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.

Don't pop in and ask that we give you a fix for your boredom. If you want a cure for your boredom, try Bored.com, Imgur, or the Random Boredom Cure Suggestor.

Before asking if there's a page or generator covering a specific subject, use the search bar on the main page first.

Don't flame people, don't troll, don't be intentionally offensive or annoying, don't go on and on about topics that other people clearly aren'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.)

Mature/18+ topics and actions are not permitted in the #springhole.net channel. This also means no cybering/sexing, even as a "joke."

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 judgement 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, 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.

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.