The SlopeTalk system was built from the ground up as a better way for traders to communicate with one another. It is simple, fun, and easy to use. This quick introduction will show you the features of the system, but the most important thing to know right away is that in order to use SlopeTalk, you must have an account on the system.
The account is (1) free (2) takes about three seconds to create (3) is not commercialized – – we have never, and will never, provide your email to anyone else. It’s just our way of knowing who is using the site, and nothing else. So if you don’t have a free account already, please click here to make one.
When you go to SlopeTalk, which you can access at any time on this page, you will see it has three main sections: on the left is the Channel Panel, in the middle is the Talk Panel, and on the right is the People Panel.
The Channel Panel is where all the public and private channels, as well as private chats, are located.
You can expand and collapse the Public Channels, Private Chats, and Private Channels sections by clicking on the Plus sign next to any of those headers.
You can use your mouse to click on any channel you want to visit, or you can use your up and down arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the channels. If there is any content on a channel that is new since the last time you visited it, there will be a “New” graphic next to it, which will disappear when you go to that channel.
There is one special thing to note, which is that all the channels are interactive except for the one labeled All Channels (Read Only). Just like the channel name explicitly says, this is a “read only” channel, because it consolidates all of the conversations from all of the channels, as well as the regular Slope of Hope comments system, into one streaming channel. This is a great place to simply see what’s going on and, if you like, jump directly into the conversation by clicking on any remark which interests you.
As you would suppose, the Talk panel is where the conversations actually take place. All you have to do is enter whatever you would like to say in the text entry area and press Enter to send your message.
Next to the text entry box are two icons which you can use to augment your message if you like. The first one, which looks like a paper clip, lets you upload a picture to the Talk area (such as a chart you want to share). The other, which is labeled GIF, gives you instead access to any of the millions of animated GIF images available from the SlopeTalk library. This is a fun way to make conversation more enjoyable.
If you right-click on any message, a Reply button will appear which, if you click, will send you directly to that channel so you can reply to the message yourself.
You should also note that, from within SlopeCharts, you can directly send a chart to the SlopeTalk channel of your choice. Just choose the “Send to Comments” menu item from the Share menu, and you will be presented with this dialog box. You can choose the channel to which you’d like the chart to be sent and, if you like, accompany it with text.
To see the list of other users on the site, look to the rightmost portion, which is the People panel. Listed will be those present Online and those who have been on the site recently but are currently Offline.
You can right-click on any given person to do any one of four things:
- Create Private Chat – described elsewhere on this page.
- Highlight User – makes all the messages from this person be highlighted so messages from these people are emphasized for you.
- Ignore User – if you’d prefer not to see any messages from any particular user, click this to make them disappear;
- Show Profile – this brings up information about this user.
If you would like to have a private one-on-one conversation with a specific person in SlopeTalk, use the Private Chat feature, which is available to all paying members, from Bronze through Platinum.
Starting a chat is easy: just point to the person’s name in the People panel with whom you want to chat, right-click on their name, and choose Create Private Chat from the menu which appears.
If that person is online, they will instantly get a notification that you’d like to chat with them. Otherwise, they will see the notification the next time they are using SlopeTalk. Of course, they have to choose to chat with you in order for the chat to happen. A person cannot start a private chat session with you without your agreeing to do so.
When either of you wants to end the chat, just right-click on the chat session from the Private Chats portion of the Channel panel and choose End Private Chat.
If you would like to have a private discussion with a group of people, you can set up a Private Channel. These behave exactly the same as public channels, except the only people included are those whom you specifically invite. This is special feature is available to all paying members, from Bronze through Platinum.
To start a private channel, click the word Add next to the Private Channels header in the Channel panel.
You will be presented with this dialog box. There are several things you can enter:
- Name: give your channel a name; give it a meaningful name so it will help describe its purpose to the people whom you invite;
- Channel Icon: this is optional, but it makes the channel more fun. If you’d like to augment your channel with a cool little icon, just load the icon file here.
- Invite Users: you must invite at least one person to your channel. Start typing whatever name you want, and the system will auto-present to you any matching names. Click on any particular name you want to invite, or if there is just one name showing, press the Enter key to automatically add that specific name. Each of the people you invite will get an invitation to your channel. If you want to delete any name from the invited users, just click the “X” next to that name, and that person will not be invited or included.
You can “fine tune” your SlopeTalk experience by clicking on the Preferences icon, which will bring up a dialog box with various tabs on it.
The first tab, Appearance, lets you choose the size of the font as well as the choice of font. Select whatever makes it easy for you to read.
If you have chosen to ignore any users, you can “”un-ignore” them from this tab. This will allow their messages to be visible to you again.
In order to help you be aware of what’s going on in SlopeTalk, there are three different sounds that take place: one when a new message appears, one when you get a direct message from another user, and a third when a new person logs in to the site. You can turn these sounds on and off from this tab.