# /blame feature for chat

Inspired by the requestion for a /me command and SVN's blame command I'm suggesting a /blame command for so chat!

• As a shorthand for the most common chat action.
• Gives users another way to participate in the conversation.
• Allows to tracking of blame, and should allow us to build nifty blame trees and webs.

How would it work, you say?

Syntax:

/blame userName|soDevs|soe|jeff [reason]


Where:

• UserName is the username of the person to blame in the @UserName format.
• soDevs blames all the StackOverflow devs in one easy to remember group.
• soe blames all Stack Overflow Employees, for those times when just the devs aren't good enough.
• jeff Blames user 1.

Output:

UserName blames UserName for Reason.


Effects

• Each blame is entered into the tables for tracking as part of the monthly blame leagues, and will be exported in the data dump.
• Any user who is blamed five (5) times in the same day loses all unicornify privileges for that day. (Since it is impossible to live more than two days without that priviledge.)

I cant wait to see how this makes chat a better place!

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"As a shorthand for the most common chat action" - er....? Maybe I'm just not using it right, then... –  Marc Gravell Sep 10 '10 at 12:32
@Marc What are you talking about? /blame @balpha is your most common chat action! –  balpha Sep 10 '10 at 12:36
Posts like this makes me wonder if there's really something dramatically wrong with my sense of humor. –  Uphill Luge Sep 10 '10 at 12:45
@Has More likely somethings dramatically wrong with mine. –  C. Ross Sep 10 '10 at 12:54
The only problem with this post is that unless you spend a lot of time in chat, you have no idea what it is about. It's the same as with Meta, you don't get the culture, you don't get the memes. –  BinaryMisfit Sep 10 '10 at 13:58
I could get on board with this, with one small modification: remove the [reason] field. –  Pops Sep 10 '10 at 14:54
@Popular Demand, It's already option. Sometimes we might want to have a reason. –  C. Ross Sep 10 '10 at 15:22
@CRoss, it was a joke comment on a joke post... –  Pops Sep 10 '10 at 15:39
@Popular Demand, C\$%^ now I'm even killing my own jokes ... –  C. Ross Sep 10 '10 at 16:27
This question wins. :) –  Emil Sep 27 '10 at 18:33

Good idea!

But you forgot one...

/blame all - when you've just had it with everyone.

Also, a

/pointfinger

/pointfinger would be most useful as /pointfinger [index|middle]. The default (index or middle) could be chosen per-user based on the user's upvote-to-downvote ratio. –  James McNellis Sep 10 '10 at 20:07