It looks like the pending discussions are working in odd ways. If I respond to someone on Jalopnik, it brings them out of the grey, but recommending them does not. I recall the old star days when we needed to "reply to recommend" to ungrey someone. Are we back to that?
And for reference I am followed by Jalopnik (as of the time of this posting / issue, I understand that these roles may be starting over):
Is this behavior intentional, or just a matter of changing policies and getting everything on the same level / system?