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Using iChat Commands

Anything you want to "say" or "do" in chat is typed in the small window at the bottom of your screen after you have successfully logged-in. Hitting "enter" sends the message to the entire room, where anyone there can see it, or to specific individuals. Over time, you will become skilled in following the many conversations going on at once and contributing to them, so don't get discouraged when the messages seem to scroll by at an impossible speed.

The commands listed below are in bold for ease of reference. Anything in brackets after a bold command is variable, depending on what information you want to get or send. You do not need to include the brackets in the chat rooms.

It is a good idea to print out these commands for easy reference, or, simply call up this screen in the upper frame of iChat's interface by clicking on the Commands List link found there.

Movement Commands

These commands allow you to get around to the various rooms on the site.

  • /look gives you a description of the current room, all available exits, and a list of people in the room with you.
  • /look at {screen name} gives you a description of a particular person on the chat site if the person has entered one.
  • /users gives you a list of all the people on the site.
  • /go {exit name} moves you from your current room and takes you to the named room. Remember that the /look command will give you a list of all the available exits.
  • /exit correctly logs you off of the chat. If you close your browser instead of using this command, you may have problems entering under a different screen name until you actually do use /exit.

Interaction Commands

These commands allow you to interact with the other members.

  • /say {your text} sends the text of your message to the screen of the room you're in. /say is actually optional ... if you just type your message in directly, it assumes you want to /say it.
  • /ask {your text} sends your question/comment to the stage that is used for larger scheduled chats. If you aren't sure whether the speaker is on a stage, just private message the WizO on duty to find out (see the /tell command below).
  • /tell {screen name or comma-separated list of screen names} sends the text of your message to a particular person on the chat site; if there are multiple recipients, they don't know that others are getting the message, too. This is often referred to as private messaging or PM.
  • /emote {your text} puts those cute little emotings on the screen (Ex: Bob jumps into the air). A colon (:) works the same as the /emote command and is less to type.
  • /think {your text} works like /emote except that your message shows up in a little o O (thought bubble).

Personal Commands

These commands allow you to customize how other users see you when they pull up your "file" with a /look at {screen name} command.

  • /describe edit allows you to enter or change your description.
  • /email sets your online email listing so people can send you email.
  • /url sets your online website listing so people can find your web page.
  • /password initiates the sequence to allow you to change your password. You should change your password at least once every few months, and never give your password to anyone else.

Protective Commands

These commands allow you to protect yourself from bothersome people in the chat rooms.

  • /ignore add {screen name} adds a person to your ignore list. You will not see any messages from people you're ignoring. If someone is bothering you online, you can always use the /ignore command on him or her; however, if at all possible, report the person's behavior to a WizO or to the community@wizards.com email address.
  • /ignore remove {screen name} takes a person off of your ignore list.
  • /ignore list brings up all the people on your ignore list.