Invite low rep users to participate in chat
Question answering is a large percentage of the traffic in the typical language/library discussion group. And like many of the SO semi-faithful, I fight the good fight against junky systems like phpBB and Google Groups for Q&A.
(I think they're junky for pretty much everything else too, but it's especially noticeable with Q&A.)
Yet the ergonomics of a StackExchange-style site can be hard for people to grasp. The point system can be intimidating, and though things keep getting better with offering advice on how to refine question titles...people are still having some bad first experiences.
So I thought I was clever by inviting people from Rebol to join me in A Rebol Chat Room here. I'd get a chance to show off the site's features, give guidance so they don't get slammed into oblivion as they try and learn the system.
But no dice...the 20 rep limit for chat (which I did not know about) blocked them. And now they have even more anti-StackOverflow bias than they did before; it looks elitist about this points thing that "doesn't actually matter, but does"
I understand wanting to stem the spam tides. But this restriction—while a seemingly low bar to jump—ties the hands of evangelists and adds fuel to the "let's make another crappy phpBB site" fire. If I want to invite someone to come get started with StackOverflow by way of a chat room, what's the deal with gagging them?
And if you want to feel my pain, check out the silly third-world URL category I'm trying to upgrade: