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Members have access to our Discord server. What do you need to know about Discord? Not much really! Most important though, keep in mind that our Code of Conduct extends to Discord as well as in-person events. Here are some other topics of interest.

Joining

After you have been accepted into our community a member will send you an invite on Discord. Initially you will be in a virtual purgatory, limited to our #welcome channel. Shortly thereafter a member will grant you the zargonauts role. This will grant you full server access and all topics and sub-topics will become available.

New Channels

Our community members are interested in all sorts of weird stuff. But not every hobby receives its own topic or sub-topic. Below are the criteria we consider when evaluating whether or not a new topic/sub-topic should be created.

  • Are several people interested in this topic?
  • Have a few people expressed interest in having a specific dedicated topic?
  • Is conversation about the topic overwhelming an existing channel?
  • Is this a niche topic?
  • Is this this topic temporal?

Here are some examples of how specific topics/sub-topics got created in the past:

Time limited (temporal) topics: We have the #zargcon channel which is primarily used in the weeks/months leading up to our annual in-person gaming event. #sekret-zaron is similar, there we coordinate for our annual sekret zargon gift exchange.

Sub-Topics: Although #miniatures could fit into #games and #maker there was sufficient activity and participation to receive its own dedicated sub-topic. Similar story for #minecraft, there was enough conversation and participation in #games that it was dominating the channel and was given its own dedicated one to keep #games sane.

OK! You've read all this background and understand what the considerations are and you think it's time to have a new topic/sub-topic added. Next you should see if a few people are also intersted. Then, if there is interest and agreement, tag the @admin group to look at the request (if they haven't noticed already).

Zargon (our bot)

Getting Started

Zargon is our friendly resident bot. He responds to messages prefixed with a !. For example:

!help

If you !help in a channel Zargon will respond to you in a direct message with a list of commands and basic descriptions. If you want additional help with something specific you can run that command with help added to the end. Let's say you wanted to know what !random is all about:

!random help

You will get another direct message explaining not just the random command, but also all of the other commands from that plugin (random is part of the quote plugin). Examples are included!

Quotes

Our community has a rich history of saying hilarious and otherwise poignant (or deeply disturbing) things. We like to memorialize those memories and the people who said them by capturing them in our quote database.

There are two ways to capture a memory. You can add it to the quote database directly using the !quote add command, or you can use the reaction shortcut. Here's a direct entry:

!quote add @SaltyWendigo: no worries, years in the tech industry have made me dead to notifications

Important note here: If you want to fully attribute a quote to someone you should type the @ symbol, begin typing their handle, and tab complete the rest

Zargon will respond telling you the quote has been added to the db and give you the ID number if you change your mind and want to remove it.

But there is a quicker way! Add the double-quote reaction to the message you want to save in the database.

Double-quote reaction in red square

Zargon will notice the new reaction and add the full message to the database:

Quote added success response

But how do you see quotes!? Use the !random command and Zargon will spit out a quote at random. Use !quote help to see a list of other quote related commands.

The Art of Figlet

The Art of Figlet is taking text input and generating ASCII banners suitable for display on monospaced consoles. Zargon has a plugin for generating figlet banners. He will render your input with a randomly selected figlet(*). If this still doesn't make sense to you, here is an example:

!figlet Star Wars

     _______.___________.    ___      .______      
    /       |           |   /   \     |   _  \     
   |   (----`---|  |----`  /  ^  \    |  |_)  |    
    \   \       |  |      /  /_\  \   |      /     
.----)   |      |  |     /  _____  \  |  |\  \----.
|_______/       |__|    /__/     \__\ | _| `._____|
                                                   
____    __    ____  ___      .______          _______.
\   \  /  \  /   / /   \     |   _  \        /       |
 \   \/    \/   / /  ^  \    |  |_)  |      |   (----`
  \            / /  /_\  \   |      /        \   \    
   \    /\    / /  _____  \  |  |\  \----.----)   |   
    \__/  \__/ /__/     \__\ | _| `._____|_______/    

Due to the amount of screen space required for figlets, they are restricted to the #shitposting and #bot-spam topics.

* With one exception: Due to "historical reasons" the text 'Star Wars' is always rendered in the Star Wars font