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So, in screwing around with the settings for chat (as a result of the activity in the mod chat room today), I changed my parent user, a diamond moderator on Academia.SE, to my SO profile, which does not have a diamond. As a result, I was booted from the mod chat room. However, changing the profile back didn't re-allow entry. Is this by design? I'm kinda confused about the whole "parent user" bit to begin with.

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Short answer: the "parent user" thing is a bit of a cludge, and you ran into it face-first. Long answer:… – Shog9 Apr 9 '12 at 19:04
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Changing your parent user didn't automatically refresh your chat profile, so you weren't considered a chat mod. It automatically syncs every hour or so, so it would've figured it out eventually, but I forced it to refresh now so you should be able to join again. I don't know if this is by design or not

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Definitely by-design. Keeps Aarthi guessing longer this way. – Shog9 Apr 9 '12 at 19:02
Kinda by design, but not really. Also part of this bigger story. @Shog's answer will do until that's done. – balpha Apr 9 '12 at 19:09

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