[MERGED] Bring back colored /me chat messages + Update the /me command to color chat messages FOR MODS/BROADCASTER ROLES ONLY
Or at least give streamers the authority to enable or disable it. But the ENTIRE point was how it stood out with color. Plain black with italics just renders it useless.
Thank you for the patience with us on this. This has been one of the most popular ideas on UserVoice and we definitely heard your feedback.
Today we launched /announcement for mods and streamers. Announcements can be used in chat to highlight a message and are available in 4 different colors along with the channel accent color. Because this is only part of the ask of this idea we are setting this idea to partial release so the community can continue to leave feedback on this.
This was made on 29 April and it's 21 June. Clearly no one is in favour of this. Why is this still under consideration? What else is there to consider?
Where is the answer!? Its been SUPER clear that everyone disagrees with your decision, and you do nothing about it. REVERT BACK TO WHAT PEOPLE WANT!
So, how long is this consideration gonna take before you give us a final verdict?
It's been 1.5 months now.
Also it'd be nice (and beneficial to our understanding of your decision) if you gave us an actual example of how coloured chat was used to perpetrate abuse and how italic text is going to prevent that.
And it'd be extremely nice if you discussed such changes with your userbase first. Yes, your platform, your rules. Just saying it'd be nice.
People in all of my communities have literally stopped using the /me command altogether. We had great fun with the coloured chat. Even some channel memes, like "Red Chat" v.v (Everyone changed their name colour to red and then we all typed in the same colour for the memes)
It has been an entire month since this idea was originally announced after the annoying change to the feature. If you are going to ruin a feature and turn a blind eye you might as well just remove it.
Sorry to be very direct. Most Mod's doesn't get payed. Many Mod's do spend alot of hours on your platform to make it as save as possible. You remove a feature which makes them being able to do their job and replace it with something which just doesn't work. Those italic text is unreadable for the chatters and even for the mod's themself once there is a high active channel. Many have spoken already ignoring them feels like you ignore a crucial part of what twitch made and makes a community building platform. "press F to pay respect" right ? ... Please find a solution to pay respect.
Gotta love the 'we've looked at it and aren't going to change anything' but we'll keep it in mind.
Come on Twitch, make it so specific channels can turn it on or off and everyone wins.
i vote to bring back colored chat FOR EVERYBODY.
i've been in many chats, big and small, and can't believe it's been removed because of "perpetrating abuse". yes, people sent fake dono messages and copypasta simulating "official" messages, but it had always been very obviously fake, because twitch text is always grey, and streamers who know how to moderate their chats easily get rid of such activity.
it was fun to see more colors in chat, especially when joining raids and sending raid messages with /me. it was also fairly useful for personal bot accounts, helping distinguish their messages from human chatters.
i don't think color coding streamer, mods, bots, etc (like suggested in another comment here) is a good idea because the most fun thing about colors was that they reflect personal color choice of every member of the chat. <s>might as well remove name colors to drive further that loss of chat personality</s> (jk, NOT A SUGGESTION!). i think keeping it styled in italics is a good thing though.
tl;dr, the feature was perfectly fine the way it was, just revert back and keep the italics. even better if in addition to that there's a way to toggle it on/off and customize.
Any updates on it?
Twitch staff: "Hey let's go on as if nothing has happend. Let's celebrate twitch's birthday soon, so nobody will ever talking about the senseless thing, that we removed the /me functionality, they will soon forget it. Let's just completely ignore the whole community. As long as we earn money from them, there is nothing we should do."
Five plus weeks of waiting, almost 5000 votes and over 500 comments, I think the community has spoken Twitch, about time something is done about this.
What would Emmett say!?
As this roll-back request for /me sits at the 3rd highest active topic on Twitch's User Voice forums, I wanted to give me update from what I have been hearing.
I have been receiving many private communications from Twitch insiders, however they are too scared to speak up. I have verified these heroes are Twitch staff, and have received names and contact details of the Twitch staff who advocate for these negative changes.
Twitch are have had meetings on /me and this wider-community backlash, however the small number of staff who supported this change simply mock us. It's disgraceful that Twitch is allowing a small number of staff to push the extreme political agendas onto the wider community.
On to a piece of viewer communication. A few weeks ago, a supporter of the 'remove /me' group made a couple of nonsensical points which had nothing to do with the usage of /me in an attempt to prove themselves correct - ie. Blaming mods or some garbage.
This person sent me about 26 whispers ranting about how they were correct. Each time, unblocking me, ranting, and then re-block. They fail to understand that they are the ranting troll which makes the Twitch platform a toxic environment.
In their rants to me, they confirm support for Twitch's position of 'words are physical violence'. What a hypocrite.
I look forward to Twitch addressing this issue, and a wider problem of themselves.
(Am happy to receive more comms from Twitch staff)
Unfortunately, hateful/abusive comments (etc.) are made in chat everyday - but that hasn't resulted in chat being disabled/removed.
I understand due to privacy some of the negative events that occurred which are being called the reason for why this feature was removed can't be explained in detail. However, it would be greatly appreciated/enlightening to have better explanations as to what happened in general to justify completely removing the feature rather than making adjustments to it. Hard to understand/sympathize when left in the dark.
I fully agree with you there Fivestaralphasnake. They need to address this asap. So many people voiced their opinion about it and ±95% agrees with getting coloured /me back. Or at least for Broadcaster and Moderators. Not that hard to implement something that you already had.
Seriously, if you can't tell the difference between a fake donation from a true one, you need to change your bot settings and add a sound to the alert. Problem solved and /me coloured can come back.
Yeha its pretty said to see no one say anything about this.
After 5 weeks you managed to ignore the plea on the probably most upvoted and addressed issue, nor address it in a manner that gives creators any confidence about your decisionmaking or the plattform in general.
It's truly sad, disheartening and just not comprehensible.
We don't have any news about this. We are at 5000 vote for this. You could very easily do a per channel setting to disable the colored /me for the people out there that don't know the difference between a donation and a troll and lets all the rest be able to have colorful chat like in the good ol' time.
Also the italic /me is the worst thing. It's unreadable. You changed something that was perfect for ridiculous reason for something that is the worse.
I'd also like to see the return of the coloured chat.
Other than the "abuse" of fake dono's (which became more funny than abusive after a few months once it was a Meme) I've not seen any other abuse, but then again:
- I don't watch your reports system.
- I don't get into every type of stream.
- I understand things happen in the background I have no right to know.
- I understand revealing the abusive nature of some things can result in thousands of people thinking "Oh, I never thought of that! I'm gonna do that now too!" and would therefore cause more harm than good.
Some thoughts from me, all exclusive from one another:
- Make coloured text tiered instead of name dependant. RED for mods and host, Green for bots, and Blue for players, as an example.
- Have a toggle in the dashboard for those who don't want coloured /me text in their chats.
- Make use of the "Regular" role, and only allow people with this role to use it.
- Have an "Hours Watched" threshold customisable by channel before you can use it.
- Make it a different command only certain users can use:
/me Italic text here
/highlight Coloured text here
There are a lot of options here. I hope the blanket removal was to facilitate these ideas coming through.
I will, however, say as a parting thought: The italic text is horrible to read. At the bare minimum allow us to remove that ability from our channel alltogether.
Some feedback on whats happening would be great. I hope this isnt an ignore it and it will go away situation
I get that safety is of top priority! Im with you all the way.
The best way so stop abusive text in chat is to remove chat.
The colour of the words wont make a bit if difference.
I appreciate the effort you guys put into the platform. I really do.
Can we have some more updates or something? Its over a month & we have heard nothing!!
/me was amazing for both streamers mods & our viewrs!
Its done more good than any damage is may have caused!