What are chat commands and roles?

If you are the creator or host of a chat (usually if you set up the chat, you will be assigned this role) you can use various commands to control members in the chat, secure the chat with a password and do other administrative tasks.

 

To see a list of the available commands simply type /help into the chat. If you are just in a chat with one other person, only the relevant chat options will be shown. If you are in a chat with two or more people, /help will reveal a more comprehensive list of chat commands. If you don’t see the list, the version Skype you are using is not supported.

Important: Always make sure you are using the latest version of Skype. Some of these commands may not be supported in older versions.

You don’t need to use square brackets around your text after the command. For example, the command /topic [text] would be used as /topic Today’s Meeting Agenda.

Here is a list of all common commands and their descriptions: 

Command Description
/add [Skype Name] Adds a contact to the chat. For instance: /add alex_cooper1 will add that member to the chat.
/alertson [text] Allows you to specify what needs to appear in a chat for you to be notified. For example, /alertson London will only alert you when the word "London" appears in the chat.
/alertsoff Disable message notifications.
/clearpassword Removes the password security.
/find [text] Finds specific text in a chat. For example, /find Charlie will return the first instance of the word "Charlie" in the chat.
/get allowlist Details people with access to the chat.
/get banlist Details people banned from the chat.
/get creator Details the person who created the chat.
/get guidelines See the current chat's guidelines.
/get options Details active options for current chat - see /set options below for a list of the options available.
/get password_hint Get the password hint.
/get role Details your role in the chat.
/get uri Creates a URL link that other people can use to join the group chat.
/golive Starts a group call with other participants of the chat.
/info Details number of people in chat and maximum number available.
/kick [Skype Name] Eject chat member. For instance, /kick alex_cooper1 will eject that member from the chat.
/kickban [Skype Name] Ejects chat member and prevents them from rejoining chat. For instance, /kickban alex_cooper1 will eject that member from the chat and ban them from rejoining.
/leave Leave current group chat.
/me [text] Your name will appear followed by any text you write. For instance, /me working from home will cause the phrase "working from home" to appear next to your name in the chat. You can use this to send a message about your activities or status.
/remotelogout Sign out all other instances except the current one. This will also stop push notifications on all other instances.
/set allowlist [[+|-]mask] .. Sets the members allowed in the chat. For instance, /set allowlist +alex_cooper1 will allow that member to join the chat.
/set banlist [[+|-]mask] .. Sets which members are banned from the chat. For instance, /set banlist +alex_cooper1 will ban that member from the chat. /set banlist -alex_cooper1 will allow them to rejoin it.
/set guidelines [text] Set a chat’s guidelines. For instance, /set guidelines No spoilers! These can be returned to be viewed in the chat by the command /get guidelines.
/set options [[+|-]flag] Sets options for this chat. For example: /set options -JOINING_ENABLED switches off the JOINING_ENABLED option, while /set options +JOINERS_BECOME_APPLICANTS will switch on the JOINERS_BECOME_APPLICANTS option.
 

The available flags are listed below:

 

HISTORY_DISCLOSED - Joiners can see the conversation that took place before they joined. The limit that they can see is either 400 messages or two weeks of time, depending on which is reached first.

 

JOINERS_BECOME_APPLICANTS - New users can join the chat, but cannot post or receive messages until authorized by a CREATOR or MASTER (see the table below for more information on roles).

 

JOINERS_BECOME_LISTENERS - New users can receive messages but cannot post any until promoted to the USER role.

 

JOINING_ENABLED - New users can join the chat.

 

TOPIC_AND_PIC_LOCKED_FOR_USERS - Only a user with a CREATOR role will be able to change the topic text or accompanying picture for the chat.

 

USERS_ARE_LISTENERS - Users with a USER role will be unable to post messages.

/set password [text] Create a password (no spaces allowed).
/set password_hint [text] Create the chat's password hint text.
/setpassword [password] [password hint] Create a password and password hint for the chat.
/setrole [Skype Name] MASTER | HELPER | USER | LISTENER Allows you to set a role to each chat member. A description of roles is given in the table below.
/showplaces Lists other instances where this Skype name is currently signed in.
/topic [text] Changes the chat topic.
/undoedit Undo the last edit of your message.
/whois [Skype Name] Provides details about a chat member such as current role.

Chat roles depend on whether you started the chat or were assigned a role by the chat creator or host:

Role Description
Creator The member who created the chat. There can be only one creator per chat. Only the creator can promote other members to masters.
Master Also known as chat hosts. Masters cannot promote other people to masters.
Helper A semi-privileged member. Helpers will not be affected by the USERS_ARE_LISTENERS option. Helpers cannot promote or demote other members.
User A member who can post messages into the chat.
Listener A member who can see messages but not post into the chat.
Applicant A member waiting for acceptance into the chat. Note: once accepted into the chat, members cannot be demoted to applicants.

 

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