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    Exclamation Chatbox rules

    Hello everyone. Now that the Chatbox has been running for a while the moderating staff has been able to put together some rules to ensure it gets to stay running here at TF. These rules have been decided upon not only what we've seen happening here, but also from experiences of other forums. The examples given are not to pin point anyone but rather they were the best examples we could think of. We thought of making the Chatbox for carnivorous plant discussions only, but realize that this is not just a forum, but a community. So we put together some broad examples to explain what it is we're looking to happen through the chatbox. Thanks for taking the time to read, understand, and put to use the following rules (they have also been added to the main forum rules)

    CHAT BOX

    Basically the rules for the chatbox are the same as those for the forum, here are a few more details.

    •Keep on topic with the forum. While the chatbox is open to a variety of topics, it is preferred that the conversation be carnivorous plant oriented or topics that any member can participate in at anytime. The chatbox is not intended to be an IM substitute. For example, the chatbox should not be used to discuss, strategize, or gloat regarding current online gaming between members, since that is a conversation between two or three members only and discourages others from getting involved. The topics of the chatbox should be of interest to the people that would normally browse TerraForums who could join in a conversation. You can always email, PM or IM about more personal topics like gaming and what you did over the weekend.

    •Spamming the chatbox. Do not spam the chat box with random letters shapes or words, this includes talking to yourself. The whole chatbox should not be you telling yourself a story or saying "hello is anyone there" 15 times.

    • Try to say whatever you want to say in one send, and not split it up in multiple short worded sentences.
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    I would like to mention. That I usually glance through the chatbox to see what folks are chatting about. I don't respond frequently but I am not opposed to it if there is something I find interesting that I can contribute to.

    However!! Lately there have been alot of very fine font sizes, light colors, or text that smashes together because of the font style. I usually don't bother wearing my glasses to read or do anything on the computer but I have put them on several times to try and decipher what people are typing in the chat box... AND I still can't read some of it. Do yourselves a favor and the rest of us too... Use basic fonts in dark colors in a decent size. I will no longer attempt to read stuff that I can't see clearly and easily.
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    Thank you tony for that! I am going through the options and checking out limitations on some of the sizes and such... (I had already removed huge font sizes a while back) If it comes down to it- all that can be restricted and brought down to black if we have to...
    Great point! (Still the mod side of you hmmm? ) The idea of these rules is to open the chatbox up to more of the users here after all.
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    On that topic, I don't really think fonts and colors are necessary in the chatbox. It's textual communication - I remember the days when all you had was one text style in one color, and it was your terminal. The color telnet extensions were nice extras, but they never really enhanced the medium - and they were limited to like eight or sixteen choices that were all easily visible. You can always set your browser to display everything the same font, but that always screws up scripted stuff and other advanced features. The chatbox is nice, but like many pre-built website tools, bloated with unnecessary features that don't enhance functionality. I think the core point here is that there are free, better options for communication if things like text styles are really important to your mode of expression.
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    WHats the limit? as in limits for chatbox messages?

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    -_- I dont believe i have reached that limit yet...but it says i did...

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    im with Tony on the small text and colors that are hard to read against a white background.....its a pain and usually leads to me going to find something else to do.....i have a hard time believing it will stick mainly to CP stuff.......some of us try but are easily side tracked
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