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|Frequently Asked Questions:
Have general questions about The Cauldron?
Note: Some of these questions apply to our old Java chat room. We are updating them for Flash Chat and CauldronMUX as we have time.
Have questions about our message board?
Have questions about CauldronMUX?
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- According to The Cauldron's web site, you have two chat rooms, a Flash Chat Room and a MUX. Which one is everyone talking about on the message board?
- How do I get into the chat areas?
- Is it OK to chat outside of the scheduled times?
- Do I have to wait for a moderator to open chat?
- What do I do if someone causes trouble in chat when there are no moderators present?
- What commands are available on CauldronMUX?
- Why won't the Flash chat room work? I just get a funny colored box with no chat room.
- My account is active and I haven't changed my password today, but Flash chat still won't recognize my user name. Why not?
- I have some other technical problem with chat, or none of the suggestions above are working. What should I do?
- Can I change the way my name displays in the Flash chat room?
- What commands are available in the Flash chat room?
Question 1: According to The Cauldron's web site, you have two chat rooms, a Flash Chat Room and a MUX. Which one is everyone talking about on the message board?
We are now holding scheduled chats both in the Cauldron Lounge on CauldronMUX and in our Flash Chat area. Occasionally, chat announcements will forget to mention wear the chat is to be held. Feel free to ask when this happens.
Question 2: How do I get into Flash Chat or CauldronMUX?
For Flash Chat: When you're on our message board, you will find a "Chat" link in the top menu bar. If you click on it, the Flash Chat client will load, you will need to log in with your message board user name and password. There are no guest accounts on our Flash Chat. Only members of our message board can use the Flash Chat. You must have Flash installed in your browser for Flash Chat to work. Almost all browsers come with a version of Flash these days.
For CauldronMUX: To use CauldronMUX, you will need a MU* client -- a program designed for interacting with MUX servers. At one time, we had a Java client that allowed access to the MUX directly, burt it was very buggy and did not work for many people, so we dropped it. There are a large number of MU* clients for most operating systems and most are free. See our MUX information page for suggestions. You can access CauldronMUX directly with a MU client by pointing it to mux.cauldron.net at port 4201. (IF your browser is set to allow telnet: links to pop up your telnet program, clicking on this link will take you to CauldronMUX. Note that your user experience will probably be annoyingly bad with a telnet client as telnet clients do not usually have a separate typing area for input so what you are typing will often appear in the middle of text coming to you from CauldronMUX, which can be very confusing -- using a MU* client prevents this as well as giving you many other MUX-related features.)
Question 3: Is it OK to chat outside of the scheduled times?
Yes. Anyone may open up either chat area at any time. If you do this, we recommend that you post a message on the board in the "Intros and Social Chatter" folder letting people know that you're in chat, so that they will know to come join you. It is best to put the day and time in the subject line.
Question 4: Do I have to wait for a moderator to open chat?
No. Anyone may open up either chat area at any time.
However, if a moderator is not present your chat experience may not be as pleasant if troublemakers show up. Troublemakers are far less likely in Flash Chat than on the MUX, however -- because Flash Chat is limited to people who have registered for our message board or so while CauldronMUX is open to anyone who knows how to log onto the MUX as a Guest.
Question 5: What do I do if someone causes trouble in chat when there are no moderators present?
In Flash Chat basically have two options. First, you can simply ignore the troublemaker (see the commands section below.) Second, you can post a message on the board (in the "Intros and Social Chatter" folder) asking for a moderator in chat. Please list the day and time in the subject line and do not mention the troublemaker by name in the post as the hosts will see that as a personal attack. There is no guarantee that any chat moderators will be able to respond immediately, however, so you might want to ignore the troublemaker even if you also post a message. If worst comes to worst, you can always just leave chat and try another time.
On CauldronMUX, most MU* clients have some type of gag command that will block messages from selected people.
Question 6: What commands are available on CauldronMUX?
There are a huge number of commands available to CauldronMUX users. However, only a few basic commands are needed to get started. Here they are:
- To say something to others in a room, type a double quote, then what you want to say. For example to say "Hi there! I'm new and confused." you would type:
"Hi there! I'm new and confused.
- To make your character do some action, for example, smile. You type:
If your name was Joe, everyone in the room would see "Joe smiles."
- To send a private message to another person (who does not have to be at the same location in the MUX that you are at) you can "page" them. For example, if you wanted to send the message "What are you doing for dinner tonight?" privately to a member named JimBob, you would type:
page JimBob=What are you doing for dinner tonight?
- To move, you type the name of an exit. Most exits have a short form listed between less than and greater than signs. You can type that short form (without the less than and greater than signs) to save yourself a lot of typing.
For example, if the "Obvious exits" line in a room description read:
Out <O> Closet <C> Living Room <LR> Bedroom <BR>
You could move to the room named "Living Room" by typing either "Living Room" or "LR". Assuming or you could go to the Bedroom by typing:
- When you enter a room, it's description is displayed. To see the description of the room you are in again, you would type:
- To see a description of a person or item in the same room your are in, you type "look" following by the name of the person or item you want to see the description of. For example, to look at an item called "cute puppy", you would type:
look cute puppy
- To find out more information (including their message board id) about a person, you can type "+finger" followed by their name. For example to find out more information about a person named "Randall" you would type:
- To find out who is on CauldronMUX at the moment, you type:
(You can type the command "WHO" before you log in.)
- To find out which CauldronMUX staff members are logged on at the moment, you type:
- To quit CauldronMUX, you type:
If you want to learn more about some of these commands, you can visit the Learning Library on CauldronMUX, by typing "LL" in Central Park (Central Park is the first area you reach after you leave the Grey Mists by typing "out." At the Learning Library, you can type "learn" to start a tutorial on some of the basic features and commands on CauldronMUX. Additional, more advanced, tutorials will be added to the Learning Library as they are written.
You will be able to get help (and see ALL the commands available) by type the command
and the command:
However, you can get a quick, one screen list of the most useful commands by typing this command:
You can download a copy of the help files (and a PDF building tutorial) as a zip file (about 400K) by clicking here. Note, however, that this probably is not something you will want to do until you are more familiar with CauldronMUX, and this will be information overload for most beginners.
Question 7: Why won't the Flash chat room work?
You must have a fairly current version of Flash installed (and enabled in your browser -- and not blocked by any ad blocking software you may be using) in order to run the Flash chat room application.
Question 8: My message board account is active and I haven't changed my password today, but Flash chat still won't recognize my user name. Why not?
Be sure you are using the same user name you use on the board -- if two dispaly in your messages, use the name in parentheses, not your nickname. For instance, if your name displays as "JohnDoe (JD2005)" on the board, you will need to use "JD2005" to log in, not "JohnDoe".
Question 9: I have some other technical problem with chat, or none of the suggestions above are working. What should I do?
Post a message on the message board, in the "Chat, MUX and Forum Support" folder in the Main Forum. The staff will help you solve the problem as best they can.
Question 11: Can I change the way my name displays in the Flash chat room?
Unfortunately, you cannot. There is also no way to display a name other than your login name.
Question 12: What commands are available in the Flash chat room?
||Sets user as away. Typing this command again sets user as
"here". This action may also slow down the chat ping time for the "away"
user, depending on the setting of msgRequestIntervalAway, which is set in
||Sets user as here. This reverses the "away" and "busy" states.
||Sets user as busy. Typing this command again sets user as
||Shows the last entries of the room's chat, including any chat
text that was present before arrival to the room.
||Shows the last minutes of the room's chat, including any chat
text that was present before arrival to the room.
||Clears the chat screen. This only affects your screen, not
the screen of other users.
||Issues an IRC-like "action" to the chat. "/me" will be
changed to your user name, and the text in <action> will appear as
a system message. For example: "/me is thinking" would translate to "Joe
||Switches the user to <room>. For example: "/join The
||Logout of the chat.
||Logout of the chat.
||Logout of the chat.
||Shows which version of the chat you are using.
||Invites "user" to the room that you are currently in.
||Ignores "user" until /unignore "user" is issued
||Display a list of currently available Flash Chat commands.
||Display a list of all available Flash Chat commands.
||Tries (and probably fails) to display the user's message board profile from The Cauldron's main forum
||Displays some basic info about the user (and/or tries -- and probably fails -- to display the user's message board profile from The Cauldron's main forum) but the user must be logged in.
||Displays the message of the day, if any.
||Alerts moderator in the current room of your message. Message
text is optional. Message behaves like an /alert
||Shows a list of all user names in all public rooms.
||Shows who you are ignoring, and who is ignoring you.