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French Chat User's regulations :
French chat is intended to promote exchanges between francophones and non-francophones, and to help the latter perfect their skills in French. If this is what you are looking for, then this chatroom is for you.
It is strictly forbidden :
Certain behaviours will get you automatically expelled or even banned either temporarily or permanently from the chatroom.
  1. Disrespecting users : This chatroom advocates maturity, friendship and respect of ideas and opinions. Racist, xenophobic, sexist and homophobic remarks or nicknames are not tolerated as well as insults, obscenity and vulgarity.
  2. Dishonest behaviour : Usurping an identity, personifying fictitious characters, or playing with people's feelings are not tolerated. Such a behaviour would get you permanently and irrevocably banned.
  3. Arguments : The chatroom is not a place to resolve your personal conflicts with others. Consequently, if a discussion degenerates into an argument, you will be invited to carry on in private. Systematic failure to do so will get you expelled or even temporarily or permanently banned.
  4. Disrespecting operators : French Chat operators work on a voluntary basis to maintain a friendly atmosphere and to enforce the room regulations. Whether you agree or not with them, you are not entitled to take it out on them.
  5. Using the chat for promotion of religious or political views : We advise our members to leave their political opinions and religious beliefs at the chat room's door.
  6. Flooding (rapid posting of several lines or commands), nuking ( others or servers), take overs (channel theft) or spoofing (usurping IP addresses) etc... are of course forbidden.
  7. Using clones (being present in the same chatroom under several nicknames) for no good reason.
  8. Using the chatroom as an advertising media to promote other chatrooms or websites.
Speak French. If you are non-francophone, you won't better your French by speaking in your mother tongue in the room !
Join the conversation. We encourage you to join the group and to take part in public discussions rather than talk only to your friends or kins in private.
Remain polite with other chatters. People can say things in the heat of the moment and get carried away, and remember that online, no one sees your smile when you have a dig at someone.
Remain courteous : greet newcomers to maintain friendships and create new ones. A good atmosphere livens up any chatroom and makes it all the funnier for you.
Try to always use the same nickname so that other chatters can recognize you and to create stronger ties.
Use smileys! Everything goes down better with a smile.
Be careful. The people you meet in chatrooms are just like those you meet in every day life. Most are good people but some might not be.
Never accept file tranfers from chatters you don't know. You might be dealing with ill-intended people who are sending you a virus!
Never post your personal address or phone number on the main. Do it in private or better even, by e-mail.
Tolerated but ill-advised :
Certain behaviours and manners, although tolerated, may be considered as impolite and their abuse penalized :
  1. Speaking in another language than French. If you come here, it's first and foremost to speak French. Nevertheless, since all participants don't all have the same level of proficiency in French, the sporadic usage of another language is tolerated and more so if this usage is intended to shed light on French grammar or other questions pertaining to French.
  2. Asking other chatters to do your homework for you, if you are a student. Members of the chatroom will try to help you as best they can when you encounter problems. But do not expect them to do your homework for you.
  3. Color fonts, capital letters and all other form of "highlighting" of your postings will be accepted as long as they are not a nuisance to other users. Operators have a free hand to determine when they are a nuisance.
  4. Using different nicknames : it could very well happen you want to log onto the chat incognito and occasionally change your nickname. Frequent change of identity is nevertheless forbidden. If you are undergoing an identity crisis, leave the chat and come back when it's sorted out.
  5. Being a ghost : being present in chatroom and being busy elsewhere are things than happen. But try not to stay indefinitely in the chatroom if you are away from your keyboard. Frequent idle time abuse are not appreciated.
If a problem arises :
At times, you may have to face certain problems, here are a few ways to solve them :
  • Someone is harassing me in private!
    If a user insults you or harasses you in private, bring it to the attention of an operator. Nevertheless, keep in mind that the operator's jurisdiction is limited to the public domain of the chat : an operator does not usually intervene in private conversations. In any case, don't hesitate to put any troublemaker on ignore.
  • I was banned , I'm sorry I won't do it any more!
    If you have been temporarily banned, the ban will expire automatically within a period of time set by the operator. If you have been permanently banned, only the operator who banned you can unban you. It is thus useless to harass other operators. Talk to the operator who banned you and do it in private.
  • The operator is abusing his authority! I did nothing wrong!
    Operators are subject to the same netiquette as users and do not have every right and especially not the right to solve a personal or private conflict by using their technical powers. If you EXCEPTIONALLY find an operator has abused his authority over you, you are entitled to contact another chat operator. If your complaint is justified, it will be examined by all the operators of the chat, and a collective decision will be reached. Join the episode log and keep in mind the operators leeway of interpretation in regards to the netiquette.