Some months ago, I linked to one of my other meta posts in the CSS chat room and pinned the announcement in case anybody who cared happened to drop by:

In case anybody else noticed that questions are now highlighted a little differently, I'm actively investigating this; here's the meta thread

It was unpinned quite some time ago by one of the other room owners. I don't need it anymore anyway since the issue has been settled to some extent. I notice, however, that it's still visible in the starred list, with the only regular (not pinned) star being my own:

When I try to click on the star to unstar it, chat thinks I'm trying to do otherwise and simply tells me I can't star my own messages.

I can easily delete this message, but I'd very much like to unstar it instead, thankyouverymuch.

  • Note that pinned messages get auto-unpinned after two weeks.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 6:25
  • @Shog9: I'm not asking if it's intended that I'm allowed to star my own messages by pinning them. I'm asking why I can't unstar my messages after pinning them (at least not the usual way of unstarring interesting messages). Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 6:46
  • Oh, right... Got distracted by all the fake-imitation-token-currency.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 6:48

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If you're able to pin a message in a room, you can also cancel stars on it:

What the action looks like

IIRC, you'll also need to do this if you pin and then unpin the message. Yup, that's right - moderators (and room owners, AFAIK) can star their own messages using this odd hack. Unless, of course, your reporting it here gets that fixed.

I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for that meddling kid!

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    I wasn't aware of that option. Thanks. Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 0:32
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    The "when pinning, you get to star your own message" exception was a deliberate decision.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 6:24
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    OUTSTANDING! @balpha
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 6:25
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    Is @balpha also saying this is the only intended way to unstar my own messages? Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 8:06

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