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Using the Wanna Community Chat

This should help answering some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Wanna Community Chat. If you do not find what you need in this document, please post your question on the Forum. This document does not describe the basic usage of the chat room, however, because it is assumed that it's fairly obvious (answer: type a message and click send!).

What IRC commands are available for FlashChat?

Command Description
/away Sets user as away. Typing this command again sets user as "here".
/here Sets user as here. This reverses the "away" and "busy" states.
/busy Sets user as busy. Typing this command again sets user as "here".
/back ## Shows the last ## entries of the room's chat, including any chat text that was present before arrival to the room.
/backtime ## Shows the last ## minutes of the room's chat, including any chat text that was present before arrival to the room.
/clear Clears the chat screen. This only affects your screen, not the screen of other users.
/me <action> Issues an IRC-like "action" to the chat. "/me" will be changed to your user name, and the text in <action> will appear as a system message. For example: "/me is thinking" would translate to "Joe is thinking".
/join <room> Switches the user to <room>. For example: "/join The Lounge"
/part Logout of the chat.
/quit Logout of the chat.
/logout Logout of the chat.
/version Shows which version of the chat you are using.
/invite <user> Invites "user" to the room that you are currently in.
/ignore <user> Ignore "user".
/broadcast <msg> Only available to moderators. This broadcasts a message to all users in all rooms. For example, "/broadcast Hello everyone!"
/kick <user> Only available to moderators. This kicks "user" from the room.
/boot <user> Same as /kick.
/ban <user> Only available to moderators. Bans "user" from the chat.
/banip <user> Only available to moderators. Bans the IP address of the user from all chat activity.
/gagX <user> Only available to moderators. Gags the user for X minutes. For example, /gag5 joe. If the user's name has more than one word, then it must be enclosed with quotes. For example: /gag5 "Joe Shmoe"
/alert <user> <msg> Only available to moderators. Sends a popup alert to the user. If the user's name has more than one word, then it must be enclosed with quotes.
/roomalert <msg> Same as /alert, but sends the message to all users in the room.
/chatalert <msg> Same as /alert, but sends the message to all users in all rooms

How frequently does the Chat check for new messages?

By default, every 3 seconds.

How do I send a private message?

There are two ways to send a private message in the Chat. You can either find the user's name in the room manager and click on the name, or you can type "/username:" in the chat input box, followed by your message. The recipient will be alerted of the private message, regardless of the room that they are in. If you send a private message by clicking on a user's name in the room list, then a small private message window will be opened, which you can keep open indefinitely. This is useful is you want to send multiple private messages to one person, or if you want to engage in several private chats simultaneously.

How do I use smilies?

You may send a smilie in one of two ways: select the smilie from the list of available smilies, or type the smilie code into the chat input area. For example, :red: is the code to display the blushing-face smilie. The chat administrator can enable or disable any smilie.

What is the sound "Pan" feature?

This option allows you to set the amount of sound coming from the right and left speakers on your computer system.

Where can I found Chat abreviations such as BRB, LOL ?

Wanna talk faster? Or just decoding some strange abreviations such as BRB, LOL, IMHA?

Common disclaimer phrases also often contract into acronyms - they tend to occur at certain points in a sentence, which can facilitate decoding. Common examples include:

  • afk (Away From Keyboard)
  • bff (Best Friends Forever)
  • bio (Rest Room ex. "afk bio")
  • brb (Be Right Back)
  • btw (By The Way)
  • ne1 (anyone)
  • ftw (For the Win)
  • g2g (Got To Go, and sometimes Good To Go)
  • gg (Good Game; wishing someone a good game or, sarcastically, mocking someone who lost)
  • gl (Good Luck)
  • gtfo (Get The F*ck Out)
  • hf (Have Fun)
  • iirc (If I Remember Correctly)
  • imo (In My Opinion)
  • imho (In My Honest Opinion, In My Humble Opinion)
  • jk (Just Kidding)
  • k (Okay)
  • kk (Okay)
  • l2p (Learn To Play)
  • lmao (Laughing My Ass Off)
  • log (Log Off)
  • lol (Laugh Out Loud/Laughing out loudly)
  • omg (Oh My God, sometimes "omfg" making: Oh My Fucking God)
  • rofl (Roll On Floor Laughing. Sometimes "rofl" and "lmao" are combined into "roflmao")
  • sec (Just a second)
  • stfu (Shut The Fuck Up)
  • ttyl (Talk To You Later)
  • wtf (What The Fuck?)

More Internet slang can be found at this Wikipedia page: List of Internet slang phrases

How do I logout of the chat?

The best way to logout is to click on the "X" in the upper right corner of the screen. However, if you simply close your web browser, then you will also be logged out after a period of time. Thus, users who close their web browsers to logout will still be visible to logged-in users for a short period of time. However, clicking on "X" immediately logs you out of the system.

Enjoy the Wanna Community Chat!

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