oct 5, 2012 at 11:35

After much thought:

Consider a person with less than 20 rep, having an extended discussion in comments.

If the discussion is about how SO is supposed to or does work, then the person is likely not understanding the other commenter and won't after a chat discussion.

If the discussion is not about how SO works, then Please avoid extended discussions in comments applies directly.

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