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
.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
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:
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.
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:
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
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE PASSWORD STRING *IS* CASE SENSITIVE.
ENTER IT EXACTLY AS YOU RECEIVE IT FROM THE /pass COMMAND.
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
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.