A few times I have found myself needing to chat with a low rep user in order to better understand their question without cluttering the comments section. Twice, this has been with very low rep users (<20) whose English is very limited but whose native language I happen to speak fluently. I don't want to add comments in a language that is not English since they obviously would not be useful to the community, so chatting would be the perfect solution.
Unfortunately, users with <20 rep cannot post in chat rooms. A mod had suggested to me that I could create a chat room and then give the user explicit access. I tried this by creating a sock puppet and inviting it to chat with me. I went into the
room menu of the room I had created and gave the sock puppet user explicit write access to that room:
I then received this warning:
Finally, I tested by opening a different browser, logging in as the sock puppet and joining the room in question but I could not post:
So, if I am doing something wrong and low rep users can be allowed to post to specific chat rooms, could someone explain how? If I am not doing something wrong could we allow low rep users to chat if the room's owner has specifically invited them? I can understand the (admittedly very low) minimum rep bar for chatting but we should be allowed to circumvent it when needed.