Shouldn't a link to chat be the first thing we would offer a new user who asks something like this? At times it seems like we want to run new people off! We obviously have no trouble telling a new user why "we don't/can't do that here" but apparently we don't know how to post a link to chat...

No, it's not against any policy to be helpful.

Here's some helpful information: users with less than 20 reputation points cannot talk in chat.

  • Thanks for that helpful tidbit. I can't remember ever not being able to post in chat. I guess I already had 20 points the first time I tried. – Michael C Mar 1 at 3:28
  • Can a lower rep user participate in a specific chat room created for that user and a few others, rather than the general chat room for each SE site? – Michael C Mar 1 at 3:28
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    Only a diamond-carrying moderator can lift the restriction (for a specific user in a specific room), the process is described here. – user37753 Mar 1 at 3:45
  • @FTP also converting comments to chat will also add the user automatically, but spawning a list of however many comments it takes to activate that probably isn't an ideal work around. – AJ Henderson Mar 2 at 5:11

Current advice (from my limited perspective) seems to be to give constructive feedback when downvoting. FWIW - I'm posting this 13 hours after you asked, and the question is already gone.

Perhaps the policy should be to put a little extra effort in when the question is being asked by a 1 rep user. For Example:

  • Don't downvote without a comment
  • If the comment is "this doesn't belong here" - then answer the question, where does it belong and how can I help OP get there?

I guess it comes back to goals. But, if a goal is to add additional, active users to the community, then the policy needs to reflect a bit more help to new users. Or at least, avoidance of some of the immediate hostility.

A link to chat would be great, if only it were a universal privilege. (My chat privileges were granted by the system not that long ago)

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