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

  1. Be a moderator and take your mod-hammer with you into chat. (or just create a new room)
  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
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    You can only use your hammer once! Then it shatters into a million pieces. – animuson Jan 9 '13 at 19:39
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    That's not really a bug in behavior; the message just admittedly isn't quite optimal. The behavior is as intended. – balpha Jan 9 '13 at 19:40
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    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 Sep 9 '13 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 Sep 9 '13 at 16:11
  • @badp can a moderator post a message as some other user? – John Dvorak Sep 9 '13 at 16:14
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    Please add "8. See (7)" – Ben Voigt Sep 9 '13 at 16:42
  • @JanDvorak No, they can't. – Adam Lear Sep 9 '13 at 17:02
  • @animuson Moderators can swing the hammer again, but backwards, so things that were shattered gets unshattered (?). – Braiam Oct 28 '13 at 3:45
  • @Braiam No, even mods can't do this: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/201?m=10487533#10487533 – ɥʇǝS Oct 28 '13 at 4:05
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    Reproduced as room owner without mod powers, editing to reflect it. – ShaWiz Mar 17 '14 at 14:09

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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