m [nick] [message] or m [partial_nick] [message]
For example, you are (joe) and type /who. You see (Bobby) and type...
m Bobby Hello, how are you?
Only Bobby will see this private message and Bobby sees...
*joe* (203.124.160) Hello, how are you?
Then Bobby CLICKS on *joe* and this fills in ...
Bobby then completes this with ...
m joe I am doing okay joe, how about yourself?
Then you see ...
*Bobby* (202.156.138) I am doing okay joe, how about yourself?
The next time you can just type ...
m bob That is good, yep I am doing okay also!
Once you have sent a message to Bobby you just type m bob [message]
and it will be sent to Bobby as long as there is no other user with the
exact nickname bob online. Note this is a case insensitive shortcut so bob,
BOBBY, boBb, and bO should all work as long as there are no users with those
exact nicks online.
Chat nicknames are case sensitive so bob is not the same as BOB or bOb.
You do not need a slash before the m command. Other commands n, /m, /msg,
and /mmm are aliases for private message. I always hit that stupid 'N' key next to
the 'M' and drop my message in the main so n [nick] [message] also works
If the nick is not online, or the nick is misspelt you will be told no such user exists.
Some users may block private messages and if so you will recieve a notice that they are not accepting
messages. Private messages are private but, in cases of harassment, a user can /forward their messages
to an Operator for review.
Messages more than 2 minutes old are automatically flushed by the server.
Some users have difficult nicks like BaLtImOrE so remember do a /who or
even /whois balt, then click on the nickname! After you have sent the first
message you can use ...
m balt [message]