for questions, comments, or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
MellowTalk was founded by Benjamin Turley in 2017 with the intention of providing a safe-space on the internet where people can discuss and share with each other in one, integrated community. it is the hope of this website that we can help people in a non-invasive, yet deeply personal way.
MellowTalk is a chat platform built on the kindness of strangers. we take two people, give them silly anonymous names, and expect one to help the other work out their problems. at its core, MellowTalk is here to give people someone to talk to, whether you want to get advice, find second opinions, or just to vent. our goal is to help people by making interactions private and secure while supplying a quality platform for free. we also have some new ways to make sure that both people have quality interactions.
the conversations we create are hinged upon people sorting themselves into two categories: listeners and talkers. talkers will come seeking help for a problem or somewhere to vent. listeners will be tasked with solving whatever challenge the talker has bothering them. the idea here is that if a person is willing to enter a talk at all under these guidelines, they are willing to play an active role when chatting.
of course, roles only go so far when facilitating a conversation. if a talker is to be helped, there must be a set goal. with this in mind, we created a point system for listeners. when a talker feels like they have been successfully helped, they may send "thanks" once per conversation which gives the listener a nice badge and moves them up on the leaderboard. this insures that in addition to the kindheartedness the originally had them entering chat as a listener in the first place, they can be both rewarded for and keep track of talks that went well.
names in MellowTalk are handled a bit differently than other sites. when you enter a chat, your name is generated with the format adjective adjective noun. we have 3.45 million possible names that can be generated. the names are meant to be silly, but also serve the purpose of keeping people anonymous and thereby removing a possibly threatening environment. if you don't have an account when you leave the talk, your name will disappear forever. you can keep your name and any points awarded from conversations by making an account.
when chatting with people in MellowTalk, you will probably see little badges next to peoples' names.
we believe the more that MellowTalk is supported directly by its users, the better content we can deliver. gems are an addition to the "thank" point system which allow gifters to both support MellowTalk and make someone's day a little brighter. by purchasing them, you give and get a special badge which appears next to your name. gifting gems also gives the receiver additional benefits such as being able to change the color of their name or an adjective in their name. you may give gems to yourself and receive name customization benefits, however you will only get the special badge for MellowTalk supporters giving gems but not the badge for those receiving gems. we do this in order to make sure actually being gifted a gem by another person remains special and you can't fake prestige by driving up your gem count. to learn more about gems, see below.GIFT GEMS 💎
just some things too keep in mind when you're talking to a stranger
you're talking to another person. be kind. be polite. pretend like they are there in front of you.
there will always be something going on in life which causes some degree of stress. it is simply part of being human. to some, this stress may be minimal, but to others it can be consuming. make sure to keep in mind that what is hurting someone is always something that should be addressed, no matter how small it may seem. one person's problem is no less important than another's even if you consider it common.
in the famous words of psychologist Carl Rodgers, you should always maintain basic acceptance and support of a person no matter what that person says. people can always get better if they set themselves to the task. its up to you to help them realize that.
if you're confused about what the person is saying, don't be afraid to ask questions! request clarification and make sure the other person understands that you care about them.
for listeners, the goal of the conversation is to make the other person feel better. you need to earn that thank you and doing so means to focus your attention on the talker. don't push religious beliefs or mindsets, the essence of peer counseling is about helping each other at the most basic level. while you may be helping yourself by helping others, just keep in mind the role you are here to play.