The best way to explain this is to show you:


Stack Exchange Chat

As you can see, the logo is not right. Also, the font is orange, and all the logos on the chat rooms are one of Stack Overflow.


Stack _Overflow_ Chat

The difference is that below "Rooms", the SE chat says it is about the SE network, while in the SO chat, it states events coming soon about programming.

I do not remember the SE chat page being like that, so something must have happened, unless I am wrong.

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  • I can't reproduce this on Chrome for Windows 10. I see the correct icons on both chat servers. What browser and OS are you using? – Pika the Wizard of the Whales Apr 26 at 4:05
  • @PikachuthePurpleWizard I am using Chrome on iOS, as you should be able to infer from the screenshots. Also, is this how the page should normally look? – user495830 Apr 26 at 4:06
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    Nope. For me chat.SO looks like this and chat.SE looks like this. – Pika the Wizard of the Whales Apr 26 at 4:10
  • @PikachuthePurpleWizard you have to be on the "site" tab on Stack Exchange chat in order to see this. – MEE - Reinstate Monica Apr 26 at 6:56

There's 3 chat servers - SO has its own set of chat. MSE has its own chat and the rest of the SE network has its own chat.

The SE network chat basically has folks with 10k anywhere on the network with chat moderation powers. SO and MSE are restricted to their own sites - as a community moderator on SU - I have full powers there, and likewise on MSE as one of the community mods here. I barely have chatting powers on SO.

Confusingly you can have rooms with MSE and SO as a parent site on the main SE chat...

So, no, you're not going mad.


In addition to what Journeyman Geek said, there is also an option to filter all chat rooms based on their parent site.

When you click on the site tab (IIRC the default one), you will be shown only chat rooms associated with the currently selected filter site1.

The default filter is your chat parent site2.

You can select the filter site by clicking on the "(more sites)" link below the tab widget:

The site switcher

Which site you choose, influences the design the site gets, so if I select Science Fiction and Fantasy, I see this design:

Chat with SFF-design

And when I choose Stack Overflow, this design appears:

Chat with SO-design

1Which site a room appears is associated with, can be chosen when creating a new room with your parent site as the default
2To set/change the parent site, go to your profile.