CHAT HELP V2.0
Since chatting on the Web might be a bit confusing to a newcomer, we've
created this introduction to help you. Part I is if you have trouble
logging on and Part 2 is to help you after you have logged on.
PART I If you cannot gain entrance into our chat room, please
note the following:
1. Make sure your browser is version 3 or higher of Netscape
or Microsoft Browser.
2. Make sure your browser is set to accept Java and Java applets.
3. If you have recently upgraded your browser, make sure it is
set (reset) to accept Java.
4. If busy, try to reload or wait 2 minutes and then reload.
Also trying clearing your cache.
5. Close out your browser and reload the site. This is the best
way to re-init your browser to enter the chat room.
PART II Each time you go to chat, you will need to provide the
following before you can begin chatting:
1. Your Name
2. Your Profile (optional)
Then you click on the Volano/Chat button, you’re ready to start chatting!
But first, to learn about chatting itself, read on.
The Chat Window
Once you've successfully logged in, you'll see four windows on your screen
The first window is the big one with scrolling text. This text is the chatter's
conversation in progress.
The next is the long vertical screen to the far right. That's the list
of all the people at this chat party. Your name will be listed at the top
At the bottom-middle of the screen is a long horizontal frame. This is
where you type in what you want to say. When you enter the room, people
usually say "Hello!". Say hello back and you're off and chatting!
The fourth window is a long horizontal window at the top of your screen.
In this window you'll see either a description of the current chat or a
banner from one of our favorite sponsors. Click on the banner to find out
more about our sponsors.
If you want to send a private message to anyone in your room, simply
double click on that person's name and fill in the box with your message.
Hit enter and your message will only be seen by the person you sent it
A few other things in chat will jump right out at you. First, when
there are a lot of chatters in the room, the text will scroll quite fast.
Don't let this scare you, just hang in there and you'll learn to follow
along in no time. You may also notice that people tend to use abbreviations
for frequently used phrases. Here's a few to get you started:
Okay, you're ready to jump in and share. Remember, everyone was once as
new to the chat game as you are now. You'll be an old pro in no time.
brb - be right back
bbl - be back later
LOL - laugh out loud
ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
gmta - great minds think alike
IMO - in my opinion
IRL - in real life
oic - oh, I see
Chat to begin chatting, or go back
to the top.