Unless stated otherwise, all chats are an Open Chat, which is neither subject limited nor controlled by special protocols.
A Topic Chat is where a subject, the topic, has been pre-selected for the chat session.
A Focused Chat is where a relevant subject is raised during the chat session.
Both the Topic and Focused Chats are controlled by special protocols - hosts apply special rules to insure the subject is addressed without disruption.
Special Protocols for Topic & Focused Chats:
The following special protocols may be called upon by the Host during Topic or Focused chat sessions. They establish measures so that the host can provide the maximum amount of information and answer the most questions during the time allotted. A non hosted free chat session will be held immediately after the close of any subject session for those who may want to visit with their neighbors. This protocol is similar to others used in online classrooms. Essentially, during subject oriented chat, the host has the floor at all times and no one is allowed to speak unless called on. There are no greetings to late arrivals nor are private messages to the entire group allowed.
There is a system (protocol) for indicating your desire to talk.
The Host will advise when protocol rules are in effect and when they are lifted.
During protocol, you must be recognized by the host to speak.
? If you want to ask a question, type a question mark and send to the group.
?? If you want to make a follow-up question on the answer being given,
type a double question mark and send to the group.
(The host may not acknowledge your question at this time if they need to move on)
! If you want to make a comment, type an exclamation point and send to group.
After being recognized, you may ask your question or comment to all participants and after that is answered, you may ask one more question or make one more comment regarding the original question. If you have an unrelated question or comment, you must wait until it is your turn again.
// After you have directed your question or comment to the group,
send a double slash to let everyone know that you are through.