CatPhone is a private channel created by Commadore_Bob. CatPhone is open to all players who have a Caitian or Ferasan character.
The channel is family-friendly; swearing, adult topics, politics, and that kind of RL stuff is not allowed. All of the cats are talkative and love to run STFs. We often get together on places like Risa and Bajor, and sometimes have what we call 'Casino Nights', which is an evening playing Dabo on my D'Kora's bridge (conveniently named Casino Royale ). Speaking as someone who joined CatPhone later after it was made, I can say it has made my STO experience so much better. I honestly can't imagine even playing the game without it now.
EDIT: From Bob himself, these are his rules:
This is a family friendly chat channel. Any young player logging on is going to naturally be drawn to the cat characters. As such, the content of this channel must be safe for their consumption. That means discussions of sex, illegal drugs, RL violence, RL illegal activity, and cheating are forbidden.
Keep your language down! "Well, turn on the language filter!" No, you turn it on. If Cryptic censors it, then you don't need to be saying it. Using foul language is generally proof of your inability to intellectually state your case.
Part of CatPhone is you must have at least one cat-based character. Being a member of FSF means you are eligible because you have to be a Ferasan in order to join the fleet. You are welcome to use CatPhone on your non-cat species.
"Users" are the default status and where most players will stay.
"Operators" have the ability to invite and Mute people, however, if you are an operator you WILL NOT mute or unmute any player.
"Admin" are the only people who can mute or unmute players. I will explain more on that later.
"Owner" just like in Highlander there can be only one, and that's me.
I operate under a two-strike system. I'll be naive enough and give you the first one on the plea of ignorance. But the second time, you are gone.
ONLY I CAN AND WILL BOOT PEOPLE! No exceptions. If I boot you, you are gone. I will always mute people first, but if I boot you, you obviously aren't understanding what this channel is about. As I want this channel to remain safe for all users, my tolerance is low.
Admins: you are not Bob. You do not boot people and you only mute people in severe cases. If you have a problem with someone, shoot me a RL email to email@example.com. I don't get to log on every day and so sending me a message in-game may result in me not addressing the problem for several days.
Admins: Do not nit-pick the players. Turn your language filter on. If Cryptic didn't censor it, then let it go. Trust me, their filter is way more conservative than mine.
This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship. This is my channel. I'd rather have 10 users who understand the content must remain PG rather than 250 who constantly skirt the system.
As you may all know, I'm very unapologetic about my Christian faith. As such, I've had people ask me my feelings on people living alternative lifestyles using CatPhone. Since discussions about sex are forbidden either way, I don't foresee that being a problem. If I cut myself off with everyone who believed different than me, I'd have no one to talk to.
I want CatPhone to be a chat box I can leave open when I let my daughter play.
Again, the only requirement is that you have a Caitian or Ferasan character. And that the cat has a tail.
To get an invite, PM or send an email to any of the following (we have to do a quick visual check for the cat character, because we had an incident with that months back):
[10/26 1:58] [Combat (Self)] Your Thalaron Pulse deals 92464 (49540) Radiation Damage(Critical) to Vessel Seven of Ten Unimatrix 0047. Hehe. Suck it Borg!
[10/8 3:47] [Combat (Self)] Crystalline Entity deals 98082 (147136) Kinetic Damage to you with Warp Core Breach. WUT? I blame Kurland for this and all other problems in STO.