Ability to turn off chat reply/threads feature
The chat replies feature may be cool for some specific reasons, but most of the time is not helpful. The thread it creates is also hard to see compared to normal chat messages. It would be nice to be able to toggle this feature on or off. Similar to how you can turn off nigh mode
We’ve released an update today that addresses some of the feedback in this thread:
- You can now once again highlight and copy messages for easy translation, raid message organization, and general copypastas
- Clicking into the chat will not immediately open the reply function. On hover, the reply button in the top right of the message will initiate the reply
As it’s been a few days, curious to hear whether the initial feelings and experiences have changed!
Replies break accessibility plugins because the text is no longer selectable. Browser plugins that might give definitions for words or read them out to users are completely broken because the text cannot be selected anymore.
Me with replies experiment: tries to copy raid message, ready to go, chat raids new stream, pastes garbled raid text, confusion. Spends 30 seconds fixing formatting or recreating raid message. Realizes raid is over. xP
Tries to reply to own chat message with a Kappa. No reply option.
In fast moving chat, chases the message to reply and miss-clicks.
Maybe this is for VODs? No reply options in VODs.
Looks for the Turn-Off option... <shrug>
As it is right now, this feature for me is not good. The replies are annoying and take up space. The arrows to the left of EVERY non-mod message just look terrible.
This feature is bad, as you can just @ a user. Just makes the chatting experience less enjoyable.
There should always be a toggle for stuff like this. Literally nobody will appreciate it if something blocks their vision and they can't do anything about it.
without ping highlighting the messages, the thread seems pointless in a well-populated chat. in a fast moving stream, people are just going to ping each other with @ to reply, not use the thread feature.
not being able to quickly copy-paste messages - for example, raid response messages - is a real downside to this new feature as well.
Don't get me wrong, the idea is good and the feature can be super useful, but the current implementation is horrendous to say it in a nice way.
@SirStendec has done a better job with his custom FrankerFaceZ UI in less than a day:
Just do it his way and everybody will be happy.
His barely changes the look of chat and is not intrusive at all while keeping all features. Then just add a toggle for the reply icon in chat settings and this new feature is perfectly fine.
I agree with this would be kinda cool option to have this turned off. It is a bad idea does work in forums. But twitch is not a forum it is a live platform.
I really like this idea, though I can see how it easily becomes confusing and hard to moderate. Adding an option to disable it entirely and an option to keep it enabled but limit it to moderators / streamer only would be really useful.
I posted another suggestion for adding a limit toggle for just moderators / streamers to be able to use it over here: https://twitch.uservoice.com/forums/310201-chat-messaging/suggestions/41129671-ability-to-make-replies-only-by-the-streamer-mod
would be nice if the streamers can decide if they wanna use it. aka opt in to use threads.
This makes moderation way more difficult, if you turn it off you will not know who people are talking to and when on it just clutters the chat, tagging someone if more than enough to be able to communicate.
Other possibility I'd like to see, would be being able to turn it off for my channel. If a single person in the chat turns it off he/she might be confused by what other people are refering to, because they don't have to make it clear, because of the thread-thingy.
Please at least give us the option to turn it off, its a complete mess to moderate and it clutters the entire chat
At minimum, the "click on a message to reply" needs a toggle. I frequently copy and paste messages from chat and this feature has made it impossible to do so without opening a thread, copying the message, and closing the thread.