How to admin your own chat room
- It is possible to setup one chat room for which you are the administrator of the
an administrator or 'admin' allows you to moderate the room by giving you the power
to take away a person's microphone (if it is a voice room) and the
ability to bounce (remove) a person in the event that they are extremely
disruptive or abusive.
Locking a room - When you create a room, you will have the option of specifying a lockword or not. If you specify a lockword, anyone trying to join your room will be asked to specify the lockword before they are allowed to enter. In this way, you can control who may enter your room by who you tell the lockword to. If you do not specify a lockword, the room is open to everyone.
admins to your room - You may allow an unlimited number
of people to 'admin' your room with you. When you create the room, you will be
asked to specify a 4 digit
admin code. The
admin code is the key to your room.
Anyone who knows it can open or
join your room as an
When setting up a room to admin you must supply the following information
Room name - The name of the room. You are not allowed to make any room with a title that defames, disparages or excludes any race, creed, religion, age room, gender, national origin, or any other organization, business entity or individual person. You also may not make any room that condones or promotes the use of drugs, encourages software piracy, child pornography, or any other illegal activity. You may not make a room which promotes any commercial organization or activity without express permission from the Paltalk business office.
Category - Paltalk rooms are organized into categories. You will have to select from a drop down list which category you prefer your room to be found in by others.
Rating - Similar to a movie rating. The options are G, R or A. G rated rooms must be suitable to all audiences including minors. Text in G rooms is automatically filtered to eliminate possible offensive language. R and A rated rooms are suitable for adults only and the text is not filtered what so ever. The difference between these two rooms is that an A rated room allows sexually explicit language where an R room does not.
Voice Enabled Switch - On indicates that you want to allow voice in the room, off indicates that it will be a text only room.
Admin Code - A 4 digit numeric code that is the key to joining your room with 'admin' privileges. Select an admin code that is easy to remember. Share this code with those people you wish to help you 'admin' your room.
Lockword - An optional field. If you specify a value in this field, anyone not knowing your lockword will be prevented from entering your room. Anyone trying to join your room will be asked to specify the lockword before they are allowed to enter.
Intro Msg - An optional field. If specified, every time someone joins your room, they will be automatically greeted with this message.
Bouncing Someone - If someone is being severely offensive or disruptive, you have the power to bounce them from the room. To bounce someone, you right click on their name, select 'Bounce', and then supply a reason why you are bouncing the person. All bounces are monitored so anyone abusing this power will quickly lose their room. When someone is bounced, they may not reenter your room for 24 hours.
Bouncing Caveats - We track how many bounces an 'admin' does per day and overall. If the number of bounces per day is high, all users entering your room will receive a warning similar to the following:
Room admins in
this room HAVE AND DO frequently use the power to remove members at their
discretion to maintain an orderly room as they see fit. If this is unacceptable
to you, please leave and visit one of our many other rooms.
Someone - (voice rooms only) By double clicking on a user's nickname,
you can place a 'red dot'
on them to prevent them from speaking. You would use this
for example to take the microphone away from someone who is talking too long or
is deliberately trying to tie up the room. Normally you would take the
microphone away and then soon after, give it back.
Muting Everyone - It may be desirable to mute everyone's microphone except your own to help moderate a room. You then can choose to individually turn someone's mic on, let them speak, and then take the mic away. To do this, select the "Remove All Mics" option under the 'admin' menu. This will remove all the mics from everyone except yourself. New people joining the room will default to having their mic turned off. To restore everyone's mic back, choose the "Give Mics To Everyone" option under the 'admin' menu. This will restore everyone's mic and new people joining will default to their mic being on.
The Static Text Message - When your room is open, you will find that right below the banner area is a static text field. You can use this field to display a message to your users that will stay on the screen and not scroll off. Some examples of how to use this field are to display a URL to a web site of interest, or to display a welcome message, or perhaps to display a topic of the day. You have the ability to change this field at any time by using the 'admin console' and typing over what is currentlyin the 'intro msg' area, then pressing the 'update message' button. This area is only editable to the room admins. Your members see this field all the time but cannot not modify it.
Closing the room - You may desire to close your room down for the day.
Perhaps you wish to log off and do not want your room open while you are
not around. Another reason to close your room down is if you have made
changes to the room's definition using this facility and you want to pick
up the new changes. Changes are picked up when the room is opened, so if
you make changes to your room while the room is already open (example
change it's name), the change will not be reflected until the room is
closed and reopened.
Assigning admins to your room
note: As a security feature your room will vanish from the room list if all of your admins leave the room. All entry to your room will be denied until an admin returns to your room.
Admin Code and How to open the room
This admin code is the key to opening your room.
administrators - You may allow an unlimited number of people to
'admin' your room with you by telling them your
admin code. Anyone who knows
your admin code can open or join your room as an admin. The procedure for them
to open or
join your room as
'admin' is similar to how you open up the room. They
must select the 'Join a Chat Room as Admin' option under the 'actions' menu
on the main pal
list window, then
select your nickname from the dropdown list, and then they must specify your
admin code. The room will open automatically.
Creating Your Room
The 'admin' can control who speaks on the microphone and remove people from the room who are being disruptive.
There is a one time process to initially setup your room.
A new window will launch that will show your current group settings.
If you have already created a room the
details of the room will be shown.
room creation form' will launch in a new browser window.
Once you have your room set up and running you will need to maintain order in it.
click HERE for more information about other controls that are available for you to maintain order in your room