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Updated:05-31-08 01:35 AM


Version: 1.0
by: VagrantEsha [More]

Secretary, hiding away those irritating distractions.

So what's all this, then?

Secretary is a mod that does two things:

- It blocks whispers from people who aren't in your friends list and/or guild.
- It blocks messages in chat channels containing the words 'lfg' or 'lfm', providing the channel isn't LookingForGroup, of course.

The mod should also work on any client, regardless of locale.

What doesn't it do?

Secretary is designed to be one slim, lean, nonsense-blocking machine. So there are some tasks that it doesn't perform.

- It doesn't block by strings.
- It doesn't reply to blocked people.

If you're looking for a general anti-spam mod, I'd like to heartily recommend BadBoy, which can be found on this very site. If you're looking for something more complicated than this, then ShutUp is a great choice. This mod is designed so that it fits a very specific niche, and if it's the niche you're looking for... well, great!

Why did you create it?

I started on it because I got irritated with the constant trash whispers of "u wanan do sm????" and the such-like. I had to explain the concept of the LFG stone and the LFG channel to one too many newbies, and that got tiring. Aside from that, the whisper system is generally abused by people who're under the delusion that etiquette is a form of foreign baked goods.

How do I manage it?

Secretary is a no-configuration mod, it's one of those "It just works, no need to push buttons!" ones. If there's any configuration that needs to be done, it can be done via the Blizzard UI.

As far as whispers are concerned, if there's anyone you want to receive whispers from, you can simply add them to your friends list. If you don't want to receive whispers from that person for a while, take them off again.

Dealing with whispers from guild-mates is a little more tricky. If you're the head of that guild, you can kick the offending member of course, and with them no longer being in your guild, you won't have to read their tells. If you're not the leader, you'll have to take up the issue of any given problem member with your guild, and if you don't get a satisfactory response... well, you can leave that guild.

Secretary doesn't deal with disputes, it would take away from the simplicity of its function. Again, there are better mods to deal with things under more complex conditions, but I love my guild and I've never had any problems with any of 'em, so I didn't see the need to include a blacklist. (The Pondersome Bestiary of Moonglade rocks! [/shameless plug mode])

1.0: I feel this mod has reached a milestone, in that it's achieved a level of stability to the point where (despite my efforts to break it) I haven't seen any bugs in quite some time. This milestone also implies that I'm unable to think of any relevant features to add at this time without bloating out this mod, and there's nothing left to do that wouldn't be superfluous. Thus, this mod will likely be left untouched until a new feature is desired, or until a new Warcraft patch breaks it (if that happens). As of now, this mod should be considered stable.

revision310508: I've fixed the error that can occur for players who aren't yet in a guild.

revision230508b: More bug-squashing. I found something interesting whilst indexing the friends list, hadn't expected blank entries. I did a bit more code cleaning too... just trying to make Secretary more robust. The last thing I want is Secretary breaking and allowing that flood of whispers through again! *Shudder.*

revision230508: I've decided to put Secretary into ongoing development, since I figure there's still more I can do with it whilst still keeping it small. This latest release is just a code clean-up and a bugfix, Secretary should no longer cause the occasional error on login.
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Unread 05-23-08, 05:47 PM  
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Thanks, glad to hear it. It's actually nice to see another who grasps the concept of the mod. The whole idea really is to lock off whisper to a closed circle of friends. It's just a matter of what whisper is to the individual, really...

- Is it, a public foghorn for people to bother you with whatever they feel is worth your time? Even at the worst moments, such as in combat or whilst roleplaying?

- ...or is it simply another method for people who know each other to keep in touch?

Secretary locks off the outside World, and lets only the desirables in. I used to be more doe-eyed but after all the addle-minded tomfoolery that Warcraft has exposed me to, I've realised that for the very sake of my sanity I needed to change how whispers work.

I feel that one has to be a very special person to allow whispers to work for anyone other than their friends, and one has to be an incredibly generous person to let the rest of the World know that they're even paying attention.

There are public channels if people want to get the attention of others, and I do read those. Whispers are more personal, Secretary helps keep things that way.

And anyone that finds that usage helpful, and whose life is made a little easier and better by my mod? Well, all the better!

Thanks for taking the time to post back, I appreciate it.
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This is exactly what I have been looking for, after using chatmod after chatmod and not getting what I wanted, which is just to be left alone unless I want to hear from you. I do not poke ppl I dont know and like this mod's author do not care for being poked with nonsense, which is mostly what you get if its not a friend or fellow guildmember. Many thanx for this mod. you have made at least one person other than yourself very very happy.
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I don't know what to tell you really.

As I said in the description, I checked other mods and they were either too much or too different from what I wanted. In ShutUp's case, it's a bit too much for what I needed, it hooks the ChatFrame, and those replies can be just as annoying as the spam itself if one uses WIM, because both the spam and the reply pops up.

So ShutUp didn't really fit the mold for what I was after. It's a well-written mod but it just wasn't what I wanted. Due to that, I wrote my own. Check out the code of ShutUp and my own, they're very different.

People have the ability to choose, there're lots of anti-spam mods out there, ShutUp is far from being the only other one (I found at least five on my hunt). Any given person is simply going to pick the one that fits them the best.
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So there is no difference between this and Shut Up other then this one doesnt reply?
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