I have 51 reputation on one of the Stack Exchange sites. Because of this, why can't I chat in rooms?

  • 51 reputation? On which site? Here it seems you don't have any reputation at all.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Jul 5, 2016 at 10:47
  • Area 51. you can see it Jul 5, 2016 at 10:49
  • You have 26 according to me
    – Lee
    Jul 5, 2016 at 16:19
  • only right now as i got some upvotes in this post Jul 5, 2016 at 16:20
  • @Lee not at time of writing. Jul 7, 2016 at 1:37
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    right man @John Jul 7, 2016 at 2:24

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We have three chat servers - one serves this site, so you need 20 reputation here in this site, in order to chat on http://chat.meta.stackexchange.com.

The second serves Stack Overflow - so you need 20 rep there to chat on https://chat.stackoverflow.com.

The last one serves the rest of the network, including Area51. You need 20 rep on any of the other sites in order to chat on https://chat.stackexchange.com.

  • Why do we have different chat servers? Jun 16, 2017 at 2:47
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    @John - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/270272/…
    – Oded
    Jun 17, 2017 at 22:43
  • Makes sense, but why does stackexchange allow creating MSE or SO rooms associated with the chat.se server if one of those sites was the one selected when a room was created from chat.se? Jun 17, 2017 at 22:48
  • @John I am having problems parsing that. What problem do you see here, exactly?
    – Oded
    Jun 18, 2017 at 7:36
  • It is possible to create rooms that have MSE as their associated that are on the chat.se server, NOT on the chat.meta.se server, like this one. It has MSE as its associated site, yet it is on the chat.se server, not on the chat.meta.SE server. Jun 18, 2017 at 16:54
  • And why is this a problem, @John?
    – Oded
    Jun 18, 2017 at 16:55
  • It decreases the viewability of the rooms that are on the wrong server since those rooms are not listed on the per-site list of rooms, and room-owners who don't realize that their rooms are on the wrong server will not know why their rooms get less attention (the room I created was just a test to see if it would allow wrong-server rooms). I think those thousands of wrong-server rooms on SO associated with chat.SE should be migrated, so they will not be nearly invisible. Jun 18, 2017 at 17:01

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