A new Chat system was added April 13, 2020 to enable instant private member-to-member communication via:
Chat should run equally well on a desktop, tablet, or mobile device.
To start a Chat session with another member, simply click the new 🗣Chat button at the top of the member's detailed profile*.
After initiating a Chat connection, members may take it to Audio or Audio+Video Chat by clicking the or icons respectively. Both parties will receive a permissions prompt to enable their respective computer microphones and, if video, cameras.
Chat is currently available to subscribers only. Token-only members and Free members may not participate in a Chat session at this time.
The 🗣Chat button will be dimmed (🗣Chat) if the initiator is a Free member, or if the target party is off-line or does not have a sufficient subscription level.
Ringing in your ears? Open your Chats window to view your notifications. (You can turn off Sound Notifications if you prefer. Instructions below in Preferences/Advanced Features.)
Most members don't stay logged in for than 5-10 minutes. If you'd like to Chat with a fellow member, it's best to pre-arrange a time, via e-mail, when you can both be online. (For distant contacts, be careful of time zone differences!)
To open Chat, click at the bottom right of your screen:
|Chats||- on desktop devices|
|- on mobile devices|
Once opened, the Chat top bar will appear as:
|- on desktop devices|
|- on mobile devices|
|◦◦◦||- open Preferences/Advanced Features (desktop), detailed below.|
|⠇ then More||- open Preferences/Advanced Features (mobile), detailed below.|
|- view system announcements (desktop)|
|⠇ then Announcements||- view system announcements (mobile)|
|- minimize Chat box|
Normally set (automatically) to Available when you login. But you may change your status explicitly to Away, Busy, or Invisible if you wish to avoid interruptions.
The notification buttons = on, = off. All items default to on.
|Sound Notifications||Warning: Disabling Sound Notifications is no different than disabling your door bell... you may miss visitors!|
|Popup Notifications||Warning: You may miss people interested in chatting if you disable Popup Notifications.|
|Show Read Receipt|
A variety of feeds from CNN to Jokes.
Just for fun.
Our chat facility uses the latest WEB technologies. The latest release of your browser is strongly recommended. We officially support:
Get the latest version of popular browsers here.
* To view a member's detailed profile, click the Details button at the top left of their abbreviated profile.