While I am searching answers on the Stack Overflow site, there are some users that know the technology of my concern and have often answered related to the same term that I am asking for.

How do I start a chat with him/her for my answer?


If both you and the other user have at least 20 reputation points, you can follow the below steps to start a chat with that user:

  1. Open that user's chat profile link. To find the chat profile link, first, go to the site's profile link (e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/users/3061020/jatt-net). Then, follow the relevant bullet for your site:

    • Stack Overflow or Meta Stack Exchange: Add "chat" in the URL before the domain name, e.g. http://chat.stackoverflow.com/users/3061020/jatt-net

    • All other sites: Follow the link to the user's "Network profile" on the top right corner. If the link is not present, go to the "Activity" tab in the top left, then scroll down and follow the link to "Account" on the right. You should end up with a link like https://stackexchange.com/users/3674664/jatt-net, which is the user's network profile. Change the URL to the form https://chat.stackexchange.com/account/[network profile ID], e.g. https://chat.stackexchange.com/account/3674664.

    • Note: In either case, if the user has never visited the chat site before and created their chat profile, you'll get a 404 error when following the above methods.

  2. Click on start new room with this user, or you can also invite to existing room you're inside.

In case either you or the other user don't have 20 reputation, or the user has never signed into chat before, it's not possible to have a chat without moderator intervention. (Moderators can give explicit chat access that bypass reputation restrictions, and can "super-ping" users to send chat notifications even if they don't have a chat profile.)

If you don't see a "start new room with this user" button, the likely cause is that you've been automatically banned from creating rooms as a result of being repeatedly kick-muted from another chat room. Go to /rooms/new on the relevant chat server (https://chat.stackoverflow.com/rooms/new, https://chat.meta.stackexchange.com/rooms/new, or https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/new); if you get a page that tells you you're banned from creating rooms, you must contact a moderator to remove your ban before you can start rooms with other users (or invite users to existing rooms).

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  • ok, how to Open that user's chat profile link? – Jot Dhaliwal May 13 '14 at 12:53
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    add "chat" word before stackoverflow in user profile link. – CapDroid May 13 '14 at 12:54
  • @ShadowWizard if user never came in chat room then it will give me that user's name in list? – CapDroid May 13 '14 at 12:56
  • @Jatt.net Welcome :) – CapDroid May 13 '14 at 12:59
  • +1 to your comment answer in comment @ShadowWizard – Jot Dhaliwal May 13 '14 at 13:02
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    This technique doesn't seem to work anymore, the site user ID (at least from Information Security) and chat user ID are different. – WhiteWinterWolf Jul 2 '16 at 13:33
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    @WhiteWinterWolf this answer is specific to Stack Overflow, which got its own chat domain. To find a user on the general SE chat, one must search the chat users list. – Shadow 10 Years Wizard Dec 25 '17 at 9:35
  • seems like this method would led to an erroneous chat account unrelated to the main profile. – Sajuuk May 24 '19 at 6:37
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    There is no "start new room with this user" button. – root Aug 5 '19 at 9:30

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