To enter our chat room you are required to signup as a member. Once you have signed up you can return to the chat page and enter the chatroom by selecting the Enter chatroom button.
If you are not already a member, please sign up here. It is quick, easy and free.
Entering the chatroom
When you visit the chat page you will notice all the upcoming chats listed in date order. On the day of a scheduled chat, you can enter the chatroom at anytime by simply selecting the enter chatroom button, however a Doctor will only be present at the times specified. The chatrooms are only open on the day they are being held.
You will be required to login to our site if you have not already done so. This requires you to enter your username and password.
Using the chatroom
Now you will be taken into the chatroom. The room is organised into four sections. Down the left hand side of the page there are the chatroom navigation buttons to leave the room and to display this help information. Below this is a list of the people in the chatroom. You will notice your Nickname will appear here.
At the top of the page you will notice the chat heading. This includes the name of the Doctor running the chat and the chat date and time.
Below this the message will appear. This section will display all the messages people have sent with the latest appearing at the top of the page. The person's Nickname will appear next to the message.
New messages appear at the top of the screen. There may be a delay of up to 30 seconds before new messages appear.
Sending a message
The final section is the message area. This will appear at the bottom of the page. This includes a field for the message and a submit button.
Here are some common frequently used abbreviations:
As far as I know
By the way
Be right back
Away from keyboard
Laugh out loud
Rolling on the floor laughing
Laugh my head off
For what it's worth
In my humble opinion
In my not so humble opinion
On the other hand
To tell you the truth
For your information
Your mileage may vary
Oh, I see
Gee I wish I'd said that
See you later
End of message
Put your money where your mouth is
Sticking out tongue
Keeping a straight face / tight lipped
Said with a smile
Disgusted / grin / no expression
Included here is some advice on how to conduct yourself, and how you should expect to be treated during your chat experiences. These principles will help you to enjoy your chat experience with us, and on the many other chat options available on the Internet.
1. Show respect to other people. If someone disrespects you ignore them, rather than argue with them and spoil the enjoyment of the other people who may be present. Avoid the use of language or attitudes which may be offensive to others.
2. When entering a chat room for the first time, be cool and try to get a 'feel' of the room and the people in it before jumping right in. If the atmosphere of the room is not what you are looking for, just leave and try another.
3. Address each post to the party to whom it is directed. Posts which are not addressed to anyone sometimes are not answered. Most people reply to posts directed at them, unless they have good reason not to.
4. Reply to any post directed to you in a courteous manner, unless there is good reason not to. Don't confine your chat to one person only, as others may take offense or feel left out.
5. Use bolding and/or caps for emphasis only; continuous 'shouting' can be annoying.
6. If you have questions, ask away, but in a courteous manner. Most people will respond in a like manner, and, if your question is too personal for them, they will politely say so. Asking questions is an excellent way to start conversations. Most people like to welcome and help 'newbies'.
7. If someone arrives who is being offensive, ignore that person. Do not post to him/her and do not mention him/her in your posts to others, except to advise them to ignore him/her. An offensive person quickly tires of talking to him/her self and leaves.
8. It is acceptable to give your email address to others, and to ask others for theirs. Giving out one's email address is a matter of personal preference, and declining to do that should not be taken as an insult.