Rules & Guidelines Of The Chat (Read Them)
This chat is largely for discussing things about writing and roleplaying - eg, character development, worldbuilding, plotting, etc. That said, it's not the only purpose - we discuss a lot of things here.
If people don't respond immediately, be patient. We do occasionally have to leave our computers to tend to things IRL. Seriously, give people a few minutes to respond.
Before asking if there's a page or generator covering a specific subject, use the search bar on the main page first.
Don't ask for story or character ideas. That's what the random generators are for.
Don't flame, don't troll, and don't be intentionally offensive, antagonistic, or annoying; don't go on and on about topics that everyone else in the chat clearly isn't interested in, and if I (Syera) tell you to stop doing something, stop doing it.
Don't spam: Don't fill the chat with uber-long rants, all-caps, song lyrics, or "random" stuff. (Spamming is defined as any continuous input of text that disrupts, rather than contributes to conversation. EG, by posting song lyrics in the middle of a conversation, it becomes difficult for people to keep up with the actual conversation.)
Cybering/sexing, even as a "joke," is not permitted on the #springhole.net channel.
If you're linking to something that might be considered gross/squicky, disturbing, or contains uncensored nudity (or looks enough like uncensored nudity to be confused as such), include an appropriate warning next to your link - eg, "squick warning," "nudity warning," or "NSFW."
Use cautious judgment when talking about potentially-squicky topics. If it involves any kind of bodily fluids or secretions and isn't relevant to writing something correctly in fiction or something that appeared in fiction, you should probably keep it to yourself.
Asking people to provide evidence to back up claims we find questionable is standard procedure here; don't take it personally. We won't hold it against you if you turn out to be wrong or mistaken about something. Admitting you were wrong or that you don't know for sure is a lot more respectable than insisting that you are right despite evidence to the contrary and/or insisting that people should take what you have to say at face value when you have nothing substantial to back it up with.
Keep your username in good taste - eg, nothing lewd, vulgar, or hateful. Also, if you come in with a name that references a real-life hate group, you will be assumed to be a member of that hate group and will be treated accordingly.
Remember: Access to this chatroom is a privilege, not a right. Failure to adhere to these rules and acknowledge them when they are pointed out to you is grounds for a ban. Also, even if you aren't technically breaking any rules, you may still be kicked out if enough people find your behavior disruptive or bothersome, so try to play nice.
Opinions and advice expressed by users of the chat are their own, and are not necessarily endorsed nor approved by the site/chat owner.
To leave the chat, type "/quit" into the chatbox. Otherwise your name will linger until it times out.
Other IRC Commands
/nick (NewNickname) - change your nickname.
/join #(NewChannel) - join/create a new IRC room - eg, to join #examplename, type /join #examplename
/me (action text) - make an action post - eg, /me spins a circle.