After selecting a chat room and selecting your gender, you'll find yourself on the chat page (the link here is for a female chatting in the #ifap chatroom). This is the most frequently used page on the site.
Choose your Nickname
On the chat page, you'll see a form to choose your nickname:
Your nickname, also called a "nick", is the name you'll use in the chatroom. Best practice is to select something that will entice other users to talk to you and is self descriptive, but does not give away personal information (that is to say, you want to remain anonymous).
You can choose to be remembered by giving an email address. It's not required though, you can chat but your nickname won't be remembered when you come back so you'll have to type it in again. This is just a convenience for regular chatters.
Join the Chatroom
- chat window
- user list
- text entry box
The chat window is the main box on the left side. It displays all messages sent to a particular conversation. Conversations can pe public, as shown in the image above. These are also known as channels. Private conversation chat messages are also displayed in the chat window.
Tabs will be shown across the top of the chat application if you are having multiple conversations, and you can click on the tabs to switch between conversations.
The user list is on the right side of the chat application and it is scrollable.
Start a Private Chat (PM, Private Message)
To open a new private conversation, you can either wait for someone to message you, or you can pick someone from the user list. In either case, a new tab will open at the top of the chat application with the person you chose to chat with.
What do the Nick Colors Mean?
The color of a chatter's nick depends on what gender they chose:
- Men are in white
- Women are in pink
- Transgender/Transsexual are in purple
- Admins are in green
- Unspecified are in grey
- Others are in blue
Text Entry Box
At the bottom of the chat application you find there is a box where you can
type some text. If do that and hit
return, it will send a message
to the live chat. You can use the text entry box for chatting, and also for
sending commands to the chat application.
/register: Register your Nick
One of the most useful commands is registers your nick. This associates a password with your nickname so that other people cannot impersonate you - it makes it for your use only. To register a nick, you need to specify a password and an email address. The command is like this:
/ns register password email.
When you come back later and enter the chatroom, you'll need to provide the
password you chose earlier to use your registered nick. To do that, you type:
/ns identify password.