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Contributor Monthly Log - July 2021


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At the beginning of a new month, someone from the Contributor group will post a topic providing a summary for discussions that were discussed in the Contributor section during the previous month. This is to allow the community to be more informed and have a better understanding of the Contributor group. If you have any concerns or suggestions that you would like to be brought to the attention of the Contributor group, feel free to message any of the Contributors.


You can find our previous logs here.


General Updates


Verified and Celebrity Requests


A new ticket department has been created for users who wish to request the Verified and/or Celebrity pawns (sky and cyan respectively). If you believe you should be verified as a social media influencer or consider yourself a celebrity, then please submit your request in the Verified and Celebrity Requests department with links to your social media and other relevant profiles. You do not need to be a paid user to create a ticket in this department, but you must be logged into your account. You can read more about tickets here. We look forward to hearing from you!


Concluded Discussions

These topics are concluded and are no longer being discussed. If you have any concerns about the conclusion of these topics, feel free to send a message and I'll see what I can do to help you.


Assistance management


Volunteers have taken over the management of Assistance chat. Assistance is the official chat to request help with xat in all languages. The chat has a long, established history on xat, and the Volunteers team will be looking to continue its great traditions and values going forward. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Elea (1313) for her contributions to the chat.


Ongoing Discussions

These topics are currently ongoing. If you would like to offer feedback and/or suggestions, feel free to send me a message, and I'd be happy to convey it to the rest of the group. You can also post a comment if you would like to offer feedback and/or suggestions.


Annual xat feedback form


Our discussion continues in the Contributors group about user feedback, following xLaming's recent topic in the Suggestions section. Initial ideas, at this early stage, include creating a survey to obtain general comments about xat, and then creating a balance sheet and analyzing statistics from the results. The survey could be open for a trial period of time and eventually be closed if it does not work as intended. A key message would be that users' responses will be used to help Contributors better represent xat communities, and these responses will eventually be transferred to xat Admins upon positive review by Contributors.


Adding new audies to xat


A member of the group proposed we add more audies to the xat audies list. Audies are sound effects on the chat that can be added to messages, e.g. #explosion. The current list of audies has not changed for a long time, and new audies could freshen up the chats. It was also suggested to add a sounds tab to the user dialogue menu (opened via the 8-ball icon on chats), which allows previews for sounds before they are sent. The discussion continues.


Help chats on auto-promotion


It was suggested that either all help chats should be eligible for auto-promotion, provided they are active, well-kept and have an established userbase, or all help chats should be removed from auto-promotion. This change would be for fairness reasons, although one Contributor suggested communities should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis rather than making a broad decision for all. The possibility of banner advertisements to promote specific chats was also raised, thanks to Bob_'s idea in April's Monthly Log. Our discussion is ongoing.


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