This guide will explain the PFF Chat function, a nice way to interact with other members.
The PFF Chat is a chatroom only for members of the Pottermore Fan Forum; no one else can enter the chat room. To access the chat, find the 'Open Chat' button at the top of the forum (next to your PFF points).
The chat will open in a new tab or window, depending on your browser settings. It will look like this:
We'll go over each section in turn. Logout
Clicking the Logout button will log you out of the chat. It will not
log you out of the forum! When leaving the chat, it's best to use this button instead of just closing the window. Closing the window may cause you to appear online in chat when you aren't actually, so people might start talking to you.
When you log out using the Logout button, other people in chat will see the following message:
Closing the window will eventually cause the following message to appear in chat:Channel
When you enter the chat, you are automatically put into the default channel, Public. However, there are more channels than just that one! In fact, each section of the forum has its own channel. So if you can see a forum, there's a channel for it.
To go to a different channel, click the dropdown menu (where it currently says 'Public'). This will bring up a list of all the available channels. Click the one you want to go to, and you'll be taken there automatically. The channel you just left will get the following message:
As you can see it doesn't list what channel you went to. Still, people might come looking for you, so it's best not to use this for having conversations which should be private.
When entering a channel, the following message is shown:Style
The Style option allows you to change what the chat window looks like. You can choose any of the available styles by clicking the dropdown menu and picking the one you like. The style will only change for you and there's no notification of you changing the style in the chat window, so feel free to change as much as you like!
The standard style of the chat is prosilver.Language
With the Language drop-down menu, you can select the language you want the chat to be in. Keep in mind this can only change the standard text and buttons from the chat itself; it cannot change the language of what people are saying. Connection strength
At the top right of the chat window, is a coloured circle. This circle shows the strength of your connection to the chat. It can have three colours, green, orange or red:
Green means you have a strong connection, orange means you have a slow connection, and red means you have no connection.
It's normal for the button to go orange for an instant. As long as it's green most of the time, your connection is good.
If the button shows you have no connection, this can mean several things:
- Your internet connection is bad or gone
- The forum is down
- There's something wrong with the chat
If the forum is down, all you can do is wait for it to come back online. Check the PFF Twitter account
for information if the downtime lasts a long time.
If the forum works fine but it's only the chat that doesn't work, this means there is something wrong with the chat. If you aren't sure Jag17 or Rhynn already know of this, please send them a message to inform them of the problem; they will then check the problem and work on a solution. Chat area
The chat area is where all messages and automatic notifications appear. Each message lists the time it was sent (this time follows the timezone set in your account settings), the username of who sent it, and the actual message. If it's a message you sent yourself, there will also be an x button on its rightmost end. Clicking this will allow you to delete the message. Moderators are able to also delete messages other people sent.
By clicking on the username of anyone who has sent a message, their username will appear in the posting area. This can be useful if you want to send them a whispered message, or if you want to include their name in their message but are having trouble spelling it.Online users
The Online Users section, which is to the right of the chat area, lists all the users who are online in that channel at the moment.
As you can see in the screenshot, there are different-coloured usernames. These colours tell you who the chat moderators, and who the administrators are. The exact colours change depending on the style you are using; the colours shown are those of the prosilver style.
Administrators have all the possible functionalities the chat offers, including kicking moderators out of the chat and banning them from the chat.
Moderators can kick, ban and delete messages of normal users, but not other moderators or administrators.
When you click on a username in this area, you get a list of things you can do. By clicking on their username again you can close this list. The list has the following options:
- Send private message: this will send a whispered message to the user. Whispered messages can only be read by you and the recipient. They will look like this in the chat area:
When someone whispers to you, this is what it will look like:
When you click the 'Send private message' option, you will see the message '/msg Username' (with username being the member you are trying to message' appear in the writing area. You can start typing your message after this text. Make sure there is a space between the username and your first word!
Important note on whispers! Whispered messages are generally a very private method of communication. There is, however, one person who has the ability to read whispers: Rhynn. She can do this by going into the chat logs, so she cannot read them when she is in the chat normally. Rest assured however that she only goes into the logs when it is absolutely necessary, for instance when something against the rules happened in there when there was no moderator to handle it. In these cases she will do her utmost best to not read the whispers, but naturally this is difficult to do. She will never share any of the contents of the whispers.
- Send private action: similar to private messages, except these are for actions. Actions are simply messages which describe what you are doing; these can be very fun for roleplays, for instance. Private actions make sure the action is only sent to the user you selected. They look like this, with the top one being a normal action and the bottom one a private action:
- Open private channel: when you're having a long private conversation with someone, you can use this option to invite them to a channel just for the two of you. When you are in the private channel, you can invite other people in there as well by typing /invite followed by the username. The invitation will look like this if it was sent successfully:
The invitee gets a message only they can see, with a link they can click to enter the channel.
- Close private channel: if you've opened a private channel to the person, this is how you can close it again. If there is no private channel open, clicking this will result in an error.
- Ignore/Accept: By clicking this, messages from the person will be ignored. They will simply not appear in the chat area. The same counts for whispers the other person send you. You can still send them private messages and actions, however, as well as open private channels to them. To remove them from the list, click Ignore/Accept again. Messages the person sent while they were on your Ignore list will not suddenly appear, those are invisible to you forever.
Keep in mind that using this functionality may make conversations highly confusing, as others can still reply to messages sent by the person you are ignoring!
When clicking your own username in the Online users area, you get other options than when you click another person's username:
- Logout: does the same as the Logout button at the top left
- List online users: this lists all the users who are currently online, in all channels. This message in the chat area is only visible to you.
- List ignored users: this shows the usernames of everyone who is in your list of ignored users. By clicking their name you can remove them from your list.
- List available channels: this will give you a list of all the channels which are available. Keep in mind that PFF is a big forum and has a lot of channels as a result, so this could be a very large message!
- Describe action: this describes an action, as shown above.
- Roll dice: this enters the text needed to roll a dice in the writing area. See below for more details.
- Change username: this changes your chat username. This is temporary; your username will revert back to your normal one as soon as you leave chat. It also does not change your username on the forum.
- Enter private room: this opens a private channel for yourself. This can be useful if you want to roll a lot of dice, or want to test out chat functions.
When you are online in the chat, you will get an asterisk (*) next to your name in the Who is Online section at the bottom of the forum index. It looks like this:
In this screenshot, the users DawnPumpkin33 and Poppy are online in the chat.
Many members check this regularly, and will enter chat as well if they see there's someone online. Writing area
The writing area is where you write your messages. Click on the blank text area to start typing. You can click any of the smilies below the area to insert them into the text area. There is a maximum to the amount of characters you can use in one message: 1040. The counter next to the Submit button tells you how many of them you have already used.
Below the row of smilies, are several buttons:
- This bolds the text in the writing area you have selected. If you have no text selected, it will add the correct tags to do so in the writing area, so you can start typing between the tags.
- This italicises text
- This underlines text
- This quotes text. You cannot specify a username of who you are quoting, and you have to enter the text yourself (if you actually want to quote what someone said, you will have to copy their message and paste it between the tags). Quoted text looks like this:
- The Code button allows you to put any code other than BBCode in the chat (this is normally not possible). So if for instance you want to show someone an example of how to write some HTML code, you would use this tag. Code text looks like this:
- The URL button helps you with sending a link. When you click the button, you'll get a window similar to this one:
You have to enter the url of the link you want to send in that box. Clicking OK will make some text appear in the writing box. It looks like this:
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[url=http://(the link you put in the box)][/url]
If you were to submit the message now, it will look exactly like that; the link will not be clickable. To make it clickable, put some text before the [ /url] tag. If you were to put 'hey' there, the resulting message will be 'hey' which can be clicked to take you to the link you entered.
If you want to send a link without it being 'hidden' behind any text, you can just write the link as is in the writing area and submit; it will automatically become clickable.
- This one inserts into the writing area the tags needed to make an image appear in the chat area. Please do not send any large images; small images are acceptable. Larger images should be sent as a link instead.
- By clicking this button, you can change the colour of the text you send. When you click it, you will get the following box:
Choose the colour you want, write your message between the tags it makes and submit to see your message in your chosen colour.
Keep in mind that it may be difficult to read certain colours on certain backgrounds, and that people can change the style. This means that text which is legible for you, can be completely illegible for others!
At the bottom right corner of the screen are some buttons.
- gives you a list of possible things you can do by typing the correct code. Each should be relatively self-explanatory; you can always try them out (just make sure you don't bother anyone when doing so; if needed, go into your private channel!)
- This allows you to change several settings. Feel free to play around with them.
- Clicking this button shows or hides the list of online users.
- If you click this, you can turn off the sounds chat makes. Keep in mind not all browsers actually make the sounds. To turn them back on, just click the button again.
- Normally, the chat automatically scrolls down as new messages appear. You can stop them from doing this by pressing this button. When pressed, it changes to . Clicking that button will make the chat scroll down automatically again.
One particular function of the chat we use a lot, is rolling dice. There is a very short explanation of this in the help button, but it is nowhere near clear enough, so we're highlighting it here.
If you just click the Roll dice option by clicking your username in the Online users section and selecting it from there, you see '/roll' appear in the writing area. Submitting the message will roll one dice with six sides, which looks like this:
If you read the message carefully, you see that you have rolled 1d6, and the result is 3. The 1d6 bit is what's important right now. Let's break down what that means.
The first number, in this case the 1, tells you how many dice were rolled.
The d just stands for 'dice'.
The second number, in this case 6, tells you how many sides the dice you rolled have.
This would mean that the dice you rolled is a simple, regular dice.
However, you can roll up to 100 dice with up to 100 sides. In essence, this function is a random number generator. To roll a specific number of dice with a specific number of sides, you specify these numbers in the writing area. For instance to roll 50 dice with 100 sides each, you would enter the following text:
This gives you 50 random numbers between 1 and 100.