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Old 03-03-2015, 08:54 AM   #1
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Hi folks,

In order to create a safer chat room environment and after much internal discussion, we've decided to create a new category of membership -- chat host.

A chat host is a member who has the added feature of being able to create their own chatroom in our chat system. Yes, that means most members will lose the privilege of creating their own chat room. We will be shutting down member-created chat rooms Wednesday morning, and they will remain closed for a few days while we implement this new feature.

Any member can be a chat host, but they have to abide and agree with the Chat Host Guidelines:

http://forums.psychcentral.com/commu...uidelines.html

To apply, PM any administrator with your request. As long as you meet the criteria, your application will be approved.

Being a chat host now means you have responsibilities as well as control of your own chat room. That means you will be responsible for helping uphold the community guidelines while in chat, and in generally keeping the peace in your chat room.

We hope this results in a more supportive and safe chat room environment for our members.

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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PS - You won't hear back from us regarding your application as Chat Host unless there's a problem in adding you as such. Once the new system is online (by Friday), you'll see you'll have access to create a chat room (just as you do today), as well as access to the new Chat Hosts forum.
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Are Chat Leaders also going to be Chat Hosts? Or do we need to message an admin about being a chat host?
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #4
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does this policy affect the Pass-Worded rooms also?

i am participating in an ongoing chat which screens its participants in advance, and it will have to close if no one can commit to being there every week.

it is the only chat room i consider suitable for my needs; and the pass-word chat has prevented any problems with unwanted behaviors.

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Old 03-03-2015, 01:37 PM   #5
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We will make all existing chat leaders chat hosts by default; no need to apply separately.

Yes, it affects the password-protected rooms as well.
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Will there be a list anywhere of members who are approved chat hosts? It would make it much easier to know who is and isn't allowed to be made into a room mod in chat.
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does this policy affect the Pass-Worded rooms also?

i am participating in an ongoing chat which screens its participants in advance, and it will have to close if no one can commit to being there every week.

it is the only chat room i consider suitable for my needs; and the pass-word chat has prevented any problems with unwanted behaviors.

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Gus, you just need to apply to be a chat host (which is different to a chat leader) by sending a PM to one of the admin team and then all's good, you'll be able to open a password protected room as before.
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LIC, the auth servers will probably already have a database with who is available for host while in room if the feature is not turned off to promote. They will also have a special forum from what DocJohn already posted. Should be very clear cut.
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It will be incumbent of Chat Hosts to ensure they do not promote another member to Chat Host unless they know that person is also one. If a Chat Host promotes a non-approved member, they may lose their privileges. Yes, there will be a way to confirm whether a member is a Chat Host or not outside of the chat system.
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What would it mean if the person who opened the chat wanted to leave and there are still people in the room that they opened? Are they responsible for getting everyone to leave when they want to leave?
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