IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: DODGY DOWNLOAD?
If anyone downloaded a corrupt ‘Arnold Layne’ file from 7 Digital recently, please let us know – with all the details you can provide – so that we can get you a new one. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SOME CHAT ACCOUNTS SUSPENDED
If you have registered using a name that is a clear advert for your fansite or tribute band, please choose another name.
No variations of ‘Gilmour’ or other band members’ names are welcome, either.
If you see User is suspended when you sign in, it’s either because your username is not suitable or because you’ve been banned for previously misbehaving. Please sign up for another account and it will be obvious which is the case.
As you now need to register to use our chatroom, here’s a starter’s guide for anyone who needs it.
First, please note that the chatroom is not always open. Opening times can be found on our calendar.
The link to the chatroom is: www.davidgilmour.com/nonsense/chat.htm.
You need to register a username and password before you’re allowed in. This is easy and only takes a few moments. To register, click here.
You’ll need to choose your desired username (this is how others will identify you in the chatroom) along with your real name and e-mail address.
Don’t worry, the latter will not be available to anyone other than me and is perfectly secure.
Most people use the names they use on the blog so that others can easily recognise them. Please do.
An activation e-mail will be sent to the address you provided. You will need to click the link contained within to confirm receipt.
Doing so will immediately produce a page containing a completed form showing your e-mail address and activation code. Just click the Click to Activate button and the validation process is complete.
You will then receive a confirmation e-mail including a reminder of your member name and the password that has been assigned to you. You can change this password to something easier to remember at any time by clicking here and then Log-in to change settings.
If you forget your password, you can easily retrieve it here.
You’re now ready to enter the chatroom.
Once you’re in, the first thing you will notice are the rules, written in red. Please read them. Breaching them will result in a ban.
You will find yourself in the main room to start with. This is called the Lobby. As the name suggests, this is where everyone enters and many choose to stay.
We have two other rooms. These come in handy as a place to retreat to when the Lobby starts to get busy.
We have a Barn. This was a private room for those who have followed the blog regularly and, therefore, required a password to get in. This was to keep the Barn quiet and relevant to the blog.
However, for now, there is no password required to enter the Barn as it is currently set aside for anyone who is interested in collaborating with other fans on an entry for the ‘Arnold Layne’ contest.
The Barn may revert back to its former state when the contest closes, but the old Barn password will not be valid.
We also have a Conservatory, where everyone is welcome.
To get into either the Barn or Conservatory, you first need to enter the Lobby (with your username and password, as above).
Then, once you’re in the Lobby, you’ll notice in the top left-hand corner of the chat screen a blue Show Users/Show Rooms button.
Click it and you’ll see a list of all the people who are in the same room as you (this will be the Lobby to begin with). Click it again (the text on the button will change to Show Rooms), and you’ll see the three available rooms. How many people are in each room is shown alongside the room name in brackets.
Either double-click the room of your choice or right-click and select Join Room to enter.
To get back to the Lobby, you simply do the same for Lobby.
The only other things that you need to bear in mind are that English is the only language permitted, that you will be timed-out if you remain inactive for 30 minutes and that constant lurkers will be banned.
Whilst we fully acknowledge that some people want to observe before they dip their toe in the water, particularly those for whom English is a second language, in the interest of member privacy, persistent lurking will not be tolerated. So, if you lurk, please get involved.
We hope that explains how to get started. If you’ve ever any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, either here or in the chatroom.
Let us know what you think of these changes if you are a regular visitor to the chatroom.
If you’re still not convinced, our chatroom really is very easy to use and everyone is made to feel most welcome, so don’t be shy.
The chatroom will be open from 3PM (UK time) today.
We look forward to seeing you there.