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Information And Instructions

This chat program works like many other chat programs, but this one was written specifically for Hot Boots by Bill Choisser, and incorporates other features found on the site.

On the LOG IN page (link below), enter your name, or the screen name, you wish to use on the chat page.  Only letters are accepted.  Numbers are ignored.  If the name you use is already in use, a consecutive number will be added to your name.  This will also occur if you log in again before a previous log-in has cleared.

You are expected to log in with the same name each time you use the chat room so that you don't confuse the other users. The regular users have become close friends and they want to welcome you, too, but to do that you need to use the same name every time so that they become familiar with you.

If you have a portrait on Hot Boots and you enter your email address when you log in, your portrait will be shown on the chat page, just like on the message boards and in personal ads, along with your name.  Like on the other pages of the site, your email address is not shown anywhere, so robots and users will not be able to pick it up for spam purposes. 

(Click here to find out how to get a portrait on Hot Boots.)

If you have a profile in the "Men In Boots" gallery, your name will be underlined and anyone clicking on your name will be taken to your profile page in a separate window.

(Click here to find out how to get a profile.  Note: Personal ads are NOT profiles.)

An Authentication Code is required at the bottom of the log in page. This is to keep spam bots from entering and jamming the room. Just enter the word shown in symbols using CAPITAL LETTERS. Use only the 26 capital letters. Nothing else is permitted.

The chat page should not have a scroll bar since there is no buffer associated with the page.  Once a line goes off the top of the page it's gone.  If you see a scroll bar, set your font to a smaller size and that'll make things fit.  Also, hitting F11 will make the page larger and allow more lines.  Hit F11 again to go back to your normal page.

When typing in your comments, hitting the "Enter" key will send the line you typed to the chat page.  You can also click on the "Send" button to do the same thing.  If you have Java Script ON you will not have to use your mouse to keep putting the cursor back in the chat box.

Your comments are preceeded on the chat page by the name you enter at log in.

The server sends a line showing the time every ten minutes.  Since the Hot Boots server is in California, the time shown is Pacific.  This will be useful for when you log in.  You can tell whether or not there is any current activity and approximately when the last line was entered.

The page is designed so only those who are participating in the discussion will remain active.  If you don't add comments to the discussion, the chat board will eventually time out and you'll be automatically logged out.  This is done to keep users from remaining logged in when they are not at their computers, and to help limit the bandwidth for the site.  If you don't have any comments to make, but wish to remain connected to the chat page to watch the action, simply hit the "Enter" key at least once every 10 minutes.

Occasionally, lost packets of information will cause your browser to disconnect from the chat page.  If this happens, simply log right back in and continue your chat.  When this occurs, the system will add a number to your name, since your original log-in will not have cleared from the chat system yet.

Any topic is allowed to be discussed or mentioned in the chat room. Chat is not limited to just a discussion of boots and the associated clothing and activities. You're apt to find users talking about where they live, the weather, what they're cooking, what they had for dinner, what they're doing for fun or social activities, where they've been traveling, what they going to be doing, and so on.

Any language is permitted in the chat room. Conversations in several languages can be held simultaneously. English is the primary language used, of course, but Spanish, German, French and Italian are often seen as well.

This shouldn't have to be mentioned, but a need has made it necessary. This chat room is open to all bootmen. It is not a gay, bi, straight or trans chat room and bootmen of all persuasions are welcome.

Finally, a few words about social conduct while in the chat room. All users should be courteous to others and not make insulting or discouraging remarks to or about others.

When you are ready to leave the chat session, simply click "Log Out".

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