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Logging In
Members: Members of MoM should use their forum username and password to log in to the chat room.

Guests: Unregistered users may log in with any name except for those belonging to registered members, and should leave the password field blank. If you happen to have chosen the name of a registered member, the message "Invalid Username or Password. Please try again" will appear in the status box found at the bottom of the login applet.

To communicate in the chat room, you may simply type text into the multi-line text box towards the bottom of the applet, and press Enter to send your message. Your message will appear in the content (larger) box above it when it is received by our server. Others may then read what you have typed, and respond to you.

Button Toolbar
The button toolbar provides access to various features of this chat software. The button toolbar can be found after you have logged in. Below is a description of each button.

Color: Allows you to change your current text color.
Smilies:  Allows you to select an smiley from the smiley popup window.
Sounds: Allows you to select an audio emoticon from the audio popup window.
Timestamp: Allows you to enable or disable timestamps.
Sound On/Off: Allows you to enable or disable audio within the chat room.
Copy Content: Allows you to copy content from the chat room.
Font Zoom In: Allows you to increase the current font size.
Font Zoom Out: Allows you to decrease the current font size.
Float/Dock:. Allows you to float or dock the chat room.
Help:  Opens the chat room FAQ.
Logout: Logs you out of the chat room.

List to come soon; chat smilies are a subset of the board smilies.

Audio Emoticons
Audio Emoticons, or Emotauds, work similar to smilies, except that instead of displaying an image, they play a sound for all to hear. The following is a list of available emotauds. To use an emotaud, right click in the area where you type your messages and select "Audio Emoticons", or click the Sounds button in the Button Toolbar.


SigmaChat recognizes various text commands. You will notice that these commands are IRC-like in nature. Command Macros allow you to quickly perform some of these functions by reducing keystrokes.

Do not use brackets. Brackets are shown to differentiate commands from parameters.

Private messages displayed within the main content area may appear in a unique color to be easily differentiated from messages intended for the (public) chat room.

Command Description
/beepall Beep on all messages, audio notification.
/clign Clear Ignore List
/cls Clear Screen
/create [subroom] Create Subroom
/ignore Show Ignore List
/ignore [username] Ignore User
/join [subroom] [password] Join Subroom (if no password required, just leave off)
/leave Leave Subroom
/listen [username] Do not Ignore User
/msg [username] [message] Send Private Message
/whereis [username] What Room is [username] in?
/whoami Who Are You?

This chat application is capable of hosting multiple subrooms. Subrooms are shown in the pulldown menu on the lower right hand side of the applet, just below the user list. Depending upon how your chat room has been configured by it's owner; you may create, join, and leave subrooms. Subrooms may be password protected as well for privacy. There is no limit on the amount of subrooms that may be created, however; user created subrooms are automatically removed when they are empty.

To create a new subroom, type /create [subroom_name]. Subroom names are subject to the same limitations as usernames. They should be between 2 and 32 characters in length, and may not contain spaces. You will automatically be placed in a subroom that you create. If you wish to password protect the subroom you have created, type /create [subroom_name] [subroom_password]. All users wishing to join your subroom will be required to enter the password you have chosen. Passwords are subject to the same limitations as subroom names.

To leave a subroom, type /leave or select a different subroom from the subroom pulldown menu. You will then be brought back to the main chat room. If the subroom you leave is empty, it may be removed from the subroom list.

To join an existing subroom, type /join [subroom_name]or select it from the subroom pulldown menu. If the subroom is password protected, you will need to supply the password (not neccesary for chat admins) by typing: /join [subroom_name] [subroom_password].

Some chat rooms indicate users that are in the current subroom by listing them first (below administrators) or by indicating users in another subroom by displaying their name with a different color in the user list. To determine where another user is (what subroom he/she is in) simply double click on that users name in the user list, or type /whereis [username].

Private Messages
To send private messages, use the /msg command. I.e., to send the private message Hello, there to the user Timmy, you would type:

/msg Timmy Hello, there

Private messages are shown in a seperate color within the display to be easily differentiated.

You may also initiate a private message session with another user by double clicking on his/her name, or by right clicking on a username and selecting "Send Message". Once doing so, a popup dialog will appear for you to communicate with the other user in privately. The recipient may receive all messages in the main content area until he/she also double clicks on your name. To close a private message session, simply click the X in the upper-right hand portion of the window. Audio emoticons are not available within private message sessions.

Profanity Filter
Your chat room may have filters in place to ensure that certain words (such as profanity) are not allowed. You may receive a warning message such as "Please rephrase your last message" if you use an illegal word in a chat room that censors profanity.

Float and Dock
Click the Float/Dock button to load the chat room into a separate window. This feature allows you to conserve screen space while you chat by minimizing the browser window that you floated the chat room from. When you wish to return the chatroom to it's browser, simply reclick the Float/Dock button.

Note: With most modern web browsers, you must keep the browser window that the chat room was floated from open. Closing this window, or changing the web address may cause the chat software to close.

Copy Content
When clicked, the Copy Content button will display a popup window allowing you to easily copy text entered within the chat room (both private and public messages may be copied) by right-clicking, or using either the Ctrl-C (PC) or Alt-C (Apple) keyboard commands to copy text to your system clipboard, and then paste the text elsewhere.

Connection Difficulties
If you are running a version of a Microsoft Windows, or a BSD/*NIX variant ™ and see only a broken link icon, you will need to download a copy of the Java™ Virtual Machine in order to run our application. You may download Java™ Support for your browser from the link below:
We strongly recommend upgrading using the most modern version of your web browser available today. Certain browsers (esp. Netscape 5 and below) running on Macintosh platforms are not capable of running our software due to issues outside of our control. We recommend that Macintosh users use Netscape 7.0, or MSIE 5.x. As WebTV does not support Java™, WebTV users will not be able to access our chat rooms. We recommend that Apple Macintosh users upgrade to OS X 10.3 or later.

Users behind firewalls may need to inform their local IT/network administrator to allow TCP connections on the port in use by SigmaChat. Contact your chat room owner (webmaster) to determine which server and port number this chat room has been allocated. Your chat room owner can find this information in the Help section of their chat room's control panel. SigmaChat generally uses ports 8000-8009 at client#.sigmachat.com, where # may be any integer. Additional information can be found at http://support.raidersoft.com/status.pl or by contacting your chat room administrator.

AOL Members: Some users have reported that the built-in AOL browser has difficulty connecting to our service, or does not load colors/emoticons properly. To resolve this, minimize your AOL connection, and use the Internet Explorer browser that came with your operating system to access our chat rooms.

Additional information for resolving common problems may be found at http://support.raidersoft.com/resolve.html

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