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Title: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on April 05, 2003, 02:51:59 PM
There are three ways to get into the chat room:

1. Go to http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/action,chat , and enter via the applet on the page.           

2. Go to http://www.everywherechat.com and enter via the host's site. The room name is #rfc -- since the room is set to secret to keep out trolls, you will not find it listed. Trolls are NOT welcome, and are dealt with harshly.           

3. Use a chat client, such as mirc, ircle, or Trillian.
Server: irc.everywherechat.com
Room: #rfc

Mirc (Windows): http://www.mirc.com/
ircle (Mac): http://www.ircle.com/
Trillian (Windows): http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/trillian/index.html

Feel free to reply to this thread to add any tips you've learned.
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on May 13, 2003, 09:24:41 AM
For those new to chat in general, or forgetful on how to use certain commands, etc., here is a good resource:

NewIRCUsers.com (http://www.newircusers.com)

Basic Commands (http://www.newircusers.com/ircmds.html)
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Grace on May 13, 2003, 09:41:03 AM
Just thought I'd let you know...  The room IS listed on the EverywhereChat site.  Just go to Hobbies, then it's the last one on the list...
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on May 13, 2003, 10:10:15 AM
Oh really... hmmm... I thought it was supposed to be set as secret... hmmm. I'll look into that.
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: flannel on July 15, 2003, 02:28:42 AM
Ahem, miss?......It's still listed at everywherechat.....just thought you might want to know.
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on July 15, 2003, 08:24:33 AM
Heh... ok, then it is. But it doesn't show up on the front page of the site, and that keeps the curious, troublemaking trolls out. ;)

They have to actively search for it to find it, and then actually know what the room is about. I don't even want to know what trolls think "rfc" might stand for...
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Scribbles on July 25, 2003, 12:00:33 PM
Who are "trolls"?  :huh:
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on July 25, 2003, 12:16:10 PM
http://members.aol.com/intwg/trolls.htm
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Scribbles on July 25, 2003, 02:36:50 PM
Holy crud! Trolls SUCK!
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Tajiri on August 18, 2003, 08:04:16 PM
I just signed up here (this is actually my first post) and I've been trying to get into the chat for days.  Every time I try to join, it kicks me out and says I have been banned -- but I've never actually been in the room!  

Any help would be appreciated muchly.   :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Dearpie on August 18, 2003, 08:08:41 PM
Who is your ISP?  You may be inadvertantly included in one of the global bans...
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Tajiri on August 18, 2003, 08:15:25 PM
My ISP is BellSouth.  Eep, I didn't even think of possibly a global ban.  That happened to me once in a different chat.  
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on August 19, 2003, 07:51:00 AM
If someone else on your ISP has caused us trouble in the past, that could very well be the case. I'll look into it.

I just got back after four days in a row of work, and haven't been around, but sometime within the next few days, I will see if I can fix it.

Unfortunately, Bell South DOES sound familiar...
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on October 09, 2003, 08:39:54 AM
Sounds like a problem with your browser. :(
Title: Re:How to Chat...
Post by: Ratso on December 18, 2003, 12:50:57 PM
delete your cookies and/or temorary internet files?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: morgana on September 22, 2004, 06:49:41 PM
Umm, I'm not a troll, but I don't know what rfc is either! I guess you could say I'm a user, not a programmer? I actually get lost sometimes in technical conversations. I have wondered what it means cuz when I'm in chat, I'll see a person with that designation behind their nickname.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Marybelle on September 22, 2004, 08:29:34 PM
Umm, I'm not a troll, but I don't know what rfc is either! I guess you could say I'm a user, not a programmer? I actually get lost sometimes in technical conversations. I have wondered what it means cuz when I'm in chat, I'll see a person with that designation behind their nickname.

rfc = rat fan club  :)  It just means that someone logged in from the chat link on the board.  :)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on September 23, 2004, 10:08:47 AM
Even though we're not affilliated with the Rat Fan Club anymore, we're kinda stuck with the "rfc" thing for the board, but yes, all it means when someone has _rfc after their nickname is that they came into the chat room via the chat link on the forum, instead of through a separate chat program (such as mirc, Trillian or ircle).
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: critterkeeper on February 27, 2005, 11:46:08 AM
I went through the applet on this websites' chat- didn't work. I finally went to everywherechat.com, signed up, went to groups, clicked on hobbies, clicked on rfc, clicked chat now- loaded, went to a new page (the actual chat) loaded a new page with a big red X. UGH! I'm getting frustrated!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on February 27, 2005, 06:40:42 PM
You need to download java at http://www.java.com , Microsoft stopped development on their version which is what most windows machines are running. Once you download and install java (link's on the main page) , reboot and you should be set.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: critterkeeper on February 27, 2005, 07:09:55 PM
I know. I HAVE Java. I was able to get into the chat last night and clicking "Chat Now" and typing in RFC. I can't do it again for some reason. I click "chat now" enter my info, press connect, and nothing happens!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on February 28, 2005, 02:05:00 PM
There are two versions of java, if you have the wrong one it won't work. That being said, if it worked yesterday and not today it's because java broke. The microsoft java was not very good and even the sun version has that problem from time to time. Just install the new version and you should be okay.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Aileen on March 05, 2005, 06:26:32 PM
Okay. I'm fed up!  I've been trying to get into chat for 20 minutes.  I've clicked the links, found the right place, signed up but it just comes up with a blank page saying done - and I still can't chat :(

Help me Goosie!!

Aileen  ;D
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on March 05, 2005, 08:46:51 PM
Hi Aileen  :BlueDumboSmile:

You need to download the new version of Java, go to http://www.java.com and the link is on that page. The original microsoft java that is installed on your machine isn't supported by microsoft anymore so it's become outdated. Once you install the new version of java make sure to reboot, then try again! Let me know how it goes.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: BarrelRacer21 on November 24, 2005, 02:32:05 PM
hey guys i am really confuzed, i am new and i read all of your info and still cant chat.  i get a blank page with your info on it and then i cant write anything!!!  my computer tells me to install somthing?? do i have to pay for the chats?  also i have a login name but when i put my password in it says it is invalid?  i love this site but i'm comfuzed!!
 :help:
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on November 24, 2005, 04:13:15 PM
Hi BarrelRacer21. The chat is totally free. When it asks you if it can install something make sure you say yes. It takes a few minutes the very first time, but it will eventually load. Let us know if you still can't get in!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Dogstar on January 27, 2006, 01:58:22 AM
Ok I tried to get to chat... I used irc.everywherechat.com and channel #rfc... It put me in an empty room that it said I just created!
I'm confused. Any help?

Note: This is the site I used: http://www.polarhome.com/cgi-bin/chat/irc.cgi
Most IRC sites and clients including the link from this page to the chat do not work for me due I believe to my firewall, this is the only one I've found that worked. I've used it to go to other chat rooms for other msg boards in the past and it worked before.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on January 27, 2006, 02:03:40 AM
Hi Dogstar, that site won't work for you. You either need to update your version of java at java.com or download mirc at www.mirc.com and connect to us from there.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Dogstar on January 27, 2006, 02:30:03 AM
I have the current version of java. When I go to the chat link from here it says it is connection but does not connect... I've had the same thing happen at other sites and it seems to be my firewall that causes the problem, and it also causes mirc to not work :/
I guess I just can't chat...oh well.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on January 27, 2006, 02:49:44 AM
What firewall are you using? You need to open port 6667. You could try www.everywherechat.com , they did have an html version that bypassed some firewalls.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: littlerattie on February 13, 2006, 06:55:22 PM
When I went to www.everywherechat.com it listed me as a guest...

And when I went to the chat room directly from Rats Rule! It just says "float" at the bottom...and I don't see an applet... ???

Could someone help me...sorry I am a newbie here.

Thanks. :)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on February 13, 2006, 07:15:14 PM
Hi Littlerattie. Are you using a mac or a pc? It sounds like you don't have java installed. Go to www.java.com and download the latest version, then reboot. Let me know if you still have problems.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: littlerattie on February 13, 2006, 07:19:48 PM
I have a mac, and when I went to download java, it took me to this page:http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/java/

And I can't find a download option anywhere... ???
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: littlerattie on February 13, 2006, 08:09:48 PM
I figure it out!!  Yay!!  Thanks for your help Goosemoose!!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on February 14, 2006, 09:34:30 AM
I have found the java chat room on a Mac can be pretty iffy.

I actually recommend ircle. ;D

http://www.ircle.com/
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: littlerattie on February 14, 2006, 11:23:23 AM
Thanks so much Suebee, I'll try that out!!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: andrea1970 on June 29, 2006, 01:28:55 AM
I've been having periodic problems getting into chat the past week no matter what method I use (java, chatzilla, trillian, mirc) after months of regular use.  Is there a known issue?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on June 29, 2006, 06:37:58 AM
Actually, yes, there is! ;D

Roadrunner seems to have picked up on it already, so I have had no issues, but for some people it hasn't been resolved yet... basically, everywherechat changed its server address, and not all the ISPs have updated yet. ;D

(thanks to lisaj29 for finding this out)

Server Notice: Please note that our DNS server has changed again. You may experience issues connecting to the chat for the next 24 hours or so. We're working to fix this as soon as possible.

Server Notice: Once again, for anyone that might have missed the first notice - Please note that our DNS server has changed again. You may experience issues connecting to the chat for the next 24 hours or so. We're working to fix this as soon as possible. In the mean time, you can use the IP of the server to connect - 204.157.0.193

(however, this was way more than 24 hours ago...)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: andrea1970 on June 29, 2006, 07:47:31 AM
hmm -- I've been having problems connecting even using the IP address instead of the URL (got that info Friday night).  But I do get connected with no trouble much of the time.  But for example, I couldn't connect almost the entire evening Wednesday, but was finally able to connect with no troubles late in the evening.  BUt it did appear that many people were in chat - so maybe existing connections were fine?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on June 29, 2006, 07:50:14 AM
Hmm... well, I'm baffled. LOL!

Goose?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on June 29, 2006, 01:26:48 PM
You should definately be able to use the ip address with mirc instead of the server name. Try getting into mirc and type /server 204.157.0.193

Some isps can take up to 72 hours to update, and some offices cache dns settings for up to a week. So the actual everywherechat.com link might not work for your for now.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Sarahha on July 06, 2006, 08:59:09 AM
I am very confuzed when it comes to chat here... when I click on the chat link, I get a page with a big blank box and a button at the bottom that says "float" that button does nothing... on the screen there is still nothing excpet the big blank box and "3 users avalible for chat... sn, sn, sn ?????????????? How do I chat? ???
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Goosemoose on July 06, 2006, 04:47:26 PM
You need java installed on your computer. Go to www.java.com and download it.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: hairless_love on February 12, 2007, 12:16:11 AM
Ok...so I feel stupid. :P I tried connecting thru everywherechat, but my comp always freezes up for some reason. Then I tried mirc...but I just kept getting messages in Spanish and couldn't figure it out. So now I've installed Trillian, and it says I'm disconnected, and I can't figure out how to connect. :-\ HELP PLEASE  :help:
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Dearpie on February 12, 2007, 09:48:16 AM
Did you follow the instructions?  They're not outdated, and I'm not really sure how to explain things any differently ... :(
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Ratskateer on February 25, 2007, 08:56:17 PM
Okay, I know this is totally random, but the link is dead.  What exactly are trolls?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Kitzira on February 26, 2007, 01:05:31 AM
Okay, I know this is totally random, but the link is dead.  What exactly are trolls?

Someone logging on with the intent to cause drama, mischief, and/or anger inna group.  They're not really there to participate in the casual, friendly conversation going on.  They just wanna rile people up.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Zombie on March 21, 2007, 11:49:27 PM
I keep getting a red x
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Dearpie on March 22, 2007, 12:07:24 AM
A red X? for?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Marybelle on March 22, 2007, 08:37:59 AM
I keep getting a red x

Sounds like you don't have java installed on your computer.  3 or 4 posts up, there's a link posted by Goose on how to get it.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Zombie on March 23, 2007, 05:47:14 PM
I keep getting a red x

Sounds like you don't have java installed on your computer.  3 or 4 posts up, there's a link posted by Goose on how to get it.

got it working
Title: How to Chat...
Post by: lovesafron on February 10, 2008, 07:17:32 AM
Fine instruction and lets try on that is mirc necessary?....
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: gesticulator on June 04, 2008, 10:32:20 PM
I tried to connect through Colloquy, another chat program for mac, and couldn't get into the room at all. Anyone ever used this program?? I have never used ircle.

EDIT: Oh boy I'd need someone to walk me through ircle...
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on June 05, 2008, 11:17:54 AM
Never heard of that one... ircle has always worked fine for me... though I admit, I have not been in the chat room lately... heh.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: redgingerkisses on July 31, 2008, 02:37:06 PM
When does everyone go to the chat room? I am on here a lot during the day (and sometimes night too,lol) but I never see anyone in the chat room! With other groups I have been in we had 'community meetings' one night a week to discuss anything we are frustrated about or things we love about the site, do you do anything like that?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Suebee on July 31, 2008, 03:20:07 PM
It used to be pretty hoppin' during the day, and then again later at night, but it really hasn't been too active lately...
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: knuckles on July 31, 2008, 03:22:41 PM
I wonder if scheduled chat times would get it going again? 
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: miss squeek on September 16, 2008, 09:31:25 PM
oh I am SO relieved I'm not the only one who is having a hard time getting on chat!
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Siana on October 11, 2009, 01:29:36 PM
Just a note, you can no longer connect using a chat client such as Mirc, unless you're a registered user on the chat server. 

To register, you need to log in via the webpage using the flash client.  Once you've joined, click "Options", then "Register".  Once you've registered, you can now connect using a chat client.  You just need to type in "/msg nickserv identify password" (password being your password) when you sign in for the server to recognise you. 
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Nomi on November 07, 2009, 11:09:21 PM
I registered my nick, set it as the channel's preferred nick in my client with password (using X-chat on OS X) and it still says I can't connect/names must be registered for client users/etc. Any ideas? I never get to a point where it lets me on the server so that I can identify myself.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: DazzleMe on November 28, 2009, 05:59:54 PM
 Usually I get a pop up asking me to identify and I have to use the command line "/msg nickserv identify password" -- without quotes and with your real password. See if that works.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Nomi on November 29, 2009, 12:36:58 AM
In X-chat I get no pop-up, it just repeatedly tries to connect and then tells me that I have to register first. My nick is set properly in the channel preferences with my password, but it won't allow me to connect to the server outright so I can even type /identify before it disconnects and loops again.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Ratta2Z on August 13, 2011, 09:17:06 AM
Where did the chat room go??? Will it be back??? I miss being able to get on and chat about the ratties :)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: RachsRatties on August 13, 2011, 10:56:28 PM
Where did the chat room go??? Will it be back??? I miss being able to get on and chat about the ratties :)

Go to www.everywherechat.com (http://www.everywherechat.com) and the room is rfc :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Marybelle on August 13, 2011, 11:04:12 PM
The link will come back as Goose gets everything set up.  It's a slow process because he's doing this in his free time, and he doesn't get paid to do it, so be patient with it, please.  Rach's link should work, though, for now.  :)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Snippet on August 10, 2012, 09:50:36 PM
Does anyone use the chat room anymore?
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 10, 2012, 09:56:42 PM
Sometimes lol  :thumbsup2: there are a few users that seem to be in chat quite often.
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Snippet on August 10, 2012, 10:10:56 PM
I'l have to make the effort to go on chat for often then :)
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 11, 2012, 03:34:07 PM
Yay! lol I go in kinda often,  there's just not many people now  :doh:
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 12, 2012, 08:48:07 PM
Yay! lol I go in kinda often,  there's just not many people now  :doh:

I'm in there now  :poke:  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: How to Chat...
Post by: Robinkwr on September 05, 2012, 01:59:48 AM
I use to all the time until the button disappeared. I don't know how to get to it other wise.


ETA: unless I read the first page. I can't believe it lol I haven't been going for months and months because I didn't know how to :doh: