What are Moderator's Tools?
by Kevin Provance


Moderator's Tools is a great new way to expand chat room management!  This new feature is only available with WavMan Professional.  To take advantage of this new tool and are still using older versions of WavMan, you'll need to upgrade to WavMan Professional.

When an AOL member creates a private room or a member room in the People Connection, they become the Room Owner, with the ability to "eject" and "ban" people from the chat room, and also to completely close the chat room they have created. A lightning bolt icon is displayed next to the Room Owner's name in the People List. If you are the Room Owner, you will also see the AOL "Eject" and "Close" buttons.

Room Ownership is an AOL feature, not a WavMan feature. However, WavMan Pro enhances AOL's Room Owner tools, adding a number of useful features.

The Moderator's Tools can be accessed by clicking the "Chat and E-Mail" button in the WavMan toolbar and selecting "Moderators Tools".  Although you will be able to adjust these preferences and edit the various lists in this feature, you will only be able to use them if you have created the chat room and have a lightning bolt next to your name in the People list.

The Moderator's Tools gives you the option to promote other members of the chat room to Moderator or Regular, or to ban them outright.  Each of these three options can be enabled or disabled independent of each other for additional flexibility.  This may be accomplished in the "Scan Preferences" window.  Access to these options can be obtained by clicking the "Scans" item in the tree view at the left of the Moderator's Tools window.


Table of Contents

  1. Scan Preferences
  2. Adding/Removing Moderators/Regulars
  3. Banned Words & Phrases
  4. CAPS Lock
  5. Chat Flooding
  6. Editing Banned Words & Phrases
  7. Member Status Editor

Scan Preferences

To enable the ability to assign Moderators to your chat room, check the check box labeled "Enable Moderators".

To enable the ability to assign Regulars to your chat room, check the check box labeled "Enable Regulars".

To enable the ability to ban members from your chat room, check the check box labeled "Enable Bans".

Each of these three features also carry the following options:

The final scan preference is labeled "Send notification to chat when kicking".  When checked, a message will be sent to the chat room informing the targeted member they are about be to be kicked.

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Adding/Removing Moderators and Regulars
There are two ways to add chat members to the Moderator, Regular or Banned lists.

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Banned Words & Phrases
If you would prefer to have your chat room monitored for Banned Words or Phrases, you'll need to activate the feature by clicking the check box labeled "Scan for Banned Words & Phrases".  Assigned Moderators may use banned words.

If a chat member (or chat bot) has been tagged for using any of the Banned Words or Phrases, you'll need to select an action to take.  You can select this action under the "Action to take" label.  You may choose from one of the following:

WavMan tends to be fair, if you let it.  Two additional options have been added with this feature.

In additional to a user defined set of Banned Words and Phrases, WavMan is able to weed out some standard annoyances on it's own, provided you tick the appropriate check box for said options.  Here are other examples of criteria WavMan can scan for:

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CAPS Lock
If you would prefer to have your chat room monitored for members typing in ALL CAPS (which is considered "shouting"), you'll need to activate the feature by clicking the check box labeled "Scan for CAPS Lock".  Assigned Moderators may use ALL CAPS.

If a chat member (or chat bot) has been tagged for using ALL CAPS, you'll need to select an action to take.  You can select this action under the "Action to take" label.  You may choose from one of the following:

WavMan tends to be fair, if you let it.  Two additional options have been added with this feature.

Lastly, you may adjust the threshold at which WavMan will recognize what constitutes a chat line of ALL CAPS.  This threshold is measured in terms of percentages.  The variance can be set between 5 and 100 percent of the chat line.  For example, if you set the threshold to 50%, at least 50 percent of the incoming chat line will need to be in ALL CAPS before any action will be taken.

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Chat Flooding
If you would prefer to have your chat room monitored for Chat Flooding (typing a bunch of continuous lines), you'll need to activate the feature by clicking the check box labeled "Scan for Chat Flooding".  Assigned Moderators may chat flood.

If a chat member (or chat bot) has been tagged for Chat Flooding, you'll need to select an action to take.  You can select this action under the "Action to take" label.  You may choose from one of the following:

WavMan tends to be fair, if you let it.  Two additional options have been added with this feature.

Finally, you can adjust the threshold at which WavMan will determine how many lines in a period of seconds will constitute a Chat Flood violation.  The amount of chat lines can be set between one and ten.  The number of seconds between one and ten.  For example, if the threshold is set at "Max 5 lines in 4 seconds", any member entering five lines of chat within four seconds will be actioned.

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Editing Banned Words & Phrases
Chat members using words from this list will be actioned based on the settings in "Scan\Banned Words".  WavMan comes preinstalled with a list of the most commonly used chat bot phrases.

The "Banned Words and Phrases include the ability to use the any of the following wildcard characters:

To add a new word or phrases, click the "Add" button and enter the word or phrases when prompted.  Click "OK" when finished.  To remove a word or phrase, select the word or phrase in the list and click "Remove".

WavMan also included the ability to Save and Load lists of words and phrases.  To save a list of words and phrases, click the "Save" button.  WavMan will automatically name the list with that day's date with a .BWP (Banned Words & Phrases) extension and save it to a folder titled "wavman" in your "My Documents" folder.  If you wish to change the file name or location, do so at this step.  When finished, click "Save".

To load a list of previously saved words and phrases, click the "Load" button and select the desired .BWP file.  When loading a new list of words and phrases, any existing words and phrases will be replaced.  So it's recommended you save your list of words and phrases before loading a new one.

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Member Status Editor
This list displays all members you have promoted to Moderator/Regular or banned.  Each screen name listed will indicate their respective status,

To add a new member, click the "Add" button.  A popup menu will open prompting you which status you wish to assign.  Choose from either Moderator, Regular or Banned.  Next, enter the screen name of the chat member when prompted and click "OK".

WavMan also included the ability to Save and Load lists of chat member statuses.  To save the currently loaded list, click the "Save" button.  WavMan will automatically name the list with that day's date with a .CMS (Chat Member Status) extension and save it to a folder titled "wavman" in your "My Documents" folder.  If you wish to change the file name or location, do so at this step.  When finished, click "Save".

To load a list of previously saved chat member statuses, click the "Load" button and select the desired .CMS file.  When loading a new list of chat member statuses, any existing chat members and their status will be replaced.  So it's recommended you save your list members before loading a new one.

At any time you may change the status of any listed member by clicking on their name, right-clicking your mouse and selecting a new status.

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