|NATS Chat FAQ|
Who can join NATS CHATS discussions?
How do I enter the chatroom?
NATS Members can check the NATS CHATS message board in the members area of the website for guest bios, recommended reading, and other topical information.
Q: If I arrive late can I scroll back to and read the beginning of the discussion?
A: Not at this time. You will only see the text from the time you enter the room.
Q: If I leave the chatroom, will I be able to see what I missed when I return?
A: No. You will only see new text when you return.
Q: Can I save a text log of the chat?
A: Sure! Save it as a webpage and frequently re-save during the chat.
Q: If I miss a chat, can I read a transcript:?
A: Not exactly. NATS Chats are intended for real-time participation. However, some chat highlights may be posted on the bulletin board in the members section.
Q: Doesn't it get confusing with several people "talking" at once?
A: It can! You will typically see two or more on-topic subjects happening at once. Respond as you wish and then watch for a reply to that response.
Q: How many people attend the chats?
A: It varies according to topic and season, but attendance has ranged from 4-14 chatters. The new NATS CHATS room functions more smoothly than previous versions and can accomodate many more chatters without screen freezes and technical problems. The more the merrier (and its not considered rude if everyone is "talking" at the same time.)
Q: Can I suggest topics for future chats?
Q: Can I send private messages to a chatter that won't be visible on the main chat page?
A: Yes. This is a good way to meet and greet colleagues without getting the main discussion off topic. Chatters may also choose to block private messages.
Q: I'm busy (or sleeping) on Sunday nights. Do you ever have chats at different times or days?
A: Sometimes. We have tried other days/times and so far, Sunday nights are the best times to catch people at home on their computers. It's late for East coast chatters, but we can't really start much earlier for the West coast chatters.
Q: Are all of the chatters from the US?
A: No! We have several regular chatters from Canada and we are occasionally visited by chatters from Europe and South America who join us in the wee hours of the morning in their time zones.
Q: Do you just talk about classical voice?
A: Not at all! Guests have included jazz singers, Broadway singers, etc.
Q: Are the chats mainly for college voice faculty?
A: No. Some chats may focus on academic topics, but most of the regular chatters are private studio teachers who don't have the opportunity to network with colleagues in an institution.
Q: Do I have to use my real name in the chat?
A: No. When the option to provide a "name" upon entering the chat, you may use any moniker you prefer.
Q: Can I use the chats with any computer?
A: Chats are PC and Mac compatible, but you will have best results and fastest streaming with a high-speed or DSL connection.
Q. The chat text is being cutoff at the bottom (see example below), and I'm not able to scroll down to read the latest posts without constantly refreshing my browser, which then causes me to repeatedly quit and reenter the chat session. Is there any solution?
A. Yes. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, you will need to view the chat session in "Compatibility View." Within IE9, look at the top left hand side of your screen where it shows the http:// address. Just to the right of this you will see an icon that looks like a piece of paper torn in half. Click this icon. It will refresh your browser and put you in compatability mode, which will automatically make the full text of the chat session visible on your screen.
"It's an exciting time to be a NATS member. While other professional associations are cutting back on member services for voice teachers, NATS keeps adding benefits and partnerships for members and students. I'm excited about the new music theater competition, the Orlando conference, and the partnership with Carnegie Hall - The Achievement Program - to mention a few. To borrow Joan Boytim'a phrase, I'm more 'nuts about NATS' than ever!" -Cynthia Vaughn, proud NATS member since 1984