At the bottom left, the label that says ‘CHANNEL: ALL USERS’ opens a listing menu that offers options for whom to send a chat message to. The list grows as more people connect. One of the options is to only send the message to other avatars in the vicinity of yours.
Clicking inside the textfield or hitting the ENTER key will activate the text chat field, and you can begin typing your message. The chat field will expand when focused, and return to normal when it isn’t. You can send your text chat by hitting ENTER at the end, or clicking the blue SEND button.
Immediately following this, a chat message will appear on user’s screens; which users see it depends on the chat channel you had selected.
You can also paste/type hyperlinks, and these will be clickable in the final chat message people receive.
If you hit the backquote key (the key below ESC), you can toggle the mini-chat window. This features a few checkboxes that allow you to filter down the messages this box displays. The checkboxes do the following:
[X] chat shows all chat messages
[X] /w shows all private chat messages
[X] near shows all messages from those within 15m of your avatar
[X] obj shows any messages related to scripted tasks you must perform
[X] sys shows any system and status messages
[X] all shows all messages
There are also a few shortcuts and modifiers available in text chat:
Typing @<username> where <username> is any valid username for a connected user will have that username text highlighted in the final chat message. This is not the same as a private message, nor a chat channel.
If the first characters of your chat message are as follows, it has the following effects:
/s <your message> -> will send <your message> to all connected users.
Example: /s hi
/say <your message> -> will send <your message> to all connected users.
Example: /say hi
/r <your message> -> will send <your message> to the last user who sent a private message to you
Example: /r hi
/reply <your message> -> will send <your message> to the last user who send a private message to you
Example: /reply hi
/w <username> <your message> -> will send <your message> to <username> only
Example: /w louis hi
/whisper <username> <your message> -> will send <your message> to <username> only
Example: /whisper louis hi
If you are an administrator:
/a <your message> -> will send <your message> to other connected administrators only (if you are an admin)
Example: /a hi
/admin <your message> -> will send <your message> to other connected administrators only (if you are an admin)
Example: /admin hi
You can also access a chat window which will have history of messages received from connected users during the current session. Click on the APPS button, or hit TAB to get the menu wheel, and then you’ll need to select CHAT.
Clicking this will hide the wheel and show the main chat window. You can also send messages from here, as well as set chat channels, and save chat logs for the current session.
You can enter certain commands in the chat field, and they will carry out a certain action, instead of being treated as a text message to be sent to others. You must send commands from the ALL USERS channel. The commands are as follows:
- /guide [Effect: Show this guide on the in-world browser]
- /stuck [Effect: Teleports user to initial spawn point (if they get stuck or lost)]
- /dance [Effect: Do dance animation]
- /wave [Effect: Do wave animation]
- /cheer [Effect: Do cheer animation]
- /think [Effect: Do think animation]
- /shrug [Effect: Do shrug animation]
- /no [Effect: Do ‘nope’ animation]
- /yes [Effect: Do ‘yep’ animation]