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Recently I navigated to the SO chat, and I noticed some of chat rooms have a Locked icon at Top Left side corner.

What does this locked icon mean?

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    When in doubt, hover! 90% of the times it will tell you what the icon/element is doing. :) Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 6:48
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    @ShadowWizard I am often hovering...not sure how I got up here though...
    – user273376
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 6:50
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    Oh, and -1 for no free hand shapes in the screenshot! :D Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 6:56

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If you hover over the padlock, it says:

Gallery: anyone may enter, but only approved users can talk

Essentially, a semi private chat room, a lot of the times for specific topics between 2 or more members (I would imagine an attempt to keep it on topic as much as possible). If you click on the room, there is a button to request access.

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    @omean Thnx for info
    – M D
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 6:53
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It indicates that the room mode is Gallery.

If room mode is Public, anyone may enter and talk.
If room mode is Gallery, anyone may enter, but only approved users can talk.

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The "Request Access" button is displayed at the bottom of the page, if you enter a chat room which is in Gallery mode.

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  • @IR Where i find this access request?
    – M D
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 6:47

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