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Remove global chat integration. #14496
A lot has been said and done over the years to try and encourage the global chat as a community service, but the facts are that it remains mostly unused and most of the use it does get is counter to our community code of conduct and basic respect.
The vast majority of messages in the channel are one of:
There are occasional support requests (usually how to handle port forwarding), but these often go unanswered. There are usually a few "normal" messages each day ("join server x", etc), but this usage really can't justify keeping what has become a hub of antisocial and unwanted (in at least my opinion) behaviour. There has been little enthusiasm about trying to moderate the channel, and I do not believe that to be worth the effort even if we could find enough volunteers.
This PR removes all global chat integration. If it is merged then I would like to think that somebody can work on a couple of followups to help address the other usecases of the global chat:
I think it's fine to remove this feature. I've seen some other games that removed this too because of abuse in different ways.
Maybe you can use the OpenRA Facebook or Reddit to get more people.
Followup PRs to restore the useful functionality from the chat: