While TECHNICALLY a Control and UI thing, I'm not 100% sure
What happened to the chat system? Not too terribly long ago, there was something implemented that made me giddy with glee. When one were to type /p the selected channel would automatically switch to "Team" from, say, "Zone". I swear, I had been waiting since launch for this to occur. It made my life (as I'm sure others') a whole lot easier because I was sick of having to type /p every time I wanted to talk into team. I would forget. Frequently. And post in channels that I don't want to post in.
It lasted for about two weeks... then suddenly, it's gone. What by the Nine Hells happened? Did people COMPLAIN about this most awesome of convenience if you chat a lot? Was it the lack of being able to join channels with the /channel command?
Well, let me tell you something. I, for one, want that to come back. If anything, you can make it a freakin' option in the "Chat Config" interface.
If I am missing something, please, PLEASE somebody tell me exactly what. I obviously want this to work for me!
And for those of you who complained because of the /channel command, guess what? That very same "Chat Config" has a "Channels" tab. Click that, and lo and behold, there's a "Join/Create" option and, to the right of that, a bar that you can type in. Holy obvious things overlooked, Batman!
In short, the chat conversion system from /p = team and will auto switch you from /zone (strictly an example) should be reimplemented, or at the very least thrown into an option in the "Chat Config". Please fix this problem ASAP.
There's this little tab next to the bar you type in... it lets you change your chat channel... easier than typing a /command in my opinion.
I don't know if that helps you but I'm just offering what I know.
Not a fan of this idea
I have to say, I strongly disagree with the OP's sentiments on this matter; if anything, the removal of the auto-channel switch is a welcome fix for one of the more annoying bugs to appear in the game since the S7 launch.
In-game, I am frequently juggling between multiple chat channels, and it is helpful for me to be able to send single messages to a different channel without having to select the tab on the bottom-left corner of the chat window every time I want to do so. Prior to Season 7 (as well as since the last patch), this is easily done using /*named chat channel here*, followed by whatever message you want to send. For example, if I'm on my "Fleet" channel and want to send a quick comment to "Zone" chat, I can type /Zone followed by my message without having to move my mouse to the chat tab to switch from "Fleet" to "Zone" and back to "Fleet" again. It seems to me that this is how the chat system was originally designed to function.
With the system the OP described, and was prevalent due to a bug for the first few weeks of S7, using the /command means that I have to switch the chat window tab back every time I want to send a one-time message to a different channel. Having been accustomed to the older system, this bug resulted in more than a few frustrating moments when messages meant for different channels were sent to the wrong place.
In my view, if players want to change their primary chat channel, it is much more straightforward for them to manually select the chat channel tab of the channel they want; when I go into a Fleet Action or STF, I just change the tab manually to "Team" chat, then switch back when it is finished. Use of the /*named chat channel* feature should be reserved for single messages only.
If there is a demand for the OP's feature among other players, I would hope that the devs make it so that it is not enabled by default, as for me it is nothing but a nuissance.
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