Command Your Skype!

QArea Expert by QArea Expert on August 13, 2014

Command Your Skype!
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We won’t be talking about professional android application development or web design patterns or tricks with coding via Cucumber nor any other important and difficult stuff in this article. We will be discussing something as simple and easy as Skype.

The very Skype you use every day. It has become an important part of our lives, whether at work or at home. We use it to chat with friends, to communicate between colleagues, to take a part in various important business conversations and to send quite smileys and cat-mems.

Yet it may become as irritating as a mosquito at 3 AM when you are trying to get enough beauty-sleep before the important meeting tomorrow. So how does one make skype even handier and less bugging all the time? By using the simple commands a list of which will be written below.

The commands were tested in Windows 7 and Ubuntu OS’s. Thus they may or may not work on your particular OS version.

The command parts included in square braces may be written without them.

  • /help – gives you a list of possible commands, yet not all. Works well on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
  • / add [skype_name] – Adds a user into your chat. Works on both Windows 7 and Ububtu. With a slight remark, the contact will be added in the window the command was typed in. So if you want a user to enter a group chat you will be forced to type in the particular group chat window.
  • /alertsoff  – turns off the notifications of the chat. Works in Win 7 after some GUI settings, and in Ubuntu from the start.
  • /alertson [text] – allows the alerts to pop up only if the message is containing text you’ve described. Works on both OS.
  • /clear – it should erase all history. In theory. And it does not work on Win 7. It only erases what is in the open window on Ubuntu.
  • /find [text] – the Ctrl+F feature. It is finding the text from the braces from the first time it was sent. Works on both OS.
  • /get banlist – shows the list of users which are banned from the chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /get allowlist – shows a list of all users that are allowed to join this particular chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /get creator – allows you to see the info about the chat’s creator. Works well on both OS.
  • /get guidelines – allows users to see the rules of the chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /get options – allows you to see the options installed. Works well on both OS.
  • /get password_hint – allows you to see the hint to the password. Works well on both OS.
  • /get role – allows to see the role given to you in this chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /goadmin – places a tag near the nick name of the chats’ creator. Works well on both OS.
  • /history – loads all the chats’ history into an active window. Does not work on Windows 7.
  • /htmlhistory – the same as with history only in an HTML file that should open in your default browser. Does not work on both OS.
  • /info – displays the max amount of users that are allowed join a particular chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /Kick [skype_name] – kicks the mentioned user outta the chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /kickban [skype_name] – kicks out and banns the user. Works well on both OS.
  • /leave – lets you to leave the chat. Supposed to be impossible if you are the chat’s creator. Well it was possible on both OS. I left the chat anyways.
  • /me – enters your name into the massage. May be used in such an example: /me thinks that this matter is irrelevant. Works well on both OS.
  • /topic [text] – changes the topic of the chat. Works well on both OS.
  • /setpassword [password] and [password hint] – sets both the password as well as the hint with one command. Works well on both OS.
  • /setrole [the skype_name] master / user / helper / listener – sets the role for a user. Works well on both OS.
  • /whois [skype_name] – shows information about the user.

So what about the Skype roles?

  • Creator – The user that has created the chat. The trick is the same as with monarchy. There can be but one creator in one chat. The creator may assign the master role.
  • Master – the chats’ moderator of a kind. Can not assign others as masters.
  • Helper – the chats’ is a sort of a semi-privileged chat member. Is not touched with the USERS_ARE_LISTNERS option.
  • User – well, a common chat user. Does all users usually do. Spams, floods and is getting banned =)
  • Listener – can only view massages. That is all he can do.