I have had two messages in chat starred multiple times:

Yet after ~11 hours I still have not received the hat even though others have it.


Is this all a big lie or am I missing something?

UPDATE: I have since had several of my messages starred in various rooms but no hat. There seems to be a secret to this.

UPDATE 2: After following mbinette's answer:


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    I've seen it awarded on meta, but not on SO. – mbinette Dec 31 '12 at 16:22
  • @mbinette That was in chat.meta – Austin Henley Dec 31 '12 at 16:22
  • I know. I'm just saying. He got it tho: meta.stackoverflow.com/users/153001/scrooginator – mbinette Dec 31 '12 at 16:23
  • @mbinette Yes, multiple people have it. It says "starred message" but I guess I will try anything – Austin Henley Dec 31 '12 at 16:25
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    I'd created a room on chat.SO to test something, after having gotten the hat on meta. The first star (on my message), was via a pin/unpin, so that doesn't count-- but all the starred messages after that belong to users without hats. Something smells broken. – Manishearth Dec 31 '12 at 16:35
  • @Manishearth You got it. GIVE IT TO ME – Austin Henley Dec 31 '12 at 16:37
  • Ah, I figured out the issue. Only I and mootinator have it on MSO for a reason. A simple one. We both know about the peculiarities of the chat for this site. Figure it out ;-) – Manishearth Dec 31 '12 at 16:41
  • @Manishearth - you can't leave a comment like that hanging in the wind. – ChrisF Dec 31 '12 at 16:47
  • @ChrisF ah well. I wanted to have some fun first :p The reason is: the hats don't work for chat.SO and chat.MSO. Only for chat.SE (where there are rooms associated with SO/MSO) – Manishearth Dec 31 '12 at 17:18
  • @Manishearth - ah. – ChrisF Dec 31 '12 at 21:13

It works if you go the central StackExchange chat site and set up a room for the site you want the hat for.

Here are two I prepared earlier:

  • @mbinette It definitely worked for me for both rooms. You can check the leaderboard for those sites and enter my name if you need proof. Or just look at the hat I'm wearing now :) – Bohemian Dec 31 '12 at 17:41
  • Alright then. Deleting my answer. I guess it makes sense, the mod rooms were probably created from SE chat sites. – mbinette Dec 31 '12 at 17:42
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    Confirmed on SO. +1 :) Happy New Years! – Travis J Dec 31 '12 at 18:13

I just deployed the fix:

We were only awarding NYE hats for starred chat messages in chatrooms on the chat.stackexchange.com domain. Now, hats are also awarded for messages on chat.stackoverflow.com and chat.meta.stackoverflow.com as well.

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