Someone dropped a link to a chat in response to a comment (presumably in order to not overload the comment format). But I can't seem to be able to do anything but view that chat. Am I supposed to response in chat, and if so, how?


Talking in chat requires at least 20 reputation points, but you are at 67 so that shouldn't be the issue. All that remains, I think, is to be logged in and on the right page. The chat service is actually on a different set of servers and requires a login separate from (but linked to) your SE site user account.

The page you are looking at may be one of two things:

  • It may be the transcript page, in which case you need to look for the "join X users in this room" button to jump from the log to the actual chat interface.

  • It may be the chat interface, but you are not logged in, in which case you need to find the login function to enable the talk features.

  • Thank you. I may have been somehow logged out, as I now see a chat box where I can type answers. Weird. – justbelieve Jun 21 '13 at 13:40
  • Actually, I somehow ended up again on a page where I can't reply, and it was a transcript page. I think there's no clearly visble link from the transcript page to the chat page, which is a hinderance. – justbelieve Jun 21 '13 at 17:19
  • @user4813 You might be right on that. I think the link is the room name, but that might be a usability issue to mention in a post on Meta Stack Exchange. The flow there is certainly not as obvious as it could be. – Caleb Jun 21 '13 at 17:23
  • Yes, that's what I meant. Does this chat follow a template (so it's a Stackexchange-wide problem)? – justbelieve Jun 21 '13 at 17:29
  • @user4813 Yes the chat system is network-wide. Each site has a few CSS tweaks but it's the same system. – Caleb Jun 21 '13 at 17:31

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