I am an active user on the Stack Exchange network, and participate in a few of the sites. I just heard about the chat room The Bridge, and it seems I can’t chat there. However, I have:

  • 182 reputation on Arqade

  • 99 reputation on Stack Overflow

  • 81 reputation on Codegolf

I am very confused why it says I need 20 or more reputation to chat. I look on my Stack Exchange page, and it shows no reputation. Why?

Here is what the chatroom looks like for me:

  • Are you logged in to chat?
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:23
  • Yes, I'm logged in, when I click on the Stack Exchange Network button, it brings me to stackexchange.com with me logged in. There is no other login button on the chat page that I can find. Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:24
  • So, at the top bar on chat, you see your user name, and not a "log in" link?
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:27
  • There is no top bar. Adding picture. Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:28
  • And when you go to: chat.stackexchange.com ?
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:31
  • It has a bar there. I can't seem to access The Bridge from there though. Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:33
  • I know. But does it show your name or "log in"? You can access the bridge if you click "Rooms" then "All" - you can search for it in the list.
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:33
  • It shows my name, meaning (to my knowledge) that I'm logged in. Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:36
  • That is what I was trying to determine. Click your name there - you will see your user profile on chat. What do you have near the "parent user"? You can change it to be arqade, at which point all should be well.
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:36

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I seem to have figured it out. The parent account associated with my account was Stack Overflow (even though I had enough reputation on there...), and it showed 14 reputation. However, switching my parent account over to gaming.stackexchange.com seems to have fixed the problem.

  • Also, another thing to note, be warned that ABS (Adblock Super) may get rid of some of the bars. Just realized this :P Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 22:59

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