Eight steps to reproduce a trivial yet annoying bug whereby acting as a room owner/moderator you ban yourself from taking future action:

  1. Create a new room in chat.


  1. Be a moderator and take your mod-hammer with you into chat.
  2. Pin a chat message.
  3. Unpin same.
  4. Realize you didn't really want to unpin it; you were acting prematurely.
  5. Try to pin said chat message again.
  6. Get greeted by a notification bar saying:

    You have already voted, but the voting has been cleared by a moderator

  7. Repent of your fickle ways.
  8. goto 7

Also note that you receive the same message even when you are a room owner but not a moderator, which doesn't really make sense.

  • 12
    You can only use your hammer once! Then it shatters into a million pieces.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 19:39
  • 1
    That's not really a bug in behavior; the message just admittedly isn't quite optimal. The behavior is as intended.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Jan 9, 2013 at 19:40
  • 5
    Seeing as the dupe was removed, perhaps we should reopen this. And if this is status-bydesign, perhaps we could switch it to feature request instead, this behaviour is really annoying.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 14:41
  • ...just post a new message with the same contents and pin it again? It shouldn't be a problem if the author of the message doesn't matter.
    – badp
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:11
  • @badp can a moderator post a message as some other user? Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:14
  • 6
    Please add "8. See (7)"
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:42
  • @JanDvorak No, they can't.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 17:02
  • @animuson Moderators can swing the hammer again, but backwards, so things that were shattered gets unshattered (?).
    – Braiam
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 3:45
  • @Braiam No, even mods can't do this: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/201?m=10487533#10487533
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 4:05
  • 2
    Reproduced as room owner without mod powers, editing to reflect it. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 14:09

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Another side effect of this that isn't mentioned in the question is that after 14 days (or however long a message is pinned, I forget atm) the message can't be repinned. You get the same error message.

This is terribly annoying, forcing you to create the message all over again, and that is usually less than optimal.

Can this be changed please?

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