I'm a moderator on Programmers.SE. I've gotten into a prolonged back-and-forth on Gaming.SE (where I am not a moderator), enough to trigger the warning:

Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat?

When I clicked the link, it—as expected—created a room, copying all my comments and the other persons's comments. However, I immediately lost access to the Teachers' Lounge. Upon further investigation, I also lost access to my chat moderation privileges.

Knowing a similar bug with reparenting was prevalent before, I checked to make sure my site association didn't change, but it was still set to Programmers.

It was only when I went back to Programmers and clicked on the chat link there did I get my moderation privileges back.

This seems like something that shouldn't occur. What happened?


With some more testing, I can do this on-demand with the link on the above mentioned answer. About 15 seconds after joining the new room, I lose access to TL.

However, it doesn't appear that merely clicking on the chat link on Programmers fixes it: I have to go to my chat profile, note that it still says Programmers under the site association, and manually select it again. Once I do that, I regain access to everything.


We have had other reports of this, and I spent a good few hours yesterday trying (and failing) to reproduce it on demand. The process you describe sounds subtly different to what I was looking for, though, which is encouraging.

Can I confirm: your site-association (on your user profile) was still programmers, i.e. that didn't change?

Found and fixed; while it was preserving the fact that you wanted to have prog.SE as your main site, it was still using IsModerator from whichever site was queried. Fixinating.

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  • That's correct. Still said Programmers. I am apparently able to reproduce this on-demand with answer mentioned in the question: tried it again just now. 15 seconds or so after moving the comments, I lost access to TL. – user149432 Nov 22 '11 at 12:15
  • I added some more testing to my question: looks like the site association is broken, but it doesn't show that on the profile. Manually selecting Programmers again, even though my site profile says the parent user is Programmers, fixes the problem. – user149432 Nov 22 '11 at 12:21

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