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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 this can be moved to wherever the player wishes it to be. It displays various chat and game messages in the message box and has a series of buttons to control what is displayed in the message 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.

Toggle Buttons & More[edit | edit source]

  • 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, you do not need to press Enter to type in the chatbox, however many global 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, Off Chat badge toggle - off.png). See Badges.
    • Profanity Filter: This buttons toggles the profanity filter, as explained below. (On Profanity filter on.png), (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.

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 message box. It is the leftmost button on the chat interface. Messages can be sent to Friends, Clan, Guest Clan or Group 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.)

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 appears 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
Main article: Friend Chat

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
Main article: Clan Chat

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
Main article: Clan Chat

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
Main article: Grouping system

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
This article is about the chat tab. For information on trading with other players, see Trading.
This article is about the chat tab. For information on assisting other players, see Assist System.

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.
Guthix

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, ranging from 0.1 black marks to a permanent ban depending on 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 message box. 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 111.222.33.44, 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 you 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.
The profanity filter turned on

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).

The profanity filter turned off.

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.

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 you 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 your 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 your 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 him/her asking him/her how he/she did it. It often is used to draw attention to a statemt 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 cooresponding 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, 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.

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • 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 11 September 2017 (Update):
    • 07/09, 11:05 UTC: 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 19 June 2017 (Update):
    • Rubium mining messages have been added to the chat filter
  • 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.
  • 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 Gameplay 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 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 23 September 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the caret feature to better handle '<' and '>'.
  • 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the early days of RuneScape Classic, the chat filter would replace the blocked word with the word "Cabbage".
  • In RuneScape Classic, chat colours were used via @[email protected], a notable one being @[email protected] which made the message flash rainbow colours.
  • Also 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. After much protesting, this was removed.
  • 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.
  • It is theoretically very hard for a user to accurately (in terms of seconds) count down/up from 10 to 0 or vice versa on public chat. This can be seen if a user says something in public chat, regardless if they say something right after, what they type after might actually not display. This is because only a single entry per users character can be displayed above a characters head. Until the entry disappears above the users character, any attempts to say something in public chat will not work. There are no messages showing that a entry has been rejected from being displayed due to this scenario. Due to the fact that each entry appears above a characters head for about slightly more than a second, it is hard to count (in terms of seconds) on public chat.  This is probably to prevent excessive spamming, from ads or other types of spams.  

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.*