Chat Room Help

SFWest provides a Help page about the general operations of the SFWest chat rooms.
If you are new to the chatroom, it might be helpful. Click here for that page --- Help

The following contains some extra little tips. Hopefully, they will
help to make your visits to 60 Plus an enjoyable experience.







CHATTING

After signing in with your user name and password, you will see a screen with messages and a box at the bottom where you type your message. Then you need to click on the "Chat" button to either send your message or to see new messages from others. This is the DEFAULT mode of chatting. In this mode, when you click "chat" to send your message, it also refreshes the screen so if you haven't read all those messages before you hit the chat button to send your message, you won't see them all unless you scroll back to get them.

The other chatting mode that you can choose is "FRAME1" (button is below where you type your message). In this mode, you'll have a split screen. The bottom part is where you'll type your messages and the top is where all the messages appear. They work independently of each other so that when you send your message, it won't automatically change the screen above. You refresh that screen when you're ready to. In Frames mode, you have a button to "send" and a button to "refresh".

The room doesn't scroll automatically in either mode. You will need to use the mouse to move the screen up or down using the arrows on the bar at the right of your screen. The messages run from the top, with the newest message appearing at the bottom of the scroll. The time noted on the messages is Pacific Standard Time.
USING PICTURES IN THE CHAT ROOM

In order for pictures to show in the SFWest chat rooms, they need to have a URL (a web address - starts with http:// etc) to post. This means that they must be "uploaded to" or stored on a website. This provides you with the URL that you must then "copy and paste" or type into the little box down near the bottom of the chat screen that says "PICTURE URL".

The link to a free picture storage site is shown below. That site enables you to make changes to your pictures... many different effects, etc. but the most important one for the chat room is the resizing feature. Pictures used in the chat room shouldn't be too large.

Other chatters are always helpful with tips about pictures.

Click to go to free storage site.... Photobucket
LOGGING OUT OF THE ROOM

The room list (found when you click on the box that says "Public" right next to the Chat button) is often misleading because some don't log out when they leave the room by using the "Exit" button (located near the bottom of the chat page). So, please don't think that people are in the room and just not replying to you.. they are likely long gone.

Noticing the time (room is Pacific time) on the last message posted might be helpful to give you some clue if anyone is still there and posting messages. It's a good idea to use the Exit button when you leave to help keep the list accurate and avoid confusion for others.
NOTES ABOUT CHAT TIMES

If you are a new chatter and find the room empty when you visit, please try again. It changes quickly sometimes. Apart from 11:00-11:30 p.m. Eastern time, there are no special times when you can be certain to find people in the chat room.

The room is often unoccupied but people are looking in at all different times throughout the day and evening in hopes of finding others there to chat with so don't give up too easily.

New chatters are very welcome and it's hoped that you'll enjoy your visits to 60 Plus.