I'm trying to create a chat room with LaTeX for my classmates, It is here. Is it possible to reduce the need for 20rep for them? They speak only portuguese and won't be able to make a question. But I think that having a chat room with them is going to be a good thing for the class. I wouldn't even mind if I could transfer the reputation from my account to theirs, but I don't know how to do that.

They won't be annoying other users in other chat rooms nor doing annoying questions. I just need a room with LaTeX and loging, so that we can comunicate better. I've tried MathIM, but it does not log the chat.

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    $\begingroup$ You could use web IRC + your own room on a server + the ChatJax bookmark + a program to log everything. (The last part would require technical knowledge though.) $\endgroup$ – anon Apr 9 '14 at 22:26
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    $\begingroup$ While it definitely makes sense in your case, I think the devs are unlikely to change the privilege system for what seems like a fairly narrow issue (i.e. affecting only a small number of low-rep users). $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker Apr 9 '14 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ @anon This would be too hard to them (and perhaps hard for me, to configure everything). It's sad, but teaching them how to use such a tool would take a lot of time and demotivation would arise - people in the class come from different backgrounds, some of them don't know so much about using computers. I guess it's way easier through here. $\endgroup$ – Red Banana Apr 9 '14 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker I could talk to them, I guess. $\endgroup$ – Red Banana Apr 9 '14 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Pristine No, it would require them going to a website and typing a few things in boxes (server, #math, name) and clicking submit, which is not hard at all. Managing the room (your part) would be the hard part. $\endgroup$ – anon Apr 9 '14 at 22:32
  • $\begingroup$ @PristineKavalostka You've already made the feature request--the devs should see it, and will either implement it or decline. I'm just guessing that they'll decline. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker Apr 9 '14 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker Just for curiosity: Do you point this link to them or they see everything in all metas? $\endgroup$ – Red Banana Apr 9 '14 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @PristineKavalostka They check up on the metas fairly regularly. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker Apr 9 '14 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ @anon I'll check for that. $\endgroup$ – Red Banana Apr 9 '14 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexBecker Ok. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Red Banana Apr 9 '14 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ @PristineKavalostka Why not using some of other freely available solutions for chat instead, several are mentioned in this question on main. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Apr 10 '14 at 10:22
  • $\begingroup$ Similar feature request (but for entirely different reasons) has been made before: Allow inviting people with rep < 20 to private chat?. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Apr 10 '14 at 10:25

I imagine that it's actually a deliberate design decision to prevent people who won't use the Q&A function of the site from being able to use the stackexchange network as a chat server.

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    $\begingroup$ Absolutely correct. Our chat is not meant as a general-purpose chat platform, but as a supplement for the existing communities on the main Q&A sites. $\endgroup$ – balpha Apr 10 '14 at 10:39

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