Problems with basic chat functionality
Q: Is this thing on?
This chat works (well, should work) in any browser, without
plugins or special features enabled.
Q: Why doesn't anything happen?
A: You may have misunderstood how the chat works.
This chat does not update automatically. You have to hit the
Send/Refresh button ("Meow" in the cat chat), and you have to
keep on hitting it, otherwise nothing will happen.
Quite often I see people enter the chat and not even refresh
once. I suspect many of them simply don't understand what they
are supposed to do, or they expect it to work more like some
other chat room. The problem then is that different chat rooms
are made by different people, who have different reasons for
making them, different taste and different ideas of how things
Q: But I click that button and still nothing happens!
A1: You have to be patient and give people time to notice you.
Even during the most hectic discussions there may be as much as
five to ten minutes between two individual posts. This doesn't
mean that the chat is empty, it may simply mean that people are
busy writing long responses to each other, or busy drawing
pictures (making ascii art is a slow process). You can get a
better idea of what is happening by simply reading what has
been said so far today (and it will give you something to do
while you're waiting).
The regulars are aware of this problem and usually refresh as
quickly as possible if they see an unknown name in their Toys.
A2: Maybe you expect too much?
Some new users seem to think that just because the chat is not
currently bubbling with discussion and they are not greeted by
ten different people that means the chat is empty. One person
saying "hi" means the chat is not empty! Say "hi" to that one
person. He's here to chat, just like you.
Q: I tried waiting for an hour, and still nothing!
A: That's just bad luck, but there are ways to get around that:
* Most days there can be "gaps" of several hours with no
activity in the chat. This is normal, and the best way to
make something happen is to start a discussion yourself. I'm
not saying you should sit and have a conversation with
yourself, merely that you should write something about
yourself or post a picture you have made (don't bother
posting pictures you've found on the web, since we've
probably already seen them).
* Learn to use the Silly Little Toy!
* Most people in this chat live in Europe, which means
Americans often find the chat empty if they check it in the
evening (when most of the regulars are asleep...). Try coming
in at different times of the day.
Q: The quiz is impossible to pass!
A: The quiz is much easier if you get the answers right the first
time. All the answers are in the text, so all you have to do is
The idea is that the chat should be a nice place for the
regulars. The quiz attempts to filter out such newbies who
are less likely to stick around and take part in the
discussion. It is also intended to make sure people are aware
of the rules of the chat before entering.
Q: Won't you just give me the answer to question number 6?
Q: But, I've answered it seven times and it's still not right!
Q: I don't like your rules!
A: Then go somewhere else.