Hey guys i couldn't really find a link or anything about the fanpop chat, so this is basically my guide about the functions, a bit about etiquette and a few tips thrown in here and there. I have also researched a list of all the meebo emotions and all the different keyboard shortcuts for the users that where asking, hopefully some of you will find it useful. You don't need to check everything out, although it appears lengthier than it is, everything is, as always set in to subheadings for those of you who like to scan articles :D, enjoy.
The rooms are ran by a company called meebo and we now have quite a few of them. There is of course the main fanpop room which can be accessed from the homepage on the right just above the quizzes or from this link
They're are a few other rooms and i believe there have been requests for more, these rooms below can all be accessed by the links below or from the spot home page, again on the right above the quiz questions and forums. If you open a chat from a home page rather than the link, it will open in it's own seperate box instead of tab or new window. The other rooms are;
The chat is nice and simple and fairly easy to use , so this may seem slightly patronising to some people but i have been asked a couple of things before and in doing research i have also found a couple of things out myself, so i thought i would write all
of the functions and my findings down.
-The user names in the chat are several different colors, there seems to be no meaning to this and are completley random. You can change your color if you really wish to do so by signing in and out. You can sign in and out by either simply refreshing the page or by clicking the small green button in the top right corner.
-You can warn someone by hovering over their username. Warns are designed to literally warn a user when they are behaving badly e.g. spamming, abusive language. Fanpop was told that if a user was warned over a certain amount of times they would be "muted" aka they would not be allowed to type anymore in the chat. There are a couple of users though who have been warned so many times, one user over 50 times! so if you get warned for nothing (yes there are some out there immature enough to do that for fun) don't worry about it. If you do get warned though it's always worth reading your last couple of messages to see if you could have been doing something to annoy or upset a fellow user. Warns are completely anonymous, even if you use the warn button in a private message it will appear in the main chat not the PM.
-Again to personally message someone you can hover over their username. Only the two of you can see that conversation and you can not invite other users. You can warn and block someone directly from the PM box. As said above any warns done via the PM box will appear in the main chat. If you block someone and then send them a private message it automatically unblocks them. Anything written in private message will not be censored.
-Again to block someone you hover over their profile. When you block someone you can no longer see anything they write in chat neither will you see anything they message to you, if you unblock them the messages will NOT reappear. You can unblock them the exact same way, messaging someone will also unblock them. When you have been blocked your self you will not know, it will be completley unknown to other users also. A user will stay blocked even if you sign off and then back on again.
-Meebo chat rooms have fairly strict censors and a lot of stuff can set them off, just for reference here's a couple of words you might not expect to be censored
-Homo("Homosexual" will appear as "****sexual")
-penis and vagina
-niga (so if you write "alyson hanigan" it appears as "alyson ha****n")
-sh it (yes even if you make a space in the middle it will star it out e.g. "finish it" will appear as "fini****")
and oh yes "dick van dyke" will appear as "**** van ****"
These are just stupid stuff but obviously you can get around these by typing with spaces inbetween letters e.g. say you wished to talk about "q u e e r as folk" you would have to talk like that so people can see what you talking about.
When you type a message you will be able to see what you have written but others it will appear starred, except for in private messages where everything is uncensored.
A Couple of Little Extras
The chat does have sound, the on/off button can be seen in the bottom left. When someone types on the main chat it will make a small click, when someone PMs you it will make a bleep noise. I find this useful if you enter the chat and are the only user in the chat, you can then turn the sound so when someone else comes in you will hear them and not miss them. It is also useful if your PMing more than one user.
You can access a fanpopper's profile again by hovering over their name
When you first enter the chat you can read about half a page of conversation to catch up with what has been said
There is a small smiley face to the right of your message box, this allows you to add certain smilies to your message. For a full list see below.
My Opinion on Etiquette
These are just a couple of etiquette suggestions, from my own opinion and from what i have gathered from others, they are in no way rules just something to consider.
-Spam can be anything from repeating the same comment, sending the same link over and over or simply just writing gibberish. It is annoying and unnecessary just like any kind of spam and may be a reason for warnings or being blocked. If someone excessively does this after being warned and informed i suggest you report them via their profile.
-Although i understand fully this is a chat
room, fanpop still has many users who's first language is not english and it will be hard enough for some of them to follow the speed of the chatroom without the difficulties of chat speak as well so please try and avoid it. Though I'm sure everyone understands that typing quickly often leads to mistakes....I, myself will probably make loads in this proof read article...my apologies for any :S
-There have been specific chat rooms created so people can talk about specific topics with out annoying other chatters, these are mentioned above. If there is not a specific chat room for your interest and there is only one person in the room you wish to talk about this topic to, you can always send them a private message. If the room is pretty much split then i suggest asking the F4 for another specific chat room and in the mean while trying to find a empty chat room. There is normally one somewhere and i see no harm in using it untill more fans enter.
-Warning someone for no reason is not clever and as i stated above seems to result in nothing. Do not do this it's annoying to other chatters and it's frankly completely pointless. Warnings are reserved to show people they are not behaving properly in the chat. If you really have a problem with someone about something like spamming the chat, i suggest you block them and report them on their profile and add some notes so the Fanpop team know why.
-Emotes or emotions or smilies, what ever you want to call them can be fun and a good way to communicate something quickly or most importantly to express you tone, something not done easily through chat. However although i realise finding new emotes is exciting for some of you, it does become very spam like and annoying if you test them all out repeatably.
Full list of emotions/emotes/smilies
Below is a full list of meebo smilies and all the shortcuts to them. I would have posted this as a link but i couldn't find a full list where all of them worked correctly, so by combining different lists and sources and testing shortcuts by messaging myself (oh yes I'm crazy) I have managed to put this together.
Oh I also couldn't find images for them all so some are my makeshift paint stuff so my apologies for the weird looking ones, they do look better on chat, I assure you.
The Emotes Box
These are the emotes that you can find in the box to the right of the message box, as mentioned above. Although i realize you can already use all of these I thought it would be useful to add the other shortcuts for them as some are easier to type than or others or than clicking on the box.
- (smile) :) :-) =) =-)
- :D :-D (grin)
- (cool) B) B-) 8) 8-)
- :-> :>
- (arr) (arrr) (pirate)
- :P :-P
- (lol) x-D X-D :)) LOL
- :S :-S :s :-s
- :-* :*
- (sarcasm) /:) /:-)
- (neutral) :| :-|
- :T :-T
- :x :X :-X :-x
- (sad) :( :-(
- (emo) //:|
- (m) 8(|)
- (angel) O:)
- (evil) (devil) >:) >>:) >>:-) >:-)
- (mad) >>:( >:( >>:-( >:-(
- (angry) >:o
- (eek) (shock) (yikes) :o :O :-o
- :-B :B :-b :b (nerd)
- $) $-) (money)
- :-& +o( (sick)
- L-) (loser)
- |-) (sleepy)
- (liar) :^o :^O
- (beaten) b-(
- (O_O) (O.O)
- (o.O) (O.o)
- (love) (l)
- (unlove) (u)
I would just like to say special thanks to gerley123, DarkSarcasm, pollyloveshouse and spotty_vision21 for helping me test a couple of things in the chat room.
Also thanks to meebo, wikipedia and computer-erase for some of the information in this article as well as a quick mention to David Vignoni who designed and created all the emotions shown above.
If anyone knows of any other or new spot specific chat rooms, emotes or features or is just has a question or is still confused by something could you please comment as i would like to keep this as updated and informative as possible, thankyou :D