This week I decided to track the number of work related discord messages that I received. For some background, I work within a group of four supporting the physics undergraduate labs at the University of California, Riverside. Currently, I am focused on developing and converting simulations for our remote labs. We use a discord server for voice and text chat between the tech staff (the team I am apart of), select faculty members, tracking our git updates, and a text based role-playing game; not to mention the various direct message chats. For many reasons, this week was relatively relaxed with only 435 messages!
To track the messages I recorded: (1) who sent the message (bot, tech staff member, or myself), (2) when the message was sent (morning or afternoon), (3) was the message sent as a group message or a direct message, (4) and how I viewed or sent the message (desktop vs phone). There were no faculty messages sent in the discord chat this week. Data from the role-playing game was not recorded.
Looking over the visualization, it appears that I am not as active in conversations than my coworkers, which is true to some extent. However, this data fails to capture all areas of engagement and loses the context of the messages. For example:
- I may respond to a message containing a yes or no question by using the thumbs up or thumbs down emoji rather than replying yes or no.
- One of my coworkers is one of my housemates so we generally talk in person rather than online.
- This week we used the discord voice channels rather than the text channels for some of our conversations.
- Some messages were sent in the group chat that were directed towards specific people (rather than a direct message)
- I often send “block” or “paragraph” style messages rather than “sentence” style (i.e. one message may be equivalent to 2 or 3 from others)
Some trends can be identified from this data set:
- I exclusively send messages from the desktop discord application, but view on both my phone and desktop.
- The number of messages decline throughout the week with Tuesday having the greatest number of messages. This makes some sense as Tuesday’s are generally our busiest days of the week.
- Most messages are sent in the afternoon/evening. This also makes some sense because 75% of our labs run between 12:30 and 22:00.
It will be interesting to further collect this data to see if these trends hold.