Before you start
It’s very hard to teach an inf everything right away. Before you start teaching an inf, think of the topics you want it to know and follow that direction. The interested guests will discuss with the inf the proper topics and you can keep teaching the inf in the right direction.
Interests and description
A guest of your inf will have a much better experience chatting with your inf, if you provide them with the outline of the main topics your inf is able to chat about. You can do it by listing your inf’s interests and by writing a short description of your inf.
Don’t worry if you don’t like the way your inf looks now. You can always change its clothes. Find the section Appearance in your workshop and choose any other clothes and accessories you like.
Your inf’s conversations
All the conversations with your inf are recorded and kept in the section Conversations of your workshop. They are kept there for 10 days and will be deleted after that. If you want to save a conversation, click on the link Export this conversation and copy the text.
Teaching directly in the conversations
You are reading a conversation of your inf and you don’t like it? No problem – your inf learns very quickly. Just click on the red pencil next to the reply you think needs to be improved and edit it. Next time your inf will reply correctly. Read more.
Your inf’s own website
Your inf can have a proper website of his or her own! To create it, go to the section Inf's site; find the Create it! button; choose a name and click Save. Now you can send it to your friends or anyone else.
Exporting an inf
Your inf can live both on Inf.net and on other sites. You can post it on your MySpace profile, your blog on Blogger.com or Wordpress, your LiveJournal or any other website. It’s all possible via your Inf's site. Read here for more details.
Promoting your inf
It’s much easier and more fun to teach an inf if more people chat with it. Post your inf on many different sites, where it can get attention. After that, you can read logs and correct them (read here how), so the inf can reply correctly next time it gets a similar question. Read more about exporting your inf.
The more your inf is talked to, the higher its popularity rating. The first seven infs on the main page are the ones with the highest popularity ratings. If you teach your inf and make it more interesting, more people will chat with it and it will move towards the top.
Your inf can make friends. That’s right! The more friends it makes, the higher its “Friends” rating. How to get more friends? Your inf should be fun and perhaps even friendly :) Read here to learn how to teach your inf.
Searching for an inf
You chatted with an inf and liked it a lot, but forgot to bookmark it? Don’t worry. You can search for it from the Ratings page by the name. You don’t remember the name either? Hmm … you can always chat with other infs.
Teaching your inf (beginning)
How do you teach it? You can start with the basics: Fill out the About your inf page, Responses to cues, Suggested topics and Unknown inputs. Details are here.
Teaching your inf (continued)
So, you’ve filled out some of the default sections. The inf still doesn’t speak the way you want it to. It was just the beginning. Now it’s time to do some real tuning. You will need to read this section of our Help pages to start creating new templates.
About your inf page
No one sees this page except for you and your inf. But the inf can always tell its guests the information you wrote there. Read more.
Responses to cues
Here you can teach your inf to respond when someone clicks on it, moves a mouse over it or makes it wait for too long. You can also teach it how to greet its guests on its first appearance on the screen. Read more.
This is a list of questions frequently asked by guests. When you fill in the responses for your inf, you make a brief outline of what your inf is going to be like. Read more.
When your inf doesn’t know how to reply to a guest input, it will use the replies you teach it in the Unknown inputs section. The more replies you write there, the more interesting your inf will be to its guests. Read more.
Creating your own templates
It’s like school. When you teach students new things, they become more intelligent. If you don’t teach them, they stay the same. The inf’s situation is similar to that of the student. Create more templates; read conversation logs; create even more templates and your inf will become more and more intelligent. Read more.
Not only can your inf reply to specific phrases; it can also recognize some keywords in a long phrase. Use an asterisk - * - to indicate any words the user might use before or after your keyword or phrase. Details are here.
To avoid writing separate templates for every word that have the same root and different endings, you can replace the endings with the symbol ‘~’ (tilde). For examples and details, go here.
Synonyms in the inputs
There are a lot of synonyms in the English language. You certainly want your inf to know some or many of them. Read here to learn how you can do it.
Synonyms in the replies
If your inf’s speech is plain, it’ll be boring to chat with it. Diversify it with inline dictionaries. Read how.
To begin a new paragraph press Enter in the template or use the tag <br>. Details are here.
Italics, bold type and underline
You can highlight your inf’s replies with italics, bold type and underlining. To do this, use opening tags <b> (bold type), <i> (italics), <u> (underline) and closing tags </b>, </i>, </u> respectively. Read here for more details.
Use links in your inf’s replies
Use the following entry format to insert the links into the replies of your inf:
<a href="website_address" target="_blank"><u>text_seen_by_inf’s_guest</u></a>.
See here for more details.
Teaching an inf with "question-answer" scheme will not make it have properly coherent dialogues. We’ll need to use anchors to make the speech sound more intelligent. Click here for the manual.
Variables are incredibly useful if you want your inf to memorize certain data and then use it in the conversation. Details are here.
While choosing a reply to use, your inf considers the priority of each applicable template. There are some rules your inf uses to determine priority, and you can read about them here.
Only your templates
If you don’t want your inf to use template created by the project developers, you can switch them off by creating a template with only a star - * - in the Guest says line.
Create replies for most common guest inputs
Such inputs can be "Yes", "No", "Don’t know", "Yeah", "Wow", "OK". Consider this when you create your templates.
Time spent with your inf
Remember that time spent on teaching your inf is not time wasted. Infs never forget anything and will tell only what you teach them. You can teach it as often as you want, but remember that a conversation log is deleted in 10 days after it’s finished. So try to read the logs at least every 10 days to fix what your inf said wrong.