Hey OSC developers, I’ve got a question for you.
Many recent discussions have occurred regarding excessively large or persistent chatboxes. Things that advertise currently playing song names, current time, and other information are being used by some people, and some others don’t like it.
One problem that’s on us to solve is to implement a chatbox mute button, which would separate the chatbox mute away from voice. This is something we want to do, it’s just a matter of time.
I’ve had a few thoughts about finding ways to discourage the use of the chatbox for these types of things, since, in my mind, the chatbox is a communication and accessibility tool. However, the use cases that people are using these statuses for are, admittedly, kinda cool. The problem is that it’s just all up in your face, and as of right now, not hidable unless you want to mute someone. (again, we’ll get to it )
I’m interested in discussing ideas, pitches, or other features that might help here!
A few rules to the discussion:
- All ideas are OK to pitch, even if you think have obvious flaws.
- All feedback should be constructive. If your post just says “this idea is bad”, reconsider posting.
- Not all ideas need feedback. Just get it out of your head. We’re not voting for favorites here, I’m farming ideas. Cultivate!
- Don’t place blame. The use case exists, but the “pressure” it is putting on the chatbox is because there’s nowhere else for the flow to go. Let’s find a solution that makes people happy.
There’s this metric called the Levenshtein distance that tells you how different two strings are from each other. We could require that repeated messages have some minimum Levenshtein distance in order for them to refresh the Chatbox’s duration.
We already have a user status – what if we made it better and faster-reacting? Would people use that instead for showing off what songs they’re playing?
What if we made an avatar component that you could send text to? A little digital watch that I could push a button on to pop up a holo-display of my current song would be cool and unobtrusive.