A chatroom is an Internet-based (not necessarily Web browser based) forum where multiple people can interact in real time. Participants must generally be online and logged in to a site that supports chatrooms, then must join a room. Once joined, any participant can send a message, which is displayed to all participants in the room. Typically a given message is a single line or at most a few lines, but this varies.
Chatrooms can be used for any sort of conversation or discussion that the participants want. Some rooms have pre-specified topics or limits. Many sites offering chat have special chatrooms for online roleplay.
There are a number of different implementations of chatroom software, with different features and restrictions. There are many sites that support one or more chatrooms. Many of these support a large number of rooms. Sites may limit how many rooms a given user can be in at the same time.
A popular protocol for Internet chat is IRC (Internet Relay Chat). On IRC, chatrooms are called channels. There are various chat clients that support IRC.
Chatrooms and spanking
Many people use chatrooms for online roleplay, or cyberplay. They are also used to discuss issues related to spanking without engaging in roleplay. A given site may have some rooms devoted to discussion and others to roleplay.
Spanking-oriented sites that are or include chatroom services:
- Anime OTK
- Shadow Lane (membership based)
- Spankingfreunde (German)
- spanking-chat.de (German)