Bring /me Back
I am too young to reminisce.
My parents spent more time on IRC1s than I did, but there is one aspect of the system I sorely miss.
tulip: turns out Einstein was a real guy tulip: im shook tulip: i thought he was just some theoretical physicist * rspencer sighs into his beard
That last line was triggered by a
/me command. Instead of sending a normal message, I’d have typed
/me sighs into his beard. It would be displayed slightly differently (note the lack of
username: prefix) but was otherwise uninteresting.
But still, I wish this were a common feature of internet messaging systems. Its a really small thing, but it would make my messaging experience just that much better. It feels so much more like a richer chat. The distinction between saying something and describing what you are doing speaks to an attempt to make chat a more immersive experience.
Discord does support
/me, but it just places the entire message in italics. Somehow I feel like that doesn’t do enough and it should really preface it with my username2.
On that note, discord supports
s/mistaek/mistake to find and replace in the previous message.
s stands for “substitute” and this kind of pattern is common in command-line programs and some text editors like Vim.
While the convention to use
*correction is commonplace now, technology moves on and this little quality-of-life improvement is much appreciated!
For the kids, that’s Internet Relay Chat. It was the first “texting” or internet messaging system. Think group-only Whatsapp, but without being able to see the history of any channels. ↩︎
Perhaps in bold with a link to my profile? ↩︎