Here's this message from Sathya:

It usually shows like this in the rooms when you're in another chat room:

I edited the post to change a word repetition that sounded weird (Can you tell I'm bored and we don't have any flags in our queue?), and suddenly it changed the author to me:

What happened here?

  • I asked the same thing, but never got a response. Then when I complained about it at a later point, Grace Note said something along the lines of what Manishearth said below.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:20
  • Well, if I really had taken over the message it'd show me as the author everywhere. But this is just a bug in how the script pulls the author. When you refresh, everything's fine again.
    – slhck
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:40

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Another thing that it does is make it hard (no message reply button) to reply to the chat message that you've edited, while the original owner can. Ditto for starring; the original owner can star it but you can't.

Basically, when you edit a message, the system treats it as yours to some degree.

IMO this isn't a major thing, as mods are the only ones who can edit the messages of others. And we do it rarely:

  • To remove obscenities/PII from stuff posted by users (very rare, usually it's better to just nuke it)
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  • To troll users who don't know about the fact that we can edit messages.
  • I never noticed the "can't reply anymore" thing (but you're right; you need to reload to fix it). Has this been reported previously?
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:25
  • @balpha: Doubt it. It's a really rare thing to come across. The only time this has ever annoyed me was when I was helping Grace run the Android Town Hall Chat (Dec 2012 election) by doing the janitorial insertion of message-replies for one guy who couldn't use them. And a few times when I edited a message and wanted to reply "FTFY". Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:28
  • @balpha: Looks like Tim Stone reported it in the chat feedback room (for the same Android THC reason): meta.stackexchange.com/questions/178156/… (apparently works for starring as well) Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:29
  • @balpha meta.stackexchange.com/questions/169816/…
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 17:55
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    @Anna Always those SU mods, abusing chat, right? :)
    – slhck
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 18:38
  • @slhck You said it. ;)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 18:54

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