I have been active on Ask Different for around a week now. Although I still end up making some mistakes, I am gradually managing to get a hang of the system.

This is my first time on any of the Stack Exchange sites, and I am enjoying my time on Ask Different. I have already managed to read and understand the help documents and FAQs.

While I managed to earn decent reputation points, one thing that I am still having hard time understanding is how the chat system works?

I may be missing something here (something really stupid), but I find myself unable to join the chat. Are the rooms invite only? Or are there public rooms too (for eligible members with enough reputation points)?

I am also not able to figure out the mechanism to create a new room and invite members.

This is the message that I get, every time I try to access Ask Different chat.

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As I understand that 20 reputation points are needed to participate in chat and. I believe I am past that barrier, but I don't still see the option to join a chat room. Please help me through this.

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    Chat was tacked on afterwards. Let me see if I can locate the place where you need to make your “chat account” - once you have that account, then it gets tied to your account. Worst case, we’ll point you to the contact-us link at the bottom of each page... – bmike Mar 31 '18 at 1:09
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    Thanks @bmike. I was trying to figure out a way to reach you :). It occurred to me, asking out loud on meta could help! – Nimesh Neema Mar 31 '18 at 1:13
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    Yes - this works great to ping site moderators - we all get a “ping” when a meta post arrives. Can you get in to any chat room anywhere on the SO side of things? – bmike Mar 31 '18 at 1:18
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    On a side note, does no reputation points gets awarded on Meta? – Nimesh Neema Mar 31 '18 at 6:22
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    Correct, there's no (visible) reputation on meta – grg Mar 31 '18 at 9:59

With help of another moderator, I located a problem with your account.

Each person gets one “chat” account and it has a parent account on one of the sites. Your parent was on Stack Overflow and that account had 1 rep only. For whatever reason your other accounts with PLENTY of reputation didn’t get credited. I re-parented your chat account but I cannot clean up the original problem unless you request to merge those accounts.

If you don’t have other problems, no need to merge. If you do, just use the Contact link at the bottom of any page or the link to the left.

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    I have a fairly limited understanding of account merging, but as far as I can recall, I started by creating an account on Stack Exchange using my email. I have never merged 2 separate accounts into 1 if that’s what merging mean. – Nimesh Neema Mar 31 '18 at 1:16
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    Yes - you would know you requested a merge. I’ve asked a couple other moderators. We should get an answer pretty soon, but there’s no reason for you to not use the contact form if you want. Once we’ve solved it - we can answer here and teach everyone how to fix if my guess was wrong. – bmike Mar 31 '18 at 1:19
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    Finally able to join chat room. Thanks bmike and @catija for your support and prompt response. – Nimesh Neema Mar 31 '18 at 1:29
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    Not always does this happen, but when it does - it’s pretty cool. Chat between moderators is amazing as is teamwork. – bmike Mar 31 '18 at 1:30
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    Couldn't agree more. While I am new to this platform, I have spent years hanging out on Apple Developer channels on freenode IRC :) – Nimesh Neema Mar 31 '18 at 1:32
  • Great result in the end. And we probably all learnt something new! :) – Monomeeth Mar 31 '18 at 4:44

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