I couldn't use the reply to this message to a chat message that is a day old. Why is this? I had to resort to typing @username so as to grab the person's attention.

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If you know the chat transcript URL, you can do this instead:

example url: http://chat.meta.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/620858#620858

enter the chatroom in question (since this came from the tavern, I would go to the tavern) and in the message box key the following:

:620858 message

notice the space after the :nnnnnn

In this manner, you can reply to any message, no matter how old, provided the message has not been deleted. At least, that's how I do it.

  • sorry for my ignorance about this, is it really a bug?
    – ianace
    May 12, 2011 at 5:25
  • @ianace No, it's about how you got to that message. It can only do a reply "within the chatroom" and not "on the transcript". There's no interface for it to do the second page. There is an interface to do it on the first one.
    – jcolebrand
    May 12, 2011 at 14:28

Although I'm not 100% sure what your precise issue was, I think this is fixed since replying from the transcript is now possible.


Press Ctrl+F5 on your browser to refresh the page and load all the scripts then try again. It should work.

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    i was actually following from my stack exchange notification which redirected me to the chat message. i think its not about scripts being outdated, its just that the notification directs me to an archive which just 1 day old
    – ianace
    May 12, 2011 at 5:27

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