The DevTalk MOTD, or Message of the Day, is a combination of an automatically submitted generation of the DevTalk community's guidelines, joining information, previous day's most active channel activity, the most active user and their message count, and a randomized-queue of useful resources and Discord links. The DevTalk MOTD is posted daily at 2AM Eastern time in DevTalk's Welcome channel.
Contents & Sources
The Guidelines are the rules of the DevTalk Discord community. This section of the MOTD is largely static, but is rebuilt daily from a table containing the guidelines.
Plum will post the most active channels and users from the past 24 hours, as well as their number of messages. No activity, user or channel, is kept long term and the previous day's information is always deleted at 2 AM.
The daily posted resources are pulled at random from a collection of community submitted links and resources. Using Plum, community members can submit resources using the quotes system to the 'resource' collection. When the MOTD is generated, a random entry off of the resource list is selected and posted along with the rest of the MOTD. In addition, if the selected resource contains a URL, it is extracted and stored separately for Lemon to use in generating a Twitter message containing the same resource later in the day.
Each day, Plum will post a link to another Discord community in the MOTD. The queue system was set up to make sure that each submitted link will appear in the MOTD before another is posted twice.
Community Links can be added via the quotes system to the 'link' collection. However, communities must meet these guidelines to remain in the queue:
- Developer servers (most servers) will need to have at least 300 members to stay within the link rotation.
- Community Servers need to have a shared interest with VN Dev (such as Art, storytelling, etc.), a positive relationship with the DevTalk community, and at least 100 users.
- Special Interest servers, such as servers for jams, approved products, or specialized VN dev communities, do not have user requirements as long as they're related to visual novel development.
The DevTalk MOTD was built to circulate buried Resources and Discord lists. Due to the nature of Discord and other chat applications, older messages, meaning older resources and order Discord links, were far less likely to be seen than new ones. By adding them to a random, rotating message, it increases the likelihood that these resources and links would not go unnoticed, minimizing the need to resubmit links and resources repeatedly.
In November 2023, the guidelines for Community Links were added to create a more curated MOTD experience.
The current iteration of the MOTD has interface and art created by Saden, who also created DevTalk's current logo.