Chat Currency enters Beta

Chat currency is finally here… sort’v!  The currency system is now in place, allowing room owners to create their own room-specific chat currency, and allowing users to trade currencies between them using the new trade window.   There is also a new API system that allows room owners to integrate their in-room currency with their off-chat website scripts to automatically give or take their room’s currency to users, or to query for an account balance.

Now, let me preface this by saying that the currency system is still “beta”, and all currency records will be DELETED when beta is finished.  This is to allow people to mess around with the currency system, and allow for errors in the system that might incorrectly delete or duplicate currency (which would be a problem in the long term!) before anyone uses the currency for any serious purposes.   So, feel free to give out, trade, or whatever.

So… what is “Chat Currency” exactly?  Well, it’s a sort of virtual money that you can get in chat, and use to trade with other chatters or potentially use outside of chat if the page decides to integrate outside services with their in-chat currency.   Voodoo itself has a currency that you’ll be able to use to buy titles and account upgrades, as well as trade with other users or (if a room allows for it) purchase room currency with, and so on.

To create a room currency for your room, you simply go into the Page App for your page and set an image and a name for your room’s currency.   Once you’ve done that you can open a trade window with any user that is a fan of your page, and give them any amount of your room’s currency.   Your room’s currency will appear on your list of currencies and it’ll show that you have infinity of it (a tiny infinity symbol).

It’s important to note that only page fans (people who have “liked” your facebook page) can traffic in your room’s currency.  It is impossible to give your room’s currency to people who are not fans of your page, to prevent people from being loaded up with useless currency they don’t want, and to prevent “fraud”, since more than one room could have the same name and image for their currency.  If you open a trade window with another user, only currencies that they are able to accept will appear in your possible selections list.

Official Voodoo currency (the global currency) appears on red panels in currency lists.  If you’re trading in a room, the room’s own currency appears in a bronze panel.  All other currencies appear in grey panels.   This way you will be able to tell the difference between the current room’s currency and other currencies of the same name, as well as the difference between the official currencies, and any people may create with the same name (and try to trick you with!).    We opted to do this instead of requiring that you trade in a room’s currency only when you’re in that room.

To make a trade with someone, you open their user menu and select “Trade”.   You’ll get the initial trade screen which has the currencies you currently have, and your offer.   Click any currency and type an amount into the amount box, then click “Add” to add it to your offer.   Once you’ve finished creating your offer, you click “Make Offer”.    At this point it will switch to the trading screen, which shows what you offer and what they offer.   Once both of you have finished your offers, you can click “Accept Trade” to confirm that you want to make that trade.   When both of you have accepted, the actual currency changes hands.   Accepting an offer locks you into it, but that acceptance is removed if either of you alter your offer in any way.

Now, some of this may sound complicated, but it really isn’t – you should be able to get the hang of it quite quickly!