Emotes (or Emoticons) are those smiley faces and other animations you see in posts. The chat room has a few precanned ones if you click on the face next to the text entry line. If you type in <span class="ev_code_RED">/emotes</span> you will get a list of comments you can enter by simply entering a /xxxxx on the text line. For example <span class="ev_code_RED">/waves</span> will print a smiley that waves and says hello to everyone. There is also a block with a color in it (mine is always green). You can click on that to change the color of your text. This will set you apart from other chatters.
The Fireside Chat is every Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM eastern time. Anyone is welcome.
I believe the iRV2 Chatters is every evening at 8:00. I've been in there 2 or 3 times. Maybe someone who is more familiar can comment. I think if you click on that chat room and enter it, you will get a header text that tells you the times and days of the chat room.
One other thing. You MUST have the latest version of Adobe FLASH player (10.0.12.36) on your PC or the chat rooms will not work. When you enter the chat room, do you get a blank page with a blue border, or are you actually getting into the chat room (you can see a welcome message and see the items I was talking about)? If you just get a blank area with a blue border then you will need to update your FLASHplayer. Adobe Flash Player can be obtained at this
link and it is free.