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POLL: Live Chat Platforms – What’s your preference?

  • Sgt. Dutch
    Participant

    It’s been brought up in several places how the Toy Soldiers communicate in real time. So not facebook or the forums, though both have seen a rise in activity lately, but specifically live chat, such as we currently have here on IRC (internet relay chat).

    We’ve had IRC for the longest of times, and it’s easily integrated into our Digital Bunker.

    But that’s not to say there aren’t other options. Groups have been made on Skype, Teamspeak Servers, and even a livecam site (don’t remember the exact name of it). Discord has popped up in the last 2 years and has taken over Teamspeak in being the most popular option for gamers and livestreams. Also has a pretty snazzy mobile app for android.

    So I’d like to get a gauge on what everyone’s personal preference is for instant communication between Toy Soldiers. Select 1 of the following in the poll, or if your preferred choice isn’t there, add it in a reply to this thread.

    There aren’t any firm plans, and no one says we can only have one official method, but it would be easier to manage. And the point of a live chat is for friendly discussions and chat between everyone. Some people enjoy doing this via webcam, audio or just text.

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    Edit: Just to clarify, nothing is happening to the IRC channel. That’s staying right where it is.

  • I will abstain on this one. The reasons?

    1: I like IRC just fine. The lack of noise and the ability to nip in and out relatively unimpeded are great and have a minimal impact on what else my computer can be doing at the time.

    2: I already use skype for live chat with other soldiers and again, I like it fine, though sometimes being called at ridiculous hours due to time zones can be a bit grating if I haven’t turned my phone wifi off overnight.

    3: Teamspeak/Discord. While I haven’t used either I can see some merits to both and always enjoy trying out new things. 

     

    For me, it’s a bit of a draw. Everything has its use and its merits, so having a recommended official (NOT EXCLUSIVE) channel seems like a tough decision to make. A hybrid solution, inconvenient as it may be for some, may turn out to be best.

  • The DoctorDoth'Rah
    Participant

    I keep meaning to pop into the IRC from time to time but usually forget :/

    I find Skype to be too buggy and annoying so I don’t use it any more

    Discord is brilliant though. I use it more or less every day. The only dowside I would say it has is a lack of video chat, but considering it’s mainly used by gamers to communicate while gaming, it’s not really that big of an issue :)

  • Silent Addle
    Participant

    Though I have said this to Dutch directly, I will reproduce my comment here for the army at large.

    I am a fan of using IRC as the main chat of the TSU, primarily because the entry cost for IRC is as low as opening a window, we can embed a live chat in the site and worst case scenario if it came to it we could build a private IRC network and code our own web based client.

    Beyond that, my favoured client for voice chat has become Discord, it is great, light weight and it runs well enough even on my old (and slow) phone, but as a primary window to chat with the army it fails a couple of points for me, mainly the need to create an account and how Discord handles servers, it feels like there’s more obstacles to use than IRC which is just pick up and run.

    If the TSU had a Discord I would definitely join, the fact calls are opt-in and you don’t get physically called is a bonus as far as I can see, but of course it is lacking video chat as Doth’Rah mentioned.

    So that’s my thinking, maybe I am a little web1.0 and like IRC, I’ll always have it to keep in contact with people, but moving forward Discord covers the rest of my needs pretty well.

  • techiefIve
    Participant

    Discord will be adding video in the future. They’ve discussed it in their blog but I can’t find the specific entry. I was, however, able to find this tweet from June 24, 2016: https://twitter.com/discordapp/status/746540447586263040

  • Captain Dermut
    Participant

    I already answered this on FB. I refer to that answer.

  • I like forums. Mostly because you can partake in several discussions at a time, and if you weren’t there for when it started, you can go back and read the previous posts so you can get in on the discussion without it having to start over. Plus it isn’t on a third party website/program like Skype or Facebook.

  • Sgt. Dutch
    Participant

    @Specialist Kit Allison said:
    I like forums. Mostly because you can partake in several discussions at a time, and if you weren’t there for when it started, you can go back and read the previous posts so you can get in on the discussion without it having to start over. Plus it isn’t on a third party website/program like Skype or Facebook.  

    Forums aren’t the same as live chat though. It’s the difference between synchronous and non-synchronous communication. Instant messaging will always have to depend on third party apps and developers, be it wholly owned, or various clients.

    But for the time being the focus here is on live chat.

  • Personally, I’m more of a fan of Skype and Facebook messaging. Due to being at work most of the time, I’m able to keep up with anything that gets sent to me from other soldiers from my phone.

    I didn’t hear of Discord until this thread was created, so I can’t really give an opinion on that.

  • Keptin Alwinn
    Participant

    Seeing as I like to talk shit about most of you under my breath…*I joke* I’m more for IRC. Since I have it on mobile and its just easier to talk that way, less static and noise. The anxiety doesn’t flare up too much. Skype is for certain group or one on one chats. I’ve tried using discord and its just too much…

  • @Sgt. Dutch said:

    Forums aren’t the same as live chat though. It’s the difference between synchronous and non-synchronous communication. Instant messaging will always have to depend on third party apps and developers, be it wholly owned, or various clients.

    But for the time being the focus here is on live chat.  

    Ah, that explains why you said not facebook or the forums. So I guess I’d go with the IRC since its linked to the website and the others aren’t, as a fairly new member it makes it easier to get involved. Especially since I don’t have the discord app and windows 10 broke my computer and and Skype no longer works on it.

  • Private Kappa
    Participant

    I would say Discord. While the IRC is easier for newcomers to use being directly integrated in the website, the delay for the messages can be a slight pain. Discord features more options, and can be used more easily than the current IRC. Discord also has a mobile app, so mobile users are not left out. And even without the app, Discord works on the browser anyways

  • Lt. Sophie
    Keymaster

    @Private Kappa said:
    I would say Discord. While the IRC is easier for newcomers to use being directly integrated in the website, the delay for the messages can be a slight pain. Discord features more options, and can be used more easily than the current IRC. Discord also has a mobile app, so mobile users are not left out. And even without the app, Discord works on the browser anyways  

    IRC has mobile clients too, though, and as far as I know for any OS. :)

  • Silent Addle
    Participant

    @Private Kappa said:
    the delay for the messages can be a slight pain. 

    There’s going to be a delay no matter what client is in use, the biggest benefit of Discord over IRC is that we can see past activity in Discord (so you can see if anyone is currently active).

    But the biggest draw for IRC in my opinion, is that it is such a low barrier to entry, you don’t need to create an account to use it. I know it’s not a big deal for most people but the fact you can just join TSU and get straight into chat moments later is a big deal to some and I think making it as easy to get newbies talking in chat is an important thing.

    More people are starting to use Discord and I think it is an amazing app, but I am of the firm belief that our official chat avenue should remain to be IRC, for newbies it can be integrated directly into the site, for people like me, who have a preference for IRC client we’re already taken care of, for people who just want to ask a couple of questions about the TSU, they don’t need to jump through any extra hoops to get answers.

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