In the many years Ive been here, I've noticed there is a great misunderstanding of how band chats worked. I know a lot of people get very excited when a band member shows up, but this seems to make everyone's emotions too high and a lot of people get disappointed when the moderated chat doesn't work the way they think it does. Hopefully, to avoid more hurt feelings, i compile this FAQ. And since it took so long for me to compile this FAQ, I'm reposing it on the new LP website, even though band chats mainly take place in the Linkin Park Underground fan club.
I ask everyone to read this if they plan to attend any band chat in the future.
Firstly, I thank modsquad for adopting this unofficial faq I wrote onto their official chatops page.
Secondly, Here is a giant clock displaying the time in the Linkin Park universe (Also known as Pacific Standard Time, or PST). LP schedules online events in the PST time zone.
OFFICIAL RULES as adopted by modsquad.
The program and its features:
the new program is a flash (not java) application which should allow
unrestricted access to all members registered to the defined website,
be it LPU, FM or FMM. Whilst before there were some issues with users
in certain areas of the world not being able to access the LPU IRC
based chat, this new application does not suffer such problems.
program is based loosely around MSN Messenger Express, running in full
screen mode permanently. There is a list of chat operators (listed in
green), artists/admin (bold usernames) and normal members (listed plain
You can private message individuals by clicking their
username, selecting “private message” and when a text box opens, typing
in there. You can also direct your messages in the public chat-room by
clicking the username and simply typing your message out.
has an increased user limit of 250 people, whereas previous to this we
could only have around 90 before the application would slow down or
“bump” users off of the server, the new program is fully capable of
handling 250 people without hassle, or slow down, as demonstrated in
Mike Shinoda’s chat on the Fort Minor MB Chatroom.
still features to further be integrated into the program, such as that
LPU’s chat application lacks backgrounds which are likely to be added
shortly after these sessions of chats are completed.
The chat rules are similar to those previously outlined. Those are:
Be respectful of all participants.
Keep the language and topics of discussion appropriate.
Do not type in all capital letters.
Do not flood the channel by typing the same thing more than 3 times in a row
Do not type or respond to messages in the form "If you like Linkin Park press 99"
Do not ask for ops.
Do not sign on or impersonate a band member. This will result in instant ban.
Do not discuss the private lives of an artist, nor ask tour related questions in a band chat.
the event of any of the above happening, there is a chance you may be
kicked from chat by an operator. If you are kicked, this application
will have you automatically banned for 15 minutes. This is
non-negotiable, as it is set as standard for the application.
Therefore, if the rules aren’t adhered to, you may find yourself taking
time out. Please do not flood administrators or chat operators
regarding being removed from chat.
When a band chat is taking
place, the order of questions is determined by whichever operator is
‘running’ the session. They will introduce themselves, the other
operators and the artist. They will either redirect you to the rules,
or repeat them. They will let you know the order of chat, how things
will proceed and ask for your patience. It is important that you do not
start sending messages until asked to do so, as this may be reported as
flooding. The operators can see all messages that are written out, and
choose to pass the best through to the artists, so make sure you have a
well thought out question ready for chat!
Thank you for reading. International Modsquad.
Other Tips and Necessities:
What you should do to get in the chat:
1. Get there Early.
In the past the chatrooms have had room occupancies of about 250 people. After that the chat will not let anyone else in, and sometimes the mods will have to kick someone out to make room for the band member. Get a spot early: an hour is good maybe two or three if you like chatting to other people in anticipation. Occaisonally, it may have no maximum cap, the crashing problem seems to be fixed. On days when it doesnt have a limit, expect lags.
2. Account for the time zones.
LPU time is in California, Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8:00). Use http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to make sure what time to go. Unfortunately, the chat can happen anytime: while you are at work or at a time you prefer to sleep. Expect to make a sacrifice if you really want to go.
3.Go in the chat now
make sure your computer and connection can handle the chat application. It's a horrible feeling to try to enter on the day of the chat only to find out you don't meet technical requirements.
update your flash player if you seem to be having problems.
4. Make sure your question fits in the character limit.
Go to the chat and find out how many letters you can type without having to break the question in half. It would be unfortunate if the moderator thinks you didn't finish your question or only half your question gets forwarded.
How The chat works:
Even though 250+ people can get into the chat, the band simply doesn't have the time to type out 250+ answers (that would take HOURS). So they have to pick a select few people to answer to. The filter system has three phases
1.- Alphabetical Question Pitch:
The moderators ask everyone with a username starting with a specific letter of the alphabet to pitch their questions. Only that letter is allowed to pitch their questions. The letter the chatroom starts with is the letter they last left off when the last band member had a chat. (in other words, if a band member's chat a few months ago ended at the letter K, then the next chat starts with the letter L) This is to prevent everyone with an X or Z in their name from being totally left out every time. The only people who can see your pitched question is yourself and the moderators. The band members and other fans can't see your question at this time (see below: How moderated chat works).
2.- Moderator Passes:
From the questions pitched, the moderators quickly search through the given questions and pick out the bad ones, or questions not allowed (see below: asking good a question). When they find a question they like, they give it the green light, and the question is now visible for everyone, including the band member.
3.- Linkin Park chooses some questions:
Now that the questions are visible, the band member looks at the questions and answers a couple he thinks are the best. (Note: they do not answer all the questions that have been voiced). After he finishes and posts his reply, the moderators signal the next letter of the alphabet to submit their questions. This circle keeps going until the band member says he's out of time.
Note that after three elimination rounds, the chance of one person's question of getting through is LOW to begin with. Do not get angry when you find out you didn't get a question through. The chats are supposed to be fun and laid back, so I suggest you sit back and enjoy the chat casually and not put very high expectations on it.
How to Ask A Good Question:
It's nice to be in the same chat room as a band member, but it's not so nice when your question gets banhammered because a moderator didn't like it.
1. This is Business
Don't ask about the band's personal lives. This includes things like their family members and their very private life. It's not allowed in the forums, so don't expect it to be allowed in the chatroom. Stick to questions about their musical (or relevant side projekt) life. A mod will kill this question so fast, your poor question won't even have time to contemplate its existence before it meets the guillotine.
2. Don't ask when they're coming to your town
Spare all of us this question. It's been asked thousands of times. Linkin Park has never once answered it. And if they knew or were going to tell you, they would have already said so. It's also banned from the chat. Don't waste your opportunity with an abomination of a question like this.
3. Be Journalistic (Don't be selfish)
The chat releases transcripts after its over for everyone to read, and it is in everyone intrest to get questions that matter to people. Which means not writing about yourself. This means questions like:
"Can You get me into a meet and greet?"
"Did you get my present?"
"Can you come to my house?"
"Do You remember me from ????"
"When are you coming to ??" ( again, Dont ask this question).
4. Don't ask when you can look it up yourself:
If the answer is already on LinkinPark.com, dont ask it. This refers to questions about where to find the right lyrics, how many CD's they have, how many band members there are, where the name Linkin Park came from, etc.
I don't know how far a question about politics in the 6th century BC would take you. Maybe if you exaggerated far enough you could get somewhere.
6. Follow any other given rules
..and your question won't be killed.
7. Don't ask something someone already asked.
Try to pay attention as the chat goes, a question that's asked twice wont get an answer. Also, try not to ask a question that's already been answered in a previous chat. There are some transcripts stickied at the top of the forum for your reading.
8. have Your Question Ready.
You have only a short time to post your question. Don't wait until you letter is called to start typing. Have it in an alternate place and copy/paste it.
9. Have multiple questions (but ask just one)
If someone already asked the question you had in mind, it would be a good idea to have a backup or two. Don't ask more than one question though.
10. Ask in English.
Don't assume the band knows much about you own language besides "hello" and "thank you," and they might not even know those.
11.Keep length at two sentences or less
How it works:
1. No One can see you
If you wish to carry on a conversation with someone you were talking to when the chat started, double click on their name and use the private message chat instead. In moderated chat, only you and the moderators can see what you type. The person you wanted to read your message cannot see it.
You cannot private message a band member, otherwise their screen would be clogged with requests.
2. Stop talking and follow directions
Mods have a hard time running the chat when their screen is clogged with people ignoring the request to stop talking or people who think that their message is getting through moderated chat when it isn't. stop wasting time. The longer the chat takes to start the less time the band member has to answer questions. This can possibly mean that you don't get a chance to ask a question.
3.How ignore works.
If you were to be kicked out of the chat because the mod got sick of you, you could immediately come back in, so kicking bad people doesn't work. The punishment of choice is to put offenders on ignore. On ignore, the moderators will not see what you type at all. Therefore, no one will ever see what you type, not even Linkin Park. Likewise, if someone is bothering you, you can put them on ignore.
4.About "dumb" questions
If you don't like your question, or you can't think of a question other than "how are you?" "What's your fav color" and so on. Then it MIGHT get passed, though the probability of this happening shrinks for every other person who posts a better question. So if everyone asks a stupid question. it might work
5. Did my question pass?
there are two ways to tell.
a) the band member answers your question
b) get a copy of the transcript, that SOMEONE ELSE wrote, if your question is not on it, the moderator did not pass your question.
1. Chat Length - The length of a chat is largely dependent on how much time the band member has to chat. Chats done on the day of a concert tend to be about a half hour to 45 minutes. Chats done any other time can vary in length. Chats seldom last longer than 2 hours
2. Idle time - The chat kicks idle members after 180 minutes of inactivity. You can prevent yourself from going idle by either PMing (Personal messaging) a friend or typing any sequence of characters BUT NOT PRESSING ENTER. By pressing Enter during a band chat, you are sending your message to the world, and thus may be talking out of turn and may be banned from chat.
3. Chat Topics -most band chats are free-for-all, almost any question allowed chats. Some chats, usually featuring a guest celebrity, are topic specific (eg, "The Seed" movie, or Fort Minor). Make sure that the question you have fits the topic of conversation if there is a specific topic laid out.
4. Size matters - The fewer people in chat, the more likely that the chat will get to every letter of the alphabet. The Joe Hahn and Will Yung Lee chat in March 2008 maxed out at about 140 people, and every letter of the alphabet was called. Most band chats tend to get populations of 450 - 550 people in a chat room, and only get through about a third of the alphabet.
5. "Connection Refused" Issue - It is very common to see many chatters log out and immediately log back into the chat room. A common error pops up and informs that Connection is Refused, there may be a problem with your network or the chat room is under maintenance. Ignore this sign and press retry until you return to the chat room.
6. Chat Room Capacity. I cannot guarantee that the chat room will not fill up or crash. IIn the past, a maximum occupancy is placed to prevent it from crashing, but this hasn't been the case in all chats. Recent chats have had upwards of 500 people in it and still running smoothly, so it appears as if the crashing problem has been fixed and s no longer an issue.
PS: as a measure of how many people get to answer questions: I attended band chats for over six and a half years before I had a question answered. Please don't sweat if your questions doesn't get answered. Don't ruin your chat experience, sit back and relax.