To find the Pal Pad, there is an orange Pal Pad icon next to the notifications icon near the top right hand corner of the site.
How it works
Clicking on the Pal Pad icon will bring up a list of users. Clicking on a user will open a chat box to initiate a private chat with them. After using the Pal Pad for some time, your recent chats will appear at the top of the list together along with the time passed since whom you've last chatted with, for easy access.
You are also able to close and exit out of conversations with those of whom you don't wish to see. You can do this by hovering over a conversation in your Pal Pad and clicking the "x" you see to the right. Keep in mind that the conversation will pop back up if the other person messages you, and you get notified by them. The same applies if you search the specific user and send them a message.
You can see if a person is online by looking at the small circle next to their username. A green circle indicates that the person is online, while a grey circle indicates that the user is currently offline. Do note, however, that a person's online/offline status may take some time to be updated.
Pal Pad Groups
Pal Pad Groups have been introduced on February 2nd, 2019.
Pal Pad Groups allow you to communicate with up to 25 users. You can create your own Groups and also be invited to them as well. The Pal Pad Group chats function similarly to that of chats that are of more privately between 2 users with the exception that it's a conversation between 3 or more members.
After the creation of the group, and when you open the group from your Pal Pad to message in it, you can then click on the name of the group from the chat box to head back into the settings. You can change or set the avatar of the group, but keep in mind that the maximum size of the image you can upload is 2000x2000px (or 1MB). You are also able to add/remove members if you are an Admin with appropriate permissions. Furthermore, you are also able to freely leave a group if you are a member of one by just clicking the "x" to the right of yourself in the Group Settings window.
Pal Pad Settings
For privacy reasons, users may lock their Pal Pads to be accessible to only users on their Friendlist. This can be toggled via “Communication Settings” which can be found at Settings -> Misc. Settings. You may also quickly access these Communication Settings by clicking the button with the cog wheels shown in the Pal Pad Miscellaneous image.
Keep in mind with that of Group Chats, you may still be able to read, send and receive messages to those whom that are not on your Friendlist, or you have blocked even with both current settings enabled.
Reporting a User
Remember to follow all site rules when using the Pal Pad. Do not send unnecessary spam or inappropriate content to other users via the Pal Pad. If you have been receiving abuse from another user through Pal Pad, you can use the report button at the top right hand corner of the chat box. A moderator will look into the issue shortly.