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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK

Match Talk help

During the World Cup, BBC Sport Online will be inviting you to talk live with other fans.

During the games we will hold "Match Talk" for you to comment on the action live as it happens - allowing other fans the opportunity to respond to your thoughts.

Here are some FAQ's to help you get the most out of your World Cup textual experience:

Q: What is Match Talk?

A: Match Talk is a scheduled event which allows you to share your reactions and comments with other users. All postings will be received by our moderators who will, in turn, publish your statements in real-time.

Contributing within Match Talk is kind of like standing on a soap-box and venting your thoughts: there may be more than one topic going on at once and other users may respond to your comments.

When you use Match Talk, you should always be considerate and respectful of other users. Please don't swear, send your email address to other users or post links to other web sites as doing so may cause the automatic filtering software or Match Talk host to kick you out of the chat room.

Please click here if you'd like to know more about IRC

Q: How do I send a question/comment?

A: Just type your question in the box at the bottom of the screen. e.g "There's no doubt that England will play well in today's game .." Then just press the [Enter] or [Return] key on your keyboard. During a Match Talk event, the server will tell you that your statement has been sent to the moderators.

Q: Why can't I talk to the other people in the audience?

A: To keep things organised only the Match Talk Host(s) are allowed to talk to everyone. If everyone in the audience could chat to each other, chaos would reign. But don't worry. The team can see your questions even though the other people in the audience can't.

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