Chat Box FAQ
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The following is a list of questions grouped by the chat box feature they respond to. Click on the questions to jump to the answers.

What's the proper chat box etiquette?

Why don't I hear anything when someone talks or enters the room?
Is there a way to turn off the sounds?

Emoticon recognition
Which emoticons I use will show on my doll?

Chat Box invitations
How do I invite people to come chat with me?
I don't want random people inviting me into the chat room, how can I block them?

Passing handheld items to someone else
I want to pass an item to someone but I don't seem to be able to, what's wrong?

Poking people
What happens when I poke someone?

Making friends
How do I become friends with someone?

How can I send a message to someone specific?

What's the proper chat box etiquette?
When you enter and there are silent people around you want to talk to, confirm that they are active by poking them and wait for a response, that will prevent you from talking into nothing.
When you leave, properly greet the people you had a conversation with. If you're taking a break use abbreviations like "BRB" (be right back) or "BBL" (be back later) so the others don't end up talking into nothing. Or manually set your emote to "AFK" (away from keyboard, that's the clock!).
Leave the chat box when you're going to be AFK for longer than 10 minutes, don't take up site resources unnecessarily!


Why don't I hear anything when someone talks or enters the room?
This feature is highly browser/operating system dependent, and may not always work. Updating your browser to the latest version may solve this, but not necessarily. The sound for entering the room has been disabled because it can get annoying in case of a bug. There is also a sound for poking.


Is there a way to turn off the sounds?
In the bottom right corner of the message submission box, there is a check box. Clicking on this will "mute" the sound. It will not remember this setting when you re-enter the chat box the next time.


How do I invite people to come chat with me?
When you're in the chat box, the other people are shown beside you, and other people who are online and you can invite are listed beneath, with invite links. Click on those, they will get a notification in their upper right.

I don't want random people inviting me into the chat room, how can I block them?
You can block invitations by hiding your online status in your settings. This way you won't be listed as being online either.


I want to pass an item to someone but I don't seem to be able to, what's wrong?
There are 3 prerequisites before being able to pass an item:

You can't always see if dolls are holding something, because handheld items only show when the arm is held low, and your browser may be caching the doll images.
This feature is currently not enabled


What happens when I poke someone?
When someone is poked, a message will show until they've responded by talking or moving. When they take over a minute to respond an AFK (away from keyboard, clock) symbol will appear so everyone knows they're not responsive. They'll also hear a sound to hopefully grab their attention.


How do I become friends with someone?
On CPDD, you can only become friends with people you've "met" in the Chat Room. If you're not already friends with the person you're facing (turn your doll using the arrows), a "Befriend" button will be there. Use it to announce to them you want to be friends. If they then decide to "Befriend" you, too, you will show up in each other's friends list from there on.


How can I send a message to someone specific?
By whispering it at them! The chat box will treat a message that starts with "@User" as a message intended only for User. Clicking on someone or using the whisper button (when you're next to them) also works


Which emoticons I use will show on my doll?
Any, as long as they make sense. You can use either normal emoticons :D or anime style emoticons ^_^ Chat emoticons are more limited that what your doll can do though. For example, you can make only 2 arm poses using emoticons. Sometimes it may wrongfully read an emote you didn't intend in your post. If that happens, please report it so we can try to make it smarter!

Western style
xD = >_< + :D
xO = >_< + :O
XP = >_< + :P
xS = >_< + :S
;-) = ^_~ + :)
:o = ^_~ + :O
>:D = ò_ó + :D
>:[ = ò_ó + :[
:'( = T_T + ó_ò + :(

Anime style
^o^ = ^_^ + :O
^w^ = ^_^ + :3
^3^ = ^_^ + :m
^vv^ = ^_^ + :[
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May 12, 2011 19:29 (9 years ago)
Go ahead! And that goes for Alina too!

I simplified the list a bit because trying to list all possibilities (all mouths × all eyes) is a bit undoable. Also fancy combinations that aren't real emoticons were left out.
May 12, 2011 23:30 (9 years ago)
Oh I went to continue the "eyes + mouth" additions but my laptop doesn't have the characters for the eyes.
You would have to replace them if I edited the list.
Rose Mouse
May 13, 2011 13:19 (9 years ago)
I was actually kinda of thinking that we should simplify it enough to just post the eyes and then the mouths and combining them together would make the expression if thats doable and ya i can never remember the alt combo to make the other kind of >.> eyes
May 14, 2011 23:07 (9 years ago)
hmm at this point i think it would be wise to just make a set of locked expressions that everyone can just learn because right now we have expressions poping up just because of what a person has typed and thats incredibly annoying and inconvenient to post a link to somehting you really like and just because of a certain letter you now look very unhappy about something really great XD
May 15, 2011 22:41 (9 years ago)
I'll have it check for spaces on both sides then. But now now since I'm on the wrong computer.

Oh, and if you guys have something other to add to this wiki, feel free. If anyone should be able to write a chat FAQ it's you guys. It also still needs to be made public.
May 16, 2011 18:00 (9 years ago)
i still think we should make a locked set of expressions for people to learn the way we have it right now con leave the computer to pick up expressions wrong or just not at all which leaves certain combinations completly undoable :/ that and we should make the computer pick it up when people type <3 regardless of where it is
May 24, 2011 20:08 (9 years ago)
I added a features section.

So, what will happen to this guide, will we make it public now or would you guys like to write some helpful stuff first?
March 24, 2012 23:11 (9 years ago)
Added some Q's and publicized it.
May 23, 2012 21:27 (8 years ago)
Maybe this should be linked on the chatbox page?
Rose Mouse
June 3, 2012 19:15 (8 years ago)
Good point!
August 2, 2012 9:51 (8 years ago)
There's some updates right? Like the 'mute' button and a new way to avoid inviting all online people? Maybe you could include it here.
August 2, 2012 18:31 (8 years ago)
I shall add them. ^^
Rose Mouse
December 24, 2012 7:53 (8 years ago)
Can we use japanese emoticons on chats like these? >>/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
Aki Izayoi
December 24, 2012 8:43 (8 years ago)
>> yes, the other one won't be recognized by the emote recognizer, but if you could post it here I think it will work in the chat box, too.
October 21, 2020 22:29 (6 months ago)
Updated to apply to the new chat box