I'm a bit confused about the right-hand side-bar on site. When do I get the "chat-room" links shown there and when not?

I currenlty see them on the meta-site only, but I can't remember if I've seen them on the main-page as well and when. Clarifications, please.

Edit: Now I see them on both sites, but I could have sworn the section was not there on the main site a minute ago ??? (Or am I just getting blind & crazy?)

• Yeah, I don't get it either! They seem to randomly pop up and disappear.
– Deusovi Mod
Jun 2 '16 at 16:18

This is one of those quirky, subtle distinctions on Stack Exchange sites.

[meta.]puzzling.stackexchange.com/ is not the same as [meta.]puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions. "Visit Chat" section (usually?) shows under /, but not under /questions.

You can see this behavior for yourself: if you click on the site logo, it will link you to /, where Visit Chat will appear. If you then click on 'Questions', it will take you to /questions, where it (and the newsletter signup) will be replaced with favorite and related tags.

• This can't be the whole explanation, though, since I don't see it on either right now. / has a Newsletter sign-up that's not on /questions, but netiher has the chatroom links. Strange. Jun 3 '16 at 2:01
• W. Weird. I'm going to go with, "when the magic web design gremlins feel like it," then.
– user20
Jun 3 '16 at 2:13

It sometimes happens to me too, the "X People Talking" link is not always visible, but i don't know why.

If you want you can access to the chat from anywhere by clicking the Stack Exchange logo in the top left corner and then click "chat"