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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    While initially and immediately against this, the only way I would be remotely okay with it is if home went to the bottom of my about page.

    First, let's look at why it is likely Twitch won't do anything about this and why it is how it is:

    Simply put, Home = Money for Twitch and About = No Money for Twitch.

    • Recent Broadcasts/VODs = Ad Rev (more for them)
    • Recently Streamed Categories = Increases chance to retain visitors to your offline page. Which means second chance to make money.
    • Suggested Streamers = The Live (in red)/offline status is there for a reason. This sections, and even more so a red Live status, gives Twitch another chance to make money off visitors coming to your channel while you are offline. Those people may spend money if properly welcomed in those streams. At very least, lend to ad watching.

    On the surface this "Home" page seems tailored to the Streamer. However, very little of it is *for* the streamer.

    Everything else said here is true, the personality and design of panels and the more specific streamer information put on the About is more important for a streamer and their community (even those that have been apart of it). There are stream schedules (in a much more direct way than Schedule tab), About, Current/Up-coming games, and affiliation links/codes, etc.

    But none of this makes Twitch money.

    Heck, they don't even care enough about the streamer to take the "About" snippet at the top of the about page and duplicate it over to the Home Page. At least then on the home page you have immediately access to social media links and they could modify the about snippet to include a schedule summary if schedule information is filled out. Each day could then link (in Twitch's purple) to the schedule tab for nearest day of that week filled out (or very least that upcoming week) to show detailed information in regards to what game/category.

    (Proposed change as a mock up. Please ignore spacing and such as this is not official. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nPO4e09S5Dl4soBGYgew27SFL5gZVZED/view?usp=sharing)

    Yes, this may double up where the About section is located, and from a design perspective this bothers me. However, Twitch already has no issue with this if it will make them money. As the video elements on the home page are just re-referenced first row of your Videos tabs. Not to mention, they take the last broadcast and put it in the hosting/offline section at the top of the page (this alone could be redesign to hold more videos instead of a home page by adding a carousel). Whether hosting or last VOD they are making money in this section too.

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    Hey all,


    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.

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    I understand everyone's point about Twitch allowing the Streamer to choose whether /me is on/off or whether it is color or italicized.

    However, don't forget Twitch has User/Viewer Settings!

    I don't personally think the Streamer should decide what looks best to the viewer's eyes when it comes to chat. They should be the one to make that decision. Even if 99% of my viewers loved the color of /me but 1% didn't I would not want to choose they should view it as color. I would want them to change it to italics in their settings. Globally across every Twitch stream they go into.

    Now... to just get Twitch to care about User Settings. They have the foundation for these settings already.

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    I reside with those that would like this available for everyone. Asking Twitch bring it back as mods/broadcaster only is asking them to do the bare minimum without acknowledging they did something no one asked for.

    Any abuse I saw as broadcaster/moderator/viewer was never often enough compared to how frequent this was used for non-troll reasons. Instead we should expect that Twitch would IMPROVE auto-mod and other tools by raising auto mod alert when someone uses certain terms with a /me message (which is super easy to do by the way).

    As for those rare people saying this was a correct decision, it was not. Yes, /me can describe an action, in which many cases it was used for that. I fail to see where /me existence encourages misuse of it. Make it terrible for everyone so trolls don't wanna use it? News flash, you just punish everyone by taking away a feature while the trolls are happy enough to continue sending those messages you have not actually prevented them from sending, only stylizing. You didn't implement a solution.

    Implementing a solution would be to improve auto mod and allow streamers and mods to not just ban terms but phrases as well that utilize wildcards. Ex. "Donat*" where the wild card would catch "e", "ing", "ed", "tions".

    I can't think of a SINGLE reason to fight for /me to stay removed versus expecting Twitch to actually do more of a job.

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    I am seeing a lot of people saying "Please just leave it for the Mods and Streamer of the channel."

    I would like to point out that this is the LEAST they could do and something that would require the least amount of time to reimplement.

    However, considering this is a change that should have never been activated in the first place we should want more. If it's really about trolls, Twitch should do MORE to combat them. Not this. Do not remove /me.

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    Let's recognize this for what it is. PURE laziness.

    If this was really about limiting trolls and fake donoations, Instead of removing a feature that actually has some benefits, Twitch could you know...put EFFORT into working on enhancing AutoMod?

    They can tell when the message was stylized and they can then do a check for the message containing "donat*"(Donate, Donating, donated, etc.) Automod can then outright block it or allow mods to allow it if it is a false positive.

    There was an actual solution for this. Just requires Twitch to put in a little thought and more than 5 minutes of work. If I can do this with a script via a chatbot Twitch can implement this into their site/automod.

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    Twitch in some form already supports Markdown within Twitch profiles. I am not sure I see why they couldn't bring this functionality to chat for those that understand markdown. It would also encourage more users to use and understand markdown which in turn could increase its use across other platforms such as Discord.

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    18 comments  ·  User Accessibility » Feature Request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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    VariablyGeeky commented  · 

    I have pointed this out elsewhere, but I feel it is important to mention here.

    This is something that ALREADY exists for Twitch in other manners of the site that they can easily and quickly modify/add for this purpose. This should not be a community request that takes them a long time.

    For you moderators, take a look under your settings for "Show Mod Icons", this is exactly what would be needed to make a call to hide badges. The badges are all under one class within the page source so switching badges off would turn off everything before the username.

    Emotes are a little more complicated but not by much. They too have their own class that can be triggered the same way. Twitch also already has Emote-Only Mode that could be adapted from a stream settings to a user setting and strip or ignore all emotes instead of only allowing them.

    Most of the code is already written and only needs IDs changed. The switch can easily be copied and given it's own ID and the Javascript Toggle is only 2 lines, most of which would just need to have a couple places where a new ID is placed.

    The rest that I can't see or that is obscured should not be a work load that takes Twitch a week to manage for someone that works there with knowledge of how the calls are handled behind the scenes.

    This isn't a big ask from the community and the solution is not one they have to create from the ground up. The solutions are already in place and only need to be adapted to suit this request.

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