The chat room is a place
for informal conversation and fun. Serious and meaningful connections often
take place but a lighthearted approach is encouraged. Please be respectful and
polite to everyone, regardless of their opinions.
The chat room requires that you have a valid user id on GreaseSpot's forums.
The majority of chat room
interactions are positive and entertaining for those involved. However,
problems do arise from time to time. The guidelines below address those
situations and have arisen from input by many who frequent the chat room
regularly. Anyone who proves that they can't conduct themselves along these
lines will be subject to being banned from chat.
Thank you for helping to
make GreaseSpot Cafe a comfortable and inviting place to gather!
Enter GreaseSpot Cafe's chat room
Register for a forum user id (required for chat rooms)
1. If you feel that a
particular chatter is behaving inappropriately, tell them politely and then let
it go. Continuing to prod someone about their behavior generally just
aggravates the situation. If they persist in baiting you into an argument, back
off and take a higher road... otherwise YOU become a part of the problem.
2. Use the Ignore feature
to make people who are irritating you invisible. Type /i, then a space, then
their handle (exactly as it appears on screen). This command will make it so
that you no longer see their name or what they type into the chat room.
3. If you have a conflict
with someone that you feel must be discussed further, handle it directly with
the person involved, and handle it OUTSIDE of the chat room (perhaps through
email or an instant messenger program). Personal battles should be kept
4. The Whisper feature
can be useful for a quick and private message, but remember that too much
whispering back and forth can be rude, making others feel left out. Please use
it sparingly and with consideration for the people present in the room.
5. Be cautious about
revealing any personal information in chat. Consider the fact that there may be
a variety of "lurkers" present in the room (people who are reading
the screen but not posting). Choosing to remain anonymous is reasonable and
often recommended on the Internet. Maintaining that anonymity requires wisdom
on your part. The chat room is very public, so think before you type.
6. Don't reveal any
private information which you may have about other chatters. Period.
7. Have fun!
You can tip
the help, but don't talk to them... they are busy.