Candidate Chat How-To

This year, we’re switching chat platforms from Campfire to Discord.

There are several reasons for this change, including larger server capacity, ability for participants to see when others are typing and view the chat history from before they entered the room, a more user-friendly interface that includes direct messaging, and a more reliable mobile experience.

Chats will be held in the Elections Discord server from 13:00-14:30, Thursday, Sept. 1, and 22:00-23:30, Saturday, Sept. 10. To find out what times those will be in your location, click the dates to be taken to a time-zone converter. Please note that though the link to the chat server is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately one hour before the chats begin.

Topics for the first chat will be as follows; topics for the second chat have not yet been chosen.

  • expanding members’ awareness about and engagement in OTW
  • what staff/volunteers need from board
  • maintaining volunteer engagement
  • accountability and checks/balances
  • board meeting format/communication
  • role of OTW in fandom and outside world
  • fostering work culture in communities (if time allows)
  • role of volunteers in future decision-making of the org (if time allows)

Read on to learn more about using Discord.

On the login page, you’ll need to provide a screen name.

Once you enter the server, you’ll find a list of users on the right and a list of chat rooms on the left. Settings are available via the gear icon on the lower left, near your screen name; there you can choose, among other options, whether you prefer a dark or light chat room appearance.

There are three rooms available to chat attendees who are not candidates or Elections Committee staffers: general, candidate_chats, and open_chat.

  • General is where you’ll find a list of rules for the chats. Please read through these carefully before entering the other two rooms.
  • Candidate_chats is where the candidates will answer questions and debate amongst themselves. Only the candidates and moderator will be able to chat in this room.
  • Open_chat is where all attendees can participate and talk to each other. We ask that you try to stay on topics related to the election. A moderator will be in the room, so if you have a question for the candidates, you can signal the moderator with o/, the candidate’s name, and the question. Use o// if it’s a follow-up question to the current discussion.