Muting, Kicking, and Banning Users

When you are in control of a chat room, whether a moderator or administrator, you have some control over other chatters. It's up to you to keep the peace, keep the flow of conversation on topic, or just keep out certain elements, as you desire, and the chat software facilitates this by presenting certain user interface elements to you when you are given the proper authority by the owner of the room (or if you are the owner of the room).

Your main methods of enforcing your policies will be muting, kicking, and banning users.

  • Mute: This will prevent a specified user from being able to send text to your room. To mute a user, click their name in the user list or beside their text in the chat to expose a context menu, which contains the option to mute them. You can also type "/mute [username]" if you prefer.
  • Kick: Kicking a user removes them from your room. This removal is non-permanent -- they can rejoin immediately unless the room is invite only (see the Room Modes topic for details) and is often good for use as a warning. "Kick" can be found within the same context menu where "mute" can be found. You can also type "/kick [username]" if you like text commands.
  • Ban: Banning a user will, in sequence, prevent a user from speaking in your channel, and then remove them. This will also, unlike kicking, prevent them from re-joining, regardless of what Room Modes are set. To ban, find the "ban" option in the same context menu where "kick" and "mute" are found, or type "/ban [username]".
An appropriately named problem user has appeared! Click the user's name, in either indicated location, to display the context menu. Indicated in red on the right, now on top of the user list, is the context menu, containing the mute, kick, and ban options. Success! The user has been muted. More severe punishments can be employed as well.