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UltraFractal Chat Guidelines

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 11, 2008, 10:40 AM

A few guidelines for :#UltraFractal:.  The chat atmosphere is meant to be very laid back and casual, but a few guidelines are necessary to make sure everyone has a good experience.

If you come into chat and nobody is speaking at the moment, feel free to “tab” one of us to get our attention.  If you're using Windows and type the first few letters of someone's username followed by the TAB key, their username will be completed in the text input of the chat.  If you send them a message, dAmn will notify them.  If they have set an away message, dAmn will automatically display it in response to your message.  Sometimes people idle in chat while they do other things, so don't be alarmed if you come in to a dead room.

  • No Drama.  If you have a personal problem with another member, please keep it out of the room and try to be civil while you're there.  Note me, trystianity privately if things get really out of hand, but for the most part we expect club members to have the maturity to sort their own problems out on their own time and in their own space, and don't want to get involved in your issues.  Chat mods will step in and take action if members are using the club chat to fight, insult or argue.
  • Everyone is welcome.  We have members of all skill levels.  We all started somewhere, and in general are all trying to improve our art in some way.
  • Follow dAmn rules outlined in
    FAQ #287: What rules apply to the Chat Network? Please don't discuss or engage in any illegal activities while in chat.  We cannot allow any discussion about cracks, wares, or serials for any program.  Don't come in looking for an illegal copy of Ultra Fractal.  There is a fully featured free trial available for download at &nb… will also not tolerate any discussion of self mutilation or suicide, or conversations with explicit sexual themes.
  • No Spamming.  Unsolicited advertising, repeated posting of thumbs, links to your userpage or your own chat room, group or website is considered spamming and will result in a kick or ban from the chatroom if it continues.
  • No Flooding.  This can include continuous posting of repetitive copy/pasted text, emoticons, word streeeeeetching, or random large blocks of text.  It disrupts the flow of chat and is very rude.
  • Please understand that we have a diverse group of all ages and nationalities.  Try to keep net, chat or gamespeak to a minimum.  “Older” members especially will have trouble understanding you.
  • One function of chat is to provide artistic criticism to members who are trying to improve their artwork.  When you post thumbs, please indicate if this kind of feedback is desired.  Critique can be extremely valuable to find out where you need to improve and what you're already doing that is effective, but criticism can be blunt.  Make sure you're prepared to deal with that before you request that kind of help from our members.
  • If you have a complaint or want to report something that's happened in chat, please contact me, trystianity in private by note.  Do not start fights in chat or bring drama into other rooms.  In general if you wish to discuss any aspect of administration of the group chat, including requests to join the mod team, please contact me in private, as I like to keep this sort of discussion out of the room.
Privilege Classes:  Breakdown

  • UFAdmin:
These are administrators of the Ultra Fractal Group.
  • Retired:
  Former Administrators of the Ultra Fractal group.
  • UFMods:
      These are members who have a few privileges and help to keep the chat running smoothly according to these guidelines.  They are unable to ban but can kick or temporarily give a TimeOut if necessary.

  • FractalOverlords:
      These are deviantArt's official Fractal Art Gallery Moderators

  • Robot:
      Mandelbot is the :#UltraFractal: chat bot.  He is a program that keeps a log of chat just in case it's needed, and can perform a few other functions.

  • Members:
      These are Ultra-Fractal Group Members
      People who either don't use UF or haven't joined the club, but join us in chat as friends.

  • Guests:
      New visitors to :#UltraFractal:

  • TimeOut:
      Temporary Time Out.  Cannot post messages in chat.

  • UltraFiends:
      Banned.  Cannot join chat.
You may also see a few other custom privilege classes in chat, these are honorary or temporary titles used in certain circumstances. Please don't ask me for a custom privclass.

Parameter Sharing

You are welcome to share parameters in chat, whether you are looking for help with your work, giving other members help, collaborating or just want to show off something cool.  Please warn us before you post your parameters, as they create a large disruptive wall of text.  A simple “IWOT” is fine.  If you don't want other members using your parameters as direct tweaks in their own artwork, please say so before you post them.  You will have to make sure you select multiline input in chat (above the text box) berore you paste them.  It's also nice to use < sub > tags before your parameters to reduce their size.  If you use someone else's parameters in your own artwork, it is courteous to credit them in your artist comments when you post your work on dA.  

To copy parameters from Ultra Fractal, right click on the Fractal window and select Copy, or make sure you have the Fractal Window selected and press Ctrl-C.  To paste parameters into Ultra Fractal, right click the Fractal Window and select Paste, or make sure you have the Fractal Window selected and hit Ctrl-V.

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MelonLogic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
You forgot "Mexican Pool Boy"
Ultra-Fractal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
I did mention custom privclasses :paranoid:
esintu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whee :boogie:
Ultra-Fractal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
TyrantWave Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can tab people in linux too :)
Ultra-Fractal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thanks, I didn't know that. :)
magnusti78 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
huh, but no word stretching eeeeven?? Awww hun, you dont really make this sound very laid-back now.. we just had a discussion in Aposhack the other day how someone was kicked out cos they were stretching words and found it hilarious.. I and Anna (Golubaja) always greet each other like that in Aposhack and it's not a problem for anyone really :D
Other than that the rules seem fair, the important thing is tho that people feel they can be 'at home' sort of and not always careful what they say or do. This feels the cosy athmosphere we have in Aposhack for example and which draws people to come back over and over again.... strict rules drive people away and leave abandoned rooms...
Ultra-Fractal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
I'm not automatically going to kick everyone who stretches a word. :) It's really just to prevent genuine spamming of chat... That's also why I called them guidelines, they're not absolute.
magnusti78 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay good :D As long as there is common sense to the rules :D
evilpj Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
thank you for the very useful detail ... i m hoping to manage to join chat sometimes today :party:
Ultra-Fractal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Great, hope to see you. :)
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