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Things to keep in mind when you're new to chat (karma: 4)
By TuniePremium member Comments: 1995, member since Mon Aug 08, 2005
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 01:36 PM
Made sticky by calypso (11968) on 2007-09-27 15:05:59

So you've never been in chat before? It's a great place to be, you can meet all kinds of people, have wonderful discussions. But - there are some things you should not do in chat.


- The first rule in chat is no netspeak. It says it in big bold letters at the top, so please obey it. Netspeak is very hard to read, especially when people in chat don't speak English as their first language, and that happens more than you would think.
- Please do not be rude. There is no reason for it, and you will become very unpopular very quickly. 'Just be nice.' - IrishLizzy
- Please do not demand to know personal information about people. Some people do not feel comfortable giving out such information. The internet is not entirely safe, and you need to be cautious. If someone does not want to give you're their info, don't badger them for it. You should also refrain from giving out your own information. It doesn't take much for a troll to track someone down. Better to be safe than sorry.
- A greeting would be nice when you come in the room. Just a simple 'Hi' before you start quizzing people.
- Do not try to dominate the conversation. If there is already a topic being discussed, read until you get caught up with it. You can even ask what is being discussed. People will gladly let you know. Then you may join the conversation, instead of trying to start your own, which is confusing, and somewhat rude.
- Please do not use neon colors in chat. It hurts people's eyes. Also, please do your best to find your own color. 'It's kind of an unwritten rule if someone has your color first, you change.' - Sunny
- Please do not type in caps. It is considered shouting, and it is also hard to read.

*The most important thing to remember when you are new to chat is that ALL dance.net rules still apply.

Thanks to the following people for their help in creating this post:

DanceOfTheHeart
Rosetta
IrishLizzy
Sunny
markje
guyintights
dance27

30 Replies to Things to keep in mind when you're new to chat

re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member Comments: 8820, member since Sun Sep 12, 2004
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:05 PM
Now, isn't there some kind of color that is automatically considered to be the one you DON'T use -- and I mean beyond the neon colors... but some kind of color that people usually stay away from?

S.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By TuniePremium member Comments: 1995, member since Mon Aug 08, 2005
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:09 PM
^ hmmm... the only one i can think of is black, because it blends in with all of the entering/exiting/voiding messages.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Jadamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1491, member since Fri Aug 24, 2007
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:14 PM
Karma to you! I think this will really help the mewbies or even the people who havent been on for a while! And I think this should be a *Sticky*
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By FeisForFoodmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2956, member since Mon Jul 17, 2006
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:33 PM
I totally didn't know you could even pick your own colors in chat... is that a new thing? I haven't been in there for awhile.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Celebrianmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 7921, member since Thu Mar 31, 2005
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:55 PM
^I also had no idea you could pick colors in chat on DDN... Shux, how do you do that?
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By TuniePremium member Comments: 1995, member since Mon Aug 08, 2005
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 03:06 PM
Hopefully this picture helps.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By IrishLizzymember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3559, member since Wed Jul 28, 2004
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 06:47 PM
Yay! danceroo - It has sticky status!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6305, member since Tue Dec 03, 2002
On Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:29 AM
Great post danceroo, well done.

I accidentally typed all in caps the other day and I got a message telling me it is not permitted then changed my text to lower case, I was pretty impressed.

Helen xxx
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By KangarooPawmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 2463, member since Wed May 18, 2005
On Thu Oct 04, 2007 08:36 AM
Good post. I go into chat once in awhile, but I'm certainly not new to it. I've been in there lately a little more than usual, and it's true that poeple tend to come in and try to totally change the subject, or take over the already-started conversation.


Newbs, if you simply follow danceroo's post, you'll be fine, and making friends in no time. :)




-KP
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By SashyStarPremium member Comments: 22, member since Sun Sep 02, 2007
On Fri Oct 05, 2007 06:25 PM
Nice post, danceroo! There are very important rules to follow in chat so you are not banned. Well, congrats on the stickyness, but furthermore, congrats for the great post!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By naomi8 Comments: 32, member since Thu Oct 18, 2007
On Thu Oct 25, 2007 08:17 AM
This is hard I never know what I can and can't write!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Jennys_mum Comments: 1940, member since Mon Mar 26, 2007
On Sun Mar 23, 2008 02:42 AM
Ive just read the rules. thanks ,I should have read them myself before now. great its a sticky thanks for posting. christine
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By krewritePremium member Comments: 13, member since Wed Nov 21, 2007
On Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:44 PM
rules? we needs rules? okay fine.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Nicolemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 1262, member since Sat Sep 03, 2005
On Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:51 PM
I've been a member since September of 2005 and I have yet to be "active" in chat. I've clicked on it a couple of times... Even tried to talk once, but I got scared that I would do something wrong. (lame, huh?)
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By mrslovettmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1372, member since Sun Jan 06, 2008
On Wed May 28, 2008 05:16 PM
^Haha I'm with you!

But if I ever do get up the courage to chat...at least now I know I'll do it right! Thanks for the post!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By jumpinjackflash Comments: 22, member since Sun Jul 06, 2008
On Mon Jul 21, 2008 03:26 AM
i am new to dance.net and have found these tips really helpful. sometimes when you are new to stuff it takes a while to get into the swing of things, so any advice is more than appreciate! thanks!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By mizzymeg Comments: 23, member since Fri Aug 08, 2008
On Thu Aug 14, 2008 08:35 AM
Good to have all this information especially when you are new thanks....
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By tango_fasination Comments: 21, member since Wed Aug 27, 2008
On Thu Aug 28, 2008 08:07 PM
Hiya, thanks to you all for the guidence I have never used a chatroom as I never knew the protocol, perhaps now when I am a full member, I will give it a go.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By TuniePremium member Comments: 1995, member since Mon Aug 08, 2005
On Thu Aug 28, 2008 08:21 PM
Edited by Tunie (138112) on 2008-08-28 20:22:30 added something
Edited by Tunie (138112) on 2008-08-28 20:25:39 added something else
Edited by Tunie (138112) on 2008-08-28 20:27:30 one more thing
I forgot to mention, and spread the word, because not many people know, there is an IGNORE FUNCTION in chat and it is FANTASTIC!! LOL. It's great when there's someone being totally rude in chat and the mods aren't available to swoop in and save the day and the offender won't listen to reason. You just type /ignore and then the user name. So if you wanted to ignore me, for example, type

/ignore Tunie

and BAM! You no longer see any messages that I type in chat.

Keep in mind, the person you are ignoring can still see your messages that you type.

Also, you CAN get into trouble by the mods even if the other person starts it. Just because they're rude to you doesn't mean you can be rude to them. Two wrongs don't make a right, and an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. So it's easier to just ignore them than to get all worked up and get yourself into trouble.

And even if you do ignore someone, please do mod it so that they are aware of the problem.

To mod someone in chat, there is a button for it right between "Send" and the color box (see photo above). You type in an explanation of why you are sending a mod report, and then hit "MOD". It will then ask you to confirm your mod report before it is sent. You confirm your mod report by typing /confirm. It explains all of this when you hit the mod button, so don't worry.

Happy chatting everyone! :D
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By dancinislife0607member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1422, member since Sun Apr 16, 2006
On Thu Feb 05, 2009 09:31 PM
LittleTink9491 wrote:

I've been a member since September of 2005 and I have yet to be "active" in chat. I've clicked on it a couple of times... Even tried to talk once, but I got scared that I would do something wrong. (lame, huh?)


I've done the exact same thing!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Taximum Comments: 21, member since Sun Jun 20, 2010
On Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:40 AM
Thanks for this - some more good advice from an experienced member for a novice!
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By angelofnorth Comments: 38, member since Sun Nov 28, 2010
On Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:05 PM
Thanks for the useful advice,I am a new member so its good to know what not to do.
re: Things to keep in mind when you’re new to chat
By Georgiadee123 Comments: 31, member since Fri Jul 22, 2011
On Mon Aug 01, 2011 02:07 PM
Hey! thanks for the advice, it really helped!

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