How To Join Rooms In Paltalk
rooms are places you can join to exchange text and audio with many people
at the same time. At any one point in time there are hundreds of
active rooms on all sorts of subjects in Paltalk.
To access the rooms,
press the "View All" button at the bottom right of the initial Paltalk
window. A room list window will open up displaying
the various categories of rooms. Click on the category of interest
to view the
sections or subcategories in that category. Click on the
section you want to bring up a list of the rooms in that section. Double click on
a room itself to join that room. Our Paltalk room, "All
Religions Unified by Maitreya The Expected One," is located
under category Religion and Spirituality, section Interfaith.
In the room list, next to each room's name,
you will see either a G, R, or A. These are room ratings,
which roughly correspond to the movie
ratings PG, R and X. If there is a small golden key next to
the room rating, then the room is Locked. Locked identifies
those rooms that may only be entered if you know the password.
Once you have joined a
room you will see what looks like a communicator window
screen with a list of members running down the right hand side.
To send a text message to the room, simply type your message in the
text box at the bottom of the window and press Enter. Your
message will be sent to the entire room and included in the running
text conversation in the main text box. Anything you
type will be seen by the entire room, and anything you say will be
heard by the entire room.
Only one person may
speak at a time in a room. To speak, hold down your Ctrl key
(or corresponding key for Macs) and
speak into your mic. You may also press the button at the
bottom of the window called "Push to Talk". If someone is
already speaking, a brick
wall icon will appear by your name. This indicates you are
temporarily blocked from sending audio because someone else is
holding the mic. If you press the Ctrl key and you get a mic icon next
to your name, you may speak into your mic and transmit to the room.
Although you can try to grab the mic at any
time, it is courteous to "raise your hand" to indicate your desire
to speak. To do so, click on the "Raise" button at the bottom
of the window, next to the "Push to Talk" button. You will see
a hand icon appear next to your name, and your name will move up to
just below the name of the person holding the mic (or just below
anyone who "raised their hand" before you did). If the person
speaking releases the mic, and you are next in line, it is your turn
to take the mic and say what you wish.
An important thing to note is the Red Dot.
If you see a red dot next to your name, you have been Red Dotted (by
an Administrator of the room you are in) and will be unable to speak
or type any messages to the room at all. The Red Dot is
generally only used if someone is being disrespectful or
inappropriate. Also, if it is necessary to keep everyone
silent and respectful (such as for meditation, Satsang, etc.), in
some cases an entire room may be Red Dotted.
At the bottom left of the window, there are
three buttons. The first one, "Mute", will turn off all sound
coming in from the room to your computer. The second one, a
symbol of a speaker, allows you to control how loud you hear sounds
from the room, such as others speaking. To do this, click the
button and then move the slider bar that appears up and down. This may
seem redundant if
you have a manual volume control on your speakers, but not all
speakers come with that convenience. The third button, a
symbol of a microphone, allows you to control how loudly others hear
you when you speak. It can be used in the same way as the
It is possible to
initiate one on one conversations with people in the room. To do
so, double click on their names in the member list and choose "Start
a Private IM". A one on one communicator to that person will open,
and you can then type messages to them, add voice to the chat and
speak through a microphone, and many other options.
Paltalk has many other capabilities and
features than those explained here. This is simply a basic
introduction to help anyone get online, join a room, and listen and
participate. If you have more questions, please check
also has many rooms devoted to helping newcomers and troubleshooting
problems. We hope this has helped, and look forward to seeing
you soon in our Paltalk room!