I suspect this requires digging deeper into the Discourse code, but could
@discobot or — more likely — a new “bot” with the name
@magic_voice) be customized a bit for the MST3K forums/Gizmoplex? I’m thinking of added commands specific to the intended audience, to wit:
@magicvoice fortune— would respond with a riff or zinger culled from the thousands upon thousands that are available across the hundreds of episodes of MST3K. Alternate commands could be
@magicvoice pushbutton— In an active chat, would clear the screen, i.e., “Push the button, Frank!”
@magicvoice moviesign— queues up a random movie segment to play in the Gizmoplex
@magicvoice commercialsign— exits video playback to the main Gizmoplex screen?
@magicvoice stinger— same as
@discobot fortune, except selections are limited to end of episode stingers.
@magicvoice rocket9— brings up the latest snapshot from a webcam in the Alternaversal office(s). If the idea of 24/7 surveillance by MSTies is troublesome, it could be pointed at a coffee maker, an aquarium with a SOL model in it, or something equally silly and yet relevant.1
Just an idea. What do you think, sirs? Does anyone else have some ideas to add?
1 Ooh-ooh-ooooh, Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kot-ter! Put the webcam in the riffing theater, but skip the chromakeying so if live riffing is occurring, we can’t see the movie and must guess at what the heck is going on!