Chat Room Etiquette

Is this your first time chatting?

….well below are a few rules to follow when chatting on the Internet:1. Be respectful to other chatters. If someone is disrespectful to you, ignore them istead of arguing with them. Avoid the use of language or attitudes which may be offensive to others.

2. When entering a new room, take a few minutes to get a feel for the climate of the room before jumping in. If you do not like the room, simply go somewhere else.

3. Use proper judgment when selecting a nickname that you will use in the chat room. Avoid obscene nicknames.

4. Remember that you are not anonymous. Most chat rooms keep files of all interactions. When you log on the chat server it has a record of what your IP is. Remember that no chat is private. The chat server keeps files and can identify your IP. They can forward the files to your ISP who can pinpoint the exact address of where the PC he/she was using is located.

5. Address the person by their nickname or handle when chatting. People cannot make eye contact in these rooms so it can get confusing if you are not clear about who you are directing the message to.

6.Use caps only for emphasis. Constant “shouting” can be annoying.

7. Do not use your real name or reveal your address or any other personal information in a chat room.

8. Users in chat may insult or verbally abuse you. In fact, there are many instances where a user joins chat rooms just to annoy others. While your instinct may be to fireback, try to restrain yourself from doing so.

9. Respect and welcome all newcomers to the chat. Remember, you were once a “newbie”.

10. Most importantly, enjoy your time in the chat rooms and never take things too seriously. Chat etiquette is something we all should use.

Chat Room Smileys and Emoticons

What is an Emoticon (or Smiley)?

An Emoticon (or Smiley) is a sequence of ordinary characters you can find on your computer keyboard. Emoticons are used in e-mail and other forms of communication using computers such as chatting. The most popular emoticon is the smiling face (smiley) that people use to say “don’t take what I just wrote too seriously”. If you don’t see that it represents a smiling face, tip your head to the left and look at it again. The colon represents the eyes, the dash represents the nose, and the right parenthesis represent the mouth. These emoticons show an Emotion through an Icon. Over a hundred of these Emoticons are being used, some of the most common and funny can be found here:

ūüôā¬†¬†Standard Smiley (you are joking; satisfied)

ūüôā¬†¬†Standard Smiley for lazy people

,-)¬†¬†Winking Smiley. You don’t mean it, even if you are joking

ūüėȬ†¬†Winking Smiley.

:->  Follows a really sarcastic remark

(-:  Left handed Smiley

ūüôĀ¬†¬†Sad Smiley. You aren’t joking; You are not satisfied.

:C  Very Sad Smiley

:-*  Kissing Smiley

-[  Pouting

:-t  Pouting

ūüėē¬†¬†Pouting

=  Very happy (type equal sign than press alt+ 0222)

:o|  Bored

;-/  Skeptical

&-)  Stoned / drunk smiley

:#)  Drunk smiley

:8-(  Drunk smiley

>:o(  Angry smiley

/:-(  Worried Smiley

:-/  Uncertain smiley

/  Confused smiley

>:/ <~~~~~  Confused, lost

:-]¬†¬†I’m undecided

:`-)  Happy tear

:’-)¬†¬†Happy tear

X(  Fed up / Angry Action Smiley

:X  Kissing Smiley

:-()  Yelling

:-@  Screaming

:^):<  Is Naked

>8D Evil or crazed laughter

X)  Being mischievous

ūüėĬ†¬†Laughing

|-I  Asleep

:]  Talk to me

:OI  Mouth Full

:p~~  Drooling

:-)…¬†¬†Drooling

:)>  Smiley with beard

d:-)  Wearing a baseball hat

?)  Lazy Eyed Smiley

:-()=0  Fat smiley

$-)  Won the lottery

:-#/  Wears braces

/  Runny nose

O-)  Cyclops

&: )  Curly haired smiling girl

:-Q  Is a smoker

;-Q  Smoking smiley

ūüėē¬†¬†Pipe smoking smiley

ūüė鬆¬†Wearing (sun) glasses

ūüė鬆¬†Bandit or Masked Man

B-)  Smiley with sunglasses on his head

~:()  Fish lips

:-{)  Has a mustache

()  Very happy, with big cheeks

:=)  Has two noses

X-(  Just died

[:-)  Wearing a walkman

.-)  Smiley with one eye

(:-)  Bald smiley

{(:-)  Smiley with a toupee

{(:{)  Smiley with a mustache and a toupee

}(:-(  Smiley with a toupee when it is windy

!-|  Smiley with a black eye

:-{}  Wearing lipstick

$-0  Writer only talks money

:-&  Writer only want to hear himself

=:-O  Scared

ūüôā .¬†¬†I have an inny (belly button)

ūüôā ,¬†¬†I have an outy (belly button)

:-)8  Smiley with bow tie

:-p  Sticking out tongue (type equal and minus sign, than press alt+ 0222)

:-)~  Tongue sticking out straight

:-)~  Tongue sticking out

=-)  Curly haired smile

:-(E  A sloppy eater

:o) Smiley with a big nose

s-]  Silly smiley

B-}  Have got eyes for you

%-)  Crosseyed

@-}–¬†¬†I give you a rose

@—>—>–¬†¬†A rose with stem and leaves

@}-‘-,-‘-,—¬†¬†Another long stemmed rose

——{–@¬†¬†Another rose

| |+| |  Canadian Flag

~/:-) Party (hat) smiley

<{:-)  Another Party (hat) smiley

=:~>  Bunny

<:3)~~~~  Mouse

{:V Duck 3:-o Cow

3:(:) )  Cow

:>== Turkey

:@) (happy) pig

:(:) )  Happy pig

:(:)(  Sad pig

~:O)  A baby

~(:O  A baby crying

+<:-)  A nun

P-(  A pirate

[{:-)  A happy businessman

<]:-o)  Goofy witch

<]:-) Happy witch

(|:)>  Beatnick wearing a baret

<):o)  Cowboy

~  Wink (use alt+ 147, 168, 126)

l <(*-*)>  Person with big ears

^ ^  Angel (press alt+94 Рalt+143 Рalt+94)

(_zzz_)  A tired ass

(_?_)  A dumb ass

(_E=mc _)  A smart ass

(_o^^o_)  A wise ass

^-^  happy smiley

(*O*)  Singer singing loud

OoO  Surprised

;_;  crying

T_T  overwhelm or exaggerated cry

^_~ wink

^_-  wink

:O  surprised (use alt + 15,168,15)

(::::[]::::)  band-aid

^o^ Great / Cool

-_-  Sleepy

*_*  Just woke up

$_$  Money faced

>_<  Ouch!

*_*  Hyper

*o*  Hyper and screaming

`~~)_)~~  Toilet paper

?_?  Doubtful / uncertain

….Well there they are. Pretty impressive huh? ūüôā I thought so….now go use some of them in your favorite chat rooms or maybe you can even come up with some on your own smileys. If we have missed any other commonly used emoticons, please let us know.

Chat Rooms Abbreviations

Below are commonly used abbreviations that users use in chat rooms or emails. If you have any to share, please contact us to add them here.


Abbreviation

Definition

AFK
Away From Keyboard
A/S/L
Age/Sex/Location
ASAP
As Soon As Possible
AKA
Also Known As
B4
Before
BAK
Back At Keyboard
BBL
Be Back Later
BRB
Be Right Back
BTW
By The Way
C/A
Chat Avenue
CUS
See You Soon
CYA
See Ya
EMSG
Email Message
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
FWIW
For What It’s Worth
FYI
For Your Information
GAL
Get A Life
GMTA
Great Minds Think Alike
HUA
Head Up Ass
IAE
In Any Event
ICN
I See Now
IMHO
In My Honest/Humble Opinion
IOW
In Other Words
J2LUK
Just To Let You Know
JASE
Just Another System Error
J/K
Just Kidding / Joking
JMO
Just My Opinion
L8R
Later
LMAO
Laughing My Ass Off
LOL
Laugh/ing Out Loud
LTNS
Long Time No See
MSG
Message
NOYFB
None Of Your F#%king Business
OIC
Oh, I See
OTOH
On The Other Hand
P2P
Person To Person (Chat)
PIA
Pain In the Ass
PMSG
Private Message
PMFJI
Pardon Me For Jumping In
QT
Cutie
ROFL
Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO
ROFL My Ass Off
SNERT
Snot-Nosed Egotistical Rude Teen
TILII
Tell It Like It Is
TTFN
Ta-Ta For Now
TTYL
Talk To You Later
WAG
Wild Ass Guess
WB
Welcome Back
WTH
What/Who The Hell?