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The following are new server features that Steve Neal talked about and are TENTATIVELY available on the server right now.
However, things always subject to change, so nothing here is gospel.

Command Line Controls

/simpleavs To Speed things up in heavy populated worlds to turn everyone into one of twenty default avatars.One important thing to know: for now, everybody sees the avs
differently, so you won't be able to agree on who's wearing the jailbird av, for example. Also, it only changes what you see, and doesn't affect anyone else.

/nosimpleavs When/if you want to turn the /simpleavs off.

/showid you'll notice that all chat and all nicks now have a number
attached to them. So what this lets you do is uniquely
identify someone, even if they change their nickname.
The number is NOT permanent; if you exit and come back,
your number will change. However, the number points to an
ID string that IS permanent. The magic with the /ignore
#### is that, if I exit and come back, you'll
still be ignoring me. "####" is just a temporary label for
my permanent identity.

/noshowid To turn this function off.

/ignore #### Once you've used /showid to see people's ID numbers, you can
"/ignore ####" to block out someone's chat, nickname, and
avatar. Anybody can do a /ignore. And the person being
ignored is *not* informed that this is the case. The /ignore
you have put in place won't go away until YOU log off and
stay off for about five minutes.

/unignore #### To cancel a /ignore ####

/moderate [password] To enable your moderator power if you have the
password. The power is only good in the world to
which the password applies, and will vanish if you
log off for more than a few minutes. Replace
[password] with whatever string is the password for
the world (keep reading and this sentence will make

/pass [password] Returns a 13 character string that's an encrypted form
of the password. This password is not specific to any
one user

/pass password userID Returns a 13 character string encrypting a password
that only a specific person can use.

In both of the above cases, that 13 character string is what you put in your
.ctl file, and is an encrypted version of the moderator password.

There are some other commands, notably /squelch and /kick, that are
moderator-only. HOWEVER: the only moderator feature that even sort-of works
right now is /squelch

/squelch userID like /ignore userID but effects everyone.

/kick not funtioning

Chat server control file [filename.ctl]

The file has to have the same name as your world, but with ".ctl" instead of
".aer", it's a plain text file. The .ctl file goes in the same folder as the
.aer file, and has to be able to be read by your webserver.

Commands for the .ctl file. The stuff before the "=" sign is not
case-sensitive."maxpeople =" or "MaxPeople =" are all the same.

There is now a worlds directory online which will list all "public" worlds that
are occupied at

[Just ignore the "worlds" count for now]

If your .ctl control file contains the line:

private = Y Your world will not show in Atmosphere world directory
private = N Your world appears on the Atmosphere world directory

If there's no .ctl file, the world defaults to private, so if you want everybody
to see your world in the directory, you have to put up a .ctl file.

MaxPeople = ### You can also control the max number of people in the world before cloning. example: MaxPeople = 20. Have as many people in your world as you like. WARNING! there is no upper limit use with care. If no .ctl file or no MaxPeople is set then default is max 12 before cloning.

You can also put a short description in your .ctl file, which will appear
(eventually) in the world directory.
description = [255 characters] example:Description = blah blah blah


The moderator is anybody who has a moderator password for the world. All
moderators are created equal, in that one moderator can undo a squelch set
by another mod.

To generate moderator passwords: suppose you want "peanutbutter" to be your
moderator password. To make "peanutbutter" a password that anyone you tell
can use, enter:

/pass peanutbutter

which will return a 13 character string; let's say it's ABcdefghijklm for
purposes of this example. Put this string in your .ctl with a line like this:

ModeratorPass = ABcdefghijklm


Now, if your friend wants to exercise moderator power, and you've told them
that the password is "peanutbutter", they can log on, enter your world, and

/moderate peanutbutter

and voila, they have the (very limited) magic powers of a moderator.

If you only want the password to work for a specified person, go to a world
where that person is and type /showid to see their ID number. If their ID
number is 4010, then type

/pass peanutbutter 4010

and once again put the result in your .ctl file. Now, only the specified
person will be able to use that password.

One note regarding .ctl files: for the moment, they are only read when your
world is first loaded, or when a clone is created. If this is causing problems,
you can enter the world and type


to force the .ctl to be re-read.