|The Chat Cafe
Chat is one of the
most popular forms of Internet communication, allowing people to converse through their
keyboards in real-time. It's an excellent way to make friends and discuss news and
business, right from the comfort of your computer. Below you will find extensive
help on several chat-related topics.
[ basics | rules | 'netiquette ]
[ acronyms | emoticons
| terminology ]
[ trouble shooting | reporting users ]
To use the LEOnet chat room, you
must have a Java enabled browser or an IRC client. Most current versions of Netscape and
Internet Explorer are java enabled. To connect via IRC, please point your client at irc.leonet.co.uk
and join us in the #ChatCafe.
You can enter a chat room on
LEOnet simply by clicking the link to the Chat Cafe from the
homepage or by clicking a drop-down menu link from anywhere on the site. When you click
the link, a new web page will open and a chat window will appear. Enter the name you want
to appear as in the Nick Name box, and then click OK. After a second, you will be
To send text into the chat room,
type in the lower box and hit enter on your keyboard. The text will appear in the larger
box above, called the chat window. You can see who else is in the chat room by
looking at the vertical box listing participants. When you send text to the room,
you are conversing with other chatters in real time!
The chat room rules at LEOnet
are simple. They are governed by the fact that our chat rooms are open to chatters of all
ages, and the philosophy that we want everyone to feel welcome at LEOnet at all times.
Thus, the rules are as follows:
No profanity, no
participant or host harassment, no adult topics, no ASCII art (text-based graphic images),
no scrolling, and no typing in all capital letters.
We rely on members of our
community to be responsible and responsive to the few rules that keep the LEOnet chat
rooms enjoyable for all. In the event of a dispute regarding chat room behaviour, the
decision of LEOnet and/or its emissaries is final.
Chat room etiquette is a strange
beast developed over the history of the Internet and adopted by acclamation. It's
rules are few, but if you breech them someone will be sure to let you know!
1/ It is customary to precede an
question or comment targeted to a specific person with that person's name; in busy chat
rooms, it is otherwise difficult to conduct a conversation!
2/ Typing IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS
is considered shouting, and is severely frowned upon.
3/ Scrolling (sending one
character or word per line, or transmitting the same text repeatedly) disrupts the flow of
conversation and is an abuse of other peoples' band-width.
4/ The transmission of ASCII art
(graphic images created with text characters) also disrupts the flow of conversation and
is an abuse of other peoples' band-width.
5/ Because typing in all capital
letters is considered to be shouting, and therefore rude, it is common to emphasize words
by setting them off with *asterisks* instead.
Acronyms are a central part of
chat room dialogue, since they convey full sentences, thoughts, or responses in a few
letter and make for faster communication. Common acronyms are as follows:
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
ROFL = Rolling On Floor Laughing
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO = In My Not So Humble Opinion
BTW = By The Way
AFK = Away From Keyboard
BBL = Be Back Later
TTFN = Ta Ta For Now
YOYOW = You Own Your Own Words
LAT = Lovely and Talented
A/S = Age/Sex; an inquiry of someone's age and gender.
IRL = In Real Life, i.e. not on the 'net.
WYSIWYG = ("wizee-wig") What You See Is What You Get
Emoticons are little faces typed
out to express emotions; turn your head sideways to see the face. They are varied
and often amusing, but the basic ones are here:
:o) Happy Face :o(
Sad Face :oO Shock :oP Sticking Out Tongue
Moof: To be
spontaneously disconnected from the Internet or dropped from a chat channel.
Lag: To experience a
delay in transmission of data. The sending of your text or the arrival of someone
else's text in the chat window can be delayed by a few seconds, causing your conversation
to be slightly out of sync.
Flame: To express
displeasure when someone is impolite, offensive, or breeches Internet etiquette. An
ongoing exchange of flames in chat or BBS postings is known as a "flame war."
Flaming is discouraged at LEO.
If you experience lag (see
above), disconnecting your modem and reconnecting to the service will often clear the
If you cannot connect to a room
via IRC, please check that you are trying the right address.You can also try the chat room
in our embedded Java windows to make sure it is operational. Just click on the link for
the Chat Cafe.
If you receive an error message
while connecting to a Java chat room, make sure you are using an up-to-date version of
Internet Explorer or Netscape. Your browser must support Java technology.
If the chat room fails to open,
please report the chat room to the Chat Cafe
If you experience harassment or
inappropriate behaviour in a LEOnet chat room, you can contact the Chat Cafe Forum Manager and report the chatter