Top Three Thursday 10/1/15: Advice I would give to new Twitch users

Twitch.tv is a top streaming website where people stream media (mostly video games) live and receive input from a chat full of users talking amongst themselves or to the streamer. However, for those who are new to Twitch and have never used chat before, I have some advice. (Keep in mind that this may apply to not-so-new Twitch users as well.)

3. Know your emotes

If you don’t know your basic emotes, like Kappa , FrankerZ , and BibleThump , educate yourself at twitchemotes.com. It may save questions about “emoji”, and most of the global emotes have descriptions when you click on them, so that you won’t have to ask about the origin of emotes either. For instance, when you click on Kappa, it shows this:

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Also, if an emote code appears as text, it means one of three things:

  1. The emote code has at least one non-space character adjacent to it. For example, typing “OpieOP/” appears as “OpieOP/”, not “/”. This update occurred a few months ago, but some people still don’t seem to get it.
  2. The user does not have sufficient privileges to post the emote. This applies to Twitch Turbo emotes (KappaHD, MiniK, copyThis, pastaThat, imGlitch) and subscriber emotes.
  3. The emote is either FrankerFaceZ or BetterTwitchTV, and you have not downloaded the extension in question. This is why you may see text like “ZreknarF” (FFZ) or “FeelsBadMan” (BTTV).

On that note, it’s important to know your extensions, and I mean study the settings thoroughly. In FrankerFaceZ, click the gray  icon in the chat box, which will pull up a menu not only showing the channel’s custom emotes but three other menus as well. The gear is where the settings are found. A feature of which I would especially like to raise awareness is the “Enter Emoji By Name” feature.

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FrankerFaceZ emote tooltips are capable of showing emoji codes, but typing the codes won’t result in emoji unless this setting is turned on. Hopefully now I’ll see less “:+1:” (for instance) as plain text.

BTTV settings can be found by expanding the left pane and clicking on the upside down red Twitch icon beside your username.

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For users of BTTV, remember to turn on “BetterTTV GIF Emotes” before asking what happened to “SourPls” or “(ditto)” or whatever.

I guess the main point is: look before you leap.

2. Respect the streamer and the other chatters

They’re humans, and you are too (most likely). Don’t just belt out an insult and expect to get away with it without a fair warning. Don’t post random/obscure links without permission, and use emotes carefully. Remember: adding  to the end of a hateful comment doesn’t always (if ever) justify it. If you get purged or timed out for doing something wrong in chat, don’t do it again. Above all, don’t complain about how the chat is moderated; it only makes things worse. What can I say? Use common sense. It’s not that hard. Some streamers handle misconduct better than others, but it’s safest just to be as careful as possible, which brings me to my next point…

1. Read the title and/or info before asking questions

Even if you’re on mobile…at least try. Or, just use mobile exclusively for the streams you’re familiar with. I’m tired of seeing, “Oh, I’m on mobile so I can’t read the title” as an excuse for a question that can be answered by reading the title. Look before you leap. (Also, I wouldn’t recommend Twitch mobile unless it’s your only resort. Then again, I’ve never used it.)

If you enter a stream for the first time, the first place you want to check is the info, which can be found by scrolling down on a normal web browser. The info should tell you everything you need to know about the streamer. Some combination of FAQ, rules, social media, etc. can be found down there. Don’t ask questions before reading the info, or else your question may be one that can easily be answered by the info.

 

Man, all I’ve said in this entire post is along the lines of “use common sense” and “look before you leap.” Well, sometimes obvious advice is the best advice. Still, though, I’m not trying to be forceful; I’m just giving advice. I will admit that I’ve had my share of dumb mistakes, and I’m not even going to pretend that I’m perfect. It’s…again, just advice. (Also, I could have posted this earlier (and maybe better), but my laptop lost its ability to connect to WiFi during classes. Thankfully, it’s all fixed now.)

Nowi Wins À la prochaine! (Until next time!)

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