Why can I not add a comment on Meta Ask Patents to, e.g., Question 47 although I have the "comment everywhere" privilege (only 1 rep. needed)?

First, I was hesitant to raise this question as I found quite a lot of similar questions asking for help on commenting. It turned out that the reason for these questions often was too low a reputation to comment.

So I first raised the question on the meta site of "Ask Patents" to make sure that it is not a problem with my low reputation. Indeed, I received an answer from a user with over 5000 reps. who could not comment, either. That indicates that it is not a problem with reputation.

Thus I placed this question here because it may be a feature of the stack exchange engine or another policy barring me and some other users from commenting. I might also be a bug :-)


  • On (Meta) Ask Patents, the threshold for the "comment everywhere" privilege is set to 1, see the list of privileges of that site.
  • The "add comment" link is missing not only on the question but also on answers from other users.
  • The "add comment" link appears on my own answer.
  • The "edit" link is greyed out and its tooltip says "Suggested edits are not allowed on non-tag-wiki posts on meta sites."
  • Screenshot how I see the "question 47" page: enter image description here
  • What error do you receive when trying to comment? – hjpotter92 Nov 19 '13 at 11:54
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    @hjpotter92, no error message appears, the "add comment" link is absent. I will update my questions to reflect this. – Daniel K. Nov 19 '13 at 11:56
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    @mehow You linked to the meta privileges page, which is empty (there's no rep on per site Metas, thus no rep-tied privileges). The main site privileges page for Ask Patents claims "comment everywhere" is awarded at 1 rep. – yannis Nov 19 '13 at 11:56
  • @mehow You're looking for this – hjpotter92 Nov 19 '13 at 11:57
  • youre guys are right – user221081 Nov 19 '13 at 11:58
  • I see the "add comment" links on Ask Patents (and Meta AP), and I successfully posted a comment on your Meta question there. When did you last try commenting? Perhaps this has been fixed in the couple of days since you posted on Meta AP? – yannis Nov 19 '13 at 12:02
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    I was able to reproduce with account having 1 rep. @Yannis you start with 101 rep thus you can't repro. Most likely the meta site thinks 50 rep are required, hence not showing "add comment". That's a bug. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Nov 19 '13 at 12:22
  • By the way this appears to be specific to Meta Ask Patents, other per-site metas require 50 rep as far as I could see. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Nov 19 '13 at 12:24
  • @ShaWizDowArd There's a 5K user there claiming he couldn't comment either. meta.patents.stackexchange.com/a/194/82 – yannis Nov 19 '13 at 12:29
  • @Yannis well, with this account (101 rep there) I can comment just fine so guess only users with certain rep range can see the "add comment" link. On the other hand, with the 1 rep account I couldn't comment on any question, so it's not specific to question #47. – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Nov 19 '13 at 12:34
  • I've got the same issue on stackoverflow – frlan Nov 22 '13 at 10:22
  • Can you still reproduce this issue? – hichris123 Aug 9 '14 at 23:16
  • @hichris123 Now I see an "add a comment" link on the question and every answer. However, when I click it, a tooltip says that I need 50 reps to comment. Currently I have 38 at Meta AP. Basically, the behaviour is unchanged: I cannot comment on questions and answers over there. – Daniel K. Nov 8 '14 at 0:29
  • @Sklivvz See above ^. – hichris123 Nov 8 '14 at 0:50

The short, but unsatisfactory, answer is that at the moment it requires 1 rep to comment on main, but 50 rep to comment on meta.

I'm investigating further and will update this answer later.

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