enCore v.4 User's Guide
Communicating--talking with others--is the most common thing you will do in enCore. enCore is an excellent vehicle for this "chatting," and offers additional features that most web-based chat clients don't possess. You can talk to other people in the room you are in, and you can also send messages to people who are not in the same room. enCore also has a feature called emoting which allows you to indicate actions. When you say or emote things, the results will show up in the talk area.
To talk and emote, you type various commands into the command window. You can also switch into "say mode" and "emote mode" by using the radio buttons. These modes will automatically preface anything you type into the command window with the say or emote commands. You can switch back into normal mode when you no longer want to say or emote.
Note: When you chat, you are talking to people located in the same room as you (unless you use certain commands to send a message to someone in another location such as page or @knock).
Talking and Emoting Using the Radio Buttons
enCore uses text commands to communicate; however, using radio buttons can simplify your chatting experience so that enCore works more like a typical chat room.
While the say and emote modes simplify communicating in enCore, you can
not do other commands while you are in these modes. You must click the
NORMAL MODE radio button to enter other text commands.
Talking and Emoting Using Text Commands
Here is a summary of commands for talking and emoting. You will need to substitute the message you wish to type for textand the person's name who you wish to address for person and hit enter after you are done typing the text.
Chatting--Saying text in a room
Addressing text TO someone in a room
You can also "address" a message specifically "to" someone while you converse in an enCore room. This "to" feature is especially useful when more than two people are discussing. Although everyone in the room can see the message you send, it is tagged as a message addressed to a specific person.
You can also express actions and emotions inside enCore--virtually. These text messages, though a bit silly, enable many of the visual cues that we take for granted in face-to-face conversation and interaction. By "emoting" you can smile or wave to someone arriving or leaving, or nod in agreement during a conversation. You can emote by using two different commands (either typing emote text or simply by putting a colon in front of your text.
You can get fairly elaborate with your emoting if you wish. Remember to write it in the third person so that your subject agrees with your verb.
Feelings are emote messages that have been automated to send a particular text on a single word command. You can tap into quite a few feelings and expressions by using what are called "social verbs." For example, if Joe types in the word sync, this would be the message that appeared to others in enCore: "In a sudden flash of insight Joe reads the minds of everyone in the room." Try some! You can access the list of feeling commands by typing the word feelings into the Command Window.
Below is the complete list:
Whispering allows you to send a private message to another person in the room you are located in, and no one else can read it.
You can abbreviate whisper as wh, and you can also put quote marks around your text if you want (they'll show up in the message whether you use them or not).
Remember how comics represent characters thinking to themselves with a few dots that grow larger until they get to the encircled caption with the text of the character's thoughts inside? enCore can represent this expression of pensive, speculative internal thought too. Thinking, like emoting, is another way enCore has of getting expressiveness into the chat medium.
Sharing a Web Page
While conversing in enCore, a web site may come up that you want to show others. By using this @url command, you display a web page to everyone else in the room. The web page will show up in the viewing window or will display in a new window, depending on your preferences.
Communicating to People in Other Rooms Than the One You're In
You can say something to someone who is not in the same room as you by using the page command.
Emoting long distance
You can also emote across the MOO to another person who is not in the same room as you.
Privacy and Safety
An occasional problem in enCore is harassment from anonymous guests or other users. To deal with this problem there are certain commands that you can use.
@gag person- This will effectively filter out anything the person says or pages until you type @ungag person. Example: @gag John
@eject! person - Use this command to expel someone from a room you own. Example: @eject! John
@lock here with me - Will lock your room so nobody can come in. @unlock here will unlock your room.
For a handy cheat sheet on communicating in enCore, open and print the Quickstart help page.
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Page last updated 08-05-04 --LI