For the third [Edit: OOPS, my bad, fifth] time in three months I got caught up in a conversation tonight with a newbie cook trying to understand why something didn't work. For lack of a better way to communicate, we had a long conversation in comments.
Yes, I have a long history of raising baby birds in my bathroom sink. That doesn't make me wrong, just a bit soft-hearted.
Can't we at least give a poster with some small amount of rep the privilege to invite a no-rep poster to join them in chat? Or into a chat room?
Personally, at least here on SA, I'm not seeing a great harm in allowing 1 rep users to enter normal chat. Offensive posts and spam are hardly a problem running amok. Nor do I think that regular chat users tend towards being virgin eared.
The rep requirement to enter chat causes a lot more problems than just eliminating the requirement.
I don't see any good reason for a rep requirement to enter chat. Why keep the requirement at all?
EDIT: I remember one of my very first posts here. I don't remember what it was about, but I remember another user (who I will not name, but that name starts with SAJ) saying something to the effect of, "Your question doesn't deserve an upvote, but I'm upvoting you anyway so we can continue this conversation in chat." Since then, I've done the same thing - a few times. That's a flaw in the system, not a flaw in the users.