In essence, chat should have a /me <string> command.

How it works:

User pacificfils types /me goes to get coffee
Chat prints:

pacificfils goes to get coffee

This would add a nice, simple, and fun feature to the chat that we already have. @Mateo, I am referring to how IRC does it:

[11:59] <@pacificifls> This is a test
[12:00] * pacificifls does a test

So in AskUbuntu Chat, the name and message would all be where just the message is. There would be no icon.

  • I rather like it just plain-text best.
    – Seth
    Jan 20, 2014 at 22:48
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    – Kaz Wolfe
    Jan 20, 2014 at 22:50
  • And mine is just an opinion...
    – Seth
    Jan 20, 2014 at 22:50
  • This was asked on Meta.SO, however it doesn't have a status-* tag yet.
    – kiri
    Jan 20, 2014 at 23:16

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You already have you name associated with your post, double posting you name looks strange

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So "Mateo Mateo goes to get coffee" ~

Just use italics to suggest you are performing an action.

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    refer to edited post
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Jan 20, 2014 at 20:03
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    This is what we've been doing for years without issue. Just use *action that you're doing*. If it really bothers you, you can write a greasemonkey script to do that for you Jan 20, 2014 at 22:41
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    @MarcoCeppi: In fact, the SE Chat Modifications script already has that feature: "/me <message> - wraps the <message> in a pair of * to italicise it in a lame attempt at emulating IRC /me" Jan 22, 2014 at 9:41

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