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  3. The members first name and last initial will be posted with each message. The name will also be a link to additional detailed information about the member (that was provided by the member in the members profile page). Only members that belong to the clubs that you belong to will be able to view the detailed information. Other members will only be able to view limited information about members.
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Selecting A Chat Room:

  1. Click on the "Enter The Chat Rooms" link below to go to the chat room selection page.
  2. The selection page will display all of the Chat Rooms that are currently occupied as well as the names of the members that are in each of the Chat Rooms. You can then select any of the Chat Rooms including an empty Chat Room to begin a new chat.
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  2. The top frame shows the most recent messages as well as the time the message was sent, the members Nick Name. Note that MSN-TV viewers will see the top and bottom frames reversed.
  3. Each members name is also a link which will allow you to view additional information about the member.
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  8. As new messages keep being posted to the top of the screen, you can use the "Pause Chat Output" link to temporarily stop the update of the output. This allows you to scroll down and read older messages.
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  2. Each occupied Chat Room is display with a list of current occupants. Your own name is followed by an asterisk (*).
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  3. Private Chat Rooms are open to all but they have some special rules. They allow one or more members to Chat without allowing anyone else from joining the chat. You can only enter a Private Chat Room if the following conditions are met:
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    2. You receive an invitation by one of the current Private Chat Room occupants to join the Private Chat.

Miscellaneous Information:

  1. When the last member exits a Private Chat Room (only), the chat messages are erased. For all other Chat Rooms, all messages remain visible until messages are removed from the display after 30 minutes.
  2. A members Nick Name consists of their first name and last initial. A member can disable their Nick Name from being viewable by other members on the e-Interchange My Profile page. Note that this will prevent the member from entering any Chat Room.

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