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The Chat entry point can be found in the right rail

Chat is a feature that allows instantaneous communication between users on a wiki. Anybody with a Wikia account can join chat by clicking the "Join the Chat" or "Start a Chat" button in the right navigation rail.

You can also access chat by visiting Special:Chat on the wiki as well as add an entry point to chat on any page you would like to see it by using the <chat /> tag.

Once connected, type text and hit your keyboard's return key to send the message to the room.

User optionsEdit

User menu - chat
Chat moderators have a few additional options.

Clicking on a name in the user list will open a menu. You can see the user's name, edit count, join date as well as access their talk page / message wall, contributions and send them a private message. Private message opens a new private message room.

Administrators and chat moderators have additional options:

  • Give ChatMod status (admins only) gives that user the ability to kick or ban people from the chat.
  • Kick (admins and moderators only) will kick that user out of the chat
    • Chat moderators can't kick other chat moderators
    • Administrators can't kick other administrators
  • Ban will allow you to ban the user for a specific set of time (chosen from a dropdown menu) as well as allow you to state a reason why. Bans can also be set from the User contribs page.

Private messagingEdit

Private messages are conversations between you and one other user. If you are in a private message room with someone, you have the ability to stop receiving their private messages by selecting "block private messages" in their username menu. This setting is permanent and Wikia-wide until you select "Allow private messages" from their menu in the general chat room.

Chat ModeratorsEdit

Chat moderator example
An example of a chat moderator in chat. Note that Staff have their own symbol.

Chat moderators have the ability to kick and ban other users from the chat. To identify a chat moderator, a star will be next to the name in the rail. The chat moderator right can only be given by admins, bureaucrats, or the Wikia staff.

UnbanningEdit

If a user is banned from chat, an administrator or chatmod can do it directly from the chat, or by going to the user's contribs page and clicking on unban. They will be instantly unbanned and allowed to participate in the chat.

EmoticonsEdit

Emoticon_cool.png Emoticon_batman.png Emoticon_crying.png Emoticon_fingers_crossed.png Emoticon_blush.png Emoticon_confused.png Emoticon_content.png Emoticon_happy.png Emoticon_heart.png Emoticon_hmm.png Emoticon_indifferent.png Emoticon_laughing.png

You can use emoticons for chat by entering keyboard shortcuts like :) or (heart) in the chat window. For a complete list of shortcuts available, visit the MediaWiki:Emoticons page on your wiki.

Admins can customize the chat emoticons on their wikis by editing that page. Emoticons can be any standard image file type, and must be 19 x 19px in size. If they aren't that size, they will be scaled to it.

"Me" actionEdit

A feature in chat, borrowed from IRC, is the "/me" action. If a user (example: Trellar) preceded an entry in chat with "/me", it would render specially:

/me is going to the movies.

would render as:

* Trellar is going to the movies.

LinksEdit

Links work exactly the same in Chat as they do in the editor. For example, typing [[Special:Forum]] in Community Central Chat results in Special:Forum - the main forum page of Community Central.

You can make shorter links to other wikis by using an interwiki link. For example, typing [[w:c:starwars]] in Chat results in w:c:starwars - an easy way to link to Wookieepedia (http://starwars.wikia.com).

You can also link to specific pages using this method. Typing [[w:c:avatar:Aang]] in Chat results in a link to the Aang page on Avatar Wiki (http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Aang).

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