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ZChat FAQs Answered

Z Bone is proud to announce the addition of the new and fun ZChat. This FAQ will answer most of the questions regarding it's use and user interface. If you need help with the commands within the IRC chat, please see the help document.

As always, if you have questions that are not answered here, or want to make suggestions or comments, feel free to
e-mail me.


  1. What is this ZChat anyway?
  2. What do I need to ZChat?
  3. How do I start chatting?
  4. I'm getting errors. What should I do?
  5. What can I talk about?
  6. How do I make those smiles?
  7. How do I register my name?
  8. I forgot my password. Can you give it to me?
  9. How do I change my password?
  10. I have a new email address. Do I have to register a new name?
  11. When are dancers and others in your chat room?
  12. How do I change the topic?
  13. Can I use HTML commands?
  14. Can I send bold faced text?
  15. Why is there a name on the list of chatters but he's not really there?
  16. Can I use an IRC application to connect to Z IRC Chat?
  17. How did you create this version of ZChat?

What is this ZChat anyway?

This is just a fun way to cyber-talk with other readers of this website. You may already be familiar with other chat rooms on other websites or IRC. Basically, you enter the virtual "room" and type in your comments. Others in the room will see the comments that you have typed. Then, they can type in their comments for you to see.

Although this is similar to the Bulletin Board, your comments are only on the screen and once they scroll off, they are gone. Therefore, if you want to pose questions or make comments to be available for others to see forever, use the Bulletin Board.  However, a chat room is more interactive and you can get your response immediately.

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What do I need to ZChat?

You must have a browser that allows Java applets to run and you must have this feature activated. The latest versions of the browsers available from Microsoft, Firefox and Netscape for the PC and MAC are all compatible to ZChat. Older versions and the UNIX versions of these browsers may not work properly with ZChat. Use them at your own risk.

If you do not have Java, you can get the latest version from java.com. Follow the instructions on their website to install the Java interpreter so that your browser can use it.  There's also an option there to check to see if you have the latest version.

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What can I talk about?

You can talk about anything you feel like. Although this website is about strip clubs, you may talk about any topic you feel like. However, there are some rules of conduct for ZChat to prevent users from making it difficult for others to enjoy their time here.  Please follow these rules or a moderator will force you to leave ZChat.  If I get complaints regarding your behavior, we will 86 you from ZChat.

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How do I make those smilies?

You mean this?   These are called emoticons, or some people here call them z-moticons or zemoticons.  They are the same ones that can be used in the bulletin board, reader review board and forums.

To answer your question, you can see a partial list here.  There are other cool stuff in ZChat but you'll have to find it yourself.

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How do I start chatting?

From the main screen, type in your nickname or handle, then press the "Login" button and wait for the login to proceed. Note that your registered name from the bulletin board or reader review board is not recognized in this area.

The first time you use this Java applet, your operating system (e.g. Windows XP) may request that you give permission to load and execute this Java applet.  Proceed by giving permission and the applet will load onto your computer.

Once you enter, the names of the people who are already chatting are shown on the right side. Next, you will then see a screen with comments of others and a text entry section on the bottom of the screen. Type in your comments in this text entry field and press the "Enter" key on the keyboard.

When you are finished chatting, type /quit or press the "Logout" button to return to the ZChat main login screen. To return to the Z Bone table of contents, click the "Home" icon on the upper right or lower right corner of the screen.

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I'm getting errors. What do I do?

There are several reasons why you might be having problems. One possibility is that your browser does not support Java applications. In this case, you must upgrade to the latest version of your browser.  If you have Java support turned off, you must turn it on.

Also, if you get errors when you try to login, there may be other factors involved, including running out of memory.  Also, it's possible that the IRC chat server is down and cannot accept any connections.  In this case, please wait and try again later.

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How do I register my name?

Once you are logged in, type the command:
/NICKSERV REGISTER password youremail
at the bottom where you type your messages. This will register your current nickname using the password and email address that you have specified.  An email will be sent to you with instructions on how to complete your registration process.  Follow the instructions to complete.

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I forgot my password. Can you give it to me?

No. I have no record of your password. You can register another name and use that one until the old name expires from non-usage in 21 days.

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How do I change my password?

After you login, type the following command:
/NICKSERV SET PASSWORD newpassword

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I have a new email address. Do I have to register a new name?

No. You can simply update your email address. After you login, type the command:
/NICKSERV SET CONTACT newemail

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When are dancers and others in your chat room?

During the week, most people login at about 3pm and sometimes there will be a post on the bulletin board under the topic "Announcements" regarding a time when people will be chatting.

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How do I change the topic?

You must be assigned privileges to be able to change the topic. Type in the command:
/TOPIC newtopic
The topic will appear in the main screen chat screen at the top.

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Can I use HTML commands?

No. And before you ask, "Why not?", because you can screw up the entire screen and it's not implemented in the Java code.

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Can I send bold faced text?

Yes. Click on the tiny bold "a" to the right of the text entry area. Click this same button again to turn off bold text.  Click on the tiny underlined "a" for underlined text.  You can also change the color of the text by using the small color boxes to the right on these buttons.  Note that if you use white (the same color as the background), you will not be able to see any text and it will appear as if the chat room is not working.

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Why is there a name on the list of chatters but he's not really there?

By this, I assume you mean when you say "hi", s/he does not respond back to you. This could be because of several reasons. Perhaps the chatter is simply lurking and does not want to talk, or they are away from their computer.

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Can I use an IRC application to connect to Z IRC Chat?

Yes. To do so, set your IRC application to use the server at:
irc.webmaster.com:6667

Then type:
/join #zchat

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How did you create this version of ZChat?

This is the 3rd version of ZChat and uses the PJIRC open source java applet client.

A shout-out and thanks goes to Stradawg who found the PJIRC site and created the initial version of this 3rd version, and Bishop^ who gave me some ideas and also moderates the chat room.

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