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It was nice to discover the option for a room owner to add any user to a room, even if their rep is too low.

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...so I notified the user in question, and as instructed on the next screen, I had them got to chat.stackoverflow.com so that I'd be able to add them.

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...but when they did their part, and I did my part, I got the message:

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Obviously both frustrated, the user's next logical question was:

"So I just have ask a couple questions and get someone to upvote them, right?"


Needless to say, we don't want to encourage new users to post questions for the sole purpose of bypassing a frustrating, misdocumented rule.

I realize this will likely quickly get closed since it has at least one duplicate - which hasn't been touched in 5½ years. However it would be nice if the issue was revisited:

Ideally, it would be cool if RO's did have the option of deciding who had access to the room they "own", but short of that, is it possible to remove the 6 "misleading" words from that page?

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The behavior described here was affirmed by Shog in March 2018 as intended behavior:

Well, that is what the users listed there can do [...] whether or not you can add them is another matter.

I introduced to him the idea that a message should be shown to users that only moderators can add <20 rep users to that list, but he responded that "it's hard coded" and took no further action. I'd suggest filing a new feature request for that.

  • Thanks for the response. I don't understand how it's such a big deal to re-word a few pages, but I'm also not a web coder... I've heard a few grumblings another on your link stating that "Chat will never, ever have any development done to it, ever." With as few active users as it has, I could understand why that would be the case, but haven't seen anything official; I'm just wondering if I shouldn't bother with MSE posts re:issues/requests/etc?* – ashleedawg Jul 13 '18 at 1:14
  • @ashleedawg Yes, you should file such requests. The SE team generally checks older requests whenever development work resumes. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Jul 13 '18 at 8:16

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