At PAX West, Twitch revealed three new tools for broadcasters and moderators: Moderator Action Attribution (Mod Logs), Chat Delay and Chat Rules. They outlined the details of these new features in a recent blog.
With Mod Logs, broadcasters and other moderators can now see which moderator performed what action (purge, time-out or ban) on a viewer. Twitch stated that “exposing moderator actions will create an opportunity to clarify the finer points of what is and isn’t allowed on the channel, hopefully resulting in a better chat experience for everyone.”
Chat delay “adds a short delay before non-mods see messages. Any message that is timed out or banned during the delay is removed from chat completely.” You can find this option in your Channel settings and it can be adjusted to 0, 2, 4 or 6 seconds. Twitch “wanted an option to give mods a head start, removing messages that violate the rules before they ever hit the main chat.” Not only does it give human moderators an opportunity to remove rule-breaking chat messages before they’re visible to everyone, bot moderators can remove messages pretty much invisibly.
Chat Rules require new viewers to read the rules of your channel before they can chat. This was a feature on select channels prior to the announcement at PAX but it’s now available site wide. According to Twitch, “viewers who have agreed to Chat Rules are timed out less frequently than those who haven’t. All without negatively affecting chat participation.” You can set up your Chat Rules by going to your Channel settings.