Add message in chat at connection

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When a user connects to chat, I would suggest that a message be added in the chatbox saying something along the lines of:

"Welcome to EterRNA! Please read the community guidelines before you start chatting and posting around the site (or to get a quick refresher), and type .linkbot to see the commands you can use in chat"
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I think this would be a great idea! Sometimes when new players start to chat, they don't know the code of conduct. This could help eliminate that.
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I think new players should have to read and agree to fellow the code of conduct before having access to chat. We need a Terms & Conditions Popup or page.
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That's a valid point jmf. I have noticed that Foldit and EyeWire have one though, (Foldit's being a disclaimer that chat is public, and EyeWire's being more informational). I personally think it would be ncie to have a little welcome message mentioning rules and the fact we have a bot, but that doesn't mean that it's necessarily a high priority.

IRC has the concept of a MOTD, not sure if that could be used easily.
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Jmf - Yes it has been an issue.
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@mat747: and you truly think, that blasting the link to the face of the 99% of the people who respect the rules without even knowing them, specially at every single connection, while the other 1% will totally ignore them anyway, is going to help ?
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Yes
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You do. I don't.
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Terms and Conditions apply to things like software. I don't know about you guys, but I never had to read and agree to some "Code of Conduct" before entering a bar or a restaurant.

A chat room is a social space, and people are supposed to have mastered a simple skill when they go to such places: manners. If they haven't and start being disruptive, they get kicked out, and that's it. It is not the place of a restaurant manager to teach manners to customers, and I don't think it is our place to do so with players either.

Trolls will ignore the "rules" on purpose, and you may even motivate them by presenting a set of rules, because they will feel more strongly the satisfaction of having broken them. Turbulent kids are a different problem, but all the same, I honestly believe it is not our job to teach them proper social behavior.

Disclaimer: above opinions are mine and and mine alone.
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That's fair, just something I thought I'd bring up, as it could potentially be useful. Another thing to stick in the "nice for the future" bin. :)
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"Terms and Conditions apply to things like software. I don't know about you guys, but I never had to read and agree to some "Code of Conduct" before entering a bar or a restaurant."
True most people my not read the "Terms of Entry" , But bar/restaurant must have the "Terms of Entry" be clearly visible to, and legible by, persons entering the premises or land. (Here)
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@mat747: and I'm sure it makes such a whole lot of a difference... I'm convinced, 3 years old babies, blind people and Russian tourists (who can't read English) find it very helpful...
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Not being able to read the sign does not exempt them from the Term of Entry.
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Yes, absolutely, and they weren't exempt, even before they were forced under their noses.