Timers are automated messages that you can schedule to run at periodic times throughout your stream. They are great for auto-posting reminders to follow your channel, links to your social accounts, your schedule, or any big announcement you want to remind your viewers.
These messages can even run while your offline, and you can set as many as you like. Check out this article to learn more about the setup process for timers for your stream!
Timers are setup in the Chatbot section of your Dashboard.
To add a new timer - navigate to Chatbot - Timers - Add New Timer
As you can see from the example Timer above, there's a few items to note:
- Enable: allows you to quickly toggle on/off for each timer
- Name: easy ability to create custom names for your timers
- Message: this is what will display within your chat
- Interval Online: this is the amount of time between your message auto-posting when you are live
- Interval Offline: this is the amount of time between your message auto-posting when you are offline
- Chat Lines: your timer is dependent upon time passed & # of chat lines passed. This way your auto-post isn't spammed in your chat if there isn't a lot of messages being sent from your viewers. 5 is the minimum amount of chat lines in the last 5 minutes required to activate the timer. Please see the detailed explanation below for more details on Chat Lines.
- Delete: nuff' said
- Edit: quick access to edit your timer
As stated in the items above, in order for you to add a new timer, the keys to update are the 'Timer Name' and 'Timer message'. Then you can update the recommended timer settings to your liking based on your channel's chat engagement.
How to Add Additional Messages:
There is a way now to queue up different messages in 1 timer so the bot will post the 1 out of 10 messages from the timer.
Basically the bot will post message 1, wait for its chat lines and timer and then post message 2, and then 3 and so on until the end and it starts from 1 again.
Step 1: Navigate to the 'Add Message' button
Step 2: Click 'Add Message', now you are able to add any additional message you want
Detailed explanation of chat lines:
As mentioned above, Timers are also chat line (chat activity) dependent.
At 0 chat lines the bot will start its timers every time after it has detected activity, when it gets restarted globally by us. At 5 chat lines, it will expect ~5 chat lines to be met under 5 minutes. If no chat lines are met in those 5 minutes, the internal timer is reset.
Do note that chat lines are dependent on how active is your chat. So for example at around 1 to 5 avg. viewers, you might not have enough of an active chat, to trigger a 20 chat line timer.
Best suggestion here is, chat lines should be equal to at least how many viewers you have noticed you have on each stream, but this does not mean you need to change the chat lines every stream.
Additional Timer Notes:
- You have a 5-6 minutes internal (hidden for you) timer that counts chat lines.
If chat lines are met in that interval, then the external timer that you set starts counting down.
If chat lines are not met in that interval, then the internal timer is reset.
- Having most timers with exact same settings, makes them trigger at once, so its best to have them with different chat lines and timers.
(External timer examples: interval of 5/7/9/12 minutes - yes some timers may trigger all at once but its less common if common divination number is different most of the time)