Chat and Video

Chat & Video 

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Are organized into channels. Channels are chat rooms with many useful features.

There are three kinds of channels: public channelsprivate groups, and direct (1-on-1) messages. 

Public channels


Free channels (also called channels for short) are the most critical kind. Use channels for conversations that are open to your entire team. Any FetSwingers can join a channel.

Channels make it easy to find what’s going on with your team. New team members can join a channel and read all the information previously shared by other users.

When in doubt, create a channel. Public conversations help you build a knowledge base of your organization with minimal effort. For example, create a pathway for a company department or to discuss a specific programming language.

Private groups

Private groups are closed channels. They are visible only to their members. Use private groups for subjects that are sensitive, confidential, or limited to a small group of team members.

Private groups can be joined by invitation only. The administrator sets the permissions that determine who can invite others to a private group. By default, only administrators, room owners, and moderators can invite others to private rooms.

Direct Messages

Direct messages (DMs) are a private, 1-on-1 conversation between team members. You can think of a DM as a private group with only two members.

 Listing channels

The public and private channels you are watching are listed in the left sidebar under the “Channels” sections.

Public channels are indicated by a hash symbol next to the channel name, and private channels by a lock. Public channels appear. First, private channels below them and each group will be ordered alphabetically.

 Unread messages

When a channel has new messages, its name will be highlighted on the channel list.

If using Unread Mode, a new section called “Unread” will appear on the left sidebar, and all channels with unread messages will be moved to this new section.

To activate Unread Mode, you must go to Preferences under My Account and change the “Sidebar channel list mode” setting to “Unread Rooms Mode.”


When someone mentions you with @username, @all or @here, a symbol or a number will appear alongside the channel name. If you were referred, an would show. If someone mentions @all or @here, a number will show up showing the number of times you were mentioned.

Notifications Preferences


There are several settings about notifications that a user can customize especially to channels. One can find these settings in the Notifications Preferences under the More section of the channel whose notification settings is to change.Mute/Receive alerts

User can choose to receive or not any notifications from a channel
Mute/Receive mentions
User can choose not to receive notifications for mentions while receiving notifications for messages on a channel.
Hide/Show counter:
Use can choose whether to show the number of unread messages for a channel. Currently, users can also select a tone for notifications besides the alerts for the Desktop whereas Mobile Currently supports only the signals. One can select when to play the audio, duration of the sound, and also the audio itself. Joining new channels and starting direct messages

There are three ways of joining a public channel; you can either search for it, be invited to it, or be mentioned in it.

For starting a direct message, you can either search the user you want to talk or click on that user's avatar and click on the “Conversation Button.”

To search for channels and users, use the search bar under your account box. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl/Cmd + k to access the search bar quickly.

A search will find channels (including the ones you are part of) and users. Private channels can’t be searched.

When you click in a search result, the following can happen:

  • If the result is a channel, and you already aren’t part of it, you will join that channel;
  • If the result is a user, you will start a direct message with that user;
Leaving channels

There are two notions of leaving a channel:

  1. To hide a channel is to remain a member of the channel but to remove it from your list of channels on the left-hand pane.
  2. To leave a channel is to remove it from your list of channels and to move the channel (i.e., no longer be a member of the channel).

Every channel has an owner, and the owner of a channel cannot leave a channel until setting someone else as the owner of that channel.

To leave a channel, enter the command /part or /leave In the message window. Alternatively, hover your mouse over the channel in the list of channels on the left-hand side and click on the button.

To hide a channel, hover your mouse over the channel in the list of channels on the left-hand side and click on the hide channel button.

 Creating Channels

To create a channel, you need to click on the plus + the button that is alongside the channel search bar.

This will open a pop-up, and there you can set the name of that channel if it is public or private, set it to read-only, broadcast it, and invite users.

In read-only channels, messages can only be posted by people with the write permissions. Users can react to messages in this channel. Read-only channels are suitable for announcements or voting, for example.\

 Broadcasted channels
Will behave like read-only channels, with only users with the right permission being able to post there. The differences to a read-only channel are:
  • Users without consent (the same one to post on read-only channels) inside this channel won’t be able to see each other in the user list.
  • Users without permission won’t be able to react to messages.
  • On every message posted on this channel will have a reply button that redirects the user to a direct message with the user that posted the news, having a reply to the message clicked already ready on the message box.
  • This channel cannot be converted to a standard or read-only channel again.



Composing messages


Sending messages in FetRooms is self-explanatory: type a message in the message box and press Enter or the Send Button.

If you want to send multiple lines of text, press Shift + Enter to add a new path.

Cursor movement while composing a message


You can move the cursor using the arrow keys while writing or editing messages. When you press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys, the cursor moves to the location determined by the wrapping of the text.

 Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a message.

I am holding Alt or Command while pressing an arrow key moves to the beginning or end of the message.


Notify other FetSwingers

To get someone’s attention in a channel, type @ followed by their username, for example, @guarilha. (They’ll see a red badge on the channel and be notified via email or their mobile device if they’re not online)

You can also inform everyone in a channel by typing @all.But avoid using because it tells everyone. Although it is useful for important announcements, it can be distracting if abused.

Sending attachments

In FetRooms, you can send a variety of attachments on your messages, like files, audio, links, videos, and many more.

To access the attachment menu, you can click on the plus (+) icon on the message input.


You can select files using three methods:

  • By selecting the Select Files from Computer option from the attachment menu;
  • By dragging and dropping the file into FetRooms;
  • By pasting an image from the clipboard;

After Selecting the file, you will be prompted to add a name and a description to it. After that just press send.

Be aware that the server administrator can block certain file types from being uploaded.


Before sending an audio message, if you are using a browser, you need to give FetRooms. Chat permission to use your microphone.

To start recording, you can click on the option on the attachment menu. To stop recording press the same choice again.

You will have the chance to listen to the message before sending it.



Before sending a video message, if you are using a browser, you need to give FetRooms.Chat permission to use your camera

To start recording, you can click on the Create new Video Message option on the attachment menu.

Then click the circle icon, when the recording starts the image will be replaced with a square “stop” icon. To end the video recording, click the “stop” icon.

To preview and send your last video recorded, click the “ok” button, which will display a window where you can watch and download the video, name it, and give it an optional description. Click the “send” button to send the video or the “cancel” button to discard the video recording.




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