Phonetic spelling for Twitch usernames
TLDR; Twitch members would really benefit from users having an option to add phonetic spelling to their profile.
Whenever someone comes into chat, I like to ask how their name is pronounced. This often means that new followers’ first message is how their name is pronounced, or lurking users may be pulled out of their lurk to explain how it is pronounced. For some, requests like this may even be microaggressive.
A solution to this would be an opt-in feature for phonetic spelling, where the phonetic spelling of the username is available on their page and when hovering over their username in chat.
That would be extremely useful! I really hate accidentally mispronouncing names, but it can be really hard in the middle of a stream.
As a streamer, I feel awful mispronouncing new chatters usernames. As just a person who has to constantly correct other's pronunciation of my legal name, I can't support this enough.
The potential for others to troll with the feature shouldn't be a deterrent to the majority others who would find it helpful and contribute to making them feel welcome in the streaming communities they enter.
Interesting idea, but I would be worried by the "Joke" ones that may be put in by those who troll.
There should be an option to set how to properly say your username by the streamer just clicking on it. They will hear the proper phonetic way to say your username.