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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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    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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    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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