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How to Behave in Chat Rooms?

Find the right chat room. Whether you are interested in unusual pets, horoscopes or classic music there is likely to be a chat room, discussion board or forum that caters for you. Have a search to find one you like the look of.

Know the rules. The site will most likely have a rules or frequently asked questions page, read them carefully. Many sites are very specific about what is allowed and what isn't, and you don't want to start off on the wrong foot.

"Lurk" before you leap. Before you post a message, or jump into the conversation, 'lurk' a little. Get a feel for the topic being discussed and the tone being used. This also stops you from repeating another User's posting.

Be clear. When you are ready to post a message keep it to the same topic and be concise. No one will read a long involved block of text. On the same note, don't waste peoples time by posting gibberish or by repeating yourself, this will make you very unpopular.

Use your manners. Dominating the conversation is a no no, as is making rude comments. If you wouldn't do it in real life, don't do it on the internet.

Respect grammar. Although the internet is less formal than other forms of written communication the same grammatical rules apply.

The only exception may be the use of acronyms such as BTW - 'by the way', LOL - 'laugh out loud' or FYI - 'for your information'. These acronyms change and develop all the time, so keep up with the zeitgeist.

Never type in capitals, as it looks like you are shouting, which is rude.

Avoid using excessive punctuation. You may think it emphasizes your point but it can make your comments appear sarcastic, or even condescending.

Read your message before you post it to make sure the meaning is clear, and to check for any mistakes.

Report any abusive messages to peperonity team. If you are the one posting the offending message the moderator may well eject you from the site.

Keep safe. Don't give out any personal details - this includes your address, phone number, bank details, full name, passwords or work place. Be suspicious of people who ask to meet you in person. There is no guarantee that they have been honest about who they really are.

Enjoy your chat time. Approach it with a good sense of humour, a desire to make and maintain friendships and to discuss topics actively and calmly.


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