Oh okay, well that makes far more sense that those variables would not be working. Thanks for the replies, they are greatly appreciated.
Is there a way that you can access channel information much like the $(twitch) variable to get information like a follower count or other useful information through the Nightbot API (or otherwise)? Much like how you could use “http://nightdev.com/hosted/followers.php” to get a limited list of the last set of followers. Is there any documentation on the Nightbot API or the hosted scripts? The wiki just says that the page will soon hold documentation for the new Nightbot API.
I know there is a post with custom APIs already (Useful Custom APIs) that can accomplish this but I wouldn’t mind learning how it works and how I can access said information much like those given APIs so that I could write my own custom commands and responses.