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New Link for temporary IRC chat

Discussion in 'General Off Topic Forums' started by dewdude, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. dewdude

    dewdude I fix stuff.

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    There are a number of users still camping out on the temporary chat while we wait for the new system for the official AK room. A number of users have gone there because the most recent java update does not work on XP; leaving some users without Java.

    There have been a couple of issues with the Mibbit client; largely that it dropped the pre-set configuration, making getting in to the channel difficult. I attempted to build my own client; but that didn't work. I do have an alternative link to the mibbit client; which will fill in the server and channel name for you.

    https://client02.chat.mibbit.com/#audiokarma@irc.mibbit.net

    All you do is go there, enter your name; and go. If your username comes out as something odd; you can issue a new one after you connect by typing "/nick <newnick>" in the chatbox, without the quotes and without the <> around the new name.

    Some people are reporting problems trying to connect:

    No one is banned from the room at this time. I cannot say whether the server itself has banned you or not; but I don't think it has. It is also entirely possible the server or mibbit client does not like your user-name. I have zero control over this; every server has it's own rules. Likewise, your AK usernames are not reserved on this system.

    If you find yourself getting errors, then you may need to try some other form of your username; numbers appear to really throw it off.

    Again, it's IRC based; so if you have an IRC client, you can connect using this information:

    Server: irc.mibbit.net
    Port: 6667
    Channel: #audiokarma
     
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  2. winters860

    winters860 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Any new progress on opening a new official AK chat?
     
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  3. HPuser9557

    HPuser9557 Active Member

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    Couldn't you maybe start up an official Discord server?
     
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  4. dewdude

    dewdude I fix stuff.

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    I've used it. Didn't care for it.

    The problem I've gathered in the past with chat is that the admins want a non-public system, which requires some database authentication with the user database. One could probably configure a discord server that way....I don't know.

    I've been gone a while and never had any involvement; I did kind of prod ideas along that got rejected.

    For a site this size, any kind of "plug-in" chat will cost money...and that's an expense AK might not want to put out given the popularity of the last chat.
     
  5. Ski

    Ski what? Subscriber

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    Does anybody chat? I miss the old crowd. The younger crowd is also missed. LOL.
     
  6. HPuser9557

    HPuser9557 Active Member

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    Adam got Z:lined for some reason just now.
     

     

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  7. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    In other words, banned. :rant: Literally all I did was post a link to the following image:
    [​IMG]
    I immediately got a message saying that my Mibbit.net connection had been terminated. Now, every single time I try to sign back in, I get the following error message:

    irc.mibbit.net: Closing Link: [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] (Z:Lined (linkspam#4IB8h))

    So according to their Wiki, I've either been blacklisted or banned, or both. All for posting one measly vacuum cleaner picture. Neither page is very helpful, but I've sent an email to help@mibbit.com hoping I can get reinstated. Needless to say, this sucks. :mad: I'm very much hoping a non-IRC official AK Chat solution can be found Real Soon Now.......... :deal:
    -Adam
     
  8. HPuser9557

    HPuser9557 Active Member

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    There a way to move over to Freenode or something at least?
     
  9. dewdude

    dewdude I fix stuff.

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    I'm gonna install (a couple) of web IRC clients on my own server tonight and see about getting set up over on Geekshed. I know a nwtwork admin over there.
     
  10. dewdude

    dewdude I fix stuff.

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    I can't update the pinned topic...so I will have to see about maybe getting it unpinned or something.

    I had some talks with the new network and they'd rather I not have a bunch of people connecting from one IP. They can take care of this if I run out of options. So far I haven't found a web-based chat client that doesn't suck that doesn't do it.

    That being said we're left with their Flash based chat unless you want to use a full fledged IRC client. I don't like Flash or JAVA...but unless you want to use an IRC client we're kind of stuck with it until I can find something that doesn't rely on websockets, making multiple connections from one IP, or isn't locked to a specific server.

    http://akchat.pickmy.org will load the flash chat...enter your name and that's it. No password needed.

    For the hardcore IRC people:

    irc.geekshed.net:6667
    #audiokarma
     
  11. HPuser9557

    HPuser9557 Active Member

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    I believe it's already preconfig in Hexchat.
     

     

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  12. DC

    DC "Manhattan Boy" Subscriber

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    I haven't chatted on Mibbit to the fellow audio nuts in the longest time. Any security issues with these alternatives? Seemed whenever I was connected for an extended period (such as wandering away for a day or two) with the chat client open I suddenly had friends telling me they got bad email from my address. Happened two or three times - enough to detect what I through was a correlation, so I stopped Mibbit chatting, and the occasions of rogue emails coming from "me" stopped, too.

    Eh?
     
  13. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    Mibbit has always been kinda shady. Before I started using AdBlock, there were all sorts of funky ads at the top of the screen which I prayed nightly I wouldn't accidentally click on, lest they load my computer with pornospam or somesuch. Best I can tell, this GeekShed chat should be fairly inert, since it's more directly connected with the founders of the temporary AK Chat we've been using all along. Besides, if you connect directly via an IRC client like HexChat or X-Chat, there should be no worries about any issues with Adobe Flash or obtrusive ads.
    -Adam
     
  14. DC

    DC "Manhattan Boy" Subscriber

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    OK, I downloaded X-Chat, but the .app file (Mac equivalent to an .exe file) is dated October 2006. Is this a ... risk?
     
  15. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    I don't think it'll cause problems. If you want a newer Mac IRC client for Intel systems (that one is meant for older PPC Macs, I think), you could always try Colloquy or LimeChat.
    -Adam
     
  16. HPuser9557

    HPuser9557 Active Member

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    Btw, should hopefully have that spambot problem taken care of.
     

     

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