Palaestra Help & Documentation

How to Use The Palaestra Chat and Profile Roster

Your first visit

Click Register New Username then Edit Profile. For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here.


Most frequently-used functions on the chat are accessed via buttons. Also one can click on links, or issue commands, as noted below.

Post The heart of the chat. Just type in your message and click post. The box under the message input box shows who the message is going to: "to all users" is a public message, to everyone on the chat, or if you select one of the online users in the drop-down box, you can send a private message to that user (same as /msg command).

public and private messaging

Arrow shows public/private drop-down box. To all users will send the message to everyone online, or click on one of the users listed to send only to that user. You can also send a memo to any user to be read when he next logs on, by using the /memo command. E.g., type in the message box: /memo nickz This is a memo

Search profiles This function is available whether you are logged into the chat or not (it is also available on the home page). You can search through all profiles or narrow down the search, and click on members' photos, home pages, usernames and e-mails pages from the results page.

User names and profiles When you log in for the first time, you get a username and password, and have full access to the chat. Please click on Edit Profile and tell us a little about yourself. This way, others can find what they are looking for and get to know you better.

Palaestra chat logo at top of chat page: click it to go to home page.

"x users online" in right chat frame: shows who is currently chatting; you can click each of these usernames to bring up their profiles. Use the scroll bar if there's lots of users in there. You can also see who is chatting from the login page, so you can see how busy it is before entering, but you can't click the names unless you log on.

Change Room You can switch between different rooms. If there is demand, additional new rooms will be created.

Edit Profile Enter your personal and wrestling information so others can find you. You can put your home page address on your profile, if you have one, and can also put a main picture. You can use one that is already online, or upload one from your computer. To upload a new picture, use the click to upload link. To see old pictures you uploaded, click on list. You can paste any web address (if it contains a photo) into the orange box, but only photos uploaded to the Palaestra are listed using list.

Color & Password Set your color, change your password, increase or decrease the chat refresh speed, or change where new messages appear. You can also change your private (administrative) e-mail which can be different from the one on your profile, if you have a profile.

Pause Stop scrolling messages, useful to select text to save, or to look at old messages without new ones continually scrolling into place. To save all or part of the chat to the clipboard, select with the mouse (or right click and select Select All), and then Edit - Copy. You can then paste it into Word, Notepad, etc. Click continue to resume normal operation.

Logout Logs you off the board and sends you back to the chat login page.

User Level commands

For those who prefer a command-language interface, some of the chat functions can also be accessed in an IRC-like format. If a slash (/) is the first character you type in the message box, it will be treated as a command. These are the commands that regular users can use; there are others that administrators can use to manage the chat as well:

/help                   help on all these commands
/help command           help message for a particular command

/about                  program history, authors & open-source license info
/away message           set or unset away status and away message (optional)
/me action              e.g. "/me says hello" appears as "* user says hello"
/memo username message  leave message for offline user
/msg username message   send private message to user (same as drop-down box) 
/whois username         show brief-format profile of user


If you'd like to submit or exchange links, just post them in any of the chat rooms (including the http://), and they will be extracted onto the links page. Or drop me an e-mail.


Want to publicize your wrestling, MMA or boxing weekend, or tournament, or other upcoming event? Or just look at what others posted? The Events Page is the place to go. Your event will be posted immediately. If you don't see it after hitting Submit, you can refresh your cache ("temporary internet files"), usually by hitting the Ctrl and F5 keys at the same time. Events are subject to editing.

To use the form, just enter the URL and the what, when and where (name, date/time and location) of the event. The URL is normally the web address from which the user can get more information, including the http://; however, you can enter an e-mail address by erasing the http:// and replacing it with mailto: followed by the address, for example, mailto:info@palaestra.us.com (no slashes).


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 Page Created: April  3, 2008 
Last Modified: May  20, 2008