First the raid leader, then part-time healers, and all of a sudden you have a crowd in your formerly-pristine healer channel.
Unfortunately you have to use slash commands. Sigh.
Getting the Powah
First, make sure you’re a moderator. These channels have the annoying habit of resetting when everyone is out of the game, and the first person to get into the channel is the moderator or owner or whatever. Hopefully that person is not a dirty DPS.
(or whatever number your chat channel is) . You will get a list of names. One of them has a star. The person with the star is the channel’s lord and master, for now.
That person can do the kicking, or if he/she doesn’t “have the stones”, the person can pass you the powah with:
/mod channelname yourname
Now you’re in prime kicking position. (You can unmod someone with /unmod channelname playername.)
Alternatively you can be given ownership with:
/owner channelname yourname
What’s the difference for kicking purposes between owner and mod? Probably nothing.
It’s incredibly easy
/ckick channelname playername
BAM! Kicked. The person can come back. I guess. But probably won’t bother.
Other Than Kicking
You can mute:
/mute channelname playername
However, seriously, if someone is pissing you off enough to mute, why let him/her stay in the channel at all? You can unmute with /unmute channelname playername. (rly?)
You can ban with:
/ban channelname playername
And, cleverly, unban with /unban channelname playername.
How long does a ban last? No idea. If channels expire when nobody is in them, and then are re-created, the ban will be lifted when the channel is empty OR the server resets.
You can set a password with:
/pass channelname passwordyoupicked
Again, the stupid thing expires when everyone logs off. Are we seeing a pattern here? I think you have to be an owner, not just a moderator, to mess with the channel password. (To join a passworded channel, do /join channelname password.)
Instead of hollering at the healers to join the channel and possibly having them misspell it, you can issue an invite. Isn’t that polite of you?
/cinvite channelname playername
Says a guildie “oh hey you can do that? Cool.” Yes, very cool.
Our Dumb Policy
Or “why I looked up how to boot people”
The healers have found even the smallest amount of “non-healer creep” into the healer channel to be distracting. For example, a healer who is not raiding with us that night, or a part-time healer. So we’re starting to limit the healer channel to ONLY the people healing the current encounter. Which means booting the shadow/disc priest every time he changes specs for a boss, and then reinviting him when he specs back to disc.
Yes it’s harsh and mean and evil. ATT calls it myopic. “What if you need to coordinate with the raid leader?” he says. “Surely the raid leader should be in there for strategy.” I still say no. So far we do very well deciding things in the healer channel as a team and THEN communicating the TL;DR version to the raid leader. It’s pretty streamlined that way.
For a complete list of slash commands, see the Wowwiki list of slash commands.