For clarity: by "unread marker" i mean the little white dot on the left, and by "@mention marker" i mean the big red dot in the bottom right
- someone posts message in a channel where i have notifications turned on
- i hear the new message sound
- i don't see the pop up notification because I'm in a full-screen game
- i tab out of my game
- by the time i have tabbed out the pop up is gone
- i have no way of knowing where it came from because it wasn't a @mention so i don't have the red marker
- the unread marker doesn't help me because it also shows up for unreads in channels where i don't have notifications on
every time this happens i have to manually search through all channels for which i have notifications enabled to find the one where a new message was posted, not to mention that this also requires me to memorize for which channels I enabled notifications in the first place, which is hard when you have 50+ servers
Staff channels. when you moderate a big server with 10k+ users you don't always want to read every single message in every single channel (it's pretty much impossible to do so), much less get notifications for everything. But you do want to keep up with everything that happens in the staff channels in real time.
turn on notifications for everything, mute channels you don't want to hear
This solves the unread marker being shown everywhere, but the problem with this one is that this would also mute @mentions (at least the sound). as a moderator you don't want to get audible notifications for every single message in #general, but you do want to hear @mentions so you can react ASAP when someone posts gore or whatever. Also, this solution is very annoying to set up.
use @mention markers instead
This would require every moderator to ping the whole staff team in every single message in the staff channels, which would be super annoying. Also it's not an option when you want to listen to a read-only channel (e.g. giveaway channels usually don't ping and that's beyond your control). Further more, you'd loose the ability to distinguish. while you do want to stay up-to-date with staff channels, it's not as urgent as responding to pings from the users
Change the unread marker to only show for places where i have notifications enabled. Alternatively (as suggested by "A Chonky Derg") use color coding by making unread markers for channels without notifications gray instead of white.
Right now this marker is pretty useless especially on public servers with thousands of users because it's simply ALWAYS there since new messages are posted every few seconds, 24/7
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