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I asked my evil friend Evil-e33 to help me write a nifty guide to using the Chat Rooms on DeviantART. I did all the work and she poked me repeatedly in the left arm (which is now bruised) and came up with witty one liners that make me look foolish.

Anyway, as for being helpful, we failed, but this is what happened anyway...


BloodshotInk says: Hello there, welcome to dAmn. dAmn stands for deviantART Messaging Network and includes the forums and the chat rooms.

This guide is for the chat rooms, using them, and becoming accustom to them.

Evil-e33 says: The first rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club.

BloodshotInk says: Luckily dAmn is not a club. So lets move on.

dAmn is moderated by MN@ staff. You can tell who these scary people are by looking for the @ symbol by their usernames. (Usernames are listed on the right). All Official chatrooms are moderated by the MN@ Team. Generally speaking, #MNAdmin, #help, and #devart are the only Official chatrooms on the network.

You can ask an MN@ for the following help:

- Requests to lock a forum thread.
- Reporting a chatroom or person that is breaking chat network rules.
- You have a question about the chat network rules or policy.

The #help chatroom can be used for general inquiries about deviantART and the Chat Network. Please note that the helpers do not assist with bot, software, or print related topics.

But lets not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start at the very beginning. (Its a very good place to start.)

Evil-e33 says: I don't like the beginning, I like the end. I like to end people's lives. Also, if we go back to the beginning then I have to say 'The first rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club.' again. That would be repetitive.

BloodshotInk says: Yes, let us not repeat the phrase 'The first rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club.' I hate repetition.

Evil-e33 says: If people don't know we are insane, they will after this. Diagnosis.

BloodshotInk says: Diagnosis murder.

Evil-e33 says: Yay! Murder!!

BloodshotInk says: No, that comes at the end. Let us begin at the beginning. Okay?

Evil-e33 says: Okay. The first rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club.

BloodshotInk says: Okay.. right.. well.. anyway... to enter the DeviantART Chatrooms you click the nifty button that says Chat. This is NOT french for cat. If you can't find it, that's okay. Here is a link. IT'S HERE, CLICK HERE!!!.

Evil-e33 says: Thoughtful.

BloodshotInk says: I thought so. Nods.

Evil-e33 says: Even though you spoke entirely in capital letters for that sentence. Which is against the dAmn rules. It's the number one rule.

BloodshotInk says: I thought the number one rule was, we don't talk about dAmn club?!?

Evil-e33 says: We don't talk about that rule.

BloodshotInk says: That's good. I think people are bored of that rule now.

Evil-e33 says: We have to repeat things. Its how they learn.

BloodshotInk says: What do you know about learning? You burn not learn!

Evil-e33 says: I WILL DESTROY YOU.

BloodshotInk says: You must not use fully capitalised sentences in the dAmn chat rooms.

The Rules of dAmn (club)

Keep it legal. DeviantART servers are placed in America so they follow mostly US laws, if you're not sure, keep your mouth shut. Not to be rude, but that will be your best bet to not breaking any rules. If you want a more helpful answer, ask an @.

This includes but is not limited to, discussions about pornography, sexuality, obscenity, pirated software and media, illegal materials and texts, drugs and drug related paraphernalia, self harm and suicide.

Evil-e33 says: and no rickrolling.

BloodshotInk says: wtf is a rickroll?

Evil-e33 says: it's where you post a link but you've renamed the link so they think its something they wanna click but really its Rick Astley!!!

BloodshotInk says: I don't think we've got to that bit yet.

Evil-e33 says: I'm sorry.

BloodshotInk says: It's okay. I'm never gonna give you up. I'm never gonna let you down.

Evil-e33 says: You already did. You broke rule number 1!!

BloodshotInk says: err.... back to the rules.

The dAmn network is not to be used to sell stuff! That's not what its for.

At the end of the day DeviantART expects you to take responsibility for your actions and your words. But for those of you who don't understand what behaviour is acceptable, here is the official break down.

Evil-e33 says: break it down now. (bom boma bom)


Avoid gibberish (aka stay out of #APNChat because its just full of nonsense). Aka dfihglhfdg;ldfmjfdgdfjgdf

Avoid streeeeeeeetching. (Except for before excersise. That's very important).

Avoid flooding. (Or flooded areas without the use of a boat).
Avoid flooding. (Or flooded areas without the use of a boat).
Avoid flooding. (Or flooded areas without the use of a boat).

Evil-e33 says: If you find yourself up a creek sans paddle, please contact an @.

These things ''disrupt the flow of chat for other users''. AKA, piss people off.

Other things that tend to annoy are unsolicited links, this could be asking people to look at your work, your gallery, your page, try starting a conversation with someone first so you don't look like a meanie-head.

Large amounts of text being put into chat all at once is disruptive also.

Do not ask users for their personal information - even 'asl' could get you kicked or burnt by Evil-e33's flame thrower of doooom. DOOOOOOOMM. (That was both capitalisation and stretching. I have broken sooo many rules. Including rule number one. The first rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club.) Personal information, if a user wishes to share it, can be found on their Deviant ART profile page under 'Devious Information'.

DeviantART discourages foul language, racism, sexual references or offensive remarks. Basically, it disapproves of Evil-e33.

DeviantART will remove anyone who advocates (encourages) expressions of violance, bigotry, racism or hatred or any actions that encourage others to break any of the dAmn rules (except rule number one, that is not policed).

Most of the dAmn rooms are English-Speaking but there are many multi-lingual user created rooms to play in.

Bans are set at the discretion of the MN@ admin setting the ban. The minimum period for any ban is 1 day (24 hours) and can be anything up to indefinite. If you have a query about a ban in an official room then you can inquire about it through the Help Desk. You cannot be banned for talking about dAmn club.

Basically, use your common sense and be polite.

The last rule about dAmn club is we don't talk about dAmn club. (Bet you thought we'd left that out.)

BloodshotInk says: So, now you know what you're allowed to talk about, how do you talk?

Evil-e33 says: I use my mouth words.

BloodshotInk says: Mouth words. Interesting.

Evil-e33 says: Better than my as...

BloodshotInk says: Enough of that!! That's profanity. Against the rulesss...

Evil-e33 says: That's more of a guideline.

BloodshotInk says: You're a guideline.

Evil-e33 says: Sticks and stones may break my bones

BloodshotInk says: But chains and whips excite you?

Evil-e33 says: You are so childish. Try to focus would you?

BloodshotInk says: mutter mutter grrr mutter....

Things You Need

    Internet Explorer 5.5 or above.
    Mozilla Firefox 0.8 or above.
or Mozilla 1.7 or above.
    Flash 5.0
or Java

You will need a recent Firefox or Mozilla with the Sun Java plugin version 1.4.2 or 5.0. Blackdown Java does NOT work.

Firefox users with Java 1.4.2 or higher will need the Java Embedding Plugin found here.

Safari users may use the dAmn Fix that can be downloaded from here.

If you have trouble getting into the chat rooms check:

Your computer can connect to porn 3900 (Firewall / router settings)

Zonealarm is not interfereing with DeviantART.

You do not have too many tabs open.

DeviantART is not in read-only mode. (When in read-only mode DeviantART will not disconnect you but it will not allow people to open a new connection).

If you would rather connect via IRC the server is and the main room is #devart.

Things You "Need"
Most hardcore dAmn users use Firefox (sorry Chrome fans but it's true). There are many Firefox plugins to make your dAmn experience even jazzier.

These are the most common (and important) stuffs.

Greasemonkey this makes all your user scripts work... User scripts such as....

dAx (by siebenzehn). The must have. This will give you the all important away message! Simply type /setaway Your reason for being away and then hit enter. Every time someone speaks to you (using your username) it will set off an automated response to tell them why you aren't replying. Groovy.

Evil-e33 says: If you don't have dAx you are nobody.

BloodshotInk says: That's what you said about chlamydia.

Evil-e33 says: The rules do not cover lying.

dAmn Goodies (by sumopiggy). This gives you the nickname tool, (much fun). Tabbing (or typing someones username) alerts someone that you are speaking to them by highlighting what you have said. The nickname tool allows you to rename this person to anything you like and it still alerts them that you are talking to them.

To make this work use...

/nick on (this turns the system on after you have installed it).


/nick set evile33 to HeinousBitch

Then when you type evile33 at the start of a sentence (it doesnt work mid sentence and no, I dont know why) it will automatically change when you hit enter, to HeinousBitch. Please note that typing the nickname won't alert the person. Type their username like normal and it will change to your set nickname.

/nick off to turn this feature off.

Zikes! as brought to you by God. (aka zikes) this sexy little system adds millions of new emotes to your inventory. You can :huggle: :tighthug: or :superpoke: people to death. Yay. You can even add your own emotes.

dAmn Autojoin. This nifty little script makes it so that whenever you enter a chatroom you automatically enter all the other chatrooms you tell it that you love. Don't do this with too many chatrooms though or you will lag yourself out and die. To edit your room list right click anywhere in the dAmn window and select dAmnAutoJoin Options.

Things You REALLY Need
A respiratory system (lungs)

Evil-e33 says: a brain. Oh, we can't say that it might offend somebody.

BloodshotInk says: It's okay. People without brains almost never file a complaint.

Commands Glorious Commands

The following are the basic commands that anyone can use in a chatroom, as stolen from the FAQs. I am naughty, shhh....

/me action
    Action. Type /me runs about will produce *BloodshotInk runs about in the chat room. instead of <BloodshotInk> *runs about in the chatroom*

/whois username
    Will show you which rooms the username is currently chatting in. If you see the following: get error: flutterings (bad namespace) This means that the user you are searching for is not currently on the Chat Network.

Highlighting / Nick Complete
    To quickly type a username, or to make sure you type it correctly, type the first one or two letters then hit "TAB" on your keyboard to have the username automatically filled in

    Type /clear to remove all of the current text from the chat window.

    Type /help at any time to get to the FAQ.

/join roomname
    Type /join roomname to quickly join another room. You can also simply click the +more button beside the chatroom tab to see a list of chatrooms, and then click on the name of the chatroom.

/note username
    Typing /note JoeBloggs will open the notes page, so that you can send a note to the username you have specified.

/admin show users [GroupName]
    Type /admin show users to show all the users who are members of all the different Groups in the chatroom. You can also type /admin show users Moderators to just show the users in the Moderator group (for example).

/admin show privclass
    Type /admin show privclass to display all the different Groups in the chatroom and how they are currently setup and privileged to do things.

<iframe src="url" width=.. height=.. />
    This allows you to display a webpage in the chat. For example, if you wanted to show, you'd write <iframe src="" width=100 height=100 /> and it would display the webpage in a window sized 100 x 100 pixels. To view the embedded object, you must hover your cursor over the link and click the Maximize icon next to the url.

As an alternative to (a href="") or simply pasting the URL.

Evil-e33 says: Here, replacing bits of the code with *asterisks* didn't work, it still wouldn't show up! So we replaced the < with a ( and a > with a ).

You can also use this special link code. Type: htt*p://ww**m (deviantART) to display a clickable link, that says deviantART.

Evil-e33 says: We had to add *asterisks* here to show you the code, so remove them!!

BloodshotInk says: This time the brackets are supposed to be brackets!

    To display an image in dAmn, use the normal HTML code . Note, again to view the embedded object, you must hover your cursor over the link and click the Maximize icon next to the url.

    Type :ico*nUsername: to display a clickable link with the username's avatar.

Evil-e33 says: We had to add *asterisks* here to show you the code, so remove them!!

    Type :de*vUsername: to display a clickable link with the usernames's name.

Evil-e33 says: We had to add *asterisks* here to show you the code, so remove them!!

Because DeviantART automatically accepts your coding, if you are trying to show someone coding it can be difficult. So to show the code hold shift when you press enter (to send). Simple!

To post a thumbnail of a deviation:

Open a deviation from your gallery. On the right hand side under the deviation, you will notice a box with 'Thumb' above it. Copy the code which is in the box and paste that into your forum post.

You can also simply drag-and-drop a deviation into the forum post which is in your Collection(s) by using the Collection dropdown button.

To post a thumbnail of a print:

You need to use the :shop#: notation, where # is the number of the print in which you wish to display.

For instance, if you view a print you will notice a number at the end of the URL, for example…. To display this print in thumb form you would simply type


Evil-e33 says: We had to add *asterisks* here to show you the code, so remove them!!

Creating and Customising Your Own Room

A very helpful step by step tutorial has already been provided on this subject by the lovely Tachy-on so click here for part one and then here for part two. Aww, ain't that lovely?

The only thing I can tell isn't covered by that yummy tutorial is bot registration. If you have a bot then click FAQ #795: Am I allowed to own a bot on the chat network? to find out how to register it with DeviantART. If you don't but you want one, I suggest you go to DeviantART chat room #botdom.

Some information from this article was paraphrased from the DeviantART FAQs.

Rule number one... You don't talk about dAmn Club

Kate & Kathy x
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EarthBoundAddict Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Sorry, I just joined this site and I was wondering... Can I chat on IOS devices such as iPad and iPhone, I unfourtunaly don't own a computer or laptop
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Hi hon, I did some quick research and it seems its not available. Pickley had an app for it I think but its been removed. I imagine this is because of the official deviantART app being upgraded, so perhaps its a future update. 

I'm afraid I don't know anything for certain but I can't see an easy answer 
EarthBoundAddict Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
I see, but I think I just figured out how to fix this :)
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
awesome! :eager:
yellowflowerevy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student General Artist
I am having a hard time getting Dax to open is that still around?
teddybear88 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Why is it so different on a tablet then on a computer
teddybear88 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Rachel8889 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't know if it's alright to ask this question here but..I'm having an issue with the chat. I can't copy the text in the chat. reading through this and other DA helps I think it might have to do with the read-only. Would you have any idea on how I can remedy this?
SnapshotSamurai Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmmmm.... this doesn't seem to be the same chat that the web chat is running on. The web chat shows 64 people chatting in #devart and it's fairly busy. When I join #devart on, there are only 11 and nobody is talking.

Is there anyway to connect to that same room?
cemeterydogs Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
When I joined someone's chatroom, they had an automated message when I joined that said, "Welcome to ______! Are you a member or a guest?"
How to I get an automated message like that for my group?
Sonya2468 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I've been trying to set away... But I can't seem to get it to work. ^-^;; Any help?
werewolfrune Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Can this be used on Apple products?
Like an IPad?
Emberkashii Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
repeating what impulse said, Are you able to find out who's in a room before you enter it?
YJ-Impulse Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Can you find out who is in a chat room?
indyjon3s Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
What about tilde waves~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~?
Noodleeruuu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
GonFreecss100 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
whoops wrong...never mind
mercadies1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Artist
type : iconlolmemeplz : and it should come out as :iconlolmemeplz:
GonFreecss100 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
lol okay thanks:iconhappy-smileplz:
GonFreecss100 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
becky0220 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Its : iconlolmemeplz : without the spaces ^^
Fruity-mangos104 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
V-e-x-e-n Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, and I'm not really sure where to find the answer, but maybe ya'll can help me out here.

I was promoted to the 'Founder' class of a chatroom a while back. I have full privileges, +admin, +kick, +title, etc.-- you know. The works.

However, when I try to change the settings of other deviants in the room, it does not let me adjust certain things, specifically what the other members can and cannot promote to.

The 'Founder' class is set at order=99 (as it should be), and I have another admin who is at order=98. However, when I go into the settings, I am unable to adjust the "Can promote to:" section so that she can promote anyone up to order=97 or so. This is a problem because the room is rather large, and despite having the +admin ability, she is unable to promote people. I've tried everything, and I am pretty stumped. I don't know if this is due to the fact that I did not create the chatroom, or maybe if it's related to something else.
IittletaIks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I cant log out of my firefox account to chat because my explorer wont let me chat
Any other Browsers i can get on to let me chat?
Pinkstar14 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it says 'authentication failed'. What is this? How do I fix it? Please respond...
RookieDonut Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um... You now the tabs on the side like (Roleplay): Human, wizard, or unidentified, how do I join those sections
BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Speak to the chatroom owner, they can promote you into that role
3xEverfrost Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Writer
i have a problem...i hav everything but when i try to join a chat it closes my window and reopens it and does it again...i dont know what to do...
naruhinaforeva Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

I think I died laughing about ten times.
XxNinjaKittenxX Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what happens if it says not privivleged and you are all-ready in the group?
Mayamoose Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
How do i change the name guest to leader in a chat room?
AskHyun-kiNKorea Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i need help
Shroomkin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This has been chosen for my guide, dA's Guide to the Galaxy because it is superior in its category! You can find the guide in the links in my signature! Thank you! :D
Muuugi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
pppffffft firefox

Christiana-ENM Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Can someone please help me? I'm trying to figure out how the chats work. When I first go into a chat, a moderator usually says welcome and says to read the rules and tell them which "group" I would like to be put in to. My question is, how do I tell the moderator what group I want to be in? Do you just type your answer in the chat box, or do you need to address your answer to the moderator? Or is there some other way you are supposed to contact the moderator? I have totally confused myself. Thanks to anyone who can help :)
kibaspup9 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
just type in the moderator username ad then pres space and type in the answer like say................ {kibaspup9: i would like to be in piarets thanks} and then the put you in the group you chose and voila but you have to tabb them or they will ignor you. if your lazy you can type in the first 3 letters of their name (kib) and press the TAB button and it will automatically type the rest of the name (kibaspup9) and then you type that's why its called tabbing ^^
Dollmaker-Of-Makai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
(( This might make my RPs more interesting.

If only the links to the scripts would work... ))
TheEELeater Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I am apparently breaking all the rules.
Also, you guys are awesome.
evilmonster564 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
could someone add me as freind as just started and mates being 'orrible as wont add me as freind
TopazMyst Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Learned something and got a good laugh out of it in the process.
KBeezie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn Fix no longer exists for Safari.
Anime4ever0miku Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
This was awesome & funny. I love it xD
PiXie-cUpCaKe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
no way im newb i loves XD i need help please where the fritatta can i get the plugins n such that i need? i tried googling sun java er whatever and it has said it died er spontaneously combusted er sumthin like that in October, 2008.
abluescarab Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Except in this case, apparently... :(
loveisangerness Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know... Guess I'm downloading Firefox. :noes:
Seriously-serino777 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
This was funny. I enjoyed reading it. And helpful. Though, what exactly is the command that tells you what the other person is doing when they are afk? That is, the command to tell people what YOU are doing when you are afk. XD
vbn209 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Gaaralover10 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
i forgot what to type to change the name of the privclass ^^;
Badooleoo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Does the chat use a certain protocol like IRC or Jabber?

Would be nice to use a standalone client then having to load a browser.

Also Deviantart doesn't let users login to their account simultaneously from different places any more which sucks.
wuzup3 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I may ask, how does one 'download' dAmn goodies?
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