[TL;DR: see the title of this thread ]
I know this is the SmartThings forum, and NOT the Amazon Alexa forum, but I’m posting in here, because I know a lot of you here in this Community use Alexa in ways that a lot of ‘regular’ Alexa users might not ever get around to.
I don’t like the fact that Alexa is not consistent in how it responds to me saying ‘Thank you’.
If it responded with ‘You’re welcome’ all the time, this admittedly quirky project I’m working on now probably wouldn’t have ever come up. However, the fact that it comes back with things like, “No problem”, “Anytime”, and “You bet!” is annoying to me, personally. So, I set out to see if I could change that behavior.
At some point, I discovered ‘Blueprints’, and ‘My Questions’, and was able to use that to get Alexa to just say ‘You’re welcome’ as its only response to me saying, ‘Thank you’. So, that was really cool, and it satisfied me for a while, but then…
I recently discovered that I could programmatically cause Alexa to say things with other accents through using Echo Speaks and webCoRE. So, naturally, I set out to create an automation for my ‘Thank you’ -> ‘You’re welcome’ exchange in Alexa. lol
To do this I created a simulated switch in SmartThings (the mechanism for passing the activity off from Alexa to SmartThings), a routine in Alexa (that acts on that switch when said routine is triggered by voice command of ‘Thank you’), and a piston in webCoRE (that monitors that switch in SmartThings, and fires off an Echo Speaks command to the Alexa-enabled device of my liking to say, ‘You’re welcome’ in a British voice; Emma, in this case).
Now, when I say, ‘Thank you’, Alexa runs the appropriate Alexa routine (which, in turn, fires off the other stuff, and it’s pretty cool).
However, when it runs the Alexa routine, it always makes that little acknowledgement sound.
So now, the exchange goes
Me: “Thank you”
Alexa: *acknowledgement sound
Alexa: “You’re welcome”
Not a huge or important issue, but one I’d like to modify if at all possible.
I turned on ‘Brief Mode’ in Alexa, but that only appears to work for other stuff.
i.e. even with Brief Mode on, it still makes that little acknowledgement sound when running Alexa Routines that are triggered by a voice command.
So, do any of you have any idea whether it’s possible to stop it from making that little acknowledgement sound when triggering an Alexa Routine by voice command?