I've created a private chat room and want to make another couple of users co-owners. I've tried entering a user ID, pasting in their profile URL, and searching.

Add owner dialog

Once I click the "make owner" button, the page refreshes and nothing happens. I am behind a firewall but haven't had any other issues using chat. I've also tried giving "explicit write access" which didn't work either. Browser is IE8.

Any ideas?

  • As an addendum, one of the users I'm trying to add just entered the room. They're a mod so that could be why. Not showing on the Owners list though.
    – Alex Angas
    Commented May 10, 2011 at 3:38
  • SE mods can enter any room owned by their site, and all default rooms Commented May 10, 2011 at 3:59
  • @Michael So the best way to notify SE mods of a private chat room is just to @tag them and invite them in I guess?
    – Alex Angas
    Commented May 10, 2011 at 4:08
  • You have to @@ them, but yes, I guess so. It'll also show up on your site's mod page, so they might notice it there Commented May 10, 2011 at 4:41

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OK, I've added them as co-owners; I think the confusion is a subtle difference between chat ids and site-specific ids, which can be different (due to chat.SE having users from multiple sites). I'll add this to my list to investigate, but I suspect that finding the user in chat and using their id from chat may have worked. But like I say, I'll look into it.

For reference, I added them by entering their names into the second input - it found them right away and added them successfully.

  • I just ran into this too. Copying the user's SP.SE profile URL did NOT work. I had to find their Chat ID instead.
    – Kit Menke
    Commented Sep 27, 2011 at 17:55

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