- For information about this Wiki's chat, see RuneScape:Chat.
Chat is the main source of communication. It is the method of communicating and speaking with other players of the game and comes in a variety of methods to do so ranging from public chat to clan chat. Players can also talk to NPCs (using chatheads) and the chatbox is used for game messages.
Chat Interface is located in the bottom left of the game window. It displays various chat and game messages in the message box and has a series of buttons to control what is displayed in the message box, namely the All, Game, Public chat, Private chat, Friends chat, Clan chat, Trade, Assist and Report buttons.
Update: 21 May 2008: Another option is added, Quick chat. There is a small speech bubble button () after the player's name. An option was added to change the clan chat's message colour on the Private Chat Setup/Clan Chat Setup button.
Left clicking a button toggles the dialogue window to show only messages related to that button. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking a button allows the player to choose which types of messages of the button's type that are displayed in the message box. Types include:
- On - All messages of the message type are displayed in the message box and main screen. Messages from players on your ignore list are not shown.
- Friends - Only friends and moderators’ messages are shown in the message box and main screen.
- Off - Only messages from Player moderators and Jagex moderators are shown in the message box.
- Hide - All local messages are shown in the main screen, but no messages appear in the player's message box except, once again, that of a Player or Jagex Moderator. This option only appears for the Public button.
Many players use the hide option when they go into heavy populated areas so that the sheer quantity of messages won't flood the message box, thus allowing trades to be easily seen. Clicking the Trade button has the same effect.
Note: Chat from player moderators and Jagex moderators (excluding the Quick Chat) is always shown in the main screen and message box, regardless of your chat settings. Using the ignore list is the only way to get around player moderator chat, however Jagex moderators are able to speak, regardless of ignore list settings.
As of the chat update of 4 October 2011, players may choose which mode their chat goes in by default (i.e. without a '/', '//' or '///'). The player's default chat mode is shown where their display name is normally shown.
The message box is a part of the chat interface located in the bottom left of the game window above the chat interface buttons. It displays chat and game messages.
It is possible to change the size of the message box if, under graphics settings, your screen sizing is set to resizeable or fullscreen. To do this, click and drag the arrows located at the top of the chatbox() to the desired size.
Game is a chat interface button that shows all game messages. There is a filter option that filters out most repeated (chat box spamming) game messages and server announcements (on milestones reached by players on the same world.) It is the second button on the left on the chat interface.
Server Wide Announcements are messages displayed when a player achieves certain milestones such as level 99 in a single skill or 99 in all skills (Ability to get the Max cape). These messages are displayed to other players if they have their Game Filter set to on. Server Wide Announcements are not displayed, however, if Game chat is set to "Filter."
Public chat is a chat interface button that displays the current public chat mode. It is the third button on the left on the chat interface.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show public messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the Public chat mode. Modes include:
- On - All local chat is show in the main screen and chat box. Chat from players on your ignore list is not shown.
- Off - Only chat from player moderators and Jagex moderators is shown in the main screen and chat box.
- Hide - All local chat is shown in the main screen, but no chat appears in the player's chat box except, once again, that of a Player or Jagex Moderator.
Many players use the hide option when they go to heavy populated banks so the talking doesn't flood the chat box, allowing trades to be easily seen.
Anyone who is within 8 squares (including diagonal) can hear what you say, regardless of your chat settings. Anyone farther away remains clueless.
Players may only send messages to public chat while their chat mode is set to the default (and their display name is shown beside the chat box). Players may swap to the default chat mode by pressing 'esc', clicking the 'public chat' or 'all' buttons or typing '/p' then enter.
Private ChatEditchat interface button that displays the current private chat mode.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show private messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Also, pressing the Tab key will allow you to quickly respond to your most recent message.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the Private chat mode. Modes include:
- On - Anyone can private message the player, except people on the player's ignore list.
- Friends - Only the player's friends and Jagex moderators can private message the player. Other players will see the player as offline in their friends list.
- Off - Only Jagex moderators can private message the player. All players will see the player as offline in their friends list.
This is usually used to avoid other people talking to you by switching the private chat to off.
Prior to 14 November 2001, players had four privacy controls, public chat, private chat, trade, and online status. Whether players appeared online was determined by the "online status" setting, not private chat. Be careful when turning private chat "On" because anyone who adds you, whether they're your friend or not can contact you via private messages.
The button to "split private chat" i.e. have it displayed above the message box, and not in the message box, is located in the Game Options part of the Runescape control panel.
Up to 255 characters can be sent in a private message - more than other types of messaging. As such, multiple lines of text can be messaged to a friend within private chat.
On 25 May 2010, the option to change the colour of your split private chat was added. To change the colour, check the bubble next to the "Private Chat only appears in chatbox" option in the options menu.
This article is about the interface option button. For information on chatting in clan channels, see Clan Chat.
The Clan button is a chat interface button that displays the current clan messages mode.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show clan chat messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the clan chat mode. Modes include:
- On - All clan chat is show in the messages window. Clan chat messages from players on your ignore list are not shown.
- Friends - Only friends and moderators’ clan chat messages are shown in the messages window.
- Off - No clan chat messages will be shown in the messages window.
Players may send messages into their clan chat channel by either prefacing the message with two forward slashes (//) or by swapping their chat mode to Clan Chat. They may swap to clan chat mode by either typing '/c' the enter, or clicking on the 'clan chat' button.
Guest Clan ChatEdit
Guest clan chat will display in the same tab as regular clan chat, as above. However, clicking on the clan chat tab will not allow you to message a guest clan chat. Players may send messages into their guest clan chat channel by either prefacing the message with three forward slashes (///) or by swapping to guest clan chat mode by typing '/g' and pressing enter or space.
This article is about the interface option button. For information on chatting in friends chat channels, see Friends Chat.
The friends button is a chat interface button that displays the current friends chat messages mode.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show clan chat messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the friends chat mode. Modes include:
- On - All friends chat messages are shown in the messages window. Friends chat messages from players on your ignore list are not shown.
- Friends - Only friends and moderators’ friends chat messages are shown in the messages window.
- Off - No friends chat messages will be shown in the messages window.
Players may send messages into their friends chat channel by either prefacing the message with one forward slash (/) or by swapping their chat mode to Friends Chat. They may swap to friends chat mode by either typing '/f' the enter, or clicking on the 'friends chat' button.
This article is about the interface option button. For information on trading with other players, see Trading Guide.
Trade is a chat interface button that displays the current trade messages mode. It is located on the bottom of the screen along with All, Game, Public chat, Private chat, Clan chat, Assist and Report abuse buttons.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show trade messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the trade mode. Modes include:
- On - Anyone can request a trade or challenge (e.g. duel) the player, except people on the player's ignore list.
- Friends- Only the player's friends can request a trade or challenge the player.
- Off - No-one can request a trade or challenge the player.
This is usually used to avoid being bombarded with trade or challenge requests.
In RuneScape Classic, trade and challenge were separate options.
This article is about the interface option button. For information on assisting other players, see Assist System.
Assist is a chat interface button that displays the current assist messages mode. It is located on the bottom of the screen along with All, Game, Public chat, Friends chat, Private chat, Clan chat, Trade and Report buttons.
Left clicking the button toggles the dialogue window to only show assist messages. To see all messages the player must click the All button.
Right clicking the button allows the player to choose the assist mode. Modes include:
- On - Anyone can request assistance from the player, except people on the player's Ignore List.
- Friends - Only the player's friends can request assistance from the player.
- Off - No-one can request assistance from the player.
|“||If thou see someone claiming to be a staff member and asking for passwords, use the report abuse button to summon forth fiery demons of wrath and vengeance and drag their character to the pit of eternal tedium where such scammers deserve to dwell eternally.||”|
The Report abuse screen is used to report rule breakers in the game to Customer Support. To access this window the player clicks on the 'Report Abuse' button under the message box in the lower right hand corner of the chat interface. The reported player can potentially be punished, ranging from 0.1 black marks to a permanent ban.
To report someone breaking the Rules of RuneScape, players must select the name of the offender by clicking on the line of text in the chat selection box. On the next screen, fourteen different rule violations are displayed. Selecting the appropriate rule will submit the abuse report to jagex.
Once the report has been sent, the report abuse window will close and the message "Thank-you, your abuse report has been received" will be displayed in the message box. An option to temporarily ignore future messages from the offending player will be presented.
The sent report includes a log of all chat, trades and other actions performed by the reporting player and the player being reported.
Opening this screen is one step in the tutorial Learning the Ropes.
- A report should only be sent if someone is definitely breaking the rules. If the report abuse form is misused by reporting for the sake of it, the reporter can be banned for misuse of Customer Support.
- A player can only be reported if they have spoken or traded within the last 60 seconds. This is to prevent reports that do not have any content.
The Profanity Filter is the "censor" in RuneScape. It will block any inappropriate word or sentence in RuneScape or in The RuneScape Forums. There is now an option to turn off the Profanity Filter, but it will still block any website. It will block any of the following words (if the Filter is turned on):
- Any swear words or offensive names, hate words, and certain other words that could be inflammatory;
- Parts of URLs ("http://", "www", "com", etc.), and names of popular search engines (e.g., Yahoo!), since advertising websites is in violation of RuneScape rules, and strings of numbers and periods such as 111.222.333.444, as these can be a website's IP address.
- The word "Google" was removed from the chat filter on 09/26/09
- Words that can be used to ask for personal details such as "email", "address" and "phone" were censored until a relaxation of the censor in 2009. This was due in part to a large number of players misspelling Phoenix (misspelled Phoneix) and having it come up as "*****ix". The filter also allows you to say some of the older swear-words, such as sod and git.
- The EXACT spelling of one's password. In the event that the password is typed, a message appears in the game tab: You appear to be telling someone your password - please don't! If you are not, please change your password to something more obscure! It is not recommended that players test this feature, as mistakes or differences in the spelling could give away their password, unless they are in their POH and all visitors are locked out or are Dungeoneering in a solo dungeon.
- Various phrases related to Insight Venture Partners, including the name of the company itself and the names of employees such as Jeff Horing.
Jagex has said that the filter is in place "to maintain a good playing environment for all players." The filter automatically replaces any inappropriate words with asterisks. For example, if a player typed the word "password" into the chatbox and pressed Enter, it would come out as "********" (the word "password" is censored in order to prevent password scamming).
Abusers of the filter can be reported to Jagex via the Report Abuse button. Players cannot be reported for filtered messages; in such cases Jagex claims no rule was broken as the chat filter did its job. Over the history of the filter, players have devised ever more creative ways, including use of a modified version of leet, to slip by the filter. Deliberate avoidance of the censorship mechanism with the intention of attacking or harassing another player is considered a serious violation of the Rules of RuneScape. However, Jagex's attempts to anticipate all these variations have resulted in more and more combinations of letters being censored, and it is not uncommon for the filter to censor inoffensive words accidentally. The internet slang word "pwn" was censored, as the "pw" in the word is a common abbreviation for the word password.
Changes to the chat filter are generally classified as hidden updates.
On the 9th of February 2011 an update was released which allowed players to turn off to Profanity filter which allowed players to view and say words which were previously filtered. Websites and passwords are still blocked by the censor as this is still breaking the rules, as well as bypassing the censor, even with it turned off.
In-game chat was first censored after an update on 14 November 2001. Before this update, the chat was completely uncensored. Instead of actually censoring words, it replaced it with the closest acceptable word in the dictionary. The filter was notorious for changing non-offensive chat; some players had their usernames completely or partially censored, even when they were not offensive. This was removed the next day and replaced with a filter that blocked out certain words.
I have also reprogrammed the chat filter in the game itself, to use a more effective system. This is another feature which has been heavily abused, and I'm not willing to put up with it any longer. The new system only allows a limited vocabulary to be used. The new RuneScape chat is only intended for role-playing within the game, not for talking about real life!
On 16 May 2006, the chat filter was overhauled. Symbols, such as /, which had been completely locked out, are again permitted, and many words, such as the aforementioned "pw", can now be used. The filter was improved to allow additional symbols, such as vowels with accents as well as §, £, and °. Some non-Latin characters, such as letters in the Cyrillic alphabet, which had appeared as asterisks like a filtered word, are rendered as question marks.
This update has also caused some problems. Some words were removed from the filters in error while some are now filtered for no obvious reason. For example, in some instances, when pluralizing words, replacing the -s with -z now often results in censoring. Typing nothing but an "s" also resulted in a filter.
An update in 2009 saw a relaxation of the filter, and some words that may be considered mild swearing, or may be used to give out personal information, are no longer filtered.
Bypassing the censorEdit
The Chat filter can be bypassed by players by substituting certain letters and symbols in order to make a normally censored word visible in the chat window. If the goal of bypassing the filter is to be offensive or to harass another player, it is a reportable offence.
The Prisoner of Glouphrie and Gnome Graphical Rework update introduced an option to turn the chat filter, now renamed profanity filter, on or off at the player's discretion, since according to Jagex "RuneScape has a maturing player base." The default option is on: the filter works normally. When turned off, it will only filter "kkk", IP addresses (to prevent hacking/keylogging), URLs, the word "zybez", the phrases "()WS", ",mn" and ".hr", various website names, and the player's password..
Chat effects can be used to manipulate the text that appears above a player's head when text is entered into the chat screen. Chat effects can change text colour or animate text. Chat effects are often used by players to attract attention, especially when advertising a trade. In order to see chat effects, the player must have the 'chat effects' option turned on in the options screen.
Basic chat effectsEdit
To change the colour of text, put the desired colour followed by a colon, followed by your text. Always remember to use a colon, as the effects will not work without one. Do not put any spaces in between the colour and the colon, although spaces between the colon and the text after it are acceptable. Other symbols such as semicolons do not work.
Example: "Green:I love this dragon armour!" will cause "I love this dragon armour!" to appear above the player's head.
A list of all chat effects which can be used to change text colour can be found in the Colours section. A list of all basic chat effects which can be used to change text colour can be found in the Basic colours section.
To animate text, put the desired animation followed by a colon, followed by your text, as with a colour. The same rules apply.
Example: "scroll:RuneScape is the best!" will cause "RuneScape is the best!" to scroll into and out of view above the player's head.
A list of all chat effects which can be used to animate text can be found in the Animations section.
Advanced chat effectsEdit
In addition to basic colours, there are several chat effects which cause text to change colours while it is displayed. In practice, these effects are used no differently than basic chat effects.
Example: "flash1:The RuneScape Wiki rules!" will cause "The RuneScape Wiki rules!" to flash between yellow and red while it is displayed.
A list of all chat effects which can be used to cause text to appear in multiple colours can be found in the Multiple colours section.
Animations and colours can be combined for maximum emphasis. To combine colours and animations, type the colour first, followed by a colon, the animation, another colon, and finally the text. Remember to type the colour before the animation, as both effects will not work if the animation is placed before the colour.
Example: "green:wave:Do the wave!" will cause "Do the wave!" to float in a wavelike motion in green text above the player's head.
Animations that change colours also come before regular animations.
Example: "flash2:scroll:Pretty colours!" will cause "Pretty colours!" to flash between cyan and blue text while scrolling across above the players head.
An alt code is a way to type special Unicode characters into the RuneScape chat box in the Windows operating system. These codes enable players to type characters which are not available on the standard keyboard. To use Alt codes, the player must hold down the Alt key and then press a specific code of numbers on the right side of the keyboard. The player must also have the Num Lock key turned on (i.e., the LED above it is on). It is not used often, since not many people know about it, but when it is used, users often gather around him/her asking him/her how he/she did it. It often is used to draw attention to a statement in chat or on the fora.
All chat effects which can be used to change the colour of text are listed in the subsections below. Note that all text, no matter the colour, will have thin black shading.
- Red - Red colours the entered text red.
- Purple - Purple colours the entered text purple.
- Green - Green colours the entered text lime. Lime is a shade of green which is brighter and lighter than regular green.
- Cyan* - Cyan colours the entered text cyan. Cyan is a shade of light blue similar to aqua. Note that "Blue:" will not work.
- Yellow* - If "Yellow:Text" is entered, the text will appear as if the player hadn't used a text colour, as the default text colour is yellow. The "Yellow:" will be automatically removed.
- White* - White colours the entered text white.
* Note that background colours were added to make light-coloured text easily visible, and will not appear in-game.
- Flash1 - Flash1 causes the text to flash rapidly between red and yellow eight times.
- Flash2 - Flash2 causes the text to flash rapidly between cyan and blue eight times.
- Flash3 - Flash3 causes the text to flash rapidly between darker green and pale green eight times.
- Glow1 - Glow1 causes the text colour to fade slowly from red to orange to yellow to green to cyan.
- Glow2 - Glow2 causes the text colour to fade slowly from red to pink to purple to blue to purple to pink to red.
- Glow3 - Glow3 causes the text colour to fade slowly from white to light green to green to light green to white to cyan.
Note that seven colours are listed in the description of the Glow2 effect, while only six colours are listed in the description of the Glow3 effect, and only five colours are listed in the description of the Glow1 effect. This is because Glow2 causes text to fade from red to blue to red again, between which it passes through pink and purple twice each. Glow3 causes text to fade from white to green to white to cyan, while between white and green it passes through light green twice. Glow1 causes text to fade from red to yellow to green to cyan, while between red and green it passes through orange. None of these effects causes the text to appear for a longer period of time than another. Glow2 and Glow3 only have more colours listed than Glow1 because they pass through more commonly recognised colours more times while fading. Glow1 is unique in that it has five different colours listed in its description, while Glow2 and Glow3 only have four. Glow1 causes text to appear in the most individual colours of any chat effect.
- Wave - Wave moves the text in a wave motion as if the wave is coming from the left.
- Wave2 - Wave2 moves the text in a wave motion as if the wave is coming from the left also, but unlike Wave, Wave2 moves the text slightly more horizontally, as opposed to more vertically like wave.
- Scroll - Scroll moves the text from right to left across the screen. No matter how much text is typed, the text will appear for the same amount of time, so if more text is typed, the text will move faster. Is often used for advertising for "shops", or for telling a list of items the player is selling.
- Slide - Slide slides the text downwards from out-of-sight to appear in the normal position in which text appears. It is also used a lot for advertising.
- Shake - Shake moves the text for a second in a wave motion, then stops and flattens out and stands as normal for a second.
While using chat effects, it is important to remember not to make any of these common mistakes:
- Not using a colon.
- Placing the animation before the colour when using colours and animations in combination.
- Using "Blue:" (there is no "Blue:", only "Cyan:", although the Flash2 effect does cause the text to flash between cyan and regular blue).
- Using "Magenta:" instead of "Red:" or "Purple:".
- Using "Pink:" instead of "Purple:".
- Placing spaces between effects and colons.
- Using "Flash:" or "Glow:" alone without specific numbers.
- Using "Wave1:" (there is no "Wave1:", only "Wave:" and "Wave2:").
- Using "Wave3:", "Flash4:", and "Glow4:" (these effects do not exist, as there are only two Wave effects, three Flash effects, and three Glow effects).
- Misspelling colours or animations.
- Trying to use a colour effect at the same time as a multi-colour effect.
In RuneScape Classic, you are able to change the text colours by using an @ sign before and after three letters of a word. Multiple colours could be used in a single line of text. Coloured text was available in private chat.
- @lre@ = Light red
- @dre@ = Dark red
- @cya@ = Cyan
- @mag@ = Magenta
- @red@ = Red
- @bla@ = Black
- @gre@ = Green
- @gr1@ = Green
- @gr2@ = Green
- @whi@ = White
- @ora@ = Orange
- @or1@ = Orange
- @or2@ = Orange
- @blu@ = Blue
- @yel@ = Yellow (as the original text it is yellow this is only useful for switching to yellow from another colour)
- @ran@ = Random (runs through all the colours quickly and randomly)
Glow and flash colours are not available. Text movement is also not available.
- There is a glitch in which text turns white while a player is writing a message to a friend. The specific cause is unknown, but this tends to occur on an account's first login, after the Tutorial is finished without logout.
- There is another glitch in which text can be seen even though a player has their public chat turned off. This may happen very quickly right as they log in and another player says something near or at exactly the same moment.
- On 13 January 2009, a few censored words became uncensored.
- In RuneScape Classic, the chat filter would replace the blocked word with the word "Cabbage". An example would be, "You are a cabbage." This was changed since it confused a lot of players.
- On 14 November 2001, Jagex implemented a controversial filter in which players could use only a limited dictionary. After much protesting, this was removed. Jagex is not the only company to have used this system; Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom had a similar chat filter.
- When the new Report abuse system came out, players who selected to add reported players to their ignore list will still be there, the next time they log in. This has now been fixed.
- On 8 July 2009, Jagex changed the in-game font with the release of Mobilising Armies. This was to stop making inappropriate symbols such as the merging of 'QPW' (which resembled an ASCII penis). Many players disagreed with the change and Jagex reverted the font the next day, except for the letter W, 'q' and certain other letters, which remained changed.
- On 3 December 2009, Jagex changed the in-game font once again to 'The Mobilising Armies Font'. Again, the players disagreed with the change and were especially annoyed with the 0s looking like 8s. Jagex has not fixed this update. They changed the 0s to 'the old/new/old zeroes'. It does not have a line through it like early RuneScape 2. After that, the zeroes looked very similar to the letter O. The line through the 0 was in part to prevent people naming characters names that were difficult to report. As of now, it is like that again.
- The public chat list has room for 80 characters.
- Starting around the release of the Quiet Before the Swarm quest, when talking to an NPC while wearing certain headwear (such as the Black Cavalier), some hairstyles would stick out through the headwear.
- In the original RuneScape 2 and RuneScape Classic login, players were able to see the original text colour effects (@red@) in the username box. This has been fixed in the current game, however you can still use it on RuneScape Classic
- In RuneScape Classic, players are able to type in "~007~" and have their highlighter moved over depending on the value. This is abused in order to make their names colourful, or to act like different characters. This is yet to be fixed. The number could be an easter egg as 007 represents James Bond.
- Admin commands used to begin with "::". Before, any chat that began with "::" would not appear, and the player would receive an "admin command not recognised" message. The message was later removed, although the chat would still not appear. Currently, any chat starting with "::" will show up, at least for normal players. This was due to the admin console being changed to pressing the ` key.
- When RuneTek 5 was released, text that players were saying did not have a drop shadow, and the colour of yellow was paler. This was fixed shortly after.
- There was a glitch starting on April 12, 2011 when friend chat was released. When you used quick chat in friend chat, the colour appears in is cyan no matter what your settings are for friend chat. This has been fixed.
- Before the November 14, 2001, update, it was possible to send private messages by entering "tell <player> <message>". Jagex has sometimes been criticized for removing the feature.
- In the early days, it was possible to change one's password by entering "setpass <new password>". This was sometimes used in scams.
- There is currently a glitch where names show up multiple times in the news feed after only getting one news-worthy achievement.
- The chat filter on the Runescape Forums blocks the phrase "Insight Venture Partners," the name of the majority shareholder in Jagex.
- Also, when a player attempts to type his/her password in public chat, it is blocked and a message saying:"it appears as though you are trying to tell someone your password. Please don't" will appear. Before this feature was added, scammers could retrieve other player's passwords by tricking them.
See also Edit
- ^ Update:The Pit
- ^ Advertising websites. Rules of RuneScape. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) “You are not allowed to actively advertise in any of our games or forums. This includes advertising any website or product, and no web addresses are allowed.”*
- ^ Reporting Abuse. RuneScape Customer Support. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) “If the chat filter has starred-out one or more words, you do not need to report the player that used the starred-out language.”*
- ^ Inappropriate language or behaviour. Rules of RuneScape. Jagex Ltd. 2009-05-12. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) “You must not use any language that could be considered offensive, racist, obscene or otherwise inappropriate. This includes swearing. ... What about mis-spelling an offensive word to disguise it? Is that okay? No, please don't do this. In fact, mis-spelling an offensive word or using symbols to replace letters to avoid the chat filter is considered even worse.”*
- ^ Prisoner of Glouphrie and Gnome Graphical Rework.*