TPShout - or Shoutbox - is a built-in module for TinyPortal that is in fact a box in which you can leave messages for others to see and thus maintain a simple "chat" on the site. Combined with permissions you will have much freedom in who can participate as well.
Settings for the Shoutbox can be made from the TPdownloads Admin screen, found via menu "Tinyportal > Settings > Modules"
This is the main 'switch' for the modules: the [On] / [Off] switches de-activate the modules completely. Check to be sure that the 'TP Simple Shout' is 'On'.
To access the Admin screen click on the link "Admin link behind TP Simple Shout". You can also click in TPShout in the Tinyportal menu under Modules.
When you enter the Admin screen, you are presented with an overview of shout messages in the shoutbox. In this screen you can Edit or delete shout messages from the shoutbox.
To go to the settings page click the [Settings] button.
Here you find all settings relevant to TPShout.
Place a fixed message or announcement at the top of the shoutbox (BBC allowed): This text will be displayed for users accessing the Shoutbox, right above the area that displays the messages. Options: [Text area]
Display smilies buttons? You can choose if you want to allow smilies in the chat or not. When activating smilies, a list of available smilies is displayed below the message entry field. Clicking on the + sign will show all available smilies. Options: [Yes] / [No]
Display BBC buttons? You can choose to show the buttons for BBC code. Set to No for a cleaner look. Options: [Yes] / [No]
Allow links to be posted? Is this is not allowed, any attempt to post a url link in the shoutbox will be blocked. Options: [Yes] / [No]
Use scrolling? With this option set to On the shoutbox will automatically scroll, drawing attention to the chat. Options: [No] / [Yes]
Speed for the scrolling (1 - 5): Set the scroll speed. Experiment with your ideal setting! Options: [Entry field]
Auto refresh (in seconds): The shoutbox will automatically refresh: set the refresh interval in seconds. (Setting this too low can eat server resources) Options: [Entry field]
Submit Shout on enter key? Controls what keystroke will actually submit the text to the shoutbox Options:
[Yes with ctrl/cmd] - Submit by hitting Enter + Ctrl or Cmd
[Yes] - Submit by hitting Enter
[No] - Submit by clicking the [Shout] button
Shoutbox layout: Choose how you want the shoutbox to display. There are multiple layout options to experiment with. Some are more suited to be used in a sidebar, some look better in a top or bottom bar on your forum. Options: [Multiple layout examples]
Height of shoutbox in pixels: Set the height of the box based on where you display the box. Options: [Entry field]
Limit posts in shoutbox to: Sets how many posts are displayed as part of the shoutbox: is not all posts fit into the shoutbox (as set in previous setting) a scroll-bar will show. Older messages will disappear from view. Options: [Entry field]
Maximum shout length in characters Limits the amount of characters that can be used in a single shout message. The default value: 256 Options: [Entry field]
Time format Default format: Y M d H:i:s Options: [Entry field]
Shoutbox color settings (Use hex color codes: an example of a Hex color representation is #123456. To use the default theme colors, leave these fields blank.)
Use membergroup color for user names This setting will activate member names in the shoutbox to be displayed in the color of the member groups. Options: [Yes] / [No]
Default shout text color Change the color of the shout text in the shoutbox to your liking. Default value: #000 Options: [Entry field]
Time text color Change the color of the date / time text in the shoutbox to your liking. Default value: #787878 Options: [Entry field]
In layouts 3 and 4 a striped pattern is applied in the shoutbox. These settings allow you to choose a pattern that fits with the theme colors of your forum. Leaving the fields blank will remove the striped pattern if desired.
Layouts 3 and 4: background color odd lines Default value: #f0f4f7 Options: [Entry field]
Layouts 3 and 4: background color even lines Default value: #fdfdfd Options: [Entry field]
Hide shouts in the profile? : Controls if shouts made by a user can be seen in the user profile area. Options: [Yes] / [No]