Martial Arts Planet Chat – Terms and Tips of Chat This document is subject to periodical review and update. The onus is on you to check it from time to time. This document is in addition to the Terms of Service, and relates to use of the MAP Chat Room. Section 1: General Information 1.1 MAP Chat Purpose The purpose of Martial Arts Planet Chat is to further the MAP Community Purpose, by allowing “real-time” conversation between members relating to the study of Martial Arts and associated topics. The chat in the MAP Chat room often veers towards non-martial arts discussion, but it is a good place to chat with forum regulars. 1.2 Chatting The best way to behave in MAP Chat is to simply act as you would if you were speaking to people you have just met in person. Be courteous, polite and avoid attacking/harassing people. 1.3 Inviting People to Chat If you wish to discuss a particular topic with a group of people in the MAP Chat room, please post in the Chat Times forum. A moderated room within MAP Chat may be set up after contacting a Global Moderator or Administrator. Section 2: Rules 2.1 Posting Personal Contact Information (Address/ Phone Number) Please refrain from posting your personal information in the Chat room. This is for your own safety and protection. Unlike the forum, we cannot remove anything posted in chat. 2.2 Links and URLs Please avoid posting links in that go against the MAP Terms of Service or without informing the room as to what the link is about. 2.3 “Adult” Discussion Whilst the majority of MAP members (“MAPers”) are adults, a number are not. As such, conversations of an “adult nature” will be stopped by a Moderator. 2.4 Discrimination Racism, sexism, homophobia and other discrimination are not allowed in MAP Chat in any form. 2.5 Sexual Conduct Sexual harassment or misconduct or advances on another MAPer in MAP Chat will not be tolerated. Anyone violating this rule may be banned from the Martial Arts Planet site in its entirety. 2.6 Illegal Activities and Drugs Illegal activities including (and not limited to) file “sharing”, trading in copyrighted material and drug “hyping” are not welcome in MAP Chat. 2.7 Advertising and Spamming Chat is covered by the Advertising rules of Section 3 of the Terms of Service – In short, no adverts. 2.8 Profanity Swearing is not allowed in any form in the Chat Room including in masked form, e.g. using *s to mask letters, use of acronyms and abbreviations. Swearing will be blocked out by the censor and may result in moderator action. 2.9 Language As MAP Chat does not have a character limit, “text speak” is not required or allowed. MAP is an English speaking site, so please use legible English in the Chat Room. 2.10 Shouting Please avoid typing in full capital letters, i.e. shouting. 2.11 Lurking Lurking is defined as being inactive in the Chat Room for an extended period of time, as decided by Moderators in the room. As lurking wastes bandwidth, anyone found to be lurking may be kicked from the room. If you are going away from the computer briefly, please use the Away reasons in the bottom right hand corner. 2.12 Trolling Deliberately inciting conflict is obviously against the Chat rules. Members who enter MAP Chat solely to incite conflict will be subject to the consequences below. Section 3: Chat Functions 3.1 Chat Commands Chat commands can be used for a number of functions, as explained: 3.1.1 /back # Entering /back # (where # is a number) allows you to view the last # lines of the conversation e.g. /back 5 would allow you to see the last 5 lines from Chat. 3.1.2 /backtime # Entering /backtime # (where # is a number) allows you to view the last # minutes of the conversation e.g. /backtime 2 would show you what was said in the last 2 minutes. 3.1.3 /clear To clear the current MAP Chat screen of text, enter /clear. 3.1.4 /me To make your text appear as an action e.g. “John is chatting,” type /me text e.g. /me is chatting 3.1.5 /? /? Shows a list of all Chat commands you can use. 3.1.6 /quit Entering /quit signs you out of the Chat Room. 3.2 Flooding with Smileys Please do not flood the screen with smileys (emoticons). They get very irritating very quickly and can cause the software to crash. 3.3 Text Colour Choose your text colour wisely. A darker colour is very hard to see on the default background, so please change your colour if other Chatters ask you to. Section 4: Enforcement of Rules 4.1 Gagging If you repeatedly violate any of the above rules, you may be “gagged” by a Moderator. This means that, while you are still in the Chat Room, you will be unable to speak for a period of time. 4.2 Kicking If the Moderator in the room feels that you are taking no notice of warnings or gagging, you will be kicked from the MAP Chat Room. Take this as notice that you need a “time-out” and leave Chat for a while. 4.3 Temporary Chat Ban The next step is a ban from MAP Chat for a few hours. This may be used after multiple kickings. 4.4 Permanent Chat Ban After discussion amongst the MAP Staff, you may be permanently banned from the MAP Chat Room.