# I Don't Have Enough Reputation to Comment

I am not very good at golfing by myself, but once in a while, I dome across something small that I notice that could help. These are typically tricks I have found while looking at tips. Some users would not think of these, as some are very strange. I would like to comment, but I do not have 50 reputation yet. I know that editing is not a good idea here, so what should I do?

• In addition to the answer from Dennis, you can combine that with answering a tips question for the particular language. codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tips – AdmBorkBork Oct 31 '16 at 13:03
• Good job on earning the 50 reputation! Now you can comment! – Oliver Ni Nov 5 '16 at 5:52

Comments requiring reputation is an unfortunate situation, but it is (sadly) necessary to prevent comment spam. There is no manual override; the only way to post comments is to earn the 50 reputation points it requires.

There are a few ways to achieve this. You might already be familiar with them, but I'll list them anyway.

• Post answers. You might not be very good at golfing right now, but we all weren't at some point. Just tackle a few easier challenges first, and you'll see that you improve quickly. Since every upvote earns you +10, gathering 50 rep should be pretty quick.

• Post challenges. For most of us, that's actually harder than posting answers, but if you post the in the sandbox first, the community can help you to improve your draft.

• Earn 200 rep on any single SE site. Once you do, you'll get a +100 association bonus on all other sites.

• Or have 25 edit suggestions approved. 5 answer upvotes/10 question upvotes/50 rep in bounties/25 suggested edits. – Erik the Outgolfer Oct 30 '16 at 10:02
• @EriktheGolfer careful with recommending edit suggestions. Posts should be edited for clarity and format, but code should not be edited, it should be commented on. And the latter is precisely what OP wants to do. – Level River St Oct 30 '16 at 13:20
• If only this question counted – nedla2004 Oct 30 '16 at 14:43
• @LevelRiverSt I said 25 edit suggestions approved. It is a measure. Of course I do not recommend edit suggestions to total newbies. And, if they edit code, they will be rejected. – Erik the Outgolfer Oct 30 '16 at 15:12

Any user with 20 rep on their parent site can suggest an improvement to an answer by pinging the OP in chat and posting the suggestion there, or a link to a pastebin or something if it's long.

You can also try to find the user's chat profile and invite them to some other room you're already in, or you can create a new room for a conversation between the two of you. http://chat.stackexchange.com/users/

This is a temporary solution you can use until you gain enough reputation to post comments, because comments are usually preferred to chat messages unless that question or answer is being actively discussed in chat.

• I believe you need 25 rep to use the chat, but that should not be a problem for the OP – 0 ' Oct 31 '16 at 15:45
• I will do this until I get 50 reputation, thanks. – nedla2004 Oct 31 '16 at 16:51
• @1000000000 Perhaps, but not on the specific site, so you'd only need 25 rep on any site. I can chat on other sites that I don't have rep on (the 100 rep for being trusted on other sites doesn't count towards requirements). If you could find a reference for that 25 rep requirement so I can link it, that'd be great. – mbomb007 Oct 31 '16 at 16:59
• Chat privilege is earned at 20, and is the same for both beta and graduated sites. – Geobits Oct 31 '16 at 17:29
• @Geobits Hmm. It says rep on the parent site is required. So I guess in that case, the 100 must count towards it, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to chat where I did. – mbomb007 Oct 31 '16 at 18:16
• You have one parent site (defined in your chat profile, initially set to the first site you registered on), no matter in which chat room you are or to which SE site that chat room belongs. – Dennis Oct 31 '16 at 18:56
• @Dennis It says "Your reputation on chat is the same as your reputation on the parent site", which is confusing wording, then. Maybe it should say "your parent site". – mbomb007 Oct 31 '16 at 21:36
• I wouldn't recommend this. The 50 rep comment limitation is there for a reason, it should not be circumvented. Chat is not a place for comments. – Erik the Outgolfer Nov 12 '16 at 11:06
• @EriktheGolfer Sure it is. I've had people recommend golfing improvements in chat before. Read the description of what chat is for on TNB. "General discussion for codegolf.stackexchange.com" – mbomb007 Nov 13 '16 at 4:27
• @mbomb007 I don't think that belongs to general discussion, but it might just be my perspective on that (yes I have a different perspective than most people). – Erik the Outgolfer Nov 13 '16 at 7:38
• @EriktheGolfer It's more on-topic than much other chat in TNB. – mbomb007 Nov 13 '16 at 21:18