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The chat interface

Chat is the main source of communication among players in RuneScape.

Chat interface[edit | edit source]

The default location of the chat interface is in the bottom left of the game window, although it can be moved to any location within the game window. It displays various chat and game messages and has a series of buttons to control what is displayed in the chat box. There are also several tabs to switch to, which display the contents of all messages received or only those from one chosen type—Friends Chat, Private Messages, Clan Chat, or Guest Clan Chat.

Players can enter a message that will be visible to nearby players on the same world. Depending on the number of players in the area, public chat has a range of approximately 10 to 13 tiles.

Toggle Buttons and More[edit | edit source]

View actions which can be perform from chat box when upper right minus sign icon is selected.
  • Online status: This button toggles online visibility to everyone (On Online Status - On.png), friends only (Friends Online Status - Friends.png), or nobody (Off Online Status - Off.png).
  • Always-On Mode: When enabled, Enter does not need to be entered to type in the chatbox; however, many global action bar keybinds will no longer function. (On Always-On Mode - On.png), (Off Always-On Mode - Off.png).
  • Report Abuse RA Button2.png: This button may be used both to report abuse from other players and to report bugs with the game.
  • View More Actions View More Actions.png: This button triggers a drop-down menu, which varies depending on the specific chatbox that the player is using and gives the player access to the following:
    • Chat Badge visibility toggle button. (On Chat badge toggle - on.png and Off Chat badge toggle - off.png). See Badges.
    • Profanity Filter: This buttons toggles the profanity filter, as explained below. (On Profanity filter on.png) and (Off Profanity filter off.png).
    • My Examine Settings Player examine button.png. This button opens the player's personal examine settings. Only available in All Chat All button.png.
    • Leave Clan Chat Leave clan chat.png. Only available in Clan Chat Clan button.png.
    • Clear Chat History Clear chat history.png
    • Switch Chat Mode Switch chat mode.png. This button toggles the visibility of chatbox interface buttons. If switched, the only button visible of all chatbox interface buttons is View Filters View filters.png.

In the Legacy interface these toggles can be found by right-clicking the "All" button at the bottom left-hand corner of the chat interface.

  • /wiki command will quickly search and navigate to the RuneScape Wiki.

Server-Wide Announcements[edit | edit source]

Server Wide Announcements are messages displayed when a player achieves certain milestones, such as level 99 in a skill, achieving the completionist cape, or receiving certain Rare Drop Table drops. These messages are displayed to other players if they have their broadcast messages set to on Broadcast messages - on.png. However, server-wide announcements are not displayed if broadcast messages are set to off Broadcast messages - off.png.

Chat box[edit | edit source]

Example of a chatbox that has been resized

The chat box is a part of the chat interface located in the bottom left of the game window under the chat interface buttons. It displays chat and game messages and contains a prompt for typing.

The chatbox can be resized if the game interface isn't locked in position by clicking on the edge of the box and dragging it.

Pressing Esc can be used to clear the current text in the prompt. Shift + / can be used to move the cursor to the previous/next character. Shift + / can be used to move the cursor to the previous/next space character. Shift + Home/End can be used to move the cursor to the beginning or end of a message. Pressing enter when the prompt is empty will open up Quick Chat.

Tabs[edit | edit source]

All[edit | edit source]

All button.png

All Chat is a chat interface button that displays all messages in the chatbox. It is the leftmost button on the chat interface. Messages can be sent to Friends, Clan, Guest Clan, Group, or Team chats from this tab, using /, // , ///, ////, or ///// respectively. Responses to private messages can be sent from here by pressing the tab key. (To "cancel" a private message and return to typing in local chat, hit the Esc key. If there are any characters already typed in the chat prompt, hit the Esc key a second time.) The wiki can be searched from here using the /wiki command or the Wiki search button.png wiki search button (bottom right corner of the chat window).

This tab is where local chat is displayed. Local chat messages can be toggled so that messages from Local Chat - on.png all players, Local chat - friends only.png friends-only, or Local chat - off.png no one appear in the chatbox. Turning local chat to "Off" does not stop it appearing in the main game window, only in the chatbox, and Jagex moderator messages will appear in the chatbox regardless of settings.

Game messages and server wide announcements also appear in this tab. These can be toggled so that Game messages - on.png all messages appear, Game messages - filtered.png only some appear, or Game messages - off.png none appear.

Typing /P will take the player into the All Chat tab.

Private[edit | edit source]

Private button.png
When a player logs in or out, all their friends are notified.

Private Chat displays messages from private messaging discussions with other players. Private messages are sent by right-clicking a friend in the player's friends list and then clicking "Message". Only the player the message is sent to and the one sending it can see these. Unfiltered game messages, server wide announcements, and friends logging in or out will also be displayed in the Private tab.

Up to 255 characters can be sent in a private message[1] - more than other types of messaging. As such, multiple lines of text can be messaged to a friend within private chat.

Friends[edit | edit source]

Friends button.png

Friends Chat displays messages from whichever Friends Chat the player is currently in. Typing a / is not needed to send a message to a Friends Chat if in this tab. The filters for this tab can make it so Friends chat - all.pngall messages, Friends chat - friends only.pngmessages from friends, or Friends chat - off.pngno messages appear in or from this tab.

Typing /F will take the player into the Friends Chat tab.

Clan[edit | edit source]

Clan button.png

Clan Chat displays messages sent and received in the Clan Chat that the player is in. Typing // is not necessary if players are in this tab. The filters for this tab can make it so all messages, messages from friends, or no messages appear in or from this tab.

Typing /C will take the player into the Clan Chat tab.

Guest Clan[edit | edit source]

Guest button.png

Guest Clan Chat allows players to talk to a clan whose chat they've joined as a guest. Typing /// is not necessary if this tab is active. The filters for this tab can make it so all messages, messages from friends, or no messages appear in or from this tab.

Typing /G will take the player into the Guest Chat tab.

Group[edit | edit source]

Group button.png

Group Chat displays messages in relation to the Grouping System and the group players are in. Players can chat between those in their particular team or those within the activity. Typing //// is not necessary if this tab is active.

Typing /T will take the player into the Group Chat (Team) mode in the Group Chat interface. Typing /Gr will revert the Group Chat interface back to the standard Group Chat. Alternatively, players may type ///// to send individual messages to their team specifically without altering the Group Chat mode.

Trade and Assistance[edit | edit source]

Trade and Assistance button.png

Trade and Assistance displays trade and player assistance requests. Unlike the Friends and Clan Chat tabs, this tab also includes a panel filter to allow the display of Local chat.

The All chat tab consists of two separate panel filters that can restrict the display of either Trade button.pngtrade requests and/or Assist control.pngassistance requests. These can be toggled to On, Friends Only, or Off.

Reporting Abuse[edit | edit source]

If thou see someone claiming to be a staff member and asking for passwords, use the report abuse button to summon forth fiery demons of wrath and vengeance and drag their character to the pit of eternal tedium where such scammers deserve to dwell eternally.

The Report Abuse screen is used to report rule breakers in the game to Customer Support. To access this window the player clicks on the Report AbuseReport Abuse button found near the top right corner of the Chat interface on the right side of the filters panel. The reported player can potentially be punished, including a temporary or permanent mute or ban, depending on the severity of the rule-breaking.

Step 1
Page 2 of the new Reporting interface
Reporting abuse in the lobby

To report someone breaking the Rules of RuneScape, players must select the name of the offender by clicking on the line of text in the chat selection box. On the next screen, 15 different rule violations are displayed. Selecting the appropriate rule will submit the abuse report to Jagex.

Once the report has been sent, the report abuse window will close and the message Thank-you, your abuse report has been received! will be displayed in the chatbox. An option to temporarily add the reported player to the ignore list will be presented.

The sent report includes a log of all chat, trades, and other actions performed by the reporting player and the player being reported.

Opening this screen is one step in the tutorial Learning the Ropes.

Guidelines[edit | edit source]

  • A report should only be sent if someone is definitely breaking the rules. If the report abuse form is misused by reporting for the sake of it, the reporter can be banned for misuse of Customer Support.
  • Bots (along with any other rule-breakers that do not appear in chat) can be reported by examining them then clicking the red flag at the top left corner of the examine interface.

Profanity filter[edit | edit source]

The profanity filter is the "censor" in RuneScape. It will block any inappropriate words or sentences in RuneScape or in the RuneScape Forums. There is now an option to turn off the profanity filter, but some text will still be blocked.

It will block any of the following words (if the filter is turned on):

  • Any swear words or offensive names, hate words, and certain other words that could be inflammatory;
  • Parts of URLs ("http://", "www", "com", etc.) and names of popular search engines, since advertising websites is in violation of RuneScape rules, and strings of numbers and periods such as as these can be a website's IP address.
    • The word "Google" was removed from the chat filter on 26 September 2009[2]
    • The game filter will often block two or three letter words which are preceded by a comma (,) or full stop (.). For example, ", it". This is because these words are used as internet top-level domains.
  • Words that can be used to ask for personal details such as "email", "address", and "phone" were censored until a relaxation of the censor in 2009. This was due in part to a large number of players misspelling phoenix (misspelled phoneix) and having it come up as "*****ix". The filter also allows players to say some of the older swear-words, such as sod and git.
  • The exact spelling of one's password. In the event that the password is typed, a message appears in the game tab: You appear to be telling someone your password - please don't! If you are not, please change your password to something more obscure! It is not recommended that players test this feature as mistakes or differences in the spelling could give away their password. (As of an unknown date, this feature does not work; that is, typing one's password in game is not blocked.)

Jagex have said that the filter is in place "to maintain a good playing environment for all players."[source needed] The filter automatically replaces any inappropriate words with asterisks. For example, if a player typed the word "password" into the chatbox and pressed Enter, it would come out as "********" (the word "password" is censored in order to prevent password scamming).

Abusers of the filter can be reported to Jagex via the Report Abuse button. Players cannot be reported for filtered messages; in such cases Jagex claims no rule was broken as the chat filter did its job.[3] Over the history of the filter, players have devised ever more creative ways, including use of a modified version of leet, to slip by the filter. Deliberate avoidance of the censorship mechanism with the intention of attacking or harassing another player is considered a serious violation of the Rules of RuneScape.[4] However, Jagex's attempts to anticipate all these variations have resulted in more and more combinations of letters being censored, and it is not uncommon for the filter to censor inoffensive words accidentally. The internet slang word "pwn" was censored as the "pw" in the word is a common abbreviation for the word password.

Changes to the chat filter are generally classified as hidden updates.

The profanity filter turned on
The profanity filter turned off.

On 9 February 2011 an update was released which allowed players to turn off the Profanity filter which allowed players to view and say words which were previously filtered. Websites and passwords are still blocked by the censor as this is still breaking the rules, as well as bypassing the censor, even with it turned off.

Origins[edit | edit source]

In-game chat underwent a massive change after an update on 14 November 2001. Before this update, asterisks were not used, and the entire line would only be visible to the speaker if the filter was triggered. Instead of actually censoring words, the new filter replaced it with the closest acceptable word in the dictionary. The filter was notorious for changing non-offensive chat; some players had their usernames completely or partially censored, even when they were not offensive. This was removed the next day and replaced with a filter that blocked out certain words.

I have also reprogrammed the chat filter in the game itself, to use a more effective system. This is another feature which has been heavily abused, and I'm not willing to put up with it any longer. The new system only allows a limited vocabulary to be used. The new RuneScape chat is only intended for role-playing within the game, not for talking about real life!

Jagex, Update:Latest RuneScape News (14 November 2001)

2006 overhaul[edit | edit source]

On 16 May 2006, the chat filter was overhauled. Symbols, such as /, which had been completely locked out, are again permitted, and many words, such as the aforementioned "pw", can now be used. The filter was improved to allow additional symbols, such as vowels with accents as well as §, £, and °. Some non-Latin characters, such as letters in the Cyrillic alphabet, which had appeared as asterisks like a filtered word, are rendered as question marks.

This update has also caused some problems. Some words were removed from the filters in error while some are now filtered for no obvious reason. For example, in some instances, when pluralizing words, replacing the -s with -z now often results in censoring. Typing nothing but an "s" also resulted in a filter.

2009 overhaul[edit | edit source]

An update in 2009 saw a relaxation of the filter, and some words that may be considered mild swearing or may be used to give out personal information are no longer filtered.

Bypassing the censor[edit | edit source]

The Chat filter can be bypassed by players by substituting certain letters and symbols in order to make a normally censored word visible in the chat window. If the goal of bypassing the filter is to be offensive or to harass another player, it is a reportable offence.

2011 overhaul[edit | edit source]

The Prisoner of Glouphrie and Gnome Graphical Rework update introduced an option to turn the chat filter, now renamed profanity filter, on or off at the player's discretion, since according to Jagex "RuneScape has a maturing player base."[5] The default option is on: the filter works normally. When turned off, it only filters "kkk", IP addresses (to prevent hacking/key-logging), URLs, the word "zybez" (removed in October 2014), 2-letter country codes used for Internet domain names, various website names, and the player's password.

Chat Settings[edit | edit source]

The Chat Settings section, located within the Gameplay settings tab.

Chat settings can be accessed through Game settings, under the chat settings tab. Here the player can change the colours of each chat (public, private, clan, guest clan, group, group team, and Twitch).

Other settings include:

  • Timestamps
  • Chat prefixes
  • Ability to click through chatboxes
  • Hidden login/out messages
  • Enable/disable in-game chat effects
  • Splitting the Private chat into a separate transparent section
  • Hide clan login messages

Social[edit | edit source]

The Social tab, located in the Community interface.

The Social tab allows players to see many different interfaces such as the Friends List and Clan Chat. By unlocking the interface, each individual chat tab can be dragged out of the Social tab and placed onto the user interface.

Chat effects[edit | edit source]

Chat effects can be used to manipulate the text that appears above a player's head when text is entered into the chat screen. Chat effects can change text colour or animate text. Chat effects are often used by players to attract attention, especially when advertising a trade. In order to see chat effects, the player must have the 'chat effects' option turned on in the options screen.

Basic chat effects[edit | edit source]

Text colour[edit | edit source]

To change the colour of text, put the desired colour followed by a colon, followed by the desired text. Always remember to use a colon, as the effects will not work without one. Do not put any spaces in between the colour and the colon, although spaces between the colon and the text after it are acceptable. Other symbols such as semicolons do not work.

Format: colour:Text

Example: "Green:I love this dragon armour!" will cause "I love this dragon armour!" to appear above the player's head.

A list of all chat effects which can be used to change text colour can be found in the Colours section. A list of all basic chat effects which can be used to change text colour can be found in the Basic colours section.

Text animation[edit | edit source]

To animate text, put the desired animation followed by a colon, followed by the desired text, as with a colour. The same rules apply.

Format: animation:Text

Example: "scroll:RuneScape is the best!" will cause "RuneScape is the best!" to scroll into and out of view above the player's head.

A list of all chat effects which can be used to animate text can be found in the Animations section.

Advanced chat effects[edit | edit source]

Multicoloured text[edit | edit source]

In addition to basic colours, there are several chat effects which cause text to change colours while it is displayed. In practice, these effects are used no differently than basic chat effects.

Format: effect:Text

Example: "flash1:The RuneScape Wiki rules!" will cause "The RuneScape Wiki rules!" to flash between yellow and red while it is displayed.

A list of all chat effects which can be used to cause text to appear in multiple colours can be found in the Multiple colours section.

Combining effects[edit | edit source]

Animations and colours can be combined for maximum emphasis. To combine colours and animations, type the colour first, followed by a colon, the animation, another colon, and finally the text. Remember to type the colour before the animation, as both effects will not work if the animation is placed before the colour.

Format: colour:animation:Text

Example: "green:wave:Do the wave!" will cause "Do the wave!" to float in a wavelike motion in green text above the player's head.

Animations that change colours also come before regular animations.

Example: "flash2:scroll:Pretty colours!" will cause "Pretty colours!" to flash between cyan and blue text while scrolling across above the players head.

Alt codes[edit | edit source]

An alt code is a way to type special Unicode characters into the RuneScape chat box in the Windows operating system. These codes enable players to type characters which are not available on the standard keyboard. To use Alt codes, the player must hold down the Alt key and then press a specific code of numbers on the right side of the keyboard. The player must also have the Num Lock key turned off (i.e., the LED above it is on). It is not used often, since not many people know about it, but when it is used, users often gather around the player asking them how they did it. It often is used to draw attention to a statement in chat. The vast majority of alt codes either appear as a question mark (?) or as a related alphabetical letter. In the case of Greek letters, the majority simply appear as their corresponding English letter equivalent. Almost all alt codes of letters with accents do work. Below is a table of notable symbols that do appear in chat:

Notable working alt codes
alt+15 alt+20 alt+21 alt+145 alt+146 alt+155 alt+156 alt+157 alt+166 alt+167 alt+168 alt+171
§ æ Æ ¢ £ ¥ ª º ¿ ½
alt+172 alt+174 alt+175 alt+225 alt+230 alt+241 alt+246 alt+248 alt+253 alt+0128 alt+0140 alt+0156
¼ « » ß µ ± ÷ ° ² Œ œ
alt+0164 alt+0166 alt+0169 alt+0174 alt+0179 alt+0185 alt+0190 alt+0208 alt+0215 alt+0216 alt+0222 alt+0254
¤ ¦ © ® ³ ¹ ¾ Ð × Ø Þ þ

Colours[edit | edit source]

All chat effects which can be used to change the colour of text are listed in the subsections below. Note that all text, no matter the colour, will have thin black shading.

Basic colours[edit | edit source]

  • Red - Red colours the entered text red.
  • Purple - Purple colours the entered text purple.
  • Green - Green colours the entered text lime. Lime is a shade of green which is brighter and lighter than regular green.
  • Cyan* - Cyan colours the entered text cyan. Cyan is a shade of light blue similar to aqua. Note that "Blue:" will not work.
  • Yellow* - If "Yellow:Text" is entered, the text will appear as if the player hadn't used a text colour as the default text colour is yellow. The "Yellow:" will be automatically removed.
  • White* - White colours the entered text white.

* Note that background colours were added to make light-coloured text easily visible and will not appear in-game.

Multiple colours[edit | edit source]

  • Flash1 - Flash1 causes the text to flash rapidly between red and yellow eight times.
  • Flash2 - Flash2 causes the text to flash rapidly between cyan and blue eight times.
  • Flash3 - Flash3 causes the text to flash rapidly between darker green and pale green eight times.
  • Glow1 - Glow1 causes the text colour to fade slowly from red to orange to yellow to green to cyan.
  • Glow2 - Glow2 causes the text colour to fade slowly from red to pink to purple to blue to purple to pink to red.
  • Glow3 - Glow3 causes the text colour to fade slowly from white to light green to green to light green to white to cyan.

Note that seven colours are listed in the description of the Glow2 effect, while only six colours are listed in the description of the Glow3 effect, and only five colours are listed in the description of the Glow1 effect. This is because Glow2 causes text to fade from red to blue to red again, between which it passes through pink and purple twice each. Glow3 causes text to fade from white to green to white to cyan, while between white and green it passes through light green twice. Glow1 causes text to fade from red to yellow to green to cyan, while between red and green it passes through orange. None of these effects causes the text to appear for a longer period of time than another. Glow2 and Glow3 only have more colours listed than Glow1 because they pass through more commonly recognised colours more times while fading. Glow1 is unique in that it has five different colours listed in its description, while Glow2 and Glow3 only have four. Glow1 causes text to appear in the most individual colours of any chat effect.

Animations[edit | edit source]

  • Wave - Wave moves the text in a wave motion as if the wave is coming from the left.
  • Wave2 - Wave2 moves the text in a wave motion as if the wave is coming from the left also, but unlike Wave, Wave2 moves the text slightly more horizontally, as opposed to a more vertically like wave.
  • Scroll - Scroll moves the text from right to left across the screen. No matter how much text is typed, the text will appear for the same amount of time, so if more text is typed, the text will move faster. Is often used for advertising for "shops" or for telling a list of items the player is selling.
  • Slide - Slide slides the text downwards from out-of-sight to appear in the normal position in which text appears. It is also used a lot for advertising.
  • Shake - Shake moves the text for a second in a wave motion and then stops and flattens out and stands as normal for a second.

Badges[edit | edit source]

These badges (icons) appear in all chat channels. If a player has access to one of the following badges, they can toggle its visibility within View More Actions View More Actions.png and Chat Badge Chat badge toggle - on.png.

Badges appear in-game in the chatbox like so:
Jagex moderator crown.png Player : I am a Jagex Moderator! 
Player moderator crown.png Player : I am a Player Moderator! 
Player moderator VIP badge.png Player : I am a Premier Gold Club Member Player Moderator! 
VIP badge.png Player : I am a Premier Gold Club Member! 
Ironman badge.png Player : I am an Ironman! 
Hardcore Ironman badge.png Player : I am a Hardcore Ironman! 

Note that the Forum moderator crown.png Forum Moderator badge does not appear in-game. Forum Moderators are only identified on the forums, not via in-game chat.

Restrictions[edit | edit source]

Players who create an account with a birth date indicating an age of 12 or below will be restricted from being able to talk to or see the chat from other players, working much like a mute. This will automatically be removed when the player turns 13, the required age to play RuneScape.

Break suggestion[edit | edit source]

When the player has remained connected to a given world for four hours, the following message appears in their chat box: You've been playing for a while, consider taking a break from your screen.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • update 16 January 2023 (Update):
    • Mobile social lobby introduced allowing mobile players to access friends chat, clan chat and more from the lobby.
  • patch 23 May 2022 (Update):
    • 'Poções' and 'poção' (that's 'potions' in Portuguese) are no longer flagged by the profanity filter.
  • ninja 23 August 2021 (Update):
    • Updated various feedback messages that were only visible if chat was open to infoboxes during The Restless Ghost quest.
  • patch 23 August 2021 (Update):
    • Updated the mobile and desktop chat system to use NotoSans font type.
    • Expanded the chat font size to include values between 10-22, incrementing by values of 2.
    • When sending a Private Message from the Friends List, your chat window will now automatically switch to the Private tab on mobile.
      • Sending messages to other channels will now switch you to that channel.
    • The Friends Chat and Clan Chat lists are now visually consistent with all the other chat options on mobile.
    • A new blocking layer has been added to the mobile chat box.
  • patch 9 August 2021 (Update):
    • Reverted some chat message spacing changes.
  • patch 19 July 2021 (Update):
    • Increased the area users can tap to send a message on the small chat layout on Runescape Mobile.
    • The Achievement banner will no longer appear if the Chat window is open.
    • Using Quick Chat phrases in Clan Chat will no longer cause crashes.
    • Fixed an issue where incorrect chat phrased were being sent in non-local Chat windows.
  • patch 14 June 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed a font spacing issue for some strings.
  • patch 7 June 2021 (Update):
    • Resolved an issue with the Legacy Interface mode that was causing the additional Action Bar to be hidden if the Chat was also hidden.
  • patch 29 March 2021 (Update):
    • The 'Check charge' option in Filtered Chat during combat will no longer spam the Chatbox when pressed or held for gear that's already equipped on the Action Bar. This doesn't apply to the first message but to all further messages within a short time.
  • patch 1 March 2021 (Update):
    • Clan Chat colours have been fixed.
  • patch 16 November 2020 (Update):
    • The Wiki button now immediately reappears if the player moves focus away from and back to the All Chat window while in Always On chat mode.
  • ninja 9 November 2020 (Update):
    • A new Wiki button has been added to the right-hand side of the Chat.
      • Click the button to activate a search, then type in the terms you'd like to look up. Simples!
    • This mimics the existing '/wiki' feature but makes the functionality much more visible.
    • On desktop, the button can be toggled on and off in the Messages and Social menu, under Chat Customisation.
      • Desktop users can also keybind the button in the Controls interface.
    • On mobile, the button is located on the left menu when in fullscreen chat mode.
    • The size of the Chat input box has been slightly increased on desktop to make room for the new Wiki button.
    • Known issues:
      • We are aware of an issue where the right-hand portion of the Wiki button won't register clicks if the 'Click-through Chat Boxes' setting is toggled on. We are working to rectify this.
  • patch 9 November 2020 (Update):
    • The Chat window is now cleared of preliminary log-in messages when arriving in the main game from Tutorial Island.
  • hidden 12 October 2020 (Update):
    • Text scaling has been implemented with interface scaling and added to the chat box. It can be adjusted in the More Actions chat menu.
  • patch 5 October 2020 (Update):
    • Changed the notifications of the mobile chat.
    • Entering the Motto Editor in Clan Settings and leaving with the 'Esc' key no longer disables the option to open chat with the 'Enter' key.
  • patch 10 August 2020 (Update):
    • The chatbox will now correctly open when the first message is received.
  • hotfix 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • All Chat now displays correctly.
  • patch 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • The 'Upgrade' button no longer overlaps with the 'Report' button while inspecting another player in Legacy UI mode.
  • patch 24 February 2020 (Update):
    • The "You have been poisoned!" message displayed when fighting Gregorovic in God Wars Dungeon 2 can now be filtered in the chat box.
    • The "Helwyr's continued attacks cause you to lose even more blood!" message displayed when fighting Helwyr in God Wars Dungeon 2 can now be filtered in the chat box.
  • patch 9 December 2019 (Update):
    • Wakizashi added to the chat filter. The k should no longer be blocked.
    • Checking your kills left from an enchanted gem and grim gem now displays the text in an infobox, instead of only sending the feedback to game messages.
    • Fixed an issue that was affecting "Tap-through chat boxes" setting on mobile. The setting was not being applied correctly meaning users could tap-through when the setting was disabled, this was incorrect behaviour.
  • patch 2 December 2019 (Update):
    • The system message when another user is requesting assistance from you has changed from a hard to read dark purple to an easier to read light blue.
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Updated the message when playing for 4 hours.
  • patch 21 October 2019 (Update):
    • The chat system will now suggest taking a break from the screen after 4 hours of continuous play.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • Added a reset tab order option when right-clicking the all tab.
    • Added more options for tab renaming.
    • Depositing into the last slot in the last tab will no longer move the item to all if the all tab is empty.
    • Lovingly crafted achievement no longer continuously pops up in chat box after it has been unlocked, when reading blasphemous journal.
  • patch 9 September 2019 (Update):
    • Cancel report button when reporting a player now works correctly.
  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue causing D&D notifications to spam the player's chat log.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • Strykewyrm should no longer be partially blocked by the profanity filter.
    • Werby should no longer be partially blocked by the profanity filter.
  • patch 18 March 2019 (Update):
    • Corrected the flag shown on the friends, friends chat and clan chat interfaces on non-English worlds.
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • The following messages now get filtered:
    • The following get shown once and are then filtered for 10 seconds:
  • patch 4 February 2019 (Update):
    • Login message prompts from wishes can no longer incorrectly message on each login.
  • patch 28 January 2019 (Update):
    • The "You apply a rivet." message now obeys the chat spam filter.
  • ninja 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • Urn partial fill threshold messages are now caught by the chat spam filter.
  • patch 26 November 2018 (Update):
    • Chat messages for destroying herbs with Herbicide and when attempting to use a spell without the required runes are no longer duplicated.
  • patch 17 September 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where private messages appeared in public chat under certain conditions.
    • Entered text no longer disappears if you hit certain character limit.
    • Players chat charet will no longer jump to the start while they are typing a message.
  • patch 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • Filtered game messages will no longer cause the Guest Clan Chat tab to flash incorrectly.
  • ninja 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • The mole shield yelping chatbox message is now filtered.
  • ninja 6 August 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where the players name, title and quick chat bubble, along with the "[Press Enter to Chat]" line have been adjusted to sit centrally within the chat entry box.
  • patch 30 July 2018 (Update):
    • Removed a number of old login messages.
    • Sending private chat messages will no longer switch back to public chat when the friends list updates.
  • patch 14 May 2018 (Update):
    • Gaps will no longer occasionally appear in the chat box in legacy interface mode, or in the chat input field in non legacy interface mode.
  • patch 8 May 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed a minor issue with the chat input line divider height.
    • Fixed an issue where a message when hopping world with an active gravestone didn’t correctly fit in the message box
    • Players names in Clan/Friends chat will no longer appear in a bright white and has been reverted to the previous colour.
  • ninja 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • Players can now right-click the report button to display options for 'Report a player' and 'Report a bug'.
  • patch 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • A number of the messages typically received on login have been removed or tweaked.
    • The following can now be toggled on/off in the chat settings:
      • Player-owned port voyage complete messages
      • Player-owned port random flavour messages
      • Eastern lands login messages
      • Daily challenge login messages
  • ninja 8 January 2018 (Update):
    • The consistency of layouts across the Friends, Clan, Friends Chat and Notes interfaces has been improved.
    • There is now a counter for the total number of players in Friends Chat located beside the Friend Chat settings button on the Friend Chat info interface.
  • hotfix 7 September 2017 (Update):
    • It is once again possible to change the Public Chat setting back to On when in Legacy interface mode.
  • ninja 14 August 2017 (Update):
    • The Chat Box now has various options to choose its display mode.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • Players are now told what type of logs are received while woodcutting.
  • patch 19 June 2017 (Update):
    • Rubium mining messages have been added to the chat filter
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • Report a Player now gives correct directions for silent abusers (bots etc.).
  • ninja 13 February 2017 (Update):
    • The font has been adjusted for some letters to better distinguish between the I, l, 1, O and 0 characters.
    • The Quick Chat option for slayer and bossing kills has been updated to no longer state "with 0 prestige".
  • patch 16 January 2017 (Update):
    • Player moderator private messages will now correctly respect the split private chat and private chat filter settings.
  • patch 5 September 2016 (Update):
    • Players will now consistently have their reward shown in purple in the chat window when winning a purple prize from Treasure Hunter.
  • ninja 4 July 2016 (Update):
    • Removed some chat box messages when converting logs to planks at the sawmill.
    • The "Hide Player log in/out notification" toggle now about applies to the lobby chatbox.
  • patch 27 June 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with chatting between Old School and RuneScape main.
  • patch 13 June 2016 (Update):
    • Multiple dark-red messages in-game have been updated to make them easier to read.
    • Attempting to clear the RuneMetrics loot interface in combat now gives the correct message.
    • The message received when purchasing bonds now mentions the currency pouch.
  • patch 6 June 2016 (Update):
    • The "Clear chat history" button now functions correctly in the small chat window size.
  • patch 23 May 2016 (Update):
    • A typo in the message you get when completing the elite elf achievement set has been remedied.
  • patch 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • The chat box no longer occasionally fails to render messages.
    • The "Help" and "Clear History" buttons on the chat box now open a drop-down menu for confirmation, to alleviate potential mis-clicks.
  • ninja 4 April 2016 (Update):
    • Chat messages will now persist throughout world hopping and the lobby.
    • You now have the ability to clear chat messages in-game
  • patch 7 March 2016 (Update):
    • An extra Continue option has been removed from various chat interfaces.
  • patch 8 February 2016 (Update):
    • Clan/Friend chat icons have been updated.
    • Tab-replying to private chat messages from players who had recently changed their names should now work correctly.
  • ninja 18 January 2016 (Update):
    • Turning off clan/friend chat prefixes no longer changes the colour of the player’s name.
    • Players can now private-message other players that have a space in their name using /pm.
    • The friends list will no longer become distorted when resizing the friends list window.
  • ninja 11 January 2016 (Update):
    • A new section called Chat Settings has been added under Settings to centralise the various chat options available as well as adding new ones:
      • Click-through chatboxes
      • Local timestamps
      • Split private chat
      • Player login/logout notifications
      • Ability to shorten or turn off friend/clan/guest chat names
      • Chat colour settings
      • Ability to toggle the shown chat windows
    • Players can now sort their friends chat by alphabet or rank.
    • Players can now sort their friends list alphabetically.
    • Players can now search their friends list and friends chat list by full or partial name matches.
    • Hovering over the icon next to a player's name in friends chat will now display what their rank is.
    • Hovering over the world that a friend from your friends list is on will now show more information such as the world's theme, amount of players online etc.
    • Pressing 'Tab' to reply to players, both in-game and in-lobby, will now be set to reply to the last player you last sent a message to or the last player you received a message from.
    • Players may now use "/pm playername message" or "/pm 'player name' message" (if the name contains spaces) to send a private message.
    • The 'Emotes' window can now be dragged and closed from the chat window. It can be re-opened from the chat settings (default keybind 'F5').
    • Changing tabs in the lobby after starting a private message will now close the private message popup instead of duplicating messages.
    • Players can now use up to 255 characters in private chat when replying from the lobby.
    • Players can now use 'Tab' to reply to Premier Club and Ironman accounts from the lobby if they have the badges enabled.
    • The 'Chat' tab in the Community menu has been renamed 'Social'.
    • The following messages are now chat-filtered:
      • The message "Target is too far away." will now only show once a minute.
      • Threshold/ultimate abilities requiring 50-100% adrenaline before they can be used.
      • You need to be in combat to use this ability.
      • You need a two-handed weapon to use this ability.
      • You need to be dual wielding melee weapons to use this ability.
      • You need to be dual wielding ranged weapons to use this ability.
      • You need to be dual wielding magic weapons to use this ability.
      • You need the appropriate ammo for your weapon to use this ability.
      • This ability requires a melee weapon in your main hand.
      • This ability requires a ranged weapon in your main hand.
      • This ability requires a magic weapon in your main hand.
      • This ability requires a shield or a defender.
      • This ability requires a weapon in your main hand.
  • ninja 21 September 2015 (Update):
    • Superheat Body messages will now only display if chat messages are not filtered.
  • patch 3 August 2015 (Update):
    • Private chat settings no longer revert to default when hopping between a regular world and a Legacy-only world.
  • ninja 22 June 2015 (Update):
    • Overhead chat no longer appears in the chat log when insul- erm...'encouraging' Pauline Polaris at Livid Farm.
  • patch 26 May 2015 (Update):
    • Players with their Private Chat switched off will now broadcast their rare drops to players in their immediate vicinity, to prevent bossing groups from being scammed.
  • ninja 5 May 2015 (Update):
    • Local chat filters now also filter the chat that appears above players heads.
  • patch 27 April 2015 (Update):
    • An issue with toggling always-on chat mode while gazing into the Orb of Oculus has been fixed.
  • ninja 13 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now choose to show their clan citadel chat to all players or only to nearby players by speaking to the Master Guard.
  • patch 9 March 2015 (Update):
    • Public messages from Player Moderators will no longer show up in public chat if the public message filter is set accordingly.
  • patch 12 January 2015 (Update):
    • Always-on chat mode is now re-enabled when leaving a cutscene.
  • ninja 15 December 2014 (Update):
    • The message received when attempting to use an ability on a chompy bird is now filtered.
  • ninja 1 December 2014 (Update):
    • The 'You don't have a target' message will now only appear once per minute unfiltered.
  • patch 6 October 2014 (Update):
    • Split private chat will now hide correctly when the chat box is minimised in Legacy mode.
  • patch 18 August 2014 (Update):
    • You won't send achievement broadcasts anymore if you've set yourself to appear offline.
  • patch 7 July 2014 (Update):
    • "Name" no longer appears as the chat window title when a chat window with two chat heads is used.
  • ninja 2 June 2014 (Update):
    • Player names now display in an updated font, to ensure that the length of text in the chat window remains consistent.
  • patch 12 May 2014 (Update):
    • The word "Tetsu" is no longer filtered when the word filter is enabled.
  • patch 28 April 2014 (Update):
    • The profanity filter no longer incorrectly displays as being on when logging in after turning it off.
  • patch 22 April 2014 (Update):
    • Private messages from JMods no longer appear in the main chat window when private messages are toggled off for that chat pane.
  • patch 24 March 2014 (Update):
    • Players may now toggle their public chat off.
  • patch 10 March 2014 (Update):
    • Players are now able to right-click report other players in the split private chat window.
  • patch 3 March 2014 (Update):
    • Messaging back friends via right-clicking a player with a VIP badge enabled now recognises the player as a friend.
  • patch 4 February 2014 (Update):
    • An issue where text would stop appearing in the chat box has been fixed.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • The scroll wheel will no longer scroll chat up and down if click-through-chat is toggled on.
  • patch 13 January 2014 (Update):
    • A chat tutorial notification is now shown when a player attempts to use the chat system for the first time.
  • patch 7 January 2014 (Update):
    • The split private chat option now initialises on login correctly.
    • The key bind for guest clan chat will no longer prevent players from using that letter to type.
    • The chat effects setting has been re-added under Interface Settings.
  • patch 17 December 2013 (Update):
    • The order of messages in the chatbox when mining gems from gem rocks with an active sign of the porter has been changed.
  • ninja 17 December 2013 (Update):
    • Players can now disable the "Press enter to use QuickChat" functionality.
  • patch 2 October 2013 (Update):
    • The Friends Chat and Clan Chat buttons now collapse into a single menu button when the interface is too narrow to display the full set of buttons.
    • Sending a private message to another player will no longer keep displaying the "To :" message in the chat bar.
    • Text inside the chat window no longer overlaps the left hand border of the chat interface.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • Right-clicking to select an option on a private message will now work correctly.
  • patch 3 September 2013 (Update):
    • Split private chat now works as expected.
    • Trying to private message another player with the tab button will once again display the name of the other player in the chatbox.
    • Players will no longer click through the chat tabs with the "Click through chat window" setting set.
  • patch 29 August 2013 (Update):
    • Social Slayer and player broadcasts now function correctly with the differing settings of the “private” chat filter.
    • Keybindings on the action bar are no longer disabled when typing /, // or /// whilst not being in a Friend's Chat, Clan Chat, or Guest Clan Chat.
    • The scroll bar in chat now correctly scrolls to the bottom when receiving a message.
    • Chat will now stay focused on the lines a player is reading if they are not already scrolled to the bottom.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • A bug where chat wasn't appearing above player's heads has been fixed.
    • Private messages now appear in the lobby consistently.
    • Players can once again move the caret in the chatbox to edit text without having to delete it.
    • Text no longer appears in the chat box when searching for items in the Grand Exchange.
    • All existing chat will now also be changed when players change their text colour customisations.
    • The follower details interface no longer opens in the chat window in the Old School preset.
    • The chatbox can now be moved and resized in the God Statues D&D as well as in cutscenes, edit mode, world map and when transmogrified.
    • Private chat colour customisation now remembers the colour that players have selected.
    • Typing in the chatbox while the Squeal of Fortune interface is open will no longer perform undesired actions on the Squeal of Fortune.
    • Camera controls and chat scaling now work in the Player moderator room.
  • patch 29 July 2013 (Update):
    • The emotes tab will no longer delete itself upon logging in if a player separates the Clan chat tab from the parent chat interface.
    • The "Really rotten potato", "Off-white party hat" and "Garish pink party hat" have been removed from the list of Quick Chat items.
  • hotfix 24 April 2013 (Update):
    • Made chatting in the lobby work reliably.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Eating white tree fruit no longer brings up 'null' in the chat box.
    • Made some corrections to the Report Abuse interface as some text and buttons were misaligned.
  • patch 4 December 2012 (Update):
    • Clicking on the chat box (instead of hitting enter) will no longer cause abilities to be used while typing.
    • The chat pane resize arrow no longer disappears when you resize the game window.
  • patch 22 November 2012 (Update):
    • Chat options are now the correct way around when asking about Training sessions and Training dummies in the Combat Academy.
  • patch 26 September 2012 (Update):
    • The "You're already doing an emote!" has been added to the game filter list.
  • patch 5 September 2012 (Update):
    • Typing "//" followed by lots of characters in a private message no longer causes disconnection.
  • patch 24 July 2012 (Update):
    • The chat window can once again be resized in resizeable mode.
  • patch 21 February 2012 (Update):
    • The enter key now replies to the last person who private messaged the player in the lobby.
  • patch 31 January 2012 (Update):
    • Player chat now appears in the trade chat tab when player titles are used.
  • patch 28 November 2011 (Update):
    • Text is now retained when switching between different chat modes.
  • patch 12 October 2011 (Update):
    • Split private chat is no longer slightly covered up above the chat window.
    • Clicking on the ‘All’ chat tab now switches back to public chat mode.
  • patch 21 September 2011 (Update):
    • Rank tooltips in chat channels in the lobby no longer appear in the wrong places.
  • patch 14 September 2011 (Update):
    • Joining the ‘last entered’ guest clan channel now enters immediately instead of just putting the name into the text input field.
  • patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
    • The Friends, Friends chat and Clan chat interfaces now report players in RS Classic correctly.
  • patch 1 June 2011 (Update):
    • The chat filter buttons no longer disappear when going up or down stairs in fixed-size mode.
    • Joining a friend’s chat now states correctly where the leave button is.
  • patch 21 February 2011 (Update):
    • The profanity mouse-over tooltip now refers to itself as the Profanity Filter.
  • patch 14 December 2010 (Update):
    • The German ‘Report Abuse’ interface will now show a player's full display name.
    • Chat above a player’s head when wearing the cyclopean helm is now lowered.
  • patch 6 October 2010 (Update):
    • Removed some older message box code.
  • patch 15 September 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted some of the op text on the Report Abuse interface.
  • patch 7 September 2010 (Update):
    • The little sword images on certain chatboxes have been redrawn.
  • patch 19 July 2010 (Update):
    • Added some extra special characters to one of our fonts.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Prevented a bit of quest chat being cut off prematurely.
  • patch 25 May 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the chat box to better fit some characters.
  • patch 23 March 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a few typos in chat options.
  • patch 3 March 2010 (Update):
    • When the RuneScape applet is not in focus, the flashing caret in the chat box is hidden.
  • patch 16 February 2010 (Update):
    • Optimised some of the core chat code to run faster.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the chat filter to cope better with a music track name.
  • patch 3 December 2009 (Update):
    • Corrected some fonts and special characters that were incorrect.
    • Made a slight change to the way the game handles private/friends filtering upon login.
  • patch 20 October 2009 (Update):
    • Unfiltered some more phrases that didn't need to be filtered.
  • patch 23 September 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the caret feature to better handle '<' and '>'.
  • update 17 September 2009 (Update):
    • Introduced a caret to the chat message entry field that can be used to modify messages from other positions than the end before submitting them.
  • patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed several missing apostrophes in the Report Abuse interface.
  • patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
    • We've changed some in-game fonts.
  • patch 6 May 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed several typos and grammatical errors in various chat.
  • patch 12 August 2008 (Update):
    • The 'Add friend' and 'Add ignore' options have been replaced with a new 'Message' option when right-clicking on a chat message from a player on your Friends list.
  • patch 29 July 2008 (Update):
    • When playing in HD fullscreen mode, players now have the option to hide the chatbox. The tabs below it will still flash for messages from friends and trade requests, etc.
  • update 14 July 2008 (Update):
    • The option to report players for Rule 10: Misuse of Customer Support has been removed. The rule itself has not been removed or changed.
  • update 21 May 2008 (Update):
    • Quick chat is added to the game.
  • update 5 January 2005 (Update):
    • We've added three new chat special effects into the game. You can use these by starting your sentence with shake: slide: or wave2: .
  • update 15 November 2001 (Update):
    • The chat filter has been temporarily removed.
      • A new and improved chat filter will be added shortly.
  • update 10 May 2001 (Update):
    • You can now private message friends even if they are playing on the other server
  • update 19 April 2001 (Update):
    • Certain people were unable to use private messaging - this has now been fixed.
  • update 17 March 2001 (Update):
    • Added timeout to conversations - to prevent people blocking shops.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In RuneScape Classic, chat colours were used via @colour@, a notable one being @ran@ which made the message flash rainbow colours.
  • In the early days, the filter would not replace words with asterisks; rather, it made it so that the message with the offending terms would not appear to any other player.
  • On 14 November 2001, Jagex implemented a controversial filter in which players could use only a limited dictionary. With this system in place any word typed that wasn't part of the list of allowed words, was automatically changed into the closest match of the allowed words of the dictionary when appearing in chat. After much protesting, this was removed.
    • One curious word that was part of this system was "cabbage" and functioned as a default allowed word in case the list of words could not be properly loaded. At one point this exactly happened and all words (not just the words excluded from the dictionary) typed by any player turned into "cabbage".[6]
  • Admin commands used to begin with "::". Before, any chat that began with "::" would not appear, and the player would receive an "admin command not recognised" message. The message was later removed, although the chat would still not appear. Currently, any chat starting with "::" will show up for normal players. This was due to the admin console being changed to pressing the ` key.
  • The chat filter on the RuneScape Forums blocks the phrase "Insight Venture Partners", the name of the majority shareholder in Jagex.
  • Jagex Moderators have the ability to private message a player even if the player's private chat is set to 'off'. To reply, the player has to change their online status.
  • When using Local Chat, players are limited to 80 characters (255 characters for Private). These limits include prefixes, such as "/" to chat in other channels. For example, when speaking in Clan Chat with the prefix "//", players are limited to 78 characters of displayed text.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Update:The Pit
  2. ^ Advertising websites. Rules of RuneScape. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) "You are not allowed to actively advertise in any of our games or forums. This includes advertising any website or product, and no web addresses are allowed."
  3. ^ Reporting Abuse. RuneScape Customer Support. Jagex Ltd. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) "If the chat filter has starred-out one or more words, you do not need to report the player that used the starred-out language."
  4. ^ Inappropriate language or behaviour. Rules of RuneScape. Jagex Ltd. 2009-05-12. (Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.) "You must not use any language that could be considered offensive, racist, obscene or otherwise inappropriate. This includes swearing. ... What about mis-spelling an offensive word to disguise it? Is that okay? No, please don't do this. In fact, mis-spelling an offensive word or using symbols to replace letters to avoid the chat filter is considered even worse."
  5. ^ Prisoner of Glouphrie and Gnome Graphical Rework. (Archived from the original on 3 June 2021.)
  6. ^ Runescape Mythbusters Special - Ep. 2 (YouTube). Jagex. 1 apr. 2015. (Archived from the original on 3 June 2021.)