Guidelines for Bipolar World Chat Rooms
The goal of all interactive pages within the Bipolar World community is the
comfort and safety of all who choose to participate. You must be 18 or
older to be in any of our chat rooms. With all this in mind, the following are the guidelines
enforced in the chat rooms.
1. Treat each other with respect, i.e. as you would like to be
treated yourself. Flaming, hostility or harassment
will not be tolerated.
2. Every member is entitled to privacy if he/she chooses.
3. While a “light touch” – joking etc is an important part of sharing
and support, if someone needs special support
please make it a priority.
who is actively suicidal call 911 and/or visit our suicide section at
5. Difficult or trigger topics such as self-injury,
ideation, alcohol, etc.: private
message the chat
operator and let them know you would like to be able to discuss a particular topic.
The chat operator can then
poll the room and determine if it's okay. To learn how to private message, click
6. Disagreements are permitted…arguments are not. Topics
which frequently cause disagreements such as
politics and religion are permitted when
they directly pertain to bipolar episodes, specifically delusions.
good judgment and be respectful of all.
7. No foul language permitted. An occasional “slip” won’t get you
banned but beware of abusing it. Many
people are offended by foul language.
8. Select a nick that is in good taste and avoid frequent nick
changes. Changing nicks is confusing to many.
9. Disruptive or obscene topics and discussions will not be tolerated.
These behaviors, which include lurking or
idling will not be tolerated.
10. As non-professionals we can not and must not give medical advice
including encouraging people to change and/or add a medication etc.
11. You are expected to observe all guidelines both during opped chats and
12. Use good judgment when you chat.
13. We reserve the
right to remove or ban you from the room for violating any of the above guidelines or for any
other behavior which is deemed to be
inappropriate for our rooms and the
ban can be on a permanent basis.
14. Finally, we retain the right to update and revise these guidelines
as we see fit.
|Bipolar World is a privately owned site(s)
and is operated strictly by volunteers, which includes the owner and
partners. We strive to offer concise and verifiable information about
Bipolar Disorder, but we are not professionals. Do not use the information
in this web site in any way to replace the advice of the doctor or
professional who is caring for you. Always talk to your doctor before
changing medications or dosage, or if you experience any serious side
effects or questions regarding your health. Do not attempt to diagnose
yourself based on the information presented, or attempt to treat yourself.
All interactive areas within the Bipolar World websites operate on a peer
to peer basis. The site owner, partners, chat operators and supervisors,
forum moderators and supervisors, and email group moderators and
supervisors are all volunteers. None have special training in their area,
other than their own personal experience with the illness (and this can
vary from one person with bipolar disorder to another), personal
education, and empathy for others.
Bipolar World accepts no responsibility for information posted in our
chat room, forums, or email list. The opinions expressed in articles
within our site are those of the writers, and may not reflect the opinion
of Bipolar World. We are not responsible for the content within websites
that are linked to or from Bipolar World. We retain the right to reject
materials that we feel are inappropriate, or to ban individuals whose
behavior is likewise inappropriate within the interactive areas.
All individuals with Bipolar Disorder are welcome within our community
at their own discretion and at their own risk. Upon entrance to Bipolar
World, and upon use of any of its information and/or interactive areas,
you agree to release and hold harmless Bipolar World, it's owner,
partners, and all of its volunteer representatives from any and all
damages and liabilities that may arise from your participation at our
online support sites located at http://www.bipolarworld.net and http://www.bipolarworld.org.
Additional Chat Information
The chat room may be reached by one of three ways. For the java chat room go
http://www.bipolarworld.net and choose the chat room you want.
Bookmark the main bipolar chat room at
For those with a mirc client: the name of the chat room is #bipolarworld,
the port number is 7000 and the server is webnet. Anyone wishing to obtain
a mirc client
or a list of commands for mirc see http://www.mirc.com
The chat room is open 24 hours a day. You are free to arrange to meet
bipolar friends for a chat at any time. Operators are in the room
according to the schedule posted on the
Community Support page. Anyone wishing to obtain a mirc client or a
list of commands for mirc see
Chat Operators are Allie, Blackdog (David S.), John H, ez, choi. dpool, jduffy, Mimi, Missyk, Puppy80, Rednut and
Some simple Chat Room commands:
Register: If you wish to register your nickname and its password, this is how to do it. Type in:
/msg NickServ REGISTER mypass myemail
(where mypass is your chosen password and myemail is
your email address)
Private Message someone: /msg nick your message
or click twice on the person's nick in the list of chatters
and a separate window will open where you may talk
Ignore Someone: /silence nick To remove this: /silence -nick
Quit (Leave) and reason: /QUIT reason
Change Nickname: /NICK newname
Away from Keyboard” /AWAY reason - On return, /AWAY says no
Action Message: /Me followed by action word and statement