As advised here I navigated to https://chat.stackoverflow.com/rooms/new and I put my question and the relative site. After pressing Next, the following screen appeared:

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I have reputation 1, if that matters. Yesterday I asked a question, and I was advised to create a room for this question as it was too broad, so I deleted it. I don't know if this matters.

  • The something bad happened message is odd, - it might be nice to have a more obvious error message if that's the case. I'm also not sure if SO rep counts for being able to chat on the 'main' chat server. Mar 5, 2021 at 13:04
  • Meta has its own chat server and I'm not sure if meta counts for the main chat either.... Mar 5, 2021 at 13:27
  • I tried to create a room with stack overflow where I have reputation 41, and I got the same error Mar 5, 2021 at 13:38
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    @newbiecoder that's because, as the answer clearly states, you need 100.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Mar 5, 2021 at 13:52
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    Why are you creating a room instead of choosing a chat room with an appropriate topic and asking for help from the people in there?
    – ColleenV
    Mar 5, 2021 at 14:15
  • The "advise" you saw on MSO is very bad. I added a comment in there. Mar 6, 2021 at 7:46

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The title of your post says you can't create a chatroom on Software Engineering, which would be correct.

Seeing that you can't create a new chatroom unless you earn 100 reputation. This is documented in the /privileges page of each site. The link can be found in the top right corner of your achievements.

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To participate in chat you need 20 reputation.

Also when creating a chatroom it is not always obvious that you are creating it on a different Stack Exchange site. If you opt to create a chatroom it will default to creating it on Stack Overflow (in my case). You can select the community you want it associated with as per screenshot:

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  • Thanks for your answer. "First, enter a chat room — they're all public by default. You may enter and read the conversation in any room, but you may not talk until you earn 20 reputation." - I was able to talk in different rooms, but I have problem creating one. Thats why I am confused Mar 5, 2021 at 13:14
  • I am sorry, I did so - I selected software engineering; I also I tried to create a room with stack overflow where I have reputation 41, but I got the same error message Mar 5, 2021 at 13:39

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