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Usage: it message

  This command sends a message to all persons open to hear shouts.  "It" is
similar to "shout" in that regard.  However, with "it" your chess server name
(or "handle") is always the first word of the message.  Also, the "it" message
may be preceded by various symbols depending on the chess server being used. 
The symbol string --> is typical.  This command has two aliases: "i" and ":".

  Here is an example: if your handle is HANDEL and you type "it thinks this
server is great!", users will see the following message displayed --

	--> HANDEL thinks this server is great!

You, as the sender, will see the following --

	HANDEL thinks this server is great!
      (shouted to ## players)

where ## is the number of users who received the message.


  (a) Please use English for your 'it' statements, just like for normal

  (b) Use "cshout" rather than "it" for chess-related messages.

  (c) To contact just one user, use "tell".

  (d) If you want to contact a specific group of users, "tell" to a channel.

  (e) "It" and "shout" are similar.  Be familiar with their differences.

  (f) Do not abuse 'it' or 'shout'.  Abuse can result in sanctions being
imposed, typically being forcibly prevented from further (mis)use of shout.
  See the "etiquette" and "shout_abuse" help files for guidelines.

  (g) You can decide whether or not to hear an "it" from other users; setting
the "shout" variable to 0 (zero) filters these from being sent to you. Setting
your 'silence' variable to 1 will achieve the same effect, together with
filtering cshouts and channel tells, while you are playing, examining or
observing a game.

  (h) If what you want to do is have conversations with a lot of people, we
suggest that you use IRC -- a special internet process for conversations.  See
"irc_help" for details.

  (i) if you have an alias that goes something like "tell @ hi there", you can
substitute the '@' with a name or a channel (or with '.' and ',' to tell to
the last person or last channel you addressed). Sometimes it may be useful to
send the aliased tell to 'shout' or 'cshout', which can be done using 'tell !'
and 'tell ^'. Supposing your alias for the above example is 'hi', you can now
type 'hi !' to effectively shout "hi there".

See Also:  alias  channel  channel_list  cshout  etiquette  intro_talking 
           irc_help  shout  shout_abuse  shout_quota  tell  variables
           v_shout v_silence

[Last modified: March 11, 1999 -- pgv]

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