The caller has the option to listen only to local callers, or to everyone who is live on the system.

The phone systems will usually allow users hear a chatline greeting example so the caller can get an idea of what he is expected to say.

Profanity and sexual references are typically not allowed, the chatline moderator's job is to listen and approve every greeting that is recorded.

Once the greeting is recorded, the caller is allowed into the live chat area (or live connector).

The live connector is where live callers are introduced to other callers greetings, one by one.

In an attempt to keep their lines busy, some chatlines -- including Livelinks, Red Hot and Quest Chat -- give female callers unlimited access to their system; similar to a nightclub which allows free entry to women in order to attract more male patrons.

Some chatlines offer its members a persistent mailbox they can use to receive messages from users even when they are offline.

A live caller is given the option hear other member's mailboxes, where they can leave a recorded message to be retrieved by the mailbox owner next time he connects to the system.

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Some people says it's good money, others say it's terrible money.

Both male and female callers dial in and through a common access number.

As soon as a caller is connected into the system, he is prompted to record his name and a brief greeting describing himself and what he is looking for.